Solar panels on the roof, logs in the basket, eco soaps by the bath and a feather duvet: all is tickety-boo and beautifully thought out. The friendly owners live on site, there if you need them but otherwise discreet. The cottage complements their own red-brick home, on the other side of the beech hedge. Step in to find a compact open-plan living space with a wood-burner in the corner, a mix of old and new (daybed, armchair, dining table), glazed doors opening to a patio (nice and secluded), and a spiral metal stair to the bed on the mezzanine. There’s a glass balustrade so you see below, and robes provided for a flit downstairs, to a bathroom with a shining bath and a hand-held shower, and a washing machine hidden in the cupboard. Most couples come to explore Ludlow, a popular market town at any time of year (medieval fair in November, food festivals in spring and autumn) and this peaceful street is a ten-minute walk from the centre. Treat yourself to Michelin stars, explore the 10th-century castle, discover the Shropshire Hills – you are surrounded by lush countryside.