A wood-fired pizza oven, a ‘resistance’ indoor pool, a cosy home cinema and a hot tub with bucolic views: Sheepyard Barn is eco-chic, high spec, and spectacular. You pootle past four woody lakeside lodges and down the twisting track until, at last, a long low barn comes into view, in a commanding position on a gentle hill, with rolling fields all around. Enter to find… streaming light, heaps of space, everything on one floor, and bedrooms divided from living areas by a heavy wooden sliding door. It’s the perfect multi-generational place to stay, and dogs are welcome too. Every little thing has been considered, from hooks for children’s coats and a trampoline sunk into the grass, to storage for outdoor cushions (note the patio sofas) and, on arrival, fresh flowers, homemade cake and eggs from the farm where the friendly owners live. Stock up with provisions in Hadleigh, return to a wow of a kitchen, a pleasure to work in and sociable too; no chef could be lonely here. Spot wildlife at Wolves Wood, book in a spa therapist, enjoy tea in Lavenham, or stroll to Flatford. Then retire to the ‘Field Shelter’ and catch the evening sun.