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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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  • 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...

  • 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 holiday bungalow provides superb family accommodation for those wanting to explore the South Downs.
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    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a residential area, and only a short walk from the scenic South Downs National Park, and a 5-minute drive from Lancing Beach and Beach Green, which also has a children’s play area. My Number 12 is ideal for families or couples, and is conveniently located for exploring the area, with plenty of attractions and NT homes and gardens. Brighton is within a short drive, with beach entertainment, Royal Pavilion, art galleries,...

  • 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
    Penthouse apartment with balcony overlooking marina, promenade path to Hove, Brighton close by, for Royal Pavilion and family entertainment.
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    Overlooking the quay

    Overlooking the Quay heading and Marina, where luxurious yachts and cruisers are moored, this penthouse holiday apartment is furnished to a good standard. Step outside and stroll through this picturesque nautical setting, take a boat trip round the harbour, visit the Sea Life Centre, shop in the numerous boutiques in the Lanes, have a quiet drink on the waterside or dine at one of the many restaurants. Excellent walks along the promenade path to Hove, and golf...

  • 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...

  • 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
    South Downs Way on the doorstep from this period cottage, with beams and wood burning stove, Herstmonceaux Castle nearby.
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    This thoughtfully converted holiday cottage adjoining the owners’ home, is conveniently located on the edge of the village where smugglers once stored their contraband, and dates back in parts to 1480. With the South Downs Way on the doorstep, the area offers walks across the gallops, and became known as the South Downs National Park in 2012. An ideal touring base for Friston Forest, Beachy Head, Herstmonceaux Castle and Brighton. The Charleston Festival, Glyndebourne,...

  • 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
    End terrace cottage with enclosed garden, close to Brighton, with Royal Pavilion, Marian and Racecourse, Sea Life Centre nearby.
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    This attractive 18th-century end terraced cottage with its own secluded, enclosed garden, is superbly situated in a quiet residential lane overlooking the village church approximately 3 miles from the centre of Brighton with many seaside attractions, including the opulent Royal Pavilion, Prince Regents former abode, Brighton Marina, Brighton Racecourse, saunter along the lanes for antiques, memorabilia and bookshops, theatres and art galleries. Simply relax and enjoy the spectacular...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    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...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    The Roof Garden

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: 29074
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Third floor apartment with superb roof terrace, with views of the pier and out to sea, Brighton easily reached.
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    Beach 150 yards

    This unique holiday apartment is so named because of its superb roof terrace on the 4th floor of the building, which offers views of the pier and out to sea in one direction, and across the town to the South Downs in the other. If the weather is inclement the views can still be enjoyed from the conservatory. Situated in the middle of town with easy access to wine bars, pubs and restaurants, the apartment is only a short walk from Eastbourne station providing links...

  • Emsworth, Sussex
    Emsworth, Sussex×

    Swan Cottage

    Emsworth, Sussex

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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...

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

    Carley Cottage

    Meads Village, near Eastbourne, Sussex

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    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...

  • Meads, Eastbourne, Sussex
    Meads, Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Longwood Apartment

    Longwood Apartment

    Meads, Eastbourne, Sussex

    5
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    Ref: UKC2391
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    This first floor apartment is spacious and provides a comfortable base for a family from which to enjoy a seaside holiday.
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    Situated just a short walk from the High Street in Meads village, this spacious and elegant Victorian apartment offers a wealth of character and is ideal for a family self catering holiday. The first floor apartment is a short walk from Meads village and the seafront, and is accessed through a magnificent hall and landing with a beautiful feature period window and an attractive entrance porch. Inside the apartment the accommodation is spacious and ideal for a family holiday in this...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×
    Newly Listed
    Roborough

    Roborough

    Eastbourne, Sussex

    5
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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...

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