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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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  • 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
    Free archaeology and history tours available for guests staying at this ancient site, once owned by Alfred the Great.
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    In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16th-century listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and...

    The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn
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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
    This holiday cottages is situated in the perfect location for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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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 - Tawny Owls
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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
    Archaeology and history buffs will be in their element whilst staying at this Grade II listed barn steeped in history.
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    In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16th-century listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and...

    The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn
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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
    Barn Owls is the perfect base for couples looking to explore this delightful location, with many footpaths to discover, including the South Downs Way.
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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 - Snowy Owls
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    Barn Owls Holiday Cottages - Tawny Owls
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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
    Loft apartment with balcony, ideal for couples wanting a rural retreat, hot air balloon flights available, Goodwood Estate nearby.
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    Adjacent to the owners’ home, offering superb panoramic views over arable farmland and the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park from the feature balcony, this delightful first floor loft makes an ideal holiday retreat for couples who want to explore this scenic area. It is perfectly located for walking and cycling, with nearby access to a network of footpaths and popular cycle routes. Many attractions are close by, including the cathedral city of Chichester,...

  • Jevington,
    Jevington, ×

    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 Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are ideally located 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, 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...

    Owl Cottage
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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
    This studio apartment is the perfect escape for couples looking to explore the local area - relax with a glass of wine in the courtyard whilst watching the sunset.
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    Bright, fresh and ideally located in Eastbourne’s town centre which is close to the International tennis courts, shops, restaurants and theatres, is this pretty studio apartment. The Studio makes a great base for a spot of retail therapy at any time of year. The Arndale Shopping Centre offers all the big high street names and a fascinating mix of independent shops. Little Chelsea lies on the western edge of the town centre and has over 50 independent boutiques and galleries...

  • 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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  • 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
    Elegant ground floor apartment with feature marble fireplace, close to town centre and Victorian pier, South Downs close by.
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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 - Prideaux
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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...

  • 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,...

  • Eastbourne, Sussex
    Eastbourne, Sussex×

    Admiral Cottage

    Eastbourne, Sussex

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    Ref: UKC1261
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Explore Eastbourne’s many attractions, including sandy beaches and an iconic pier, or venture out to the South Downs National Park.
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    This terraced cottage is located in the Meads Village part of Eastbourne, an elegant area within strolling distance of the seafront. The area has the advantage of village-style pubs, interesting eateries and individual shops, which can all be found on the doorstep. Admiral Cottage makes an ideal base for families or couples to explore the breathtaking South Downs National Park. This is a nature lover’s paradise, and as well as the frolicking lambs in spring, spot the chalkhill...

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