Hacton Cruck is a remarkable survival – a medieval hall now in a condition beyond simple restoration (cows would feel out of place), but one feels this is what the original builders would have delighted in; the hall is already 250 years old when the Great Fire of London starts. The details are so good you won’t notice them. (But do.) The arching cruck beams are original and the tapesteried space in the main room is a perfect combination of height and flagstoned floor. Here, living, cooking (in an ultra-modern open-plan kitchen) and eating happen. A wood-burner is flanked by sofas and underfloor heating in winter completes the comfort of the house deep in snow. Where better? The bathroom and twin bedroom are on the ground floor; above is a double room snug under the thatch. WiFi and music live on the entrance gallery. Logs are close by for autumn visits. Outside, the small garden and barbecue area are freshly hedged and lead back past the bulrushes to the village pub and beyond. Hereford, Dore Abbey and Hay-on-Wye provide nearby civilisation; and Skirrid (the Holy mountain) and the Brecon Beacons, freedom.