Were you hooked on Downton Abbey? This 19th-century neo-gothic country mansion – in the thick of Ashdown Forest – will woo you with its stately stone archways linking grand spaces of fancy fireplaces. In floral, beige or colourful stripes, the traditionally decked-out rooms mostly look across the forest treetops or the velvety lawns. Naturally, Fairway suites focus on the country club’s 18-hole golf course. Non-swingers can go full country-house casual with a game of croquet or tennis – or swim languid laps in the indoor pool. Start the day in style with cooked-to-order poached Scottish kippers in the formal Anderida restaurant.