You couldn’t fail to feel at home here among the photographs, pictures, books and family memorabilia spread out over many levels. The house has been in Rafela’s family since 1945 and remains their much-loved holiday home. There’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out: a huge, sociable kitchen with Aga and a pantry full of basics, a large drawing room with open fire, a sitting room with a wood-burner and a den for teenagers.
Spill out into the garden where you’ll discover five acres of lawns, woodland from which you can walk down to the river, an edible forest (fig, plum, apple, pear and more), a veg patch you can raid when you’re cooking and an enormous outdoor table overlooking the Dee valley and the Welsh hills.
Walk into the quirky village, still with its pub, a corner shop that stocks everything or can order it for you, a butcher with award-winning sausages and sometimes live music in the village hall. A 45-minute walk along the river will take you to The Cross Foxes, and Llangollen is 20 minutes in the car for quirky shops and white-water rafting. The walking is superb too.