All this could be yours: a fine 18th-century manor with a long, tree-lined avenue, views down to the lake and a super big heated pool. When you’ve finished lazing in the huge grounds or being sporty around tennis balls, retreat to the sitting room, with its lovely old wooden floors, open fire, comfortable sofas. The dining room, magnificent with William-Morris-type fabrics, mirrored fireplace and polished floors, seats 14 on upholstered chairs; there’s a very good cook available too. Upstairs, a long, light passage leads to the roomy bedrooms and bathrooms; then, in the loft, three bedrooms with brand new shower rooms. The sunny kitchen and the bathrooms are more functional than fabulous, and central heating keeps you warm as toast in winter. The Wing is less grand than the main house but has an open fire, tiled floors, warm kilim rugs, some good antiques and a fitted kitchen; the Pigeonnier is charming, with fine furnishings, stunning stone fireplace and private walled garden. There are also three ensuite rooms in the recently restored stables for extra guests. So much space indoors and out, and stacks to do in the area.