Solar panels, biomass boiler, wood-burner, Welsh wool… You’re as snug as a bug and surrounded by wildlife, yet only five minutes from Newport. Down a pot-holed track on a hillside, overlooking the lush valley, is this big lovely bolthole for two. Jemma (jeweller) and Daniel (cellist) have happily returned to the family home to raise their young family and are full of exciting plans, eg. vintage weddings and civil ceremonies in the barn. (Don’t worry: all self-catered stays are wedding-free!). The setting is idyllic and the garden has a view-filled terrace, picnic table and fire pit, raised beds and a beautiful wild flower meadow. Inside are two levels of heated wood floors (sanded planks up, new oak down) linked by a small curving stair. The open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen space is downstairs, the wet room too, and the bedroom is up: goose down bedding, a claw-foot tub, space for an extra bed. Discover Europe’s smallest city, St David’s, or explore friendly little Newport. You can walk to the pub.