Pheasant strut, shy deer bounce by – sure signs that you’re immersed in the Goodwood Estate. This little flint barn is tucked into one of the most unspoilt woody corners of Sussex. Rush hour here, on a leafy lane, consists of the occasional tractor, car or combine. Renovated and decorated to the highest order – in duck-egg blue with hints of gold – this is one stylish retreat. Downstairs, a luxurious bedroom with a huge bed, silk throws, velvet cushions and a shower room with slate tiles, heated rails and fluffy bathrobes. In the living room, cream sofas, fresh flowers, a Shaker kitchen. Upstairs, a big twin bedroom, a roll top bath, soft lights and white towels. A welcome pack of fruit, ham, cheese, coffee and croissants is provided by the lovely owners who live in the main house – as are binoculars so you can spy on the wildlife! Sit out on the neat little patio through the French windows, enjoy a game of tennis, borrow the barbecue. Or set off for East Dean – it has two wonderful pubs. Sussex at its best, hidden well away yet never far from civilisation: historic Chichester is close by.