On top of a peaceful hill, a short stroll from Eastbourne, find an 18th-century house with an interesting history – ask Wendy! Now it is her home, and you will be treated to home-baked bread, delicious tea time cakes and jams – on fine days you can take it outside to the garden, or a sweet summerhouse where you can also have a picnic supper.
Creamy carpeted bedrooms, all with views over the walled garden are full of thoughtful touches: dressing gowns, DVDs, your own fridge. Breakfasts are superb: this is a very spoiling, nurturing place and your hosts have lots of local knowledge so do ask before you venture out. The house was lived in during the 30s by Mabel Lucie Attwell, the illustrator of the original Peter Pan book.
In the garden find rare trees, an ancient well and an 18th-century gazebo, thought to be a lookout place for the London stage coach. Wander down to the seafront for restaurants, shops, theatres and museums.