Kathryn and Autumn's hospitality is the kind that sticks in your mind - indeed I'm writing this almost three months after staying at Lodgecliffe. Normally, I'm not the best sleeper, but at Lodgecliffe I slept like a log. Was it something to do with the sound of the water lapping against the shore, or was it just the deep comfort of the bed or the high-thread cotton sheets? Was it that perfect mix of civilisation and seclusion? Was it the fact that I had the ground floor bedroom on the right with my own door onto the decking and that fantastic view across the water?
You can tell a lot about people by how they react when you've done something which, however inadvertent, must be annoying. With me, it was losing my room key on the second day. Don't even think about it, said Autumn, when I apologised. Not even a frown!
Anyway, they're great cooks, have thought long and hard about the kind of place they want to run, they want it to be better than the rest, and they've introduced all sorts of things that make sure it is. I loved staying with them,