Warm, colourful B&B tucked in a valley above Swyncombe House and the 11th century St Boltoph’s Church; the estate runs down to sheep-grazed pastures and footpaths shoot off in all directions. If you come in spring the snowdrops in the church grounds are lovely, and they host afternoon teas.
At Lizzie’s elegant home you’ll be offered homemade cake and tea or a glass of something when you arrive. Breakfast – avocado on toast, bruschetta with basil, homemade granola, sourdough toast with homemade marmalade or local honey – is eaten in the dining room or conservatory overlooking the pretty garden. There’s an art-filled living room just for guests and two comfortable bedrooms upstairs.
You’re on the Ridgeway for superb walking in the Chilterns, try the 11 miles from Watlington to Wallingford if you have the stamina – it’s a day’s walk – or dip in and out for something more gentle.