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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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  • 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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    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, this delightful and beautifully presented property is ideally located for a relaxing break. The South Downs Way is on the doorstep, there are myriad walks and cycle paths to explore and a multitude of places to visit within a short drive. Beachy Head and the soaring cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere...

    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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    Offering an ideal retreat for couples or small families, Garden Cottage is a comfortable period cottage, standing one of a pair next to Rose Cottage (ref 27231), which can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. This holiday property is peacefully tucked away with its own enclosed garden, yet conveniently placed, being only a 5-minute walk from the beach, and a 2-minute walk from various shops, tea rooms, eateries, inns and church. The charming village of Rottingdean...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Haven Cottage

    Haven Cottage

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC2268
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Located close to Eastbourne’s beaches and within the old town area with plenty to discover during your break away on the south coast.
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    Situated within Eastbourne’s Old Town, Haven Cottage is a 300-year old flint-built terraced cottage which was the former stables to Mill House. It has a delightful south-facing garden to the front and a pretty enclosed courtyard to the rear.
    Motcombe Gardens are close by where you can find the source of the Bourne stream from which Eastbourne’s name derives. Devonshire Park - host to six major world-class tennis tournaments, is easily accessible. Explore the surrounding...

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

    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Tawny Owls

    Bishopstone, near Newhaven, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC955
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile
    This holiday cottage is situated in the perfect location for families looking to relax and unwind in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    Nestled down a rough track, Barn Owls Holiday Cottages are situated in a beautiful old flint walled barn, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the foot of the South Downs National Park. Adjacent to the owners home and accessed via a rough track, the barn has been converted into three self-catering holiday cottages of differing sizes, all retaining some of their original beams, which add to their charm and character.
    The cottages are set in an ideal base for exploring the...

    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Barn Owls
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Snowy Owls
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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Caton - Prideaux

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: 3537
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Lovely second floor apartment, close to golf courses, horse riding, sailing and fishing, Filching Manor Motor Museum nearby.
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    A good base to enjoy this lovely area

    Only 200 yards from Gildredge Park bowling greens and tennis courts, ½ mile from the town centre and railway station, these spacious and elegant holiday apartments with period features in a fine Victorian house are ideal centres from which to enjoy all aspects of a really varied holiday. McSweeney (ref 3536) and Prideaux (ref 3537) have a feature marble fireplace. Eastbourne is a fine town with a Victorian pier and excellent theatres...

    Caton - Le Brun
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    Caton - McSweeney
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  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
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    Bay Tree Apartment

    Bay Tree Apartment

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC2319
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    This delightful apartment lies in an ideal location for exploring the town or walking along the majestic promenade.
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    Within a couple of minutes of the beach, situated just off Eastbourne’s iconic 3-mile seafront, this garden apartment is in the perfect location for a self catering holiday on the sunshine coast. Bay Tree Apartment occupies the lower ground floor of a large Victorian house in the majestic Wilmington Square, which is directly in front of Eastbourne’s Wish Tower which is a Napoleonic Martello Tower. The apartment has its own front door and is accessed by going down five steps...

  • 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
    Character features and an enclosed lawned garden make this a perfect base for small families.
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    This charming, semi-detached character cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from the sea, and is centrally located for shops, cafes, inns and restaurants within the charming village of Rottingdean. Tucked away and accessed via a shared walkway, Rose Cottage enjoys an enclosed lawned garden, and has character features such as beams and an open fire. Brighton harbour and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries and antique shops is a...

  • Angmering, near Littlehampton, Sussex
    Angmering, near Littlehampton, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Nearly Cottage

    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 - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Welcoming, homely and cosy - this end-terrace cottage is the perfect base to retreat back to after a busy day exploring this beautiful location.
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    This period, end-terrace cottage offers tastefully styled and well-furnished holiday accommodation. It is located along a no-through lane, close to a conservation area, and provides an idyllic base for families and couples alike. Inside Nearly Cottage there is a cosy and welcoming kitchen/dining room which overlooks the small enclosed garden, and a comfortable living room with an electric wood burner, perfect for those cold winter evenings. This delightful cottage is perfect for...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    The Lookout

    The Lookout

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC2310
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Eastbourne is famous for its beautiful beaches and chalk sea cliffs and is an ideal location for exploring the South Downs National park.
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    Just yards from the beach in an elevated position, The Lookout is a well-appointed, contemporary apartment with views from the large private terrace across Eastbourne town. Accessed via 24 steps down the side of the building, it benefits from having an en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom and an en-suite shower room to the second bedroom. With floor to ceiling windows and doors from the bedrooms and living area onto the terrace, it is an ideal spot for alfresco dining after a busy...

  • Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex
    Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    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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    Enviably situated just yards from the beach at Seaford, Sea Breeze is an ideal holiday destination for families and couples alike. The terraced property is set over the first and second floors, and there is a small balcony, ideal for an alfresco breakfast, and some rooms offer glimpses of the sea. Seaford is a quiet seaside town on the East Sussex Heritage Coast at the foot hills of the South Downs. There are many trails and cycle routes to enjoy, including part of the South Downs...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Downsgate

    Downsgate

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC2288
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Just 200 yards from the beach, this delightful cottage lies within walking distance of many attractions - perfect for a family summer holiday.
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    Situated in the popular Meads area of the town of Eastbourne, this well-thought-out, semi-detached holiday cottage is perfect for the whole family, as well as your four legged friend. Walk along the cliffs and Marine Conservation Area, or try your hand at windsurfing off Royal Parade Beach. The area is perfect for walkers, cyclists and fishermen, and pets are welcome at Harbour Reach Beach. Not only can you hire bikes, but during the summer months, you can hire a beach hut for a day or...

  • 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, this is a perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of footpaths and cycle trails nearby.
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    On the edge of Friston Forest, Little Friston Lodge adjoins an elegant country house and offers magnificent uninterrupted views across the South Downs. Spot the Litlington White Horse, which was cut into the chalk hillside in the 19th century and is one of nine white horse figures located outside of Wiltshire. Just 4 miles from Eastbourne, this very stylishly converted holiday home is ideal for couples, families and walkers, and offers direct access to the South Downs National Park, an...

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