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Home to the most beautiful coast and countryside; Sussex is the perfect holiday escape whether you want a relaxing short break or action-packed adventure.

Walkers and cyclists will enjoy Sussex. This is great walking country or you could grab a bike and take to the network of quiet country roads. A boat trip is another great way to enjoy the scenery from a different aspect, take a leisurely cruise from Eastbourne to the lighthouse and discover a tranquil place to breathe.

You''ll find holiday cottages located within easy reach of all the region''s well known attractions and beauty spots both inland and at the coast and there''s an abundance of Blue Flag awarded beaches scattered along the coast. For a really atmospheric look at the coastline head to Beachy Head with its dramatic chalk cliffs, and make the time to stroll through one of the picturesque fishing harbours dotted around to pick up unique souvenirs and fresh seafood.

Places of interest of course include the vibrant coastal towns of Brighton, with its famous pier, Eastbourne and Bognor Regis as well as the delightful spa town of Tunbridge Wells (actually just over the Kent border) and lovely market towns like Horsham and historic Lewes.

If there''s one thing you can''t escape in Sussex, its history and the famous battle site of 1066 in Hastings holds a wealth of it, and offers a family friendly day out to explore one of history''s most important events. Similarly Arundel Castle could also be on your agenda; it sits majestically above the roof tops of the town below and is bursting at the seams with stories and relics.

For family fun, visit one of the county''s many animal parks; Drusillas Park at Alfriston is a paradise of small exotic animals or there''s the Ashdown Forest Llama Park, home to more than 100 llamas and Fishers Farm Park is great for getting the younger ones moving. The Blue Reef Aquarium at Hastings and Brighton Sealife Centre are the ultimate way to experience underworld treasures without getting your feet wet.

Be inspired by the birthplace of modern England, and come and see for yourself why so many people choose to holiday in Sussex. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Sussex today.

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PG6


    Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Within the grounds of Thornden Farm are goats, free range chickens and a small flock of sheep, and from both here and the Coach House (ref PBBR), there are far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.

    There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.

    Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    • Access to freezer

    • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing by arrangement with owner
    • Wi-fi
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

  • Oak Cottage

    Jevington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E3729

    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, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are 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 Haven’s sandy beach and Friston Forest Walks are among the local beauty spots, whilst Herstmonceux Castle, Battle Abbey, Glyndbourne, Drusilla’s Zoo and the Bentley Motor Museum are all nearby. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne is 2 miles; Hastings, Rye and Brighton are a little further afield, and day trips from Newhaven to Le Havre and Dieppe are also available. The cottages are within a short stroll of a lovely tea room for afternoon treats and the local inn for eating out. Shops 2.25 miles and pub 500 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams and steps between rooms.

    Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue by arrangement. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. No smoking. No children under 5 years. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in grounds.

  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28697

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an AONB, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (NT) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • The Nook

    Sedlescombe, Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PNNW

    This converted wing of the owner’s home makes a perfect holiday retreat and offers access to footpaths over the Sussex countryside. Sedlescombe with its village green, pub and shop is within walking distance. Attractions include Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Battle, the Jerwood Gallery at Hastings and traditional seaside attractions, Cinque Port of Rye and beaches at Camber. Sissinghurst Gardens and Bodiam Castle are within a short drive. Golf locally. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove in large fireplace and dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with TV, sloping ceilings and window overlooking the church. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small terrace under pergola with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

    Note: May be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

  • Mill Corner - The Cart House

    Northiam

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PLLB

    In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, solid oak floors and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

    • Full electric central heating included
    • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

  • Alpaca Cottage

    Catsfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PHM

    This attractive, detached, single-storey farm cottage with glorious views overlooking farmland and the owner’s herd of Alpacas, is situated in peaceful countryside. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is ideally situated for exploring the historical town of Battle, The Abbey and famous Battlefield, as well as the interesting shops and tearooms in this pretty market town. The area is also an excellent wine growing region with sampling sessions at Carr Taylor and Sedlescombe vineyards. The charm and elegance of Eastbourne is a half-hour drive offering Blue Flag award-winning beaches. Alternatively, a boat trip to Beachy Head or walks along the cliff top can be enjoyed. Can be booked with Henley Cottage (ref. POOT). Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Tiled entrance hall. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, two sets of French doors to terrace, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet, fully tiled walls and wooden floor. Latch doors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD and small library
    • Stereo/CD and small library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babies under 12 mths

  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Windmill Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28698

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an AONB, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (NT) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 28447

    This delightful single-storey holiday annexe, adjacent to the owner’s home, is conveniently placed on the road leading to The Witterings beaches and historic Chichester and lies close to the marina. Chichester harbour offers boat trips, scenic walks, and the city has a theatre, shopping and restaurants. Spend a day at Goodwood races, Bosham sailing village and the South Downs National Park. Enjoy cycling, riding, golf, fishing, Arundel castle and Portsmouth with its trips to the Isle of Wight. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin on request) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only). Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

  • Snaylham House Cottage

    Icklesham, Winchelsea

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PMMF

    Once a stable to the main house, Snaylham House Cottage is now tastefully converted holiday accommodation in the grounds of the owner’s home. It lies on a quiet leafy farm track on the 1066 Country Walk with far reaching views over the Brede Valley. The Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbles and fascinating shops, Winchelsea with its medieval gates, Battle and Tenterden are all within easy reach. National Trust properties close by include Smallhythe, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Gardens. Camber provides miles of golden sand dunes. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open plan living room with French doors/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with
    6ft zip and link bed (can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Split level garden

  • The Water Tower

    Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PFFR

    For couples wanting a holiday out of the ordinary, this wonderful, fully refurbished, detached water tower stands elegantly in a rural location within an AONB, in the grounds of the owners’ farm. It offers stunning countryside views which can be savoured from the huge windows of the first floor bedroom. There is a large garden, to one side are fields and the other side an equestrian ring. There are many public footpaths and bridle ways from the door, and Ashdown Forest with riding school is also close by. Conveniently located, London can be reached in just over an hour, Brighton and Lewis are easy driving distances, plus English Heritage and National Trust properties/gardens including Wakehurst Place and Penshurst Place. Discover Royal Tunbridge Wells, Pooh Bridge at nearby Hartfield, plenty of golf courses and the Bluebell Line Steam Railway. Gatwick about 30 minutes’ drive away. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • 24-hour laundry service
    • Dishwasher
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children or babies

  • Stable Barn

    Shipley

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PMMC

    Standing in a rural location in the lovely Sussex countryside, this tasteful, light and spacious, detached converted barn is accessed by external stairs and provides an ideal retreat for couples wanting a peaceful break. It is ideally placed for scenic walks, with direct access onto an adjoining deer park and public footpaths. Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, Stable Barn is only 400 yards along the country lane to the local pub, and is only around 25 minutes’ drive from the nearest beach. There are many tourist attractions all within easy reach, including NT homes and gardens, Brighton, Worthing, Arundel Castle, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Chichester, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Shop 2 miles, pub 400 yards.

    Stairs to entrance: Living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Shared use of washing machine
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: External open-tread stairs to first floor

  • Lower Marley Farm - Apple Cottage

    Sedlescombe, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 27442

    These two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, (also know as ’The Jewel of the Weald’), through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (NT), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Propeties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double (5ft) bed (zip and link, can be twin) and sloping ceiling with limited headroom. Beams throughout.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in external building. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre fields and farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead in farmland. No smoking. NB: Unfenced ornamental pond, 3 yards.

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