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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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  • Stable Cottage

    Peasmarsh, Rye

    Grade
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    Ref: P81

    If you are looking for a charming, romantic, rural retreat, then look no further. Stable Cottage is a pretty Grade II listed 17th century barn conversion, beautifully furnished and decorated with cool, fresh colours.
    The open plan living/dining room/kitchen, has high vaulted ceiling with oak beams and floors. It has comfortable sofa and cushions, ideal for relaxing in the evening while watching the flat screen TV. The modern fitted kitchen has oak units in keeping with the character of the cottage. While the dining table looks out of the French doors to the terrace, ideal for enjoying a leisurely breakfast.
    The delightful double bedroom has fluffy duvets and pillows, crisp linen and a lovely peaceful feel. All contributing to a restful night sleep, and why not enjoy a lazy morning as well, before rising to face the day.
    On hot summer days relax on the decked terrace, perfect for morning coffee, and enjoy the view across the owners 500 acre of rolling farmland. Or of an evening enjoy a BBQ and listen to the sheep in the fields, while sampling a glass of wine from the local vineyard.
    For a day out visit the historic cinque port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops. Or for the green fingered the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are easily reached. Shop 1 mile.

    Beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French doors to decked terrace. Beamed modern fitted kitchen with oak units. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer space (on request)
    • Enclosed decked terrace and furniture
    • 300-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

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    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

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  • Diddy Bones Barn

    Forestside, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    Ref: 29254


    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, coastal villages of Emsworth/Bosham, Goodwood Estate, offering horse racing and motoring experiences, Portsmouth with its historic dock yard, Spinnaker Tower and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Hot air balloon flights are available with the owner (pilot), subject to weather conditions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead in owners’ grounds. No smoking. No children under 16, except babies under 6 months. NB: Small pond at front of owner’s property.

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  • Martins Cottage

    Bury

    Grade
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    Ref: PNT


    An enchanting little 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage for two, set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the Downland village of Bury, which lies in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The interior is bursting with character with beams, open fire and pretty furnishings. There are lovely views of the shared garden. Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry, and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. Within easy reach are Amberley Wild Brooks with RSPB nature reserve; Arundel Castle and Wildfowl Trust; the Amberley Museum; the Roman Villa at Bignor; the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton; Chichester with its Festival Theatre; Goodwood motor sport, golf, horseracing, as well as plenty of country houses and gardens to visit nearby. Shops 5 miles (farm shop 1/4 mile) village ‘local’ which serves excellent food 1/3 mile.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs/fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil-fired central heating (runs hot water), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared garden
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children
    • NB: Pond in garden

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  • Kiln Cottage

    Rye

    Grade
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    Ref: W43953

    Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I and spend some time exploring the beautiful Cinque port market town of Rye. In 1573 she bestowed the title Rye Royale. Stay in this well thought out and stylish holiday cottage which is just a 6 minute walk from the centre of the town, with its large selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes. You could discover for yourself why many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have chosen to settle here. Rye is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, despite being the haunt of the notorious smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang. Visit The Mermaid Inn, their famous hideout, where the cellars date back to 1156. Visit the Rye Museum and climb St Mary’s Tower for breathtaking views across to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Winchelsea. See Lamb House, the home of Henry James and later E. F. Benson, and where they filmed the recent production of ’Mapp and Lucia’. Another great film location is Camber Sands and going in the other direction towards Hastings where ’Foyles War’ was filmed. There are also connections by train to London. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Z-bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric wood burner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing by arrangement with owner. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Compton Farm Cottages - The Plough Shed

    Compton, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    Ref: 24493

    National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3A (refs. 17320 & 19202)

    Converted from former farm buildings, these four holiday properties (two of which have been adapted for the disabled with shower chairs available), are in the Southdowns National Park. Properties 17320 and 17321 command fine views over the surrounding countryside. Situated in the grounds of the family farm (non-working), they are only 100 yards from the village of Compton with village shop and tea room with free wi-fi access. Enjoy peaceful walks along a bridle path leading to the South Downs Way, 2 miles designated as a National Park. The historic cathedral town of Chichester lies 10 miles away, with its cobbled streets adorned with tea rooms and restaurants, and the ornate cathedral. Scenic boat tours can be taken around the harbour. Goodwood and Fontwell races or polo at Cowdray are all within a short drive. Portsmouth, with shopping and leisure facilities, within easy reach. Hawking and falconry days can be arranged, prices on application and must be pre-booked direct with owner. Shop and pub 100 yards.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Washing machine. Internet connection. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Small unfenced duck pond opposite drive entrance.

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  • Kittiwakes

    Rye

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    Ref: E3951

    On the banks of the River Rother, with boats passing at high tide, this very comfortable first floor apartment (shown second from right) is ideally located a short stroll from the heart of the quaint town of Rye. One of the ancient Cinque Ports, its history evocatively depicted in a local ‘Sound and Light Show’, Rye also boasts a wealth of interesting shops and antique emporiums, galleries, restaurants and historic inns. Close by is the nature reserve at Rye Harbour – also an excellent spot for fishing and sailing – whilst a little further afield lie Battle Abbey, romantic Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Day trips by rail to France depart from Ashford, 20 miles. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, underfloor central heating (in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shingle river frontage and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: River frontage.

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  • Bumbles Cottage

    Bolney, nr. Haywards Heath

    Grade
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    Ref: POOG

    This charming, detached, single-storey cottage is located in the grounds of the owners’ home, in a peaceful rural setting ideally located for sightseeing, cycling, riding and walking. Rumoured to have once been a poacher’s cottage, this cosy holiday property with a wood burning stove makes a romantic relaxing retreat for couples. There are many NT properties and gardens locally, and great places to visit include Wakehurst Place, Nymans, Glyndebourne and the Bluebell Railway. Discover scenic walks directly from the property, local vineyards and the South Downs National Park nearby. Both Brighton beach and Gatwick Airport are within 30 minutes’ drive. Shop 3 miles, pub 1¼ mile. Shop 3 miles, pub 1¼ mile.

    6 steps to entrance: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD/MP3 player
    • 2-ring hob
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Laundry service available
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Dolphina

    Middleton-on-Sea

    Grade
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    Ref: W44272


    Built on the owner’s land, this unique, cosy and compact property is ideal for couples or for a one-person getaway. Dolphina has been cleverly crafted using a boating theme, and is only 40 yards from the beach, with private-path access. It enjoys a small enclosed south-facing decked courtyard area, with pampas grass and tropical plants, from which you can enjoy listening to the sounds of the sea!
    The dog-friendly pebble and sand beach, protected by rock islands, is great for crabbing, fishing, bathing or potholing, and it is perfectly located for walking to nearby Bognor Regis. Middleton-on-Sea has pubs, local shops, takeaways and restaurants within easy walking distance, and Littlehampton or Bognor have further eateries, as well as small beachside cinemas, within a 5-minute drive. There is plenty to do in the area, with Arundel close by, famous for its castle, lanes with artefact, books and antique shops, plus Wildfowl and Wetlands wildlife centre, Pulborough Brooks RSPB and popular beaches at The Witterings, Worthing and Bognor. Also easy driving distance to Chichester with cathedral, festival theatre, leisure facilities and Goodwood or Fontwell Races, or Midhurst with Cowdray Polo and shops. There are many scenic walks including in the South Downs National Park. Also within easy driving distance (or train ride) the cosmopolitan city of Brighton to the east, and Portsmouth to the west, which has the Spinnaker Tower, ferry trips to the Isle of Wight and designer retail shopping. NT homes and gardens, such as Goodwood House, Parham Park, Royal Pavilion, Petworth House, Stanstead Park and East Dean can all be easily reached. Outdoor pursuits such as golf, horse racing, various water sports, riding and cycling routes can all be found in the area. Can be booked with ref: 27373 to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. 6 paddle steps to galleried area with double bed (accessed from one side only).

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • The Annexe, Walnut Tree Cottage

    Bognor Regis

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    Ref: 27963

    This detached, single-storey holiday property stands next to the owners’ home along a 13th-century country lane and enjoys its own private sitting-out area overlooking the shared gardens. This is an ideal, peaceful, relaxing retreat for couples and has been tastefully furnished using soft neutral pastel shades. Bognor Regis is 1½ miles; West Wittering 30 minutes’ drive or Chichester 15 minutes with its cathedral, Festival Theatre and leisure facilities. Explore the South Downs National Park, with walking, cycling and riding. Arundel Castle, Wild Fowl and Wetland Birds Trust, Goodwood House, Fontwell Racecourse, Worthing, Brighton and Portsmouth are an easy drive. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen.1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available. Fridge/freezer. Shared gardens. Sitting-out area with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Pond 12 yards.

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  • Foxleigh Farm Barns - The Coop

    Kirdford, nr. Petworth

    Grade
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    Ref: PRRK

    Sympathetically converted, these super barn conversions (refs PRRJ and PRRK), previously the egg store of a renowned chicken farm, stand side by side adjacent to the owners’ home, which is on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kirdford. Close to the South Downs National Park, these attractive holiday barns are ideal for couples wishing to stroll, cycle, fish, play golf or visit the numerous attractions within easy reach. Foxleigh Farm Barns has close access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to the unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife. The quaint village of Petworth is 5 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown designed gardens and parkland, where many functions and events can be enjoyed during the summer months. The charming small town of Midhurst, famous for polo at Cowdray Park is also a short drive, as are Billingshurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Goodwood, with its motor racing and horse racing, Fontwell races, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald, Downland Open Air Museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance, as is the cathedral city of Chichester with its extensive shopping and tea rooms, festival theatre and harbour tours. Alternatively, the town of Arundel with its famous castle and cathedral, plus the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are both well worth a visit. The Witterings and other beaches are a half-hour’s drive and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Cloakroom with boot store and toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Large garden

    • Wood-burning stove included
    • Electricity, full Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service available
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Holly Cottage

    Cowbeech, nr. Hailsham

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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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