Trundle along a bumpy track to a tranquil lake frequented by dragonflies and ducks – tall trees and acres of woodland and pasture surround you. Choose between the light-filled house or the newly-completed barn – both have been loved into life by furniture designer James who has done much of the work himself. In the house there are floor to ceiling windows, a striking open-plan living space, James’ wonderful furniture dotted about, interesting art, a bathroom for each bedroom and a cosy wood-burner. The barn is just as light, warm and comfortable with a wheelchair-friendly downstairs bedroom and wet room, an open-plan living room and a stonker of a bedroom upstairs with views and a log-burner. Both kitchens are modern, sleek and have all the stuff you need including a hamper of local food, but the owners can arrange catering if you want a break. Grand romps are yours in ten acres of woodland, the young at heart will adore splashing around the lake in the boat, you’re just a few miles from the Jurassic coast for picnics and fossil hunting, the coastal path for puffing up and down, Lyme for shops and restaurants.