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. It really is the dearest space for lovers, with a hugely inviting bed, a wood-burning stove and a round table in the window for meals looking over the garden.
Owner Jackie, who lives in the big house, leaves you a cream tea on arrival day. You can also order a delicious home cooked supper and good bottle of wine for your first evening, as well as breakfast ingredients ready in the fridge for the next morning if you wish – local sausages, homemade bread, marmalade, butter and milk. Glyndebourne picnics are also one of her specialities, plus advice on where to sit.
Stride the rolling countryside around you, walk 20 minutes to the village, Rotherfield, for pubs, café and village shop.