Described by Alastair as 'huge, Elizabethan and intriguing', Golden Grove was built in 1580 and features a Queen Anne staircase, oak panelling and fine family pieces. 'In summer, the magnificent dining room is in use; in the winter, the sitting-room fire counters the draughts. The owners are charming and breakfasts are delicious.'
Where Llanasa, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 9NA (01745 854452; www.golden-grove-estate.co.uk)
How much Doubles from £100, B&B