Pond fringed with iris, patched with waterlilies: my husband and 7-year-old swam in it every morning and evening. Fireflies and bonfire, rolling wooded hills beyond. Enormous old oak tree with swings for the children. Chickens providing fresh eggs for breakfast, and soon there will be sheep for cheese. Our host Alicia took my son out on her horse, showed him newts and frogs; he was in heaven. And we were allowed to stay with a baby; so unusual. Beautiful old house, broad oak plank floor. Large comfortable beds on antique frames, small old-fashioned windows with trees beyond. Utterly comfortable.