Jennifer and Laurence thoroughly spoil you in their 1890 house of local stone. Bedrooms are large and light with antique quilts, vintage fabrics and happy views. Sink into a comfortable chair in the library with its open fire and thousands of books, discover old photographs from the Raj, and objects from all over the world. Eat in if you can: Laurence cooks with flair and the vegetables come from a garden you can take your time exploring. In Victorian times it boasted a tennis court, greenhouses, vegetable gardens and swathes of rhododendrons. Jennifer with her artistic eye has softened things hugely; wander at will through the many different areas. By the house, stone steps dotted with Erigeron karvinskianus lead down to deep herbaceous borders filled with blowsy cottage garden favourites in pinks, soft purples and whites: aquilegia, astrantia, campanula, oriental poppies, alliums for structure and roses for scent. Rest by the pond and have a think, then walk through the woodland and listen to the resident rooks with their poignant call, or watch the many other birds in and around the garden. Lovely.