Head for the hills…and the dancing daffodils. In the grounds of a 16th-century timber-framed house, the perfect retreat à deux. Way up a simple track, your stone-walled, stone-tiled hideaway was built almost entirely from reclaimed materials. Inside is open plan and easy. Recline on your leather chesterfield, toes directed at a wood-burner stacked with logs from the woods. The kitchen, of hand-crafted oak, has a double Belfast sink and a sweep of wood floor, the well-dressed bed is to the side, and the shower room is a step away. Follow the brook through this ancient orchid-dotted woodland, rest awhile at the owner’s little treehouse (with hammocks), then come home to your own little patch and magnificent views across open pastures to the Teme and Kyre valleys. Venture further to foodie Ludlow, book-lined Hay-on-Wye and the grand industrial heritage that is Ironbridge. Take to the slow life on the steam railway, stride out on the Mortimer Trail, meander through Herefordshire villages. Buzzards soar overhead, rabbits scamper in the fields that surround you.