Down winding country lanes in the depths of the Welsh Marches, an Elizabethan farmhouse sitting in nine acres and surrounded by attractive barns. The Hop Pickers’ House was used by the hop workers, and it sits at right angles to an open barn. Step in to find an airy feel, open-plan upstairs and down, with white walls, old beams, wooden floors and a charming mix of pretty china, comfy chairs, throws and jugs of flowers. The kitchen area is cosy and rustic with a painted dresser, pine table for four and wood-burner (plenty of logs); a welcome hamper includes some local fare and, of course, apple juice. Hop up painted stairs to a big four-poster with diaphanous drapes – be lulled to sleep by the hoot of an owl, the bleat of a lamb. Stroll through woodlands, wild flowers, fern gulley and orchards; rest by a babbling brook. In a distant corner with a view of the setting sun is a makeshift barbecue. The owners are in the farm next door through a rose-strewn pergola but you’ll feel very private. Lovers will purr with happiness here, walkers too, and cooks can stock up with food from famous Ludlow only 15 minutes away. A mouth-watering snug of a nest.