Once a stable block on the Whittern estate, the Colloquy is now a rambling retreat bordered by a walled garden and lavender hedges. Arrive through the cobbled courtyard to find chandeliers hanging from beamed ceilings and walls flaunting contemporary local art – which you can buy if you feel moved to. A chef can deliver treats to the house and the table extends to seat 30, so gather your family and friends around you and indulge. There are plenty of after-dinner spaces for conversation or solitude, and polished brick corridors that lead to a library with log fire and a swish media centre. There’s a big main kitchen, separate from the eating area, and four kitchenettes attached to various bedrooms, perfect for rustling up snacks; all are glossily finished. Retire to a flurry of sleek, roomy bedrooms in the annexe where French windows open to a terrace. Some bedrooms have mezzanine galleries, there are sleigh beds and four-posters, good bed linen and checked blankets, showers, roll-top baths and wet rooms – all chic. Beyond the garden are acres for you to wander. Fabulous.