Near lovely Lewes this is a super stylish bolthole: garden lovers, antique hunters, walking devotees will adore it here; as will more sybaritic souls. Hop into the hammock; help yourself to veg from the garden; tuck into a brimming goodie basket (home-laid eggs, local bread, orchard fruit). Inside this newly converted stables light floods into a lofty open-plan kitchen/living space: a smart sofa and chair face the wood-burner (logs on the house) and the swish kitchen is kitted out for foodies. Eat inside or pop through French doors to the wrap-around deck and gaze out to the pond. Spot quirky touches at every turn – tea towels, table cloths, lampshades – many made by local craftspeople on site; visit the workshops too. Your bedroom is calming, the bathroom up-to-the-minute, and the whole place is eco-smart. Coddled by woods and fields there are walks from the door; heaps of NT gems to visit, Glyndebourne close by, so too Great Dixter but the gardens here are also special. Corina, who lives at Upper Lodge, has a keen eye for design and knows her plants: note the katsura tree – its leaves smell of burnt sugar!