The peace is extraordinary, the walking sublime, the estate gardens – Robin’s passion – burst with colour and life. He gives private tours of the lake, kitchen garden, arboretum and orchards; in high summer, roses carouse over lush lawns. This immaculately restored one-storey cottage stands in the courtyard of a beguiling Dorset manor, with views swooping over tree-lined lawns to woodland spiked with the village church tower and steep Corton Hill. (Climb it for views to the Quantocks.) Behind the old stables’ mellow stone walls is a bright, modern interior, open plan with a wood-burner for cosy nights. Soft green sofas match curtains at deep windows, while much-treasured family heirlooms and hand-painted antiques set off modern spot lighting and shiny oak floors. For the best garden views climb up to spacious carpeted bedrooms, a super-king bed, pretty patterned curtains, spanking new bathrooms with deep baths and power showers. Fringing Dorset and Somerset walking country, the cottage is steps away from an award-winning pub and a short drive from historic Sherborne with its castle, abbey and shops.