Katherine is engaging and creative and her house has an informal, lived-in feel. Find an eclectic mix of furniture, vases overflowing with garden flowers, beams galore, a winter wood fire and a sunny open-plan dining/sitting room where you have breakfast. Up the steep, crooked stair to your own wing of the house: a simple bedroom with a hand-sewn Indian throw on a comfy bed; the bathroom is basic and back downstairs. The colourful garden has views over the South Downs. Goodwood racecourse is close, Glyndebourne an hour; it’s a fabulous area for rambling, cycling, visiting Sussex villages, and there are heaps of pubs for supper.