In the courtyard of the family’s handsome villa is the Coach House – private, secluded and romantic. Enter the sitting room, airy, lofty and light, with a sweep of oak floor warm underfoot, a wood-burning stove, and an upright leather sofa facing shelves and TV. Barn-like double doors open to the dining room: wooden table and benches, a piano to play, small loft doors high above (and no hay to be seen!). From this room a steep ladder leads to a carpeted ‘bed deck’ (with safety rail) – best for children. The main bedroom, up the stairs, is cool, calm and spacious, with a cosy pitched ceiling, a small rug on a carpeted floor and fresh covers on a queen-size bed. In the bathroom find a rainfall shower over the bath and a washing machine and dryer tucked away. You’re on the edge of a residential village (no shops but good places to eat), you have a wonderful farm shop a 15-minute stroll away and a great little kitchen in which to rustle up meals. The beautiful Basingstoke Canal is just down the road, as is King John’s Odiham Castle. There’s a tiny garden, all is leafy and lovely – who’d guess you were an hour from London?