Cleaner, quieter and less groovy than Brighton, its slogan – “Hove, actually!” – says it all. In reality, Hove and Brighton are a short walk – or bus ride – apart, along the bracing seafront. This ground-floor Regency apartment, all stately sash windows and elegant ceilings, is in bow-fronted Lansdowne Place, two steps from coffee shops, restaurants and shops, and a five-minute stroll from the sea. It is comfortable, carpeted, well-equipped (TV/DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, books and games) and, because the owners live here when they are in town, has a home from home feel. You enter off the communal hall – step ahead for the bedroom; turn right for the living room; left for the bathroom and the kitchen beyond. A marble fireplace distinguishes the sitting room, white walls are the backdrop for old clocks and new pictures, and furniture is a mix of family antique and suave new. But best of all is the private patio garden: a joy on warm evenings. If you tire of Brighton (impossible!) set off for the South Downs: the walking is magnificent. Better to ditch the car – parking is difficult and expensive.