This traditional, comfortable house is on the edge of Ridgewood and down a drive, so all is peaceful. Welcoming too – you arrive for tea and a choice of four different homemade cakes; sit under the grapevine in the garden or in the sitting room, which has lots of snug sofas and an open fire.
Bedrooms have lovely linen, leafy views – and homemade biscuits. The larger room has a sofa, and there’s a travel cot, books and games for children. You have breakfast next to French windows overlooking the prettily kept walled garden – compotes, often rhubarb, homemade jams and a full English with all the trimmings and eggs however you want them.
Glyndebourne is just seven miles away – pack up a picnic and spend the day there. Just down the road you can catch a bus to Brighton or Lewes, and there are some good pubs for dinner within three or so miles.