Asphodel stands out from the well-heeled houses in this quiet village: a hobbity stone shepherd’s cottage with a bushy cap of thatch and trim garden behind. It’s listed – early 1600s – and little has changed outside, but step in to a warm, bright living area of soft violet sofas, Indian rug on flagstone floors, a Moroccan lamp, original art. No TV downstairs to blight conversation, but a stone fireplace, wood-burner and coffee table with books. In one corner, a modern kitchen with vintage china and crystal glasses; in the other, steep stone stairs spiral to the bedroom. This is hugely romantic: chandelier dangling from open rafters, Laura Ashley bed on a rug-strewn wooden floor; centre stage in the bathroom, a claw foot bath with fluffy towels and smellies. Hard to drag yourself out… but do, for outside are rattan seats hugged by Cotswold stone walls, a scented path over the lawn, a mini wild meadow, apples, plums, herbs to pick. Some asphodels, too – symbols of romance. Stroll to the Tunnel House Inn; close by are Roman Cirencester, Tetbury, the source of the Thames. Or roam as the deer do among endless fields.