There is a timelessness about this elegant, very old village house, which Jane runs with energy and friendliness. A blue twin bedroom is in the wing with its own large, elegant drawing and dining room – it’s seductively easy to relax and perfect for families or friends. The second pretty twin and the A-shaped double, with beams and oak furniture, are in the main part of the house; gleaming bathrooms have ila-spa treats. All garden lovers, but rosarians in particular, will adore the garden Jane and William have created over the years. With a background of high mature trees and a sloping site, they’ve built a series of loosely linked areas, adding beech and yew hedges vigorously and sympathetically to make a garden that sits well with their lovely old home. Old roses rule above all, climbing up walls, rambling over pergolas and arches, softening hard corners and, in a final flourish, scenting and colouring a rose avenue. There are cleverly planted borders and a delicious herb garden. William and Jane have made the very best of the lay of their three acres and their love of plants and garden design is wonderfully infectious.