The front of this new eco-house is as clean-lined as can be – a pure white rectangle punctuated by windows. Step through the front door, and prepare to be amazed. The back wall is almost all glass – meaning light floods into the bedrooms upstairs and the immense, open, white-walled living area below. Underfloor heating keeps this space warm and Persian rugs on the wooden floor enhance the snugness. Food journalist Gilly’s love of cooking is reflected in the well designed kitchen – hoorah, a double stove – and the long dining table is big enough for everyone to feast, if they’re not too distracted by the views over meadow and woodland. The squashy sofas and armchairs at either end are ideal for a postprandial snooze, or you can fling open the bifold doors and relax on the sundeck. Upstairs, four neat, square white bedrooms open out onto a balcony stretching the length of the house, each with its own gleaming bathroom, travertine-clad. Two further bedrooms on the ground floor follow the same pattern. You’ve got nine tranquil acres all to yourself, but if that palls the village pub and shop are a ten-minute walk away.