You stay in what was the old laundry and servants’ quarters; rooms are warm and airy, with a Scandinavian feel. The upstairs living room has an open fire and lots of books and games; the kitchen is neat as a pin with painted panelling, beechwood tops and all you need to cook for family or friends; hop over to the main house for delicious dinners if you want a night off. Bedrooms (one up, one down) have firm beds and gorgeous fabrics, while bathrooms are spoiling. You have your own hedged patch of garden with a barbecue: it feels nicely private. You can wander through a wild wooded area too, with Scots pine, chestnuts, beech and bluebells in spring; 40 rooks make their nests here every year. The orchard is much loved and has very productive apple and plum trees; there are also gooseberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant and raspberry bushes whose fruits Jennifer turns into preserves. The best treat, though, is the veg garden: raised beds from railway sleepers provide beans galore, peas, curly kale, sweetcorn, celery, asparagus, herbs, rhubarb and beetroot, along with salad leaves of every kind; you’re welcome to help yourselves.