Come for a break from clock-watching and a spot of Shropshire air. Large bedrooms delight with the comfiest mattresses on king-size beds, scented candles, antiques, books, games and double-end roll top baths – one under a west facing window. Debbie and Craig’s Aga-cooked breakfasts have won awards and include eggs from ‘the ladies of the orchard’. Wander through the apple, plum and pear trees, find a motte and bailey, strike out for a long, leafy hike. Craig and Debbie are thoughtful and hugely keen on wildlife (you get binoculars) and this is the perfect place to bring a special person – and a bottle of champagne.