It’s very pleasant here in a secluded part of Somerset with ancient houses dotted about. This mundane 80s house is out of kilter with the vernacular but it’s great fun to stay here and your impeccably behaved children and dogs are certainly welcome. Marts (and when she’s allowed back from the US, his lovely wife Bean) look after you with aplomb and a great deal of humour.
Breakfast is a laidback affair at the big wooden table in the kitchen: Bean’s home-baked bread (toast it how you want it), Mart’s homemade marmalade, organic cereals, yogurts and berries and top coffee that’ll put hairs on your chest. If you want bacon and eggs etc you need to order it in advance, and you pay extra. If you’re too pooped to go out for dinner, a good kitchen supper will be cooked for you with a bit of notice.
Walk to Batcombe – the village which was so isolated it escaped the Black Death. It’s now inhabited by a swathe of OEs and has a popular pub, the Three Horseshoes. Bruton for the Roth Grill or At The Chapel is just a seven-minute drive and Frome is 15 minutes in the car for good food shopping at the markets.