In the Cambrian Mountains, gazing east over the picturesque Trannon Valley where sheep graze and buzzards soar, lies Vicky and Tim’s lovingly restored barn and pottery. It is incredibly peaceful, tucked up a single track lane, beloved of couples and walkers seeking solitude and nature. You stay in a self-contained cottage adjoining the main barn. The kitchen and dining area, large and light like everything else, comes with a magnificent view over the valley. The sitting room is upstairs, with a comfy sofa, exposed beams, and shelves of books for cosy nights in by the wood-burner; from here, duck into the main bedroom where Tim’s hand-crafted king-size bed lies under the timbers. Two single beds are on the open-plan mezzanines, and a sparkling shower room is downstairs. You’ll find tea and cake on arrival, and maps and guides to activities in the surrounding mountains: hill walking, climbing, sailing, mountain biking, fishing. Walks radiate from the door. Vicky’s pottery adorns the cottage; if you’re inspired you might visit her studio or take a class. A place to fashion your own Arthur Ransome holiday: explore, build dens, sit round the camp fire.