Imagine your own little studio space – private and secluded behind a wicker fence and a wildflower hedge – in private grounds next to a National Trust estate. Sally, who lives in the main house, has renovated the gamekeeper’s lodge perfectly. There are painted beams and a brightly rugged floor, a sweet galley kitchen and a duck egg-blue dresser, 18th-century flowers on papered walls and a delicious double bed. It’s stylish, creative and quirky, and the big old original fireplace holds a wood-burner that belts out the heat. Then there’s the bathroom, snug but cleverly designed, with a bath and a rainfall shower. You get logs on the house, a moka pot for fresh brews and books to guide you to all the best places; you could hardly be cosier and you can eat inside and out. Explore the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park, find culture at Glyndebourne, history at Charleston, and cream teas in the gardens of neighbouring Sheffield Park. Lovely Lewes is a 20-minute drive; Fletching is five minutes; if you fancy a fireside drink or an atmospheric meal, then head straight for the Griffin Inn.