It’s romantic here, in the true sense: a wild landscape, a 15th-century water mill with history seeping out of its stone walls and the river murmuring underneath you. The feel is relaxed: the bird-filled garden is rambling and you’re welcome to take cuttings, the house has interesting pictures and family photos, the kitchen cupboards are full of stuff you can use (just replace it) and a bottle of wine will be waiting.
Children will love ‘the dorm’ with its four single beds and a vast amount of toys, books and games in wicker baskets. The big double has a seating area and dreamy views over the river and garden. Plenty of room downstairs in the kitchen, dining room, big sitting room and conservatory means you shan’t feel cramped.
Take the bikes and cycle, walk the lovely countryside – you won’t come across another soul. Return to cool off in the natural pool or fish in the stream while you watch the stars come out.