Swing off the village road to find the prettiest 1810 house, and vivacious Heather who has filled her home with garden flowers, good art and a real eye for design and colour. The welcoming sitting room has lots of plumped up sofas and a roaring fire on chilly days; in summer you’ll want tea in the fecund garden which swoops down to the river – a huge draw for birds, maybe even a kingfisher. Bedrooms have pretty wallpapers, fresh ginghams and chintzes, interesting books, impeccable bathrooms. Wake to freshly-squeezed orange juice, scrambled eggs and homemade marmalade. Avebury is a 20-minute drive and Rick Stein’s in Marlborough just two miles.