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South Downs

With dramatic white cliffs overlooking golden sandy coves, the South Downs shoreline is an iconic sight. Stretching across Hampshire , Surrey and Sussex on the southern coast of England, this beautiful area has been immortalised by writers (including Graham Greene, Rudyard Kipling, and Jane Austen), poets (such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Francis William Bourdillon), and artists (including Vanessa Bell and Edward James). In 2011, it was finally declared to be an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and ever since, the South Downs National Park has been a haven for wildlife and visitors alike.

Despite its protected status, it is still possible to rent coastal cottages within the boundaries of the park itself, offering a peaceful rural retreat to anyone in need of a seaside break. From your seaside cottage, you can explore the stunning coastline, taking in part of the 100-mile South Downs Way route. Don’t miss the Seven Sisters Country Park, with its rolling hills and limestone cliffs – a truly breath-taking sight. To get closer to nature, visit one of the many local nature reserves or pop into The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust near Arundel, where you can meet water voles, otters and other elusive animals.

Coastal holiday cottages near the Sussex Downs are within cycling distance of some of England’s best vineyards – the chalky composition of the soil and temperate climate is very similar to the Champagne region in France, and the local sparkling wines are more than a match for their French counterparts.

While sea view cottages are the best base for beach lovers and coastal hiking enthusiasts, the inner park area has a lot to offer. The views across the valleys are truly awe-inspiring – it is hardly a surprise that this place has attracted so many artists over the years. In fact, limestone carvings such as The Long Man of Wilmington date back hundreds and hundreds of years, proving the staying power of this unique and beautiful land. When you are relaxing in a cottage by the sea with a glass of local wine in your hand, you will understand exactly why.

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  • Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex
    Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex×

    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Barn Owls

    Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC953
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile
    Barn Owls is the perfect base for couples looking to explore this delightful location, with many footpaths to discover, including the South Downs Way.
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Snowy Owls
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Tawny Owls
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  • Jevington,
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    Oak Cottage

    Jevington,

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    Ref: E3729
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Nestling in the old smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of the Cuckmere Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are ideally located for a relaxing break
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    Owl Cottage
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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    The Studio

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1272
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    This studio apartment is the perfect escape for couples looking to explore the local area - relax with a glass of wine in the courtyard whilst watching the sunset.
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  • Forestside, near Chichester, Sussex
    Forestside, near Chichester, Sussex×

    Diddy Bones Barn

    Forestside, near Chichester, Sussex

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    Ref: 29254
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Loft apartment with balcony, ideal for couples wanting a rural retreat, hot air balloon flights available, Goodwood Estate nearby.
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  • West Dean, Seaford, Sussex
    West Dean, Seaford, Sussex×
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    Ref: 19749
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Archaeology and history buffs will be in their element whilst staying at this Grade II listed barn steeped in history.
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    The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn
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  • West Dean, Seaford, Sussex
    West Dean, Seaford, Sussex×

    The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn

    West Dean, Seaford, Sussex

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    Ref: 19748
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Free archaeology and history tours available for guests staying at this ancient site, once owned by Alfred the Great.
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    The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn
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  • Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex
    Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex×

    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Snowy Owls

    Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC954
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile
    This holiday cottages is situated in the perfect location for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Barn Owls
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Tawny Owls
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  • Jevington, Sussex
    Jevington, Sussex×

    Owl Cottage

    Jevington, Sussex

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    Ref: E4092
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Nestling in the smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of Cuckmere Valley, an AONB in the South Downs National Park, ideal for a relaxing break.
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    Oak Cottage
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  • Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex
    Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex×

    Garden Cottage

    Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex

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    Ref: W43518
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Beautifully tucked away with its own enclosed garden, yet just a 5-minute walk from the beach, the perfect holiday retreat.
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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Caton - McSweeney

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: 3536
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Elegant ground floor apartment with feature marble fireplace, close to town centre and Victorian pier, South Downs close by.
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    Caton - Le Brun
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    Caton - Prideaux
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  • Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex
    Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Sea Breeze
    Sea Breeze

    Sea Breeze

    Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC2137
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile
    This property is great for a family, with a beach just 150 yards away, and cosmopolitan Brighton just a short drive.
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  • West Dean, Seaford, Sussex
    West Dean, Seaford, Sussex×

    The Dovecote Garden - Quebec Barn

    West Dean, Seaford, Sussex

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    Ref: 26956
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Quebec Barn is full of history from Neolithic occupation to WWII, and there’s even a restored 14th century dovecote in the grounds!
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    The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn
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    The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn
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