Homemade cake or scones, a full basket of logs and freshly laid eggs – what a welcome! Delightful Ruth has thought of everything; the fridge is stocked with ‘survival supplies’ and she lives with her family in the Georgian farmhouse next door if you have any local questions. An immaculate bolthole for four with a private paddock and glorious views of the Vale of Belvoir, this is a tranquil place where you can relax in great comfort. Converted from a former out-building, touches of country style include a Belfast sink in the smart, white kitchen and a striking wood-burner at the other end of the light, open-plan entrance room. Elegant en-suite bedrooms are furnished with antiques and painted in calm colours. The double has pretty, floral wallpaper and a luxurious travertine-tiled walk-in shower, while the second bedroom’s contemporary bathroom has a roll-top bath for indulgent soaking. Stroll to The Unicorn’s Head for good pub grub or Langar Hall for fine dining in a gorgeous country house. Melton Mowbray (of pork pie fame) and Belvoir Castle are close too, or simply explore the wonderful countryside on your doorstep.