Tumble down a narrow lane through woods to an amazing house between the hills and the shingle-sands. There are tantalizing glimpses of the sea from upper windows, and nature all around. It’s an L-shaped house with the Cottage to the rear, the main house at the centre, and (thrillingly reached via a bookcase door) the Dungeon at the end. Once a hideaway, it is now full of sunlight and colour (and sports three retro sofas from a night club!). The Cottage, smaller, more traditional, reveals the same high standard of finish – everything is immaculate here. The main house living space is huge, with a sweep of geothermically heated floor, a roaring wood-burner and a table that seats at least 12. Each kitchen is different and there’s no skimping on kit: a Smeg fridge here, fun 50s’ units there, and everything a good cook needs, from garlic presses to juicers. Bathrooms exude originality – and deep tubs. Bedrooms are quirky, romantic and restful. You can stroll to the bay, walk through the woods to the pub, book up surfing, fishing or a chef: the owners will arrange whatever you fancy.