In the grounds of Mill Farm where the owners live (he’s an ecologist, she’s an organic food specialist), is a big beautiful barn that will make your heart soar. Views reach over farmland, paddock and Shetland ponies, while brick and flint walls and willow screens create privacy from next door: the big patio is a safe place for children. Enter a great open-plan living room with vaulted ceilings and a bright airy feel, and a central oak staircase that winds you to mezzanine and bedrooms upstairs (two are up, two are down). Fossil-stone slabs line the floor, the end wall is of exposed brick, sleek leather sofas are deliciously comfy and children will love the hanging chair. Delightful Emma welcomes you in, gives you a fabulous hamper (veg from the allotment, home-baked cake and more), logs for the wood-burner, and has a wonderful eye for colour and design. Bedrooms are spacious and calming, one with a balcony for sundowners; bathrooms are the bees’ knees. You can walk to pub, fish shop, small store and beach, there are books, games, TV with surround sound, bikes to borrow and toddlers’ seats!