Trundle down a rough track to an old worker’s cottage surrounded by 40 acres of wildflower meadows cultivated by hand. Artists Neti and Hugo live opposite in their barn – if you fall in love with any of the artwork in the cottage you can visit their studio to see more.
It’s quiet here: writers can tap away and artists scribble at the large wooden dining table, or in the extension facing the gorgeous countryside. The open fire makes it cosy to hunker down on the sofa with a good book – there are plenty to choose from on the bookshelf.
Drive to Newport in 15 minutes for the beach (perfect for walks and swimming), shops, pubs and restaurants; try out the craft beer at Bluestone Brewers nearby. There are lots of great beaches – Poppit Sands, Cwybr Bay for pebble coves and seal and dolphin spotting; kayaking, surfing, riding and cycling can be arranged locally.