This is actually a condensed omnibus volume, containing chapters from three of Nichols's books: "Down the Garden Path" (1932), "A Thatched Roof" (1933), and "A Village in a Valley" (1934).
In his long life, Nichols wore many hats, but he is best-remembered today as a pioneer in that genre of writing I'll call, for lack of a better term, the "vacation-house book." A hugely popular modern example of this would be Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" and its successors. The premise of this genre is that the narrator buys a house in the country, either at home or abroad, has troubles with the renovations and landscaping, meets the charming, eccentric locals, is transmogrified by his encounters with nature, and comes to experience real peace of soul.
This is a quiet, gentle, peaceful, contemplative, warm bath of a book. The style is breezy, witty, and readable.