You’ll share this characterful former vicarage with Mark and his family – but you have plenty of privacy and there’s a bell to ring should you need anything. The kids will soon disappear into the large and adventurous garden; join them for a game of croquet on the lawn or laze idly in the hammock.
Parts of the house date from the 16th-century, so expect uneven floors, crooked walls and quirky little touches. Fire up the barbecue on your private dining terrace and soak in the countryside views, chat around the fire pit and watch the stars come out. A roaring fireplace and plenty of books and games substitute for weather that’s less than balmy.
The garden has a number of distinct areas: a vegetable patch that you can help yourself to, a play area with treehouse, zip wire and climbing frame for the kids, and a secret door leading into the churchyard – it’s a shortcut to the village shop. Walks start from the garden gate, and the Jurassic coast beckons: lovely Lyme Regis is half an hour away.