In the thatched village of Stokenham, just strolling distance from the church, is 12th-century Stokenham House. Attached, but tucked away and secluded, is the Priesthole, a characterful cottage that a family would love. It has its own courtyard for barbecues but, even better, the garden is yours to share: 1.2 acres of classic English loveliness, it has a pool that catches the evening sun and a tantalising glimpse of the sea. The delightful owners, who do B&B, meet, greet and show you around. Downstairs, enter a wide corridor to a cosy split-level living room with a stylish vintage décor: white walls, local art, bold colours. The kitchen is cheerfully on trend (metro tiles, feature lighting), the dining table seats up to five, and three spotless bedrooms lie above. The double is on the first floor, next to the bathroom, and the rest are under the roof, up steepish wonky stairs. You’re two minutes from the stunning coastline, you can walk to a farm shop or café, eat well at the pubs in the village, and, on lazy nights in, order a fabulous meal from former chef Iona.