Step straight off the narrow pavement into a sunny hall and a warm and welcoming family home. Iris and Greg have made their pretty 17th-century house, in the heart of this bustling village, as eco-friendly as possible. Comfy bedrooms are charming; the four-poster room has a tiny en suite shower room. Farmers’ market breakfasts are a feast, the Aga kitchen is a friendly space, and Rollo the dog (who has his own sofa) loves children. Painswick is known as ‘the Queen of the Cotswolds’: enjoy superb rambles through orchid meadows and beech woods carpeted with bluebells; visit good pubs on the way. Great value and perfect for walkers without a car.