On the edge of a village – well-kept but rural (the sort where chickens wander the road) is a Norfolk farmhouse with a brick and flint barn to the side – a brilliant bolthole for two. The setting is charming, the countryside is peaceful, the owners are lovely and the barn is an eco conversion spotlessly maintained: an open-plan living room downstairs, a gallery bedroom up, and views across the Jupes’ vegetable garden to the fields. It’s warm and comfy too, no matter what the season: slate floors are heated, the wood-burner is well stocked. Your beamed vaulted living space has big sofas, an extendable dining table, a framed map of Norfolk, books, DVDs and a seaside theme. The kitchen, hand-built and beautifully made, keeps the country feel; the bathroom sparkles. Then it’s up the carpeted stair to a bed under the eaves, all cosy and romantic. Lovely on warm days to wake to the prospect of breakfast on the patio: decked, gravelled and private, it catches the morning and evening sun. The owners are keen sailors and can arrange RYA courses and ‘one off’ voyages – another treat. You can do B&B here, too.