Nature lovers will be in their element. This is rugged countryside in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, with mighty mountains swooping down to sandy beaches. You can hike, bike, picnic, fly through trees on a zip wire, take a trip on a steam train, even bounce around on enormous trampolines in an underground cave. Stagger back to your warm and comfortably restored 1800s former stables, up a track laden with rhododendrons and azaleas. Walk straight into the kitchen to find slate tiles, wooden units with granite-style tops, a door to the garden and everything spick and span. Choose to eat here or upstairs in the cosy living room by the electric wood-burner. Plenty of squashy leather seating and soft oatmeal carpets will encourage a spot of sprawling but you’ve probably earned it. Bedrooms are up here too: a sweet L-shaped single with a brass bed and a good-sized double with a door to your own patch of garden; sit up and drink your tea in the summer and let birdsong beguile you. Mattresses are thick, cotton is crisp, duvets are feather and down, the peace is profound. Marie meets and greets and lives nearby.