This cosy brick house stands in 15 acres of rhododendron’d garden, beech wood and orchard, and faces the river Wye: only wildlife breaks the silence. Kim has opened her family home and delights in sharing it. Easy-going charm pervades and quirk abounds: cigar boxes inlaid into one wall, murals in the hall, family photos and paintings dotted about, and stacks of books. A polished dining table and a lovely mismatch of utensils hang above the kitchen’s uneven flagstones. Watch the swirling river through a window over breakfast, listen to it rush past from the comfort of a squashy living room sofa; there’s a big open fire here, and a snug room with a rocking chair at the back of the house. All but one of the sweet bedrooms have river views, all come with Lulu Guinness linen, good mattresses and blissful peace. For sluicing down, there’s a ground floor shower plus two more bathrooms above. Come for open space and peace… skim stones, spy otters, soak up the wonderful views. And you’re only a 15 minute walk from Hay-on-Wye.