Sitting sleepily behind its white gate this pretty stone cottage is surrounded by the Sussex Downs National Park. Throughout Francesca’s friendly home her love of folk art, rich oils, antiques and hand-painted pieces adds zest. Comfy cottagey bedrooms are on the ground floor; they share the bathroom – old style but cosy. Wake to a delicious breakfast of local sausages and eggs, garden tomatoes, homemade jams, croissants and brioche. Explore garden and fields, admire wide views from a pretty terrace and chat to Popeye the dog. Heaps to do round about: theatre and sailing in Chichester, Arundel castle, and events galore at Goodwood.