Plunge into rural tranquillity in this secluded cottage, surrounded by sheep and the owners’ organic farm. Given the setting you might expect an old peasant dwelling, but your brick and slate home is crisp and modern. Natural light floods the living room, illuminating polished oak floors, modern wood-burner and red futon against warm cream walls. The kitchen is country-style, with a gleaming Rayburn for retro-romantics, and an electric oven, too. Eat here around the elegant oak table or fling open the doors to the garden (there’s a barbecue too) with its herbs and young fruit trees; beyond that, fields and rolling countryside. A hand-made wooden staircase winds up to the en suite bedrooms, light, airy and uncluttered, and furnished with solid wooden beds. You can buy meat from the owners (they keep rare-breed sheep and cattle), or pop over for advice on what to visit: the quaintest churches, the cosiest pubs. The surroundings are a magnet for wildlife, so take binoculars on your walks and spot rare red kites, buzzards and falcons. Unfettered peace, 20 minutes from the A1.