Your apartment is above a lovely big gallery/hall – with a piano and a wood-burning stove. The building was once the workshop of artist Sir Frank Brangwyn and is in the heart of a thriving village with an arty heritage. Shirley uses the hall as an exhibition space sometimes and you can wander down the road to the award-winning Museum of Art + Craft, and visit the many craft makers, jewellers and artists who work in the village.
Find a quiet, comfy bedroom with garden views and a cosy sitting room with a kitchen area. Shirley leaves you homemade cakes, chocolates and breakfast things, and each morning brings over a tray of fruits, yogurt, local artisan bread and eggs for you to cook how you wish. Order the papers, borrow books and maps, sip your coffee and plan your day out.
The South Downs National Park is your stomping ground; Brighton, Lewes and Glyndebourne are all close by. Return to rustle up supper, or stroll down the road to one of the friendly pubs.