A pretty country house with a chequered past

The house has recently been refurbished and reopened as accommodation, with five upstairs rooms of varying size and decoration. My room is a pleasant chamber on a corner of the building, with lots of natural light and a view over the garden. The decor is quirky but soothing, with elegant timber furniture and light blue wallpaper bearing images of birds and birdcages.

The bathroom is spacious, with a high ceiling and a large spa bath. There’s no TV in the rooms, an intentional omission by the owners in order to provide a place to withdraw from the wider