Glimpse this award-winning eco home through the lofty trees and wild grasses of deepest Norfolk: who says England is crowded? Step into an open-plan living space which melts into nature through gleaming glass walls. A peaked ceiling soars skyward into a mesh of oak beams, a contemporary wood-burner exudes warmth and cosiness, and a sleek slate-floored kitchen stands to attention along one wall. The building bursts with clever design and thoughtful details: steep paddle stairs to an exciting glazed mezzanine gallery with a low double bed; well-positioned reading lamps; endless log supplies; a cupboard papered with OS maps for inspiration. Two sleek, unfussy ground-floor bedrooms (one with a wet room) burst out to a wraparound veranda and garden terrace with barbecue. The owners, potters, care deeply for the environment and leave you in peace to meet the neighbours: pheasants, deer, butterflies, a tawny owl. Quiet country lanes meander to the coast for birdwatching at Salthouse, a boat trip to Blakeney or crabbing in Cromer. Stroll along Weaver’s Way beside a meadow to afternoon tea at Felbrigg Hall.