John and Barbara look after you in a lovely old mill-owner’s house built in the 1700s. Traditional bedrooms have pale colours, flowery fabrics, patterned walls and wrought-iron beds; breakfast is in a cosy room overlooking the garden, with a log-burner for chilly mornings. Both garden and welcome will delight you. The story of the garden starts in the 1970s when Barbara used to help her mother with their garden centre. The more she learned, the more her interest grew: by the time her children had grown and flown she was hooked and began restoring and developing. The old apple trees lining the path were pruned, but not much else is recognisable now; instead, dense cottage garden planting demonstrates Barbara’s eye for combinations of colour, form and foliage. This shelter protects tender plants and is a lovely setting for a Victorian-style glass house used for entertaining. In a natural looking stream garden damp-loving plants such as rodgersia and gunnera grow down towards a pool, while a ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ runs rampant over trellis and trees. Let Barbara take you on a tour: the history is fascinating.