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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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  • Rumbolds Farm - Stable Cottage

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • The Water Tower

    Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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

  • Laybrook Farmhouse - The Hayloft

    Thakeham, nr. Pulborough

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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 Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn

    West Dean, Seaford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 19748

    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 (hire centre, 1/2 mile), 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 double 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. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. 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).

  • The Old Dairy

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 26238

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is set amongst 32 acres of farmland with corn-fed pigs and sheep. Stroll the plethora of footpaths and don’t miss Battle Abbey - the subject of a famous Turner painting and the battlefield in 1066. Explore cosmopolitan Hastings and see the historic Old Town, with its fishing boats and iconic net huts, visit Underwater World, or the smugglers’ caves. Castles and vineyards are within a short drive and the station provides good access to London for additional sightseeing. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electric underfloor heating (in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace and furniture. 32 acres of shared farmland. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Rumbolds Farm - Cart House

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30636

    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/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil underfloor central heating included. Freesat TV. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue.

    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.

  • Little Barn

    Amberley, nr. Arundel

    Grade
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    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PUUA


    This stunning barn conversion boasts an exceptional location, offering magnificent views over the Amberley Wildbrooks, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Having been sympathetically converted to an excellent standard, Little Barn was nominated for an award by the local authority’s planning department. Formerly used for agricultural purposes, the barn still retains some of the character features, such as period beams, some of which are low on the first floor. The entrance hall, with room for coats and boots, leads into the light and spacious kitchen/dining area, which has a high vaulted ceiling and a stone floor, with underfloor heating. French doors lead out to the large decked terrace, a delightful spot from which to savour those outstanding views, and enjoy al fresco dining or an aperitif or two! The double bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite shower room.

    Stairs lead from the ground floor to a spacious galleried sitting room, with two armchairs, and another seating area with sofas and TV. There is a door with a Juliet balcony, and plentiful beams, some of which are low. The barn incorporates garage parking for 2 cars.

    This superb property is located in a peaceful downland village setting, with a village shop, pottery, tea rooms and medieval church. The very popular pub (½ mile) serves good food, and many other popular well-known pubs are within easy reach. Within walking distance, a historic hotel offers fine dining in stunning surroundings for more special occasions. The area offers a wealth of scenic walks: the water meadows of the Wildbrooks, the River Arun and the very popular South Downs Way can all be accessed on foot from the barn.

    Popular local attractions include Arundel with its castle, various eateries, antique and book shops; Parham House and gardens; Petworth House (NT); gardens at West Dean, Nymans (NT) and Woolbeding (NT). Chichester offers Goodwood (horse racing, the Festival of Speed, and the Revival), the Festival Theatre and cathedral, all within a 20-minute drive. Gatwick Airport is about 30 miles away; beaches and coastal walks at Climping (8 miles) and West Wittering (20 miles). Shop 330 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Kitchen with dining area, high vaulted ceiling, tiled floor and French doors leading to decked terrace. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried living room with beams (some low), TV and Juliet balcony.

    Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included

    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and fridge/freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked terrace and furniture
    • Juliet balcony
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    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 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin on request) 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.

  • Foxleigh Farm Barns - The Roost

    Kirdford, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PRRJ

    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.

    4 steps to entrance. 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.

    • 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

  • Egmont Farm - Stag Lodge

    Northiam, nr. Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30430


    Set in 5 acres of farmland, Egmont Farm is an ideal holiday destination for couples or singles, and comes complete with a livery, chickens and shared use of a hot tub! The Hayloft (ref 27032) is a detached converted farm building, Stag Lodge (ref 30430) is a detached lodge and The Hideaway (ref UKC276) is semi-detached, adjoining the owner’s home. All being on the same site, they can be booked singly or together for a larger group. This is a superb base for exploring the surrounding countryside including the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, restaurants, tea rooms, art galleries, and a well-known hat shop that created the wonderful hats in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! Should the weather become inclement, visit the Kino cinema, the home of digital entertainment, in Lion Street opposite the town hall. The Rother Valley also offers a plethora of walking and cycling opportunities, bring your own bikes and helmets, or hire locally. Within walking distance is the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway which chugs its way through 10½ miles of beautiful countryside, enabling you to visit Tenterden, also known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’, and once another thriving Cinque Port town but now 10 miles from the sea! At the other end of the line is the iconic fairytale, moated Castle Bodiam, which has changed little in 600 years. Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon soaking up the tranquillity of the River Rother and hire a rowing boat, glide effortlessly past the reed beds and spot a kingfisher or heron. The romantic recreation of a medieval manor house at Great Dixter, and its beautiful gardens, are worth a visit. No holiday would be complete without a trip to the vast expanse of golden sand dunes at Camber, glorious in the sunshine, and invigorating when the sea breezes blow. You could even try your hand at kite surfing! The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people (3 couples). Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Cycle store. Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Shared lawn area. Shared use of 5-acre farm grounds and paddock. Shared hot tub. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Wisteria Cottage

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27609

    Relax and unwind in beautiful East Sussex countryside. Situated in the owners’ grounds, this small but beautifully presented holiday cottage offers single-storey, detached accommodation for year round holidays. Historic Battle is just 2 miles away, with its charming tea rooms and historic abbey. The seaside town of Hastings is approximately 8 miles and Eastbourne about 16 miles. A great base for touring the south coast and ideal for couples seeking a rural retreat. Shops, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (October-April £20per week). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Small lawned garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Granary

    Wiston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5088

    Tucked away behind the quaint village post office/stores in a picturesque West Sussex village, this cosy little cottage for two is accessed via a tiny footbridge across a gentle stream. Enjoying its own private garden, The Granary discreetly shares 6 acres of grounds with chickens, ducks, a horse and geese along with the owners’ quintessentially English tea rooms offering delicious home baking and cream teas. With lovely walking on the doorstep, and a beautiful rural location ideal for exploring the South Downs National Park, The Granary lies just 3 miles from the charming town of Steyning, one of the prettiest small towns in Sussex. Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Lancing are all under 5 miles, whilst Littlehampton and cosmopolitan Brighton are a little further afield. Shops 3 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream next to property.

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