Val runs an art gallery on the ground floor of her 17th-century house and has filled the apartment above it with beautiful pieces of art (some that you can buy) and carefully chosen furniture. She’s very much a local and will give you useful tips about walks and where to eat.
Observe the bustling streets from your perch on a window seat in the massive living room, cook in the sweet little kitchen – Val will leave you a hamper with local produce from the deli two doors down – or find restaurants and pubs on your doorstep.
The town is very walkable and for getting out, the river is lovely – walk four miles to the River Café for lunch and then canoe back. Walk, wild swim or cycle in the moody Black Mountains, return to much comfort and good books.