Down a delightful road, over an old stone bridge, past red-brick Bridge House, to arrive at a row of three charming, late-Georgian millworker’s cottages (yours is the middle one). You can enter off the street, or via the lane at the back and through the courtyard garden – rather fun! The owners live locally and share a love for historic buildings. Note the simple sympathetic restoration, the immaculate paintwork, and the period touches: vintage French bedside tables in one bedroom, a dear little Suffolk chair in another, velvet armchairs by the old brick fireplace. Embroidered curtains and good pictures hang in the sitting room, the kitchen is contemporary-traditional, the dining extension is flooded with light, and the bedrooms (one king size, one double) lie at the top of the narrow stair. The bathroom – natural Norfolk soaps, toasty heated floor – leads off the kitchen below. It’s a brilliant location, a stroll from the market place of Aylsham (gastropub, monthly market, independent shops) and walking distance from Blickling Hall (a National Trust gem). Norfolk beaches are a hop in the car; so is the City of Norwich.