It’s a grand avenue, Devonshire Park on one side and big houses on the other, built when the pleasures and benefits of seaside holidays became fashionable 150 years ago. Nicky’s house is one of the few that haven’t been divided up. She lives here with her teenage sons and cocker spaniel Charlie, runs a cookery business, can do breakfast and cordon bleu dinner if requested, and is utterly delightful. You have your own entrance and patio garden at the front of the ground-floor space. Inside, the attractive, well-equipped kitchen opens on to a pretty living room that welcomes you with pine dining table, soft sofa, two small armchairs and windows onto the patio. Colours are soft and quiet – blue, grey and white – and personal touches make it homely. The bedrooms have the same air of gentle comfort, brand new bedding and good storage space. And Nicky can provide all sorts of equipment for children. The bathroom is as newly decorated as the rest and there’s a second loo. Apart from the traditional seaside attractions of beach and pier, Eastbourne has two theatres and an excellent art gallery: fans of Eric Ravilious come hither.