The wonky tiled roof and the black-and-white timbered façade draw the eye to this former farmworker’s cottage – and entice one in. It stands beside a B-road that services Crawley and Gatwick, so step inside and leave the modern day behind. The 16th-century Old House is heaped with charm, in latticed windows, bowed oak beams, wonky walls, sloping floors, and cosy nooks and alcoves. This is now a stunning modern inn with a new bar and dining area, transformed from a former faded French restaurant. We love the warm textured fabrics and comfy banquettes, the chunky leather armchairs by log burners, the fat candles on old dining tables, and the retro pub artefacts. Equally up-to-date is the menu, a modern British choice with pub classics (rib-eye burger with triple cooked fat chips and house slaw) alongside such dishes as chargrilled chicken, grilled halloumi, chilli, chorizo and Israeli tomato couscous, or lamb rump, pesto gnocchi, bean medley and mint jus. Rooms in the converted barn are named after local woods and sport earthy hues, big wooden beds, the best linen and down. Bathrooms are spoiling, two with claw-foot baths.