Inspired by Long Island’s celebrity summer playground, Long Island Beach House is all white clapboard and nautical jauntiness. There’s no Coopers Beach here, but the palm-fringed garden and the waves that wash against the Sussex shoreline at East Preston provide a passable New England imitation.
Luxury here comes as standard. Bring your dog and hang out in your own beach hut by day, then gather in the decked gardens by night, dotted with palms and sun loungers, and sink into 38 degrees of hot-tub bliss. Retire to the sitting room to snuggle by the driftwood flames and fire up a family film on the Sky TV.
Retire to six bedrooms with 1000 pocket-sprung mattresses, Egyptian-cotton sheets, Freeview TV and a New England feel. With the windows cracked open, close your eyes and open your ears to the gulls wheeling on the sea breeze and the endless sound of the surf.
Black wicker loungers and chairs set among dwarf palms pepper the slate-tiled front garden. At the back, another palm-planted courtyard garden invites a crisp summer salad in the sunshine around the granite table. Light the gas barbecue and sizzle your steaks and seafood.
Just five minutes’ walk away sits the grandest garden of all – the expanse of sand and shingle at dog-friendly East Preston, home to your very own interior-designed beach hut. Wander back as the sun sets to study the stars from the seven-seat Beachcomber hot tub with the water set at a piping 38 degrees all year round.
In the living room, there’s interior-designed elegance in every detail. Relax in a home-from-home on fine furniture and fabrics, surrounded by unique artworks. Collect your driftwood from the beach and spark up a homely fire as you flick through the full Sky package for DVDs, a family film or a footie game.
It’s attention to detail that wins the day here, in a home dressed for every season. In summer, fabrics and flowers are as light and bright as the seaside sky and, at Christmas, the house comes tastefully, festively dressed with tree and lights.
Settle back with a book and a Nespresso among the cool, earthy colours, or plug into the wifi for a spot of Netflix. There’s an ocean of serenity here. And when you feel up for some fresh air, open up the double doors to the garden and drift out to the sun loungers and hot tub.
The elegant sitting room opens out into the 12-seat conservatory dining hall and the fully equipped kitchen-breakfast room. That equipment includes six-gas-ring Rangemaster and two double ovens, Nespresso coffee machine, blender, two American-style fridges, ice-maker and more.
Breakfast on bagels at the bar beneath the driftwood mirror, get together in the dining room for your main meal with the doors open to the deck, or drift out there to dine at the granite table among the dwarf palms and the gentle sea breezes. Bring it all together on the gas barbecue.
Seafront dining starts at Ristorante Al Mare, Restaurante Andalucia or So India. The Spotted Cow offers hearty fare washed down with real ales, there’s tapas at The Clockhouse and British gastro at The Lamb. If it’s just a winter warmer you want after your beach stroll, pop in to the Seahorse Café.
The Woodman Arms is the quintessential English pub with woodburner, guest ales and old favourites such as Sussex Smokies and Steak and Ale Pies. For afternoon tea, delicate sandwiches, cupcakes and mince slices, try Tea on the Square. Or grab a takeaway from Charcoal Grill, Barnham Kebab or Golden House.
There are six bedrooms for 14 guests to pick from here. Whichever one you choose, expect fluffy, Egyptian cotton towels, comfortable beds, fine furnishings and an iconic sense of New-England style. Drift off to the sound of the waves or a favourite film on Freeview TV.
The Oriental bedroom is a comfortable en-suite double, while the ground-floor Long Island bedroom offers an extra-large double bed that can be made up as twins. The Bunk room provides four berths plus the wonders of Sky TV for excitable kids and shares an en-suite with the Long Island.
There’s an inviting double in the Map bedroom, while the Scandinavian bedroom and the Mirror bedroom both feature large double beds that can split into twins with zip-and-link. Five bathrooms and a separate WC will catch no one short.