The best thing
Few places in the UK can offer total and utter seclusion. Cruckbarn is a slice of rural peace without the thundering tractors or early morning cockerels. Time passed deliciously slowly, especially in the fire-lit evenings, and many an hour was passed staring at the majestic vaulted ceiling and working out how on earth two plucky blokes managed to build such a magnificent space all by themselves.
Cruckbarn in Wigmore, Herefordshire, sleeps five (in two doubles and a single day bed). A long weekend (Fri–Mon) starts at £475; cruckbarn.co.uk. See also ludlow.org.uk and visitherefordshire.co.uk.