A thriving village with an arty heritage. In the centre is your apartment above a lovely big gallery/hall – with piano and wood-burning stove. Find a happy mix of antique and new, a quiet comfy bedroom with leafy views and a cosy sitting room with a kitchen area. Shirley leaves you homemade cakes and breakfast things, and each morning brings over a tray of fruits, croissants, local artisan bread and eggs for you to cook how you wish. The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is inspiring, South Downs National Park is your stomping ground, Brighton and Glyndebourne are close. Return and rustle up supper, or stroll down the road to a good pub.