If you want to get off the beaten track, this is the bucolic bolthole for you. A rustic road with beautiful Malvern views ends at a cluster of Victorian farm buildings amidst a sea of fields. Pleasant, organised owner Catherine – dogs in tow – welcomes you to a neat stone cottage opposite the main house. On the open plan ground floor, sofas cluster around a wood-burner, a small dining table tucked in beside them. The brick and terracotta floor is swathed in Persian rugs, but otherwise the house is decorated with a pared-back elegance, letting the venerable beams and walls sing. At the far end of the room, a Victorian mill wheel is cleverly incorporated into a stylish modern kitchen complete with Aga and welcoming goodies like wine, homemade jam, bread and milk. Up the spiral staircase – tricky for toddlers – and you’re in the eaves, with space for an armchair on the landing, a cosy double room warmed by the wood-burner flue, a sunny single room and a pristine modern bathroom beneath the beams. Outside, breakfast al fresco on your little patch of lawn, or roam Catherine’s beautifully tended garden.