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Sussex

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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  • Leafwood Oast

    Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 23316

    An unusual first floor oast conversion beamed throughout, makes ideal holiday accommodation, situated above the owners home, ideal for walking on the many local footpaths. Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its stylish shops and Pantiles, is a short drive away. Visit Bewl Water the largest lake in the south east and enjoy summer fireworks and concerts. Several National Trust properties and gardens are close by including Chartwell, Knowle and Ightham Mote. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Open sided staircase to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (by arrangement). Freezer space (by arrangement). Wi-Fi. Shared use of owner’s grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Cart Lodge

    Gun Hill, nr. Heathfield

    Grade
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    Ref: 29239


    Situated in a secluded part of the owner’s 16th century working farm, this detached, south facing, holiday property with oak floor in the kitchen, has been converted to a very good standard. It is in an ideal location overlooking a duck pond and with distant views to the South Downs. Accessed by a rough track, it is a great base for walking the Wealdway or cycling the Cuckoo Trail with 14 miles of pathways along the old Heathfield to Eastbourne railway. Other places to explore include Lewes and Eastbourne, both approximately 9 miles. Glyndebourne is 6 miles and Royal Tunbridge Wells is 13 miles. More locally are Charleston Farmhouse and Firle Place. The Jerwood Gallery at Hastings and De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill are 20 miles away. Good main line rail links to London Victoria from Polegate (1 hour 20 minutes), and there is also an excellent pub and restaurant within a ten minute walk along country footpaths. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in farm grounds.

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
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    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 here, 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.

    • 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
    • Access to freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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  • The Little Lodge

    Beckley, nr. Rye

    Grade
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    Ref: W43703


    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the village of Beckley and above the River Rother, is this stylish, semi-detached holiday property. Situated down a quiet lane overlooking fields and adjoining the owners’ home, it resides in 5 acres of grounds, surrounded by forestry and woodland, where a small orchard is set aside for the guests’ sole use. The Little Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the cinque port town of Rye, famous for its 18th century smuggling activities. Mermaid Street, with its cobbled streets, timber framed inns and attractive Georgian houses, is well worth strolling along. Rye Bay is home to the well-known scallop festival in February. The beach can be reached at Winchelsea, and has associations with Spike Milligan and Camber Sands, as the name suggests there are miles of golden sand dunes. It is home to various film locations including ‘The Monuments Men’ with George Clooney, and ‘The Invisible Woman’ with Ralph Fiennes. Take a boat trip from Northiam and arrive at the fairytale Bodiam Castle, which is 4 miles away, or catch the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which travels to Tenterden, described by many as ’The Jewel of the Weald’. Cycling routes and excellent walking are close by. Horse riding stables can be found within a 15-minute drive away. Now in retirement, Darjeeling a famous Grand National champion horse resides at the property. Fishing is available nearby at Iden Wood Fishery (at cost, licence required). Treat yourself to the on-site medical beauty clinic, appointments by arrangement only (at cost). Beach 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 11/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview plasma TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Snaylham House Cottage

    Icklesham, Winchelsea

    Grade
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    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

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  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

    Grade
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    1
    Ref: W43003

    Shared swimming pool

    Conveniently located, this attractive single storey annexe with stable door, attached to the owners 16th century Grade II listed farmhouse provides modern yet cosy holiday living. It has its own sitting out area and use of the owners outdoor heated swimming pool. Explore the glorious South Downs Way, with scenic walking, birdwatching, cycling and riding routes. Places to visit include the popular seaside resort of Bognor Regis (3 miles), historic Chichester with its superb cathedral, Arundel Castle and Wild Fowl and Wetland Bird Trust, Goodwood House, racecourses and country park and the Witterings with its sandy beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen, patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Shared heated outdoor fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.9m - 2.1m), open May-September. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Little Timbers

    Small Dole, nr. Henfield

    Grade
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    Ref: W44088


    This carefully converted barn offers tastefully presented accommodation for couples. The kitchen and shower room are on the ground floor, and upstairs on the first floor is the spacious open plan living and bedroom area, with vaulted beamed ceiling. Outside, there is a sitting-out area accessed from the kitchen, and guests are welcome to enjoy the owners’ gardens with a feature pond and barbecue area. This lovely property is well placed for exploring the area. The local village amenities are less than a 5-minute walk, and Small Dole falls within the South Downs Link, with the National Park being accessed about 2 miles away, so it is an ideal area for keen walkers. Woodsmill Nature Reserve and golf course are close by, and Gatwick is about a 30-minute drive. The nearest station at Hassocks, has regular trains to London (1 hour) or Brighton (20 minutes) and there are also local buses, so this is also a perfect base for those wishing to enjoy a car-free holiday! Plenty of National Trust properties, gardens and attractions are easily accessed, including Wakehurst Place, Nymans, Borde Hill, Glyndebourne, The Bluebell Railway, Brighton, Hickstead show ground, Lingfield races and Lewes. Beach 8 miles. Shop 550 yards, pub and restaurant 650 yards.

    Ground floor: Kitchen with breakfast bar. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for children, alternative sleeping)/bedroom area with double bed.

    Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Use of owner’s grounds. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years, except babes in arms. NB: Unfenced pond in owners’ grounds.

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  • Combe Hill Farm - The Dairy

    Ninfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: PCCY

    Situated in the owners’ grounds on a 16th-century Grade II listed site, these well-appointed, beamed holiday cottages (PCCX and PCCY) occupy a truly peaceful setting. Located amidst 1066 countryside and ancient woodlands, this was once part of the Ashburnham family estate. Combe Hill Farm is ideally placed for visiting many NT and English Heritage sites, including Batemans - home of Rudyard Kipling, Battle Abbey and Bodiam Castle. The famous Glyndebourne Festival takes place from May to August and the ancient town of Lewes celebrates Bonfire Night with a magnificent procession and firework display. Hastings, with old fishermen’s huts and fresh fish, is worth a visit, as is the cobbled town of Rye and beautiful golden sand and dunes of Camber which await exploration. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower cubicle (power shower) and toilet.

    • Electricity and full electricity rads included (PCCX £30 per week winter poa, PCCY £15 per week winter poa)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shared lawned garden with courtyard and furniture
    • 14 acres shared gardens and farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream in farmland

    Note: The Byre (PCCX) and The Dairy (PCCY) can be booked together to sleep up to 8 people

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  • Holly Cottage

    Cowbeech, nr. Hailsham

    Grade
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    Ref: 30583


    Enjoying a rural location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in the glorious Sussex countryside, Holly Cottage is a semi-detached, two storey renovated Sussex barn. Equipped to a very good standard, where 21st century facilities combine with character and charm. Located in the owner’s parkland grounds, close to a lake with footpaths from the doorstep leading into the woods and adjoining farmland, making it an ideal spot for walkers and birdwatchers. Spot the buzzards, nightingales, cuckoos and woodpeckers, alongside the deer, foxes, badgers and pheasants. Cyclists are also catered for with easy access to National Cycle route 21 – The Cuckoo Trail which follows the former Cuckoo Line railway for 14 miles from Heathfield to Eastbourne. The South Downs National Park offers 1,813 km of footpaths and 1,213 km of bridleways. Herstmonceux Observatory enables the chance to join an open evening and study the night sky, a plethora of National Trust properties and gardens including Rudyard Kipling’s home at Batemans and Sheffield Park Gardens make for great days out. Golf is within a 10-minute drive, and there are good connections to London by train from Stonegate or Etchingham stations. The village of Cowbeech is within a 10-minute stroll with a local pub and restaurant. Gatwick Airport is approximately a 40-minute drive. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floors/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared parkland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake, 25 yards.

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  • The Water Tower

    Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead

    Grade
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    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

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  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
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    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 kingsize (four-poster) 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.

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  • Stable Barn

    Shipley

    Grade
    2
    1
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    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

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