A honeysuckle-clad house looking down the river Kennet valley. Mike and Louise’s home has a friendly vibe; he speaks French and they have stories to tell of their travels. Discover walls of books, a tribal rug on a chair, kilims, African pieces, a magnificent gold-framed patriarchal portrait above a wood-burner. Bedrooms have art, flowers and fine linen; one has a charming old Indian banister as the bedhead. Breakfast is in the sunny, open-plan kitchen: honey from the farm next door, local Ramsbury sausages. Savernake Forest is on the doorstep – heaven for walking and foraging; Marlborough has an annual jazz festival; Avebury stone circle is nearby.