Lovely Ludlow is a draw for foodies and history buffs alike, replete with listed buildings, antique shops, restaurants and world-class markets. Right in its centre is this fine Georgian townhouse and its handsome garden; hidden within the walls, an enchanting cottage for two with your own front door so you’ll feel nicely private if you prefer to be. Climb up stairs to rooms filled with light: raised beams open up the space and natural materials shine. Floors are exposed brick or wood topped with rugs, there are inviting armchairs, a big table, lots of books and games and art on the walls. In the kitchen there’s a Belfast-sink and all the bits you need to cook up a storm (fresh herbs plucked from the garden will add an extra flourish). The double has a very large bed, sublime fabrics, muted tones and its own bathroom down a few steps. This is a fine base for anyone – you’re smack in the Marches with English and Welsh culture all around you – so walk, visit festivals or hop in the car and be in bookish Hay-on-Wye in 40 minutes.