Up-and-coming – or up-and-come – is Newport. It’s a little town inland from the rugged North Coast, with an arty, let’s-escape-the-city air. At the sleepy end of town, at the top of a peaceful street, with views across the rooftops to hills and sea, is this charming stone cottage, sympathetically renovated and beautifully maintained. Enter a big, bright, Scandinavian-style space, all whites with subtle accents of colour, new oak floors and painted beams, characterful fabrics and furniture: a button-back armchair, a nut-brown leather sofa. At the far end is the kitchen – the hub of the house. Upstairs are the bedrooms, cosy with seaside colours, enormous beds and plump white duvets. Find flowers on arrival, tea, coffee, milk, a bottle of wine, and logs for cosy nights in. The sunny garden across the lane is a treat in the summer. Come with the kids: Newport Sands is a big breezy beach that you can drive your car on to; Newport Parrog beach is tidal, with a slipway for boat launching and a lively boat club. Great pubs, fascinating shops and little eateries are a five-minute walk… try the Llys Meddyg, or the Golden Lion.