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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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  • Oak Cottage

    Jevington

    Grade
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    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.

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  • High House Cottage

    Hooe, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: POOV

    On the edge of the small village of Hooe, close to Pevensey Bay, lies this 19th-century barn conversion, one of a pair, providing thoughtful holiday accommodation for two people. Enjoy rural views from the patio and stroll around the owner’s orchard. Visit the local pub with its smuggling heritage. Stroll along the unspoilt pebble beach at Pevensey, see the castle with two-thirds of its towered walls still standing, and maybe spot ‘The Pale Lady of Pevensey’. The Blue Flag beaches at Eastbourne are a short drive, with access to the South Downs National Park. Battle Abbey, Glyndebourne and many National Trust properties and gardens are all easily accessible. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared orchard
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced pond

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  • Bookers Rife

    Earnley, near Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC327


    Located in a scenic area adjacent to the owner’s home, this delightful property is set along a quiet lane leading to Earnley Church and Medmerry Nature Reserve RSPB, where a host of birds and other wildlife can be seen, as well as unspoilt scenic walks along the coastline. The nearest beach is at Bracklesham, about ½ mile away. There are some lovely country pubs in the area, as well as independent shops.
    Offering a wonderful vista over fields where sheep and lambs graze, this lovely holiday cottage is ideal for couples wishing to explore the area. Bookers Rife has been cleverly converted, with an open plan living/bedroom area on the first floor, which has a sloped ceiling and plenty of natural light from the Velux and picture windows. The kitchen/dining room and bathroom are on the ground floor. There is a pretty country garden area which overlooks the sheep fields, and has a bench and garden furniture. Within the shared grounds, there is also a sun room which guests are welcome to use, and a feature mini garden, which comes alive throughout the year with various plants/shrubs and flowers.
    The area is abundant in wildlife, and Pagham Nature Reserve is also close by, and is a haven for birdwatching, while Chichester Harbour offers boat trips around the coastline and harbour. A short drive away is historic Chichester with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, pedestrianised cobbled lanes, shopping, leisure complex, tea rooms and many pubs and restaurants. Slightly further afield is Goodwood, famous for motor and horse racing. Fontwell Races, the Weald and Downland Open Museum and Bosham sailing village are also within easy reach. Discover the South Down National Park, or enjoy golf, horse riding, cycling, fishing and sailing. Also with easy driving distance are historic Arundel Castle and naval Portsmouth with the Spinnaker Tower, day trips to the Isle of Wight, shopping outlets and maritime history. Beach ½ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With sloping ceiling and Velux window.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Bedroom area: With twin beds.

    Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Shared sun room. Garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared grounds. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Sunnymead Cottages - Pippins

    High Hurstwood, nr. Uckfield

    Grade
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    Ref: PHA

    Sunnymead Cottages (ref PGZ and PHA) are situated in the High Weald village of High Hurstwood, a designated AONB. Set in a landscape of undulating pastures, they provide a peaceful retreat. Converted to a very high standard and adjoining one another; Pippins provides ground floor accommodation and Russets has ground and first floor accommodation. They lie at the end of 220 yards of private drive, amid 12 acres of gardens and orchards in the grounds of the owners’ house. The grounds are a haven for wildlife; birds, deer and badgers are regular visitors. Each cottage has its own garden area in which to sit out and unwind. The nearby Bluebell Steam Railway makes frequent journeys from Sheffield Park, with its period railway station. A great day out can also be enjoyed in Ashdown Forest, under two miles away and a refuge for wildlife. It offers opportunities for walking, riding and picnics. If guests do not feel like taking the car out, there is direct access onto a public footpath just outside the garden and the Vanguard Way is only 10 minutes’ walk away. Local wines can be sampled at various vineyards in the vicinity. There is easy access to historic houses including Glyndebourne Opera House, the spa town Tunbridge Wells and 1066 country. There is also much to see along the coast where shops, bars and restaurants beckon in Brighton and Eastbourne. The nearest railway station is only 6 minutes’ drive with direct access to London in just over one hour. Shop 2 miles, pub serving good food just a 5-minute walk.

    Living/dining room with step up to separate kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Twin bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed, TV and patio door, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • Additional TV
    • Enclosed garden with furniture

    • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking for 2 cars
    • No smoking
    • NB:Two ponds in grounds

    Note: Russets PGZ and Pippins PHA can be booked together to sleep 4 people

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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    Ref: PUUK


    This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

    There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth radio
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
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    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 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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  • The Lodge

    Hurstpierpoint, nr. Hassocks

    Grade
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    Ref: 31248

    On the edge of the glorious South Downs National Park, this detached studio, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint, which dates back to Saxon times and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the middle of the village opposite the village green, The Lodge is in a secluded spot and offers light, airy and relaxing holiday accommodation with French doors leading onto a private terrace - a delightful spot for breakfast or a glass of wine after a day out. There are lots of thoughtful touches, one of which are cloud soft bathrobes for your enjoyment. Within walking distance are four restaurants and a 15th century pub, with great food and local beers.
    Walkers will be spoilt for choice stop off at Devils Dyke where you’ll spot paragliders overhead, or visit the Hill Fort at Ditchling Beacon. Glyndbourne Opera and Good Wood are close by and Hickstead, the show jumping ground is 2 miles away. Brighton, Hove and the coast can be reached within 10 miles. Visit the ancient market town of Lewes and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. For additional sightseeing opportunities, there are good rail connections from Hassocks, 2 miles, to London. Gatwick airport is approximately 25 miles away. Beach 10 miles. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room double bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 20" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Broadband connection. Small terrace with furniture. Car park opposite property. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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  • Rumbolds Farm - Stable Cottage

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

    Grade
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    Ref: 31309

    Stable Cottage (ref 31309) is a delightful, detached, character barn conversion. This single-storey bolt-hole offers comfortable and cosy accommodation for couples, located opposite the owners’ home, yet tucked away enough for it to offer a peaceful retreat. Inside there are beams, some low, a traditional woodburner and views over the lake from the living room window. It is adjacent to the stunning manicured grounds with the tranquil lake, pergoda and seating areas.
    Cart House (ref 30636) is a beautifully presented, single-storey barn conversion dating back to the 16th century, has stunning beams throughout, and makes an ideal retreat for couples.
    The cottages are peacefully located within the grounds of the owner’s stud farm where the main barn dates back to 1578, and is one of the oldest barns in Sussex. They are surrounded by 130 acres of pasture and ancient oak forests on the border of Surrey and Sussex with public footpaths from the door. Historic Petworth House and Gardens is about a 10-minute drive, and Midhurst, with Cowdray Polo, is slightly further. Guildford, Horsham, Gatwick, London, Brighton and the south coast are within easy driving distance. There are many more places to visit such as NT homes and gardens, Chichester, Goodwood Races, Fontwell and Arundel Castle. Golf, fishing and riding are all close by. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile. Property refs 30636 and 31309 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Freeview TV. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer in adjacent utility room. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced lake 100 yards.

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
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    1
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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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  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

    Grade
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    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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  • The Nook

    Sedlescombe, Battle

    Grade
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    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.

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  • The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn

    West Dean, Seaford

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 19749

    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 Jacobean banqueting house, the centre of a wider holding mentioned in the Domesday Book, which stretched from the River Cuckmere to Jevington. There are also ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, restored 14th-century dovecote and ox farmyard of the 18th and 19th century. Quebec Barn (ref 26956) was used as local headquarters by Canadian forces in WW ll. Walking plus cycle trails nearby, Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. Cycle through the woods to the lighthouse, or down the lanes and breath the fresh air whilst spotting birds such as buzzards and egrets. In the evening why not cycle to the cosy pub nearby before retiring to your barn in the woods. Enjoy wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Horse riding stables, 5 miles at the old smuggling village of Alfriston. Visit Brighton and the historical ’Lanes’, Eastbourne and stroll along the Victorian pier, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer) within 5 miles. Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country within 10 miles. Shops 4 miles, pubs 11/2 miles. Properties (refs 19748, 19749 and 26956) can be booked together for larger parties.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with slate floors. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Cot or Z-bed on request.

    Cot on request. iPod dock. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Smart Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. Superfast Wi-Fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

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