Mells is a treasure with its medieval centre and liberal sprinkling of charming cottages; you’ll find Vicky and John’s attractive house down a track in the quiet wooded valley. It’s a home with a friendly feel: books, art, pots of flowers, intriguing finds from family travels, comfy sofas around the wood-burner. Beds are wrapped in fine cotton and colourful quilts; sweet bathrooms have scented candles. Come down for breakfast in the kitchen – homemade bread, eggs from happy hens – delivered by a friend on a pony! Sunny cottage garden, walks from the door, a five-minute drive to Babington House… and entertaining hosts.