Step through a white gate, down the garden path and into the porch of your cottage; one in a neat row of whitewashed 19th-century dwellings. Downstairs there’s a fresh nautical feel with white, grey and blue tones and seascapes on the walls. The cosy living room, dining area and well-stocked kitchen are all open plan; and the spick and span family bathroom is downstairs too. Take your morning Nespresso outside to the terrace while you plan your day – perhaps a yomp through miles of rolling Sussex landscape, a jaunt to boaty Chichester or a wander down to wonderful West Wittering beach, a ten-minute walk, for some twitching: swifts and swallows in spring, oyster catchers and geese in autumn. You’re left a generous pile of logs for the open fire, a TV and plenty of books and board games – there’s also a shed in the garden bursting with outdoorsy things: bikes, body boards, buckets, spades and crabbing nets. Upstairs to three restful bedrooms that continue the seafaring theme, the double has a distant view of the sea and one of the twin rooms is best suited to little ones.