Cross Lane House has stood on the same corner of village Allerford for more than 500 years - but you'd be forgiven for not realising this. Recent owners Max and Andrew have carefully renovated the late medieval building, turning it into a striking up-to-date hotel. Set back from the road by a charmingly haphazard stonewall and a trim, winding footpath, the exterior shows Max and Andrew's attention to detail.
   Wherever possible they have retained the houses original features - we especially like the dining room where the massive stone lintel over the fireplace and original timber panelling are good examples of their old-and-new style.
   Upstairs the four generously sized bedrooms are decorated in country house style - each room has the kind of thought that we look for. The neutral tones are complemented with floral splashes, adding colour to an otherwise pastel approach.
   The location - in Exmoor National Park - gives you access to some of the most beautiful walking and hiking routes in south-west England. It is also close to the Coleridge Way; a 36-mile (58 km) footpath noted as one of the UKs best autumnal walks.