Ivy Cottage, Brighton And Hove
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside — especially if it’s just a stone’s throw from the beach at Hove. Brighton’s elegant annex is walking distance from all the main city sights but comes with smart restaurants and hipster delis along the ever-gentrifying Western Road, and quieter, residential streets with houses for holiday rental that are half the price of central hotels. Ours (a smart, two-up/two-down mews cottage) comes with free wi-fi, a breakfast hamper and a pretty patio.
It’s minutes from the newly opened i360, ‘the world’s first vertical cable-car’. With a glass pod to ride in, plus a ‘skybar’ and panoramic views, this is a winner for kids and adults. Sea Life Brighton has the new Secrets of the Reef exhibit: a colourful way to learn about marine conservation. And if the neon-lit pier snacks don’t appeal, try’ sleek new seafood restaurant, The Salt Room, whose ‘Taste of the Pier’ dessert features mini candy floss, chocolate pebbles and doughnuts.
WHY: A cool, calm city break pad.
SUITS: All but babies and tots.
DOES IT WORK: Yes. Great location.