Pack walking boots to march up the track behind the barn and across the chalky hills. All you can hear are the birds from your colourful cottage garden, with two cane chairs in which to take your morning coffee. Suzanne leaves breakfast basics and a hamper to settle you in – supplement your wares with cider, local sausages and veg from Middle Farm shop (a five-minute drive).
You’re tucked into a quiet corner of Sussex with rolling meadows and the kiss-me-kwik coast to explore – Eastbourne is a 20-minute drive. Hop in the car to find bluebell woods, beaches and pub gardens. Take in the opera at nearby Glyndebourne.
Back at your little bolthole: settle into the plump sofa by the fire, cosy up on an Indian throw or snuggly sheepskin with a book from the shelf.