The garden and river are magic. Children and teenagers will be splashing in the deep bits or hurling themselves over stepping stones and getting wet wellies – there are trout too and fishing with a permit. You can eat outside in the garden facing the river while spotting kingfishers, dippers, mallards and merganser near the water, and kites and buzzards overhead. It’s remote, so you shan’t need to shush children, just let them go feral, building dams, making dens, climbing trees.
Inside is cosy with underfloor heating and massive insulation, plenty of comfy seating and a swish kitchen at one end with stone worktops and all the gear you need to cook well. There are pretty windows for enjoying the views and sweet bedrooms upstairs where you can fall asleep listening to the river burbling.
Set off on a network of small lanes with a bike, or tramp along footpaths in 500 blissful acres. There’s a good drying room for your wet gear.