There are gentle walks from this thatched cottage along the river Frome valley, and rugged coastal paths nearby. Return to a beautiful sitting room with lots of art and a roaring fire on chilly days – architecture buffs will swoop upon the medieval over mantle and ancient stone archway. Sleep soundly in crisp white linen with thick fabrics at the windows (you are on the road but it’s quiet at night); bathrooms are gleaming. Charming Louise can make anybody feel at home and cooks beautiful, multifarious breakfasts from scratch including her own bread and preserves. Fossils abound and you can track down public gardens too.