A village house with thoroughly easy-going owners: artist Derek (you’ll see his water colours on the walls) and designer Wendy (who organises monthly jazz concerts) have knocked down walls to create lots of light and space. Find high ceilings, terracotta tiles and golden beams – plenty of books, sculptures and rugs create a homely, but not cluttered, feel. Bedrooms have the best linen and are soft and fresh; the bathroom has a power shower and white robes. Pay extra for a generous breakfast at one long table, or sleep in and grab something in the village later. Discover the quiet, fecund garden; cool off in the sparkling pool.