Leave the most minor of minor roads for a track, then a cluster of stone buildings over which Holt Barn presides. It’s an understated conversion that cleverly combines cosy bedrooms, vast beams, underfloor heating, every music and TV device known to man and a phone with free UK calls. The superlative kitchen is part of the luxuriously large open-plan ground floor, with sofas and a wood-burning stove – eight guests will be thoroughly at ease. The Christophers are engaging hosts, on hand for queries, and have farmed this acreage for over a century. A courtyard separates the three-sided rectangle of buildings and woodpeckers inhabit the old fruit trees. Animal-loving children will be happy and will love roaming the surrounding hills: the Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid. One of the best sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path runs close by and there are hidden churches and ruined abbeys to discover. Nearby Hay, Hereford, Abergavenny and Abbey Dore all have festivals and the Brecon Beacons are hard to beat – go walking, fishing, gliding, cycling, canoeing. Watch the woodpeckers or climb Pen y Fan – difficult holiday decisions.