Ringed by the gentle hills of the Teme valley, this Shropshire hideout is a converted outbuilding of local stone and wood, with a patio overlooking a sunken garden for summer barbecues and starlit nightcaps. Downstairs is open plan and cottage cosy, with natural fibres, exposed stone walls, old beams and a heated slate floor. Curl up with a book in the sitting area, warmed by the log-burning stove, or gather in the kitchen, whose burr oak units were made by a local carpenter – along with the bedheads and wardrobes of the two bedrooms. These are upstairs – one king, one twin, both fresh and bright, with en suite showers and views worth rising early for. Easy-going, bee-keeping owners Mark and Rita, who live steps away in the main house, greet you with a hamper that includes fresh eggs, homemade jam and their own honey; they can also stock the larder in advance, sparing you a four-mile trip to the nearest shop. Traipse the dales, stroll by the river Teme, and enjoy the silence – broken only by the chirping of songbirds around the feeders or the distant growl of a tractor.