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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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  • Emsworth, Sussex
    Emsworth, Sussex×

    Swan Cottage

    Emsworth, Sussex

    5
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    Ref: DDDJ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Open Fire
    Close to the beach, this period property is ideal for that family coastal holiday.
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    This delightful end-of-row period holiday property, formerly a traditional lifeguard’s cottage, stands peacefully in an enviable location overlooking the serene mill pond. Emsworth, just a 2-minute walk, is a historic home town nestled at the top of the western inlet of Chichester Harbour, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It remains a fishing port, although yachts and other pleasure craft now outnumber the traditional...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Roborough

    Roborough

    Eastbourne, Sussex

    5
    3
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    Ref: UKC2387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in a quiet residential area, yet only a 15-minute walk from the bustling centre of Eastbourne, this is a great base for a seaside holiday.
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    This three bedroom, terraced house is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the seaside resort of Eastbourne. The centre of town, with its many shops, pubs, restaurants and pier is just a 15-minute walk, and the railway station is only 10 minutes’ away, with trains going into London, ideal for a sightseeing trip. Visit the vibrant town of Brighton, with its iconic Royal Pavilion, Sea Life Centre and British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower. For family...

  • Meads Village, near Eastbourne, Sussex
    Meads Village, near Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Carley Cottage

    Meads Village, near Eastbourne, Sussex

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC1271
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A Victorian cottage ideal for families just a short walk from the sea front and sandy beach, stroll along the 3-mile promenade and enjoy an ice cream.
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    Within the attractive Meads Village part of Eastbourne this delightful Victorian semi-detached cottage is ideal for couples or families. Nestling at the foot of the South Downs and enjoying a secluded garden, it is just a short walk from the seafront and Holywell Beach, descend the cliff path and your efforts will be well rewarded with an expanse of sandy beach on which to lay your picnic rug! Investigate the rockpools where you might just be lucky enough to spot hermit crabs, barnacles...

  • Peacehaven, Sussex
    Peacehaven, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Fairwind

    Fairwind

    Peacehaven, Sussex

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: UKC2192
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated with views of the English Channel and within a short distance from the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne.
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    Fairwind is a detached bungalow perched at the top of the cliffs, with a covered outdoor swimming pool in the rear garden. Uninterrupted sea views of the English Channel can be enjoyed from the garden or the comfort of the living room. The sleepy seaside town of Peacehaven offers stunning clifftop walks or a beach walk accessed via a ramp a couple of hundred yards from Fairwind. The Greenwich Meridian dividing east and west, runs through the town and there is a marker on the cliff top...

  • East Dean, near Eastbourne, Sussex
    East Dean, near Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Glebe Cottage

    Glebe Cottage

    East Dean, near Eastbourne, Sussex

    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC2309
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Situated in the South Downs National Park, this lovely property is full of charm and character, and was once used by smugglers.
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    Dating back to the 1600s, Glebe Cottag, situated on The Green in East Dean, was once used by smugglers, and underground tunnels were created to reach the local inn and the beach at Birling Gap. The tunnels sadly no longer exist, however the award winning inn serving great food, wines and local beers is just a short stroll across the green, and the beach at Birling Gap with its iconic white cliffs is only half a mile away. This pet friendly property is ideally located for exploring The...

  • Arundel, Sussex
    Arundel, Sussex×

    Riverside House

    Arundel, Sussex

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    5
    6
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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Located in an enviable position with direct river frontage, this property enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the historic town of Arundel.
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    This superb, detached, spacious family home is in an enviable position with direct river frontage and panoramic views of the historic town of Arundel, including the cathedral and historic castle.


    Beautifully presented throughout, with neutral relaxing colour schemes and high levels of comfort, this light and spacious home is conveniently located in this quaint town, and has the advantage of private security gated parking for up to 6 cars, plus a large lawned...

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