It is easy to miss this 17thC Cotswold house (in fact a conversion of two cottages and a malt house) in a tiny picture-postcard hamlet comprising little more than a cluster of thatched, wisteria-covered cottages, a church and a pub. Once found, the Malt House is delightful – with low beamed ceilings, antique furniture and leaded windows overlooking a dream garden. ‘Beautifully done out and a peaceful, charming atmosphere,’ comments our latest reporter.
    All of the bedrooms overlook the croquet lawn, gardens and paddock and orchard beyond. They are individually decorated in tasteful neutral shades (some with toille de jouie) and furnished with antiques and collections from the family. The public rooms are immensely comfortable, with log fires in winter. The accommodation includes a pleasantly laid out garden suite with a private sitting room and an entrance to the garden. Guests breakfast in the beamed dining room, with inglenook fireplace.
    Dinner can be arranged for parties of 12 or more – usually if the whole house is taken exclusively. Reports welcome.