Wide cobbled streets, manicured communal gardens, vast sash windows affording glimpses into houses one can only dream of living in: welcome to New Town. You enter this lower ground-floor flat down gently curving steps, and open the door to an interior of elegant sophistication; the flagstoned floor, gilt mirror and fresh flowers are just the start. Down the corridor to the sitting room, a soothing space, with original fireplace, fine Victorian and Edwardian furniture, brand-new entertainment system and paintings and prints. The small kitchen to the side is decked in glass, stainless steel and every modern thing; the bathroom is a spectacle of floor-to-ceiling marble, with a drenching shower and a sumptuous mini bath. In the bedroom, one of Pippa’s vintage travel cases folds out to reveal a set of drawers and a hanging rail, while stretches of pale stripped floorboards and a window onto the garden create a light and easy feel. The owners, who live on the top floor, have thought of everything, from children’s games to milk in the fridge. Impeccable.