In a bright clearing in the forest, surrounded by leafy Wildlife Trust reserve, is a simple, contemporary, architect-designed home, a place to unwind and recharge. Spanning two floors, the living area is above, the bedrooms are below and the palest of pale flooring (solid oak) runs throughout. All is white, light and serene: walls, ceilings and modernist kitchen. Upstairs is open plan with a pitched roof and velux windows, and there are two lovely decks for summery meals, one at each end. Airy by day, cosy by night – the wood-stove glows, the floors are toasty – this charming cabin-house is a comfortable retreat, with more heated floors in super-mod bathrooms, and bedrooms uncluttered and pristine. Wild boar and deer roam, rabbits scamper, birds sing, yet the nearest shop is under a mile so if you run out of basics there’s no need to panic. Bexhill is along the coast, and quirky, literary Rye is 15 minutes: stroll along the cobbled streets, check out the tea shops, and puff your way up the tower of St Mary’s Church for a brilliant coastal view.