High in the Welsh mountains, in the heart of an RSPB reserve, is this old farmhouse – a sanctuary for nature lovers. With slate floors and white painted stone, it’s clean and unpretentious, but don’t let its simplicity fool you. The kitchen is state of the art and there’s a wet room downstairs, great for hosing down after muddy rambles. An enormous inglenook spans the sitting room, and the wood-burner (and ground-source heating) keep sofa-slouchers toasty. As for the bedrooms, the exposed beams in the downstairs double sport 19th-century graffiti, while wooden stairs lead upstairs to brass bed frames and sleigh beds, wooden floors, a roll top bath and the best of the views. You’re at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains so you can walk or bike from the door (for junior prospectors there’s an old gold mine just up the mountain!). The barn across the road has table tennis, basketball and there’s a trampoline, so children of all ages can be active even in wet weather. The newly planted orchard rises steeply away from you, set up camp and and watch sheep graze in the fields beyond. Bucolic.