Recommended to us by recent guest, Upper Buckton, a B&B and a working farm, is the quintessential charming small place to stay. Set in 400 acres of the unspoiled Teme Valley the Georgian farmhouse is run by friendly owners Hayden and Yvonne Lloyd: you’ll get a personal welcome, they’ll look after you without being intrusive, and you can take advantage of their extensive local knowledge.
   Upper Buckton is packed with homely comforts and you quickly feel at ease. The bedrooms are quaint and understated, and decorated with antique furniture, while neutral shades and thick fabrics dominate. Beds are soft, and we’re told that the secluded location means you get a really good night’s sleep. The dining room has an open fireplace – used in the winter – and is decorated with Georgian period furnishing and 19thC oil paintings. Yvonne does the cooking, which can be described as ‘real home cooked food’, from locally sourced ingredients, that are well matched with Hayden’s extensive wine list.
   The unspoiled surrounding countryside has excellent walking and hiking. Hayden and Yvonne also arrange riding – and the farm has a stable so you can bring your own horse.