Devon lanes weave through creek-side villages from Totnes, finally opening to the boat-bobbed Dart, shimmering on a summer’s day. Then, at the end of a half-mile drive fringed with fields you reach Riverside Farm, home to managed sheep and woodland. Orchard House, newly built with local stone and Delabole roofing slates, and Cider Barn, a clever conversion, are named after the apple trees that once stood here. The friendly owners and the farm manager live on site, show you around and then leave you in peace. Inside is spacious, hi-spec, open plan and awash with light, from the kitchens for wannabe Nigellas to the large rain showers and ‘his and her’ sinks upstairs. Anyone who loves water will love it here; the boats and the estuary are ever in view and each window captures a different angle. What’s more, the path outside winds down from the garden to a private jetty (bring canoes!). Browse the shops of arty Totnes, cruise down the Dart on a coal-fired steamer, hail the Dittisham ferry to Agatha Christie’s house. Then it’s back to a barbecue and drinks with a view – or crumpets by the wood-burner.