Some of the land that makes up the 150-acre Kingscote Estate used to belong to William Robinson, the ‘father of the English country garden’. That should give you an idea of the scenery that surrounds this prime slab of Sussex countryside. Within the estate’s award-winning vineyard, its 15-century, dome-ceilinged Tithe Barn has been restored and is available to hire for wedding receptions. Under-floor heating makes it a year-round venue, though its appeal is heightened in summer by large French doors that open onto a seating area with a bridge over a brook. Back indoors, the AV and lighting have been brought bang up to date by 2015’s overhaul and there’s a stylish new kitchen and drinks serving area.