The owners are next door but you have your own separate entrance and outdoor space, the feel will be very private. The main living area is double height, light and airy with doors to both terraces and gardens – fling these open on hot days and you can drift seamlessly indoors and out. There’s a covered patio for barbecues and eating, even in a downpour, or a wisteria-covered terrace by the (unheated) pool. Over an acre of gardens mean you can always find a secret spot with a book.
A nice country kitchen is roomy with a worktop island and a table big enough for 12, so you can entertain if you like. There are basics for cooking in stock and Bill leaves you a couple of bottles of local wine plus a jar of his homemade marmalade. On cooler days you can light the wood-burner, find lots of books to read, even have a game of bar billiards.
Join walks, stock up at lovely markets, sleep soundly on smooth vintage linen, relish the peace.