An old-school, country-house hotel with three acres of gardens that run down to the river Teme. You’ll find Wales on one side and England on the other, so bring your wellies and wade across; the walking is magnificent. The house was once home to writer Wilfred Thesiger; his friend, Haile Selassie, visited in the 1920s. These days it’s informally run by three generations of the Marsden family with Beryl and Rodney leading the way. Step inside and enter a world that’s rooted in a delightful past: clocks tick, cats snooze, fires crackle, the odd champagne cork escapes its bondage. Beautiful art hangs on the walls, the sitting room is stuffed with books, the bar comes in country-house style, and there’s food to reckon with in the dining room, perhaps local pigeon with caramelised apple, slow-roasted shoulder of Welsh lamb, apple crumble and butterscotch sundae. A kitchen garden supplies much for the table. You can fish, spot deer in the woods, play croquet on the lawn. Red kite, moorhens, kingfishers and herons live in the valley. Homely bedrooms wait. Presteigne and Ludlow are close.