From little Rogate you cross the river and enter the South Downs National Park. Do not be distracted by the lovely rolling landscape, keep an eye open for the Mizzards sign: in summer it will be half-hidden in the hedge! Then it’s up the bumpy lane, into the gravel drive, to find a big old farmhouse in front of you, and a converted, two-storey lambing barn: your cottage. Harriet and Julian make you feel at home the second you arrive. Enter a bright hallway with a cosy sitting room off it, freshly painted in cream, a cheerful sofa, a shiny wood floor, logs for the fire, books to keep you happy. The neat kitchen opens to an enclosed south-facing terrace, and at the top of the carpeted stair are two bedrooms, traditional and cosy. Views are of the owners’ garden graced with a small pond, a pool open in the summer months, and Harriet’s sculptures. Visit Petworth House, The Mary Rose and the Victory, Glorious Goodwood, or walk the South Downs Way. You can stock up in Rogate and enjoy a pint at the pub, or find delicious food at the Three Horseshoes in Elsted, three miles away.