Sweep up the drive to a vast house with towering chimneystacks (22 at the last count!). Behind the façade of this romantic, rambling Arts & Crafts manor, you cross the cobbles and spiral up to the Old Nursery. Sideways sash windows and Pugin shutters hint at a former life; now this tranquil space is a spacious and stylish apartment, polished and plumped to perfection. Classy flower-strewn sofas rest in a calm, uncluttered sitting room and the airy open-plan kitchen holds all you need. Dine at the circular table, retire for a king-size snooze, in a bedroom overlooking a paddock of rare-breed sheep. The twin is cosy and child-friendly, the bathrooms gleam. In the late 1800s this romantic old English manor was the county home of Lord Wenlock; today’s owners have restored it to its full glory. For a family gathering, take the equally lovely Gun Room too. Set in glorious gardens and grounds, and close to the Shropshire Way, this is the best kind of country retreat, combining grand architecture with a stunning setting. Stock up for the week – deliciously – in Ludlow, Slow Food capital; Ironbridge and Much Wenlock are close.