Hidden among 52 acres of sunflower fields lies a beautifully proportioned stylish, intimate hotel – and a self-catering cottage, too. Built for a baron 200 years ago, it’s been transformed by an English couple with impeccable taste into a haven of luxurious modern comfort including a heated pool, snooker table, WiFi in every corner – and period style. Delicious breakfasts, light lunches and scrumptious dinners are served on fine white linen with freshly-cut garden flowers; enjoy elevated views from the terrace. Elegant bedrooms (all air-conditioned) are large and light (the higher the lighter) with beams and great views; soft creams and whites dominate. In the bathrooms you’ll find fluffy towels and dressing gowns. Summer calls for lazing on sumptuous loungers, happy hour is between five and six, and all this can be enjoyed by self-caterers, too. In winter visit the new fitness room then cosy up by a roaring fire and enjoy a candlelit supper in the blue and white dining room. Step out for medieval town markets or music festivals, or explore the estate – tons of choice.