Up from the main road by the lapping waters of Strangford Lough, the long narrow lane brings you to Edenvale, a very fine, very well-kept Georgian house, steeped in rural peace. Diane welcomes you with tea, cakes and friendly exuberance in the beautiful drawing room (polished mahogany, colourful rugs, gleaming silver) or in the bright sunroom with its views of the brooding Mourne mountains. Gordon has a quick humour, too, and is quite prepared to take over welcome duties as the occasion requires. Large, immaculate bedrooms are well proportioned with luxuriously big beds, pelmets and hangings. There are some unusual pieces of furniture: old ‘Flemish’ bedheads, an inlaid dressing table, a fine oval-mirrored wardrobe. A lot of effort goes into each aspect of the Edenvale experience, and that includes the well-stocked honesty bar and the superb and varied breakfasts. The garden, as well as happy flourishing roses, has a jungle full of trees for climbing, shrubberies for hiding, a run-around lawn, and hens – a paradise for children. Gentle, playful dogs, too.