Wrought-iron gates, a gravelled path, another gate… and then a tiny walled garden. This is a hidden retreat, tucked amongst the charming Cotswold cottages of pretty and popular Painswick. You’ll probably spend most of your time in the conservatory attached to the small 18th- and 19th-century cottage; with sofas, dining table and tiled floor, it overlooks the colourful garden with its fishpond. On chillier days, you might eat in the cream kitchen, smart yet cosy with Aga, flagstone floor and marble work surfaces, with everything a real cook might need. From the kitchen a step leads up into a small, low-ceilinged sitting-room for TV-watching; between the two rooms, a staircase heads up to two bedrooms. With stripped-wood furnishings, light-coloured walls, a mix of wrought-iron and pale wood bedsteads, the feel is country-casual; relaxed but smartly done. Both rooms have views to hillsides in the valley below. The bathroom is handsome with dark-wood floors and sparkling-white units. Cotswolds’ towns and countryside surround you; Cheltenham is close; walks start from the door. Return to your honeyed haven.