You arrive down a wooded lane reputed to be one of the oldest in England: gates open to the mansion house and garden with swathes of lawn and frothy flower beds; your lovely cottage-on-one-floor is perched high beside your own private terrace with views across the Weald to the South Downs. The cosy living room (take your shoes off and don slippers provided) has white walls, painted furniture, pale rugs, splashes of pale blues and greens, a wood-burner and amazing views from the large windows. A beautifully-equipped galley kitchen looks out on an immaculate organic vegetable garden and has pretty china on a pale green dresser; you eat at a table by the window in the living room – or picnic in your own wildflower meadow outside. Sleep soundly in the dearest bedroom with white muslin at the window, painted floorboards, duck-egg blue walls and soft rugs; the bathroom has a proper bath with overhead shower and fluffy towels; the separate loo has the original Gothic wrought-iron window. Owner Jacqueline can leave you supper on your first night along with tomorrow’s breakfast. Long walks (or not) await. Romantic.