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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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  • 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


    Offering an ideal retreat for couples or small families, Garden Cottage is a comfortable period cottage,...

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  • Jevington,
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    Owl Cottage

    Jevington,

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    Ref: E4092
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities

    Nestling in the old smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of the Cuckmere Valley, an Area of Outstanding...

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  • Friston, near Eastbourne, Sussex
    Friston, near Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Little Friston Lodge

    Friston, near Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1087
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location

    On the edge of Friston Forest, Little Friston Lodge adjoins an elegant country house and offers magnificent...

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  • Jevington, near Polegate, Sussex
    Jevington, near Polegate, Sussex×

    Old Post Office Cottage

    Jevington, near Polegate, Sussex

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    Ref: PJJS
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This thoughtfully converted holiday cottage adjoining the owners’ home, is conveniently located on the edge of...

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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Admiral Cottage

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1261
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    This terraced cottage is located in the Meads Village part of Eastbourne, an elegant area within strolling distance of...

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  • Angmering, near Littlehampton, Sussex
    Angmering, near Littlehampton, Sussex×

    Nearly Cottage

    Angmering, near Littlehampton, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1416
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    This period, mid-terrace cottage offers tastefully styled and well-furnished holiday accommodation. It is...

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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    The Stables

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1264
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    Nestling on the gateway to the South Downs National Park, towards the western end of Eastbourne’s elegant...

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  • Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex
    Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex×

    Rose Cottage

    Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex

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    Ref: 27231
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire


    This charming, semi-detached character cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from the sea, and is centrally...

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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

    In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed...

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  • Brighton, Sussex
    Brighton, Sussex×

    Mariners Quay

    Brighton, Sussex

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    Ref: 13910
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities

    Overlooking the quay

    Overlooking the Quay heading and Marina, where luxurious yachts and cruisers are moored,...

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

    Shipside Apartment

    Meads Village, near Eastbourne, East Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1084
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    A short stroll from Eastbourne’s upper promenade where you can enjoy stunning coastal views is Shipside –...

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  • North Lancing, near Brighton, Sussex
    North Lancing, near Brighton, Sussex×

    My Number 12

    North Lancing, near Brighton, Sussex

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    Ref: 30550
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities


    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a residential area, and only a short walk from the scenic...

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