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Once I invited the orange cat in for a saucer of milk, the picture was complete: plump chintzy armchair, a bowl of fresh flowers on the ledge, pot of tea by my side, and a tattered paperback I have tried to finish at airports on three continents. Now, with only the clock's ticking and puss' heavy breathing to disturb the silence, I can concentrate on the whodunnit for an hour, maybe longer, depending when I choose to go for dinner. This is cottage life at its best, comfortably cosy with a little pampering on the side.

Mine is one of several cottage suites in former stables around a courtyard, on the brow of a hill overlooking North Wales' farmlands. It is perfect. The kitchen is equipped for nothing more strenuous than snack-making. The decor is so shiny bright it looks as if the decorators just left. Thoughtful touches include bathroom supplies beyond the necessities of modern living ....

TRAVELLER'S TIPS: Mini-breaks offer the best value. Travellers arriving by train will be collected from Llandudno station by chauffered car.