Hilary has an excellent eye for interiors and has furnished this old weavers’ cottage so cleverly that the compact space feels light and roomy. Inside, on one level, is where you live, eat and sleep: watch TV from the comfort of the two-seater velour sofa, whip up light meals in the smart little kitchen, sleep deeply in the prettily dressed bedroom – there’s a separate sparkling shower room. Deep windowsills draw your eye to verdant views; rustic old beams, original lintels and soft lighting make everything cosy. Step out to a dinky patio for al fresco breakfasts or evening sundowners. Hilary, Tim and their two young children live next door so you’re welcomed in, given plenty of local info and a generous hamper of bread, homemade jam, eggs, perhaps homemade cake or scones, and fresh flowers on the dining table. This is a leafy backwater in the Chalke Valley so all is utterly peaceful but there’s heaps of stuff to do nearby: Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cranborne Chase AONB, popular weekly markets – and you can walk to the village pub for supper.