Ludlow celebrates food like no other town and you can walk to everything it has to offer. You’re tucked into the peaceful part of town in this baby blue 16th-century cottage on a quiet lane with ancient outsides but a very modern interior. Find a quarry tiled entrance, a clean-lined kitchen with an enormous skylight, pretty blue units and a glass topped table. The sitting room is panelled and painted in shades of white and cream; feel toasty by the gas-burner on a comfy sofa, red leather designer chair or striped pouffe; escape up a ladder with a book to the nook for a bit of quiet time. Sleep peacefully under a patchwork quilt in the double en suite bedroom with its painted floor of harlequin diamonds in the softest colours; a shower room is downstairs – warm and restful with large creamy tiles and a drenching shower. The whole cottage is higgledy-piggledy and the stairs are rather steep so not for the less than nimble, but the feel is delightful and antiques look good with slatted blinds and contemporary pieces. Views from the back are to woods and an old wall, you have the best of both worlds inside and out.