'Warmth, colour, children and activity: this house is fun,' promises Alastair. 'Tiggy welcomes you like family; help collect eggs, feed the lambs or the pony and drop your shoes by the fire. Bedrooms are soft, simple sanctuaries with Jo Malone bathroom treats while children's rooms zing with murals and toys. There's also a sandpit. Adults can walk, fish, canoe, book-browse in Hay, stroll the estate or tuck into homemade cakes or whisky.'
Where Gliffaes, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RL (01874 731144; www.tyrchanter.com)
How much doubles from £90