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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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  • 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

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

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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

    Nestled down a rough track, Barn Owls Holiday Cottages are situated in a beautiful old flint walled barn, in an Area...

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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...

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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

    Bright, fresh and ideally located in Eastbourne’s town centre which is close to the International tennis...

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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

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

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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


    Adjacent to the owners’ home, offering superb panoramic views over arable farmland and the rolling hills...

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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

    Nestled down a rough track, Barn Owls Holiday Cottages are situated in a beautiful old flint walled barn, in an Area...

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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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  • 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

    A good base to enjoy this lovely area

    Only 200 yards from Gildredge Park bowling greens and tennis courts,...

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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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  • Brighton, Sussex
    Brighton, Sussex×

    Honeysuckle Cottage

    Brighton, Sussex

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    Ref: 15317
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This attractive 18th-century end terraced cottage with its own secluded, enclosed garden, is superbly situated in a...

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  • Rodmell, near Lewes, Sussex
    Rodmell, near Lewes, Sussex×

    Ouseside Cottage

    Rodmell, near Lewes, Sussex

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

    With lovely views over the South Downs from its first floor living room, this tastefully refurbished property lies just...

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