At the end of a farm track between Tenterton and Rye is a pretty tile-hung cottage built in 1764. The owner’s barn stands behind, 400 sheep surround you, and the views are far-reaching and fabulous. Andrew has poured energy and determination into the restoration and has been rewarded with the discovery of Rye Shipyard timbers, an inglenook fireplace, and a wonderful red-brick floor. Outside: a brazier, a barbecue and a trampoline for kids. Inside: all is comfortable, simple and authentic, with nothing to distract from the history: leather armchairs, drop-leaf tables, a two-seater sofa, a bench coffee table, a TV hidden in a cupboard, plus a sofa bed in the separate parlour. The kitchen has a flagged floor and all mod cons, the garden room pulls in the view, and the Sussex trug overflows with goodies including the Jempsons’ soft fruits in season. Sissinghurst, Dixter and Bodiam Castle are close, Rye will charm you, but most surprising are Andrew’s history tours and bushcraft adventures (and you can help tend the sheep!). Back home to linked bedrooms sweet, simple and reached via their own stairs, one en suite, the other with a bath downstairs.