Tucked behind the farmhouse is the old milking parlour, which Sally has converted using reclaimed materials to create a quirky hideaway. Find beautiful oak and cherrywood floors, white walls and vivacious touches, such as a black-and-white cow-print chaise longue. The living area is open and light with lovely standing timbers, comfy red sofas and a wood-burner; the kitchen is big but cosy, with rich red walls and cream cupboards. A stack of cookery books invites creativity; funky breakfast bar stools catch the eye. The downstairs bedroom has twin French walnut beds; upstairs, past the day bed on the landing, are two more bedrooms under the eaves. Upstairs’ bathroom has a free-standing Victorian bath tub; downstairs is a wet room. You have a large brick and cobble terrace garden that faces south; eat out on sunny days and take in long Wield views. Nearby are castles, gardens, great country houses, vineyards, cider makers and three excellent pubs – one a mile’s stroll from the door – and the coast is half an hour: Fairlight cliffs and Hastings are well worth a trip.