Past the smart railings and down well-worn stone steps to a sun-trap courtyard and the basement flat, which is surprisingly spacious, light and bright. You’ll meet Barbara on the way in, wearing the full dress tunic of a Grenadier Guard – one of Hugh’s ancestors.
The open-plan living room is full of antique rugs and furniture, original art and quirky bits and bobs. Working wooden shutters keep you cosy and there are books and games for wet days. When the sun shines, it streams into the sitting room and you have a view of the second courtyard – this one is just for you.
Bread and butter and jam for your first breakfast is in the kitchen; stock up in Broughton Street, a five-minute walk for an award-winning butcher, organic food shop, fishmonger and also an artisan bakery with glorious cinnamon buns. Stockbridge, a short wander, has artisan shops, good restaurants and a Sunday market. You’re well placed for everything here – both Princes and George street are a 5-minute walk.