This lovely country inn has exactly what lots of us want: warm and stylish interiors, local ales waiting in the bar, delicious food that draws a crowd, peaceful bedrooms for a good night’s sleep. It sits back from the A272, with Goodwood to the south, Petworth to the east, and the South Downs all around for great walks and bike rides. Inside, you find a cosy world of original wood floors, whitewashed walls, smouldering fires, low beamed ceilings. It’s all very cute, small but perfectly formed, with snug rooms giving a Dickensian feel. It dates to the mid-1700s and while a 21st-century makeover brought colour and style in equal measure, Sam made sure the inn lost none of its original charm. The airy bar has an open fire and 25 wines by the glass, then board games, the daily papers and doors onto a terrace for lunch in the sun. Big bedrooms in a stone barn wait across the lane. Expect sleigh beds, good bathrooms, beams and panelled walls. As for the food, it’s a cut above, perhaps devilled kidneys, roasted guinea fowl, lemon and lavender terrine. Chichester and Arundel Castle are both close.