You’ll know you’ve found the right place because your name is written on a blackboard by the door. You’ll also find a breakfast hamper with homemade cake. Walk in to bold colours, soaring ceilings and exposed elm beams. The light-filled rooms run one to the other; a kitchen with bright blue Aga – there’s a combi-oven too – cream cupboards, solid wood worktops, exposed stone work and a painted antique Chinese horse. The dining room is where you’ll find the gins (hurrah!) – and leather sofas to sink into. A freestanding wood-burner (logs are on the house) is the focus of the sitting room and unabashed orange, lime and aquamarine in the cushions and rug add to the drama. Bedrooms have real linen, comfy mattresses, lots of pillows and bathrooms with slate tiles, exposed pipework, gleaming white porcelain and a copper bathtub for two in one. If it rains you can take the ‘Nothing Better to do Quiz’ – find unusual objects around you and guess what they were used for and what was paid for them. Cycle, walk, sit about in the sunny courtyard or hop in the car and visit Oxford.