John and Jo, who live next door with their children, have converted this old redbrick barn with a cool curved roof into a sleek and stylish holiday home. All ages will be happy here: there are downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms for grandparents, cupboards brimming with toys and a huge expanse of lawn for little ones and a grown-up vibe for everyone else. Step into the practical hall – coat and muddy welly storage plus washing stuff is all here. Downstairs are two bedrooms; a sunny twin and en suite double with views; and an expansive open-plan kitchen/living/dining room. The modern kitchen with its American style fridge was built with serious cooking in mind; the dining area has been jazzed up with local art and the living room is comfy with sofas and armchair in front of a big flatscreen and funky wood-burner (unlimited logs keep you toasty, as does the underfloor heating). Upstairs is a mezzanine hangout with sofabed and another double. Smart, neutral bedrooms are livened up with Welsh throws and the bathrooms are indulgent. You’re on the Severn Way walking route for delightful ambles along the river’s meandering path.