You’ll feel calm here, high up on one side of the Wye Valley, with the river winding its way through an ancient tree line below you. However bad tempered the weather, it’s uplifting to sit by the large windows in the open plan sitting room, wood-burner warming you, views straight across the valley. It’s a stylish and thoughtful space too: oak doors, slate floors, a neat kitchen with all the stuff you need, white walls, original art and a proper big bath tub for walk-weary limbs. A bunk room on the ground floor has a bookcase stuffed with books; up open wooden stairs is a neat, beamed double, warmed by the wood-burner flue, and overlooking the grand view – you’re facing east so sunrises will be lovely. Behind is a small courtyard garden with a table and chairs peering west – private, but lovely Catherine and Hugh are in the cottage over the road. They leave you logs, bottles of local beer, homemade biscuits and honey bee soap made in Usk. Hugh’s a keen mountain cyclist and will happily chat about routes, walks are straight from the door, you can canoe and fish, or take yourselves off to the local Michelin-starred pub. Nice.