Mature trees grace a winding drive then, through the gate, is a 16th-century farmhouse split into two cottages and the owners’ home. Why not try your hand at the range of artisan bread making or chocolate making in The Bakehouse? Among the tutors is international baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou. They host pop-up supper clubs and seasonal events too. Owners Les and Louise, passionate foodies, are always around to greet and you’ll find eggs from their hens and freshly baked bread waiting for you. Both cottages are light and neat with vases of fresh flowers. Brewhouse has a much larger kitchen – complete with Aga. If you take both cottages (there’s an adjoining door) a large dining area in Milkhouse can seat eight easily – and there’s a sweet Shepherd’s Hut for 2 in the garden. Upstairs to view-filled bedrooms, one has an immaculate shower room accessed through the main bedroom and there’s a downstairs loo. There are botanical soaps, towels are thick and fluffy, white cotton is crisp on good mattresses. There are five acres of garden and woodland to roam and a heated swimming pool to jump in (May – October) but do head out – the South Downs are close.