Extended in the 1920s by Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion, this charming manor house sits on its own estate. Outside are sloping lawns, formal parterres and a wildflower meadow, inside are twisty corridors, marvellous antique furniture and staircases that date from the 1600s. The house is still in the family; paintings and ceramics by the family decorate several of the walls. The ancient oak woodlands are a joy to explore, and there’s a trout-filled lake you may fish. The ground floor comprises a beautifully furnished hall, a cosy sitting room with an inglenook, a magnificent dining room with an oak refectory table and a lovely kitchen. Everything shines. Trot up two steps to find a sitting room for children – sofa, toys, books, TV – and two good bedrooms. On the upper floors are the rest of the bedrooms, full of character and style, and big old-fashioned bathrooms with up-to-the-minute showers. No need to fight for the views: every room has one. All this and coats, hats, maps and wellies to borrow, a housekeeper to look after you, even suits of armour on the stairs! Glorious.