Kindness itself, Olive is formidably houseproud, her hall beaming with framed awards that bear witness to her devotion to her guests. Breakfast is a glorious demonstration of her mastery: just try rhubarb and strawberry compote with home-baked courgette and walnut bread for a taster – there’s masses more in the basket. It’s a feast served on the renowned Stephen Pearce crockery, decorated with fresh flowers. Her colour mixes are joyous and bright – regal red, cranberry cream, blue, mustard, burgundy and buttercup – and her spirit is personified in the quirky statues and water features that decorate the garden: it gurgles and bubbles at every turn. Olive’s standards shine forth inside, too: the sitting room is so indulgent in its cream sofas and gold candelabras that you feel bound to be on your best behaviour. No dust from the log fires: they’re electric! The all-seasons conservatory is a lovely room, and you’re encouraged to play the piano in the lounge. Colourful welcoming bedrooms, comfortable bathrooms and superb walks into those beckoning mountains.