Prepare to be amazed. In every room of the house and in every corner of the garden, the marriage of natural beauty and sophistication exists in a state of bliss. Beds from Heals, period furniture, cast-iron baths, myriad prints and paintings and one double bed so high you wonder how to get onto it. Tim and Austin, both ex-English teachers, have created something special, and the breakfasts are superb. A stay at Millgate House without exploring the garden would be an unforgivable omission; this prize-winning walled town garden deserves every bouquet and adulatory article it has received. A narrow lane to one side of the house, adorned with immaculate hostas, introduces the main garden. The long terraced grounds, sloping steeply down towards the river, are divided into a rhythmic series of lush compartments. All is green, with cascades of foliage breaking out into small, sunny open areas before you dive beneath yet more foliage to explore further secret areas. Great plantsmanship and a love of many different leaf forms come together triumphantly. If you just want to explore the garden you can arrange a visit.