Send the children off to the Forest School; buy your produce from the honesty shop: sausages, bramble chutney, apple juice from the farm. Immersed in wildlife and rolling hills, this grand gothic house is home to the Bosanquet family, whose love of sustainable farming is inspiring.
They offer a cottage in the stables, an apartment in the West Wing, and a barn conversion for two, with a little loft den (or bell tent) for children and grand-children. All ages love it here.
Raglan Castle is a ten-minute drive, the Forest of Dean half an hour, and the Brecons are just beyond. This is a foodie area so book lunch at The Bell at Skenfrith (about 10 miles), tour the vineyards of Ancre Hill (7 miles), and visit the Chapel in Abergavenny (12 miles). Then back for a stroll down the yew-tree walk, and a row on the wildlife-rich lake.