In its own beautiful valley, this extended, refurbished 19th-century family house does seriously smart B&B. You’ll want to linger over breakfast – local bacon, their hens’ eggs, homemade jams, their own tomato sauce – in the light-filled orangery with breathtaking views across rich farmland to the distant Mendips. Luxuriate in traditional bedrooms with antiques and colourful rugs on polished floors; sensors control the lighting in peerless bathrooms with heated floors. Watch for wildlife by the ponds in the large, well-kept grounds. It’s a short walk to a good pub and Dorset’s delights surround you.