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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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  • Kittiwakes

    Rye

    Grade
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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.

  • Gabrielle’s Apartment

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30990


    This stylish, high-ceilinged, first floor holiday apartment, set within a period property, is accessed via a flight of external stone steps and is within 500 yards of the beach. St Leonards-on-Sea is an original, seaside Regency New Town, just west of Hastings, and has a wonderful vintage feel to it. It has a mile long promenade and cycle track with magnificent coastal views. The town was purpose built in 1826 by the famous Regency architect and planner James Burton and his son Decimus who took over from him, alongside John Nash. There are many well laid out gardens, including Warrior Square. Norman Road, named as ’Portobello Road-on-Sea’ by The Times newspaper, offers a great collection of antique shops, vintage galleries, restaurants and cafes. Stroll further along the promenade to Hastings and explore the Old Town, with its weather-boarded cottages, junk shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit the ruins of Hastings Castle or take a trip along The Stade, the old fishing quarter, and indulge in some freshly caught shellfish straight from the boats. The village of Battle with its pretty tea rooms, Rye and its cobbled streets, or Camber Sands make for enjoyable days out. Warrior Square station is in easy walking distance, with good connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 500 yards. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Henley Cottage

    Catsfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: POOT

    With beautiful rural views across farmland and sightings of the owner’s herd of alpacas, this attractive, beamed, detached, single-storey holiday cottage is set peacefully in the owner’s grounds and is ideally situated for exploring historical 1066 country. Just a short distance from Battle, visit the abbey or one of the pretty tea shops in this medieval market town. Sample the local wines at award-winning Carr Taylor Seddlescombe and Lamberhurst vineyards. Award-winning Blue Flag beaches at Eastbourne. Can be booked with Alpaca Cottage (ref. PHM). Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and French doors. Beamed kitchen/dining room. Boot room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babies under 12 mths

  • Sunnymead Cottages - Russets

    High Hurstwood, nr. Uckfield

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: PGZ

    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.

    Shaker-style kitchen/dining room. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: Galleried living room. Double bedroom (5ft bed) with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    • Two TVs (flatscreen digital in living room)

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

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

  • 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

  • Holly Cottage

    Cowbeech, nr. Hailsham

    Grade
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    Ref: 30583


    Enjoying a rural location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 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.

  • Oak Cottage

    Jevington

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • 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.

  • Laybrook Farmhouse - The Hayloft

    Thakeham, nr. Pulborough

    Grade
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    Ref: W43942

    This delightful Grade II listed barn has been sympathetically converted into two holiday properties - a first floor studio and a spacious ground floor apartment. They have been cleverly designed to accentuate the historic features, yet offer a light and airy feel. Formerly stables which would have housed 5 horses during the 19th century, their origins date back to medieval times. Many of the original features still remain, such as the wooden hayrack supports and the sandstone walls. Set next to the owner’s home, in an equestrian setting with horses in stables, this is a beautiful, peaceful, rural location.
    The Hayloft (ref W43942) is accessed by an external staircase, and is a compact studio with high vaulted ceiling.
    The Old Stable (ref W43943) is a larger ground floor property, with a spacious double bedroom. The open plan kitchen/dining room has a feature stone wall and full width patio doors, which fold open to maximise the superb views across the paddock. The enclosed courtyard garden leads from the kitchen, with sitting-out area and barbecue, the ideal spot to enjoy al-fresco dining, or an aperitif in the warmer months.
    Laybrook Farmhouse is close to Thakeham which has a charming pub serving good food, and is a scenic walking area, being part of the South Downs National Park. West Chiltington is nearby, as are many other pretty historic villages and churches. Arundel, with its castle is about a 20-minute drive, and there are various beaches to visit, including Worthing and Brighton, which are within a ½ hour drive. There are lovely walks over the renowned reserve to the RSPB centre at Wiggonholt. Also within easy reach and worth a visit is Chichester, with its beautiful ornate cathedral and famous Goodwood Races for horse or motor racing, Fontwell racecourse and Polo at Midhurst. Other places of interest nearby include Petworth House and Gardens, Parham House (NT), The Weald and Downland open-air museum, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which is ideal for bird-watchers. Water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing can be found at the south coastal seaside resorts. Other outdoor pursuits in the area are horse riding, fishing, walking and cycling. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    External stairs to entrance: All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    24-hour washing service.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Cart Lodge

    Gun Hill, nr. Heathfield

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • 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.

  • Dolphina

    Middleton-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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