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Best for... a contemporary country break

The Lodges at New House Farm - Bedroom

The low-down: These stylish lodges (featuring soaring ceilings, log burners, squishy velvet sofas, roll-top baths and REN products) make a chic rural retreat. The pretty grounds include a shaggy Shetland pony and lambs for the children to befriend, and a heated outdoor pool, while further afield there is the stunning landscape of the High Weald to explore, as well as cosy local pubs and a top-notch farm shop. Make friends in the Long Barn, a huge space with bar billiards table, board games and an open fire, where you can mingle with fellow guests. The Long Barn and swimming pool can be hired exclusively.

Out and about: Zoom around the rolling Sussex fields, woods and vineyards (grapes are grown here for Nyetimber and Chapel Down) and circumnavigate Bewl Water on a quad bike. Messy, muddy fun in winter; glorious sightseeing in spring and summer. From £75 for one-and-a-half to two hours (arenapursuits.com).

Stella loves: ​Pulling on leather gauntlets and getting to know birds of prey at a falconry and bird handling session within the grounds.