Inside the farmhouse is a 17th-century manor with medieval roots, an original turret and all of four huge granite fireplaces. Add a fascinating garden, bucolic views, and secrets of the 1944 events. A friendly and dynamic fabric designer, Alison moved here to develop her brilliant gardening talent. You will enjoy it, and the high huge-beamed rooms, and the sense of history – 1611 is carved in the kitchen mantel. This big old room has buckets of atmosphere, a discreet modern kitchen that doesn’t jar the venerable aesthetic and a warming wood-burner. The finely personal décor is both stylish and tastefully cosy thanks to colourful textiles, handsome antiques and interesting objets. Gently up the gnarled staircase to the bedrooms, both big-beamed, stone-fireplaced, brass-bedded and uncluttered. One has a shower room up narrow attic stairs; the other has its own bathroom, is a bit smaller, but full of comfort and character. Alison’s plantsmanship and her local knowledge will charm those with green fingers or an interest in history—medieval to 20th century. Gardeners, history buffs, walkers: come hither.