A beautiful National Trust house – a rare example of the English medieval manor complete with 14th-century church and Great Hall but a family home too where you will be treated by smiling Patsy and Robert as a guest not a visitor; history and architecture lovers will adore it. Four-posters are swathed in the warmest colours, bathrooms are deeply old-fashioned (this is not for the power shower brigade, nor those who seek swift internet) and the only sound is bird ballad wafting from the hazy, bloom-filled dreaminess of the garden – which is well worth a gander. Find a structure of neatly clipped yew houses, upper and lower moats, herbaceous borders, smooth lawns and an orchard, immaculately tended and enhanced by Patsy’s love of soft colour and roses. The south-facing terrace brims over with scented pink roses that bloom all summer, ramblers scrabble over old stone walls and the fruit trees in the orchard – and they are not alone; there is honeysuckle in abundance too, rambling hither and thither. Water weaves through the grass in little streams which feed the serene moats and there is a magical woodland walk bursting with snowdrops in February.