According to Alastair, visitors love the 'defiant individualism' of Fingals. 'Guests, many old fans, wander around as if at home, children and dogs mill about, tennis is played on the lawn. A handsome house, next to a stream, Fingals has a small indoor pool, a panelled dining room where guests can eat together if they fancy, log fires, a new sauna and jacuzzi, and books and pictures all over.'
Where Coombe, Dittisham, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0JA (01803 722398; www.fingals.co.uk)
How much doubles from £90, B&B.