Eco heaven doesn’t have to come bereft of style: here are two neat cottages, formerly a pig sty and cowshed, now modernised with just the right amount of history in the mix: exposed stone walls, original archways, antique pieces, textiles from Jane Beck Welsh Blankets. David and Philippa who live in the farmhouse opposite have ten bountiful acres with an orchard, vegetable beds, humming bees, happy pigs and owl boxes. Each cottage has a private garden and shares a games room (table tennis, dart board, giant outdoor chess). Double height living/dining areas feel airy and spacious, the smaller cottage has a spiral staircase; both have wood-burning stoves, TV/DVDs and comfy seating. Kitchens and bathrooms have glossy red units, cheery tiles and eco friendly products. The couple find time to make pies and preserves (buy yours from the honesty box), greet guests, and get involved in local life. Children will love collecting eggs, feeding the animals, pond dipping, and building dens under the treehouse. Shops are three miles away, the coast seven and there’s plenty of rolling countryside to tramp, including miles of coastal path.