Here in East Sussex, with great attention to detail, she has reimagined the building as a refined and restrained family bolthole. The master bedroom, at the far end of the house, has lovely views over Rye, framed by a dramatic triangular window. It feels like the heart of a laid-back house party where everything is taken care of without fuss. Former UK Prime Minister Lord Palmerston is said to have died here during an incident on a billiard table with a chambermaid. There can be few places so magical, secluded and romantic to rent in England.