Your chance to stay in a Grade II*-listed gatehouse built by Sir Bogo de Knovil, hunting buddy of Edward I. Enter to find a steep spiral stone stair with a grab rail and rope, and a lofty, galleried living space on the first floor… then up to a dressing room above, and up again to the roof of the tower, from which views stretch to the Wye Valley and unroll to the Severn. Below: the lovely Tudor manor house, which stands at the far end of a walled lawned garden that’s yours to share. The Gate House, an exceptional 700-year-old structure, is a hugely attractive space of white walls, oak floors and stone encased windows, a romantic escape with a sense of history in the air. Bliss to imagine yourself on a dark night snuggled on the sofa by the wood-burning fire, warm and cosy behind thick curtains and thick walls. The bed lies ethereally up in the eaves; the living area (fresh modern kitchen, sparkling wet room, and sitting space) is below. You are ten minutes from the M48, yet you can set off on field-walks from the door. Fancy a night out? There’s a pub in the village.