Bowling along the wildflower-edged lanes that lead here, you’re already relaxing. Turn off the big house’s drive and you’re alone amidst woods and wildlife: red squirrels, deer, badgers. A converted stable of the neighbouring house – screened by rhododendrons – white stonecast walls and tongue-and-groove-panelled porch set the tone. Cosy rooms have milky colours and cottagey features: a window-seat in the wood-floor dining room, cosy fire in the light-filled sitting room. A scattering of rustic pieces add charm without heaviness: a pine dresser, church pew, French armoire. The kitchen, overlooking your courtyard (ideal for summer breakfasts) is small but well organised; pantry, too. Ground-floor bedrooms are prettily simple – if a squeeze – while the upstairs room is unexpectedly grand with canopy and vintage armchairs. You need to be inventive with clothes storage; just chests, no wardrobes. Pristine-white bathrooms have bath or shower. Friendly next-door owners know the local walks, beaches, gardens, arty venues; or there are books, games and table-tennis for staying in. Utterly peaceful; you might even spot an eagle.