The approach is lovely – old 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 artisan bread making in The Bakehouse? They do courses for little ones 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 painted furniture and flashes of colour from vases of fresh flowers. Brewhouse has a much larger kitchen – complete with Aga – so if you want to cook elaborate feasts that’s the one to choose. If you take both cottages (there’s an adjoining door) a large dining area in Milkhouse can seat eight easily. Upstairs to view-filled bedrooms, one has an immaculate bathroom accessed through the main bedroom and there’s a downstairs loo. Soaps are made by clever Louise, 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 but do head out, the South Downs are close and there’s a good pub in Ashurst.