Swing back in time with polished parquet, tidy beams, a huge Elizabethan panelled lounge with books, leather sofas and open fire – a cosy spot for Nest’s dogs and for tea in winter. Plas Penucha – ‘the big house on the highest point in the parish’ – has been in the family for 500 years. Airy, old-fashioned bedrooms have long views across the garden to Offa’s Dyke and one has a shower in the corner. The L-shaped dining room has a genuine Arts & Crafts interior; outside, rhododendrons and a rock garden flourish. There are views to the Clywdian Hills and beyond is St Asaph, with the smallest medieval cathedral in the country.