Pebble beached Rottingdean – so close to Brighton it belongs to the City – is a Saxon gem of a village, former home to celebrated smugglers and famous for its historical artistic and literary connections – Kipling, Burne Jones, Nicholson. Even the pub is 500 years old! Behind the church is picturesque Tudor Close, built in the 1930s in Tudor style from ancient materials and famous as a modish hotel for celebrities. Here lies Figgy Cottage, a delightful, detached, faultlessly decorated bolthole for two. Ann and Simon, who live round the corner, have done it up with loving attention to detail and excellent taste. Walk straight into a small living space with two comfy armchairs, heaps of good books, skylights up above and a limewashed floor. The separate kitchen is beautifully kitted out, as is the shower room, and both a good size. The bedroom (excellent storage space, a delicious bed) quietly backs on the the ancient churchyard. For sunny moments you have a private patio. In the village: butchers, bakers, tea rooms and pubs, and walled gardens to entrance you. Beyond: the South Downs… and Brighton.