Set in its own grounds well off the main road is Glenholme Country House B&B; behind it is the Rookery. You have your own entrance and you stay in what was the servants’ quarters, turned into warm and airy rooms with a calm Scandinavian feel.
The upstairs living room has a wood-burner and lots of books and games; the kitchen has all you need to cook up a storm and you can hop over to the main house for delicious dinners if you want a night off. Bedrooms (one up, one down) have firm beds and gorgeous fabrics.
You have your own hedged patch of garden with a barbecue that feels nicely private, and you can wander through a wild wooded area where the rooks make their nests every year. The orchard is very productive – Jennifer makes her own preserves – and you’re welcome to help yourselves to the veg garden.
There are miles of countryside to explore by foot or bike, and beaches too – lots of them, so it’s easy to find an uncrowded one.