I’ve just come back from a wonderful Christmas house party with friends and relatives out in the middle of nowhere. It’s a really fantastic thing to be invited to join a household where anything goes – no standing on ceremony or over the top smartness. Having said that, Christmas jumpers are almost a requirement now but no one is cast out for failing to observe this quaint little joke. We all pile into the sitting room where we spill over on to the superbly comfortable selection of four seater sofas and matching armchairs there are oak side tables to match the very neat tv cabinet and coffee tables. Although the furniture is very new in terms of only being two years old, it is all timeless in design and reflects this wonderful ambience in the whole house. The same can be said of the upstairs guest suites too – the solid oak furniture is painted palest grey which is picked out in the carpet and curtains. Lusciously warm brushed cotton bedding is covered with a furry throw which adds to the feeling of luxury already permeating. It is all modern but it has the feel of a luxurious country house hotel that could have been there for ever.