This lovely old house, flanked by 500 acres of arable working farm, has a long history. It was once part of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester’s estate; the Grimes family has lived and farmed here since the early 1700s. The magnificent aged front door with its arched carved decoration sets the scene – step in to find charming historic details and stylish, welcoming and private guest rooms, both overlooking the garden.
Sara buys eggs, sausages and bacon from local producers. Your breakfast plateful will include mushrooms and ramekins of baked beans and there’s always a seasonal compote and an array of cereals, yogurt, toast or croissants.
Visit the brilliant farm shop on the neighbouring farm – it has a restaurant too. There are a couple of good pubs for food about three miles away, and you can walk to The Green Man and several other pubs in the village. Ask Sara about the circular walks nearby, and if you’re a sailing fan, Draycote Water is a six-mile drive.