Pull the shiny brass bell and step into a wide, welcoming hall. Bedrooms are inviting too with goose down quilts and pillows, striking art and flowers; the guest sitting room below has French windows opening to the garden, more art and comfortable character. Sandy’s breakfast by the Aga is a home-produced and local spread, and you eat in a sunny room with pottery on the dresser and an old clock ticking away. Make time to explore the interest-filled garden; there’s a willow house by one of the ponds where you can sip wine on summer eves. Find great walks from the door, vineyards and gardens to visit, and Brighton within easy reach.