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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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  • Warren Cottage

    Mayfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30630


    Dating back to 1350 with exposed timbers, brickwork and an impressive fireplace with woodburner, this enchanting Grade II listed, end of terrace cottage with surprisingly good ceiling heights, is located a short stroll from Mayfield High Street, with its pubs, coffee shops, florist, bakers, deli, butchers and fine dining eateries. Described as one of the finest villages in East Sussex, the medieval buildings were funded by the profits of the 16th and 17th century Sussex Iron Industry. Famous for the legend of St Dunstan, formerly a blacksmith who said to have tweaked off the devils nose with a fire iron! Come and see the Mayfield Bonfire Boys and Belles, one of the oldest bonfire organisations in the country, who arrange a noisy, colourful torch light procession and firework display in the Autumn, taking you back to 1550 and the Sussex Martyrs and the start of this tradition. Once the iron industry faded Mayfield became a hotbed of smuggling, known as ‘owlers’ the farmers smuggled wool out of the country and returned with brandy and silk! Mayfield also holds a bi-annual festival including classical, jazz and Broadway music with lectures and an art exhibition. An excellent walking and cycling territory with a 3 mile circular walk around the village or slightly further afield, explore the Cuckoo Trail, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum. Battle Abbey, Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s home (National Trust) and Charleston Farm house are well worth visiting. Enjoy beautiful walks with over 50 miles of footpaths and bridal ways, where there are many historical sites to be seen along the way. Nearby, there is a large park with plenty to do for the children. Train enthusiasts can take a journey on the Bluebell Railway or the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Fishing and golf are also available locally. The Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is 10 miles. Good rail links from Wadhurst to London where you will arrive in an hour. Beaches at Eastbourne and Brighton, 23 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Narrow, open one-sided, open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rushfields Barn

    Poynings, nr. Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: P30

    Standing within its own enclosed garden and enjoying fine countryside views, this detached single-storey barn has been completely renovated and furnished throughout. It is located in the grounds of a garden centre (with on-site farm shop and café with wi-fi), and a bus runs to Brighton, 20 minutes away, from the bus stop outside. This bustling seaside resort has numerous attractions, including the opulent Royal Pavilion. Nestling at the foot of the undulating South Downs, the holiday property also enjoys nearby access to excellent scenic walks. Other places of interest nearby include Leonardslee Gardens, Devils Dyke, Glyndbourne, Wakehurst Place and NT Nymans Gardens. Excellent pubs serving food locally. Shops 4 miles.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and modern kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Wood-burning stove – fuel included. Electricity, full central heating and bed linen included. Travel cot. TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (for 2cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • White Hart Lodge

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44127

    Located on the Weald Ridge near Battle, this stylishly furnished apartment boasts spectacular views stretching across the Vale of Ashburnham towards Beachy Head and, in the distance, you can see the sea from the decked terrace or living room window. Arguably the best views in Sussex and an inspiration to the great artist, William Turner, who captured them on canvas; the original now hangs in the British Museum. Turner stayed with his friend, ’Mad Jack Fuller’, at Brightling Park and who is well known for his legacy of unusual follies, which can be spotted in the area. The apartment is on the first floor and conveniently located above a friendly, family run, free house which serves food and is an ideal base for walkers and nature lovers. Barn and tawny owls, roe and fallow deer can be spotted while strolling along the 1066 Walk, which takes in Pevensey where the Normans landed, and, of course, the battle site and Battle Abbey. There are castles to be explored at Hastings and Bodiam, and vineyards where you can indulge in some wine tasting at Lamberhurst, Carr Taylor or Chapel Down. Gardens at Great Dixter and a trip on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway are both possibilities during your stay. Beaches can be reached at Hastings, 10 miles, and Camber offers rolling sand dunes. Excellent rail connections from Battle to London. Beach 9 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant below.

    External, open tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with day bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Small decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of pub grounds. Car park on-site. No smoking.

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  • My Number 12

    North Lancing, nr. Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30550


    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a residential area, and only a short walk from the scenic South Downs National Park, and a 5-minute drive from Lancing Beach and Beach Green, which also has a children’s play area. My Number 12 is ideal for families or couples, and is conveniently located for exploring the area, with plenty of attractions and NT homes and gardens. Brighton is within a short drive, with beach entertainment, Royal Pavilion, art galleries, theatres, extensive shopping, marina and pier. Other places of interest within easy driving distance include Shoreham Airport, Glyndbourne, Lewes, and Worthing. Slightly further afield are Chichester, Goodwood House, Fontwell Races and Arundel Castle. There are two golf courses nearby, one 3½ miles and the other 6 miles. Beach 2 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Flint Beach House

    Seaford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28227

    This stylishly furnished, mid-terraced property, just 220 yards from the beach and only a short walk to Cuckmere Haven, has an enclosed patio and two Juliet balconies to savour the wide views. Once a 13th-century port, Seaford stands at the foot of the South Downs National Park offering walking. A day trip to Dieppe from nearby Newhaven (10 minutes by train or car) is a must or visit Eastbourne or Brighton. The world famous Glyndebourne Opera, Drusillas Zoo Park, Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park are all within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 110 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. 48" Smart Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Juliet balconies. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Riding Cottage

    Broad Oak, Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W41886

    Excellent views and walks

    These single-storey, semi-detached stable conversions, with fenced front gardens, nestle in countryside only ¼ mile from the road and are part of Chitcombe Farm which affords glorious views across the Tillingham Valley. The farm has been part of the Chitcombe Estate for over 100 years, but is now an independent unit of 100 acres dedicated to totally organic farming with horses and sheep. The sheep are grazed on a rotational basis and at times in the summer, the fields are rested for grass management. During your holiday, guests are welcome to walk the farm along with the plethora of footpaths. Children and pets are made to feel very welcome. Should you tire of the countryside, the bustling historic Cinque Port town of Rye is close by with its curiosity tea shops and galleries. Miles of golden sands await you at Camber - take a ride on the vintage Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Shops, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

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

    Both properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Grounds. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Salterns - Number 4

    Chichester Marina

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC552

    In a stunning location overlooking the boats, yachts and calm sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these contemporary holiday apartments offer a sumptuous relaxing retreat for couples or small families. Beautifully designed, these stylish apartments have been carefully coordinated and boast excellent quality furnishings. They offer a light and airy, spacious retreat for the discerning guest. Pontoon hire is available by arrangement for those with a boat to moor in the award-winning marina, set in the beauty of a natural harbour and picturesque countryside.

    Discover the myriad of quaint anchorages and villages dotted along The Salterns Way, or follow the canal path to historic Chichester close by. Excellent scenic walking can be enjoyed in the South Downs National Park, where many birds and other wildlife can be spotted. After sitting out and enjoying the relaxing view, why not head over to the popular on-site bistro, or enjoy a boat tour around the harbour? There is also an on-site shop for your convenience. There are many places to visit nearby, including the popular golden stretch of sandy beach at West Wittering, less than a 10-minute drive, or Chichester in the opposite direction, with its ornate cathedral, Festival Theatre, leisure facilities and racecourses at Goodwood and Fontwell. Chichester also has an 18-hole golf course, as well as footgolf and pitch and putt.

    For further sightseeing opportunities, the nearby train station offers services to London, which can be reached in approximately 1½ hours. Slightly further afield are Petworth House, Parham House, Goodwood House, Arundel Castle, West Dean Gardens, Uppark House, Denmans Garden and Stansted Park. Marwell Zoo with Peppa Pig World makes for a fantastic family day out, as well as the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, ‘Explosion’ Museum of Naval Firepower, HMS Rose and HMS Victory at Southampton and Portsmouth, both renowned for their large shopping outlets and plenty of entertainment. From here, ferry trips are available to the Isle of Wight. Beach 5 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub ½ mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, iPad, Sonos speaker and French doors leading to patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request), Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Enclosed patio area with garden furniture. Bike store.

    All properties: Electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms and shower rooms), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Pontoon available on request. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Cider Cottage

    Etchingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PPAA

    Accessed via a single track lane and nestled amongst converted farm buildings on a 300-acre organic working beef farm, this holiday cottage is a detached, single-storey barn conversion which boasts a vaulted ceiling. It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with abundant walks from the doorstep in this popular part of East Sussex. Visit Battle Abbey, the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port of Rye and the smugglers’ caves at Hastings. There are many NT properties and gardens in the area including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle and Wakehurst Place. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor electric central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (bathroom)
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (outbuilding)
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, terrace
    • Barbecue
    • Footpaths on farm
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Lake 50 yards, river and pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Honeysuckle Cottage

    Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15317

    This attractive 18th-century end terraced cottage with its own secluded, enclosed garden, is superbly situated in a quiet residential lane overlooking the village church approximately 3 miles from the centre of Brighton with many seaside attractions, including the opulent Royal Pavilion, Prince Regents former abode, Brighton Marina, Brighton Racecourse, saunter along the lanes for antiques, memorabilia and bookshops, theatres and art galleries. Simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views offered by the South Downs or visit the Sea Life Centre, Lewes Castle or Arundel with its magnificent cathedral and castle. A fantastic holiday escape. Drusilla’s Zoo Park at Alfriston, 16 miles. Eastbourne, 20 miles. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. travel cot on request. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture (5 yards). On road parking.

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  • Lewes Cottage

    Lewes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC567

    The medieval county town of Lewes is surrounded by chalk cliffs nestling in the Sussex countryside and still presided over by the remains of a Norman Castle. Lewes Cottage is just up from the high street and offers comfortable accommodation over four floors close to the town centre, where you can indulge in some retail therapy and browse amongst the independent retailers, boutiques, craft workshops, antiques and bookshops. Famous people with links to the town include Thomas Paine, author of the ‘Rights of Man’, which forms the basis of the American Revolution, who was born in Lewes, and Thomas Harvard, founder of Harvard, who was married here. Take a tour round the Harvey’s Brewery, the oldest independent brewers in east Sussex and sample the wares. On Tuesdays, spot the Harvey’s Brewery horse and cart in the high street - a reminder of a bygone era. Visit the town house of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife. The town’s most important event is the Lewes bonfire on November 5th, marking the uncovering of the gunpowder plot in 1605. Country walks abound from the town including over Mount Caburn to Glynde, Lewes Brooks, an RSPB reserve, or stroll along the River Ouse and walk on the South Downs Way. Enjoy the summer Festival at Glyndbourne or hop on a ferry at Newhaven and cross the channel to Dieppe. If you wish to travel further afield, the coastal towns of Eastbourne and Brighton are only 8 miles away. Buses to Brighton leave from the bus stop close to the property every 15 minutes, and takes just 15 minutes to get to the Pavilion and 20 minutes to the pier (traffic permitting). The train station is just a 15-minute walk away, with trains to London (1 or 2 every hour) and Brighton (every 30 minutes). Beach 10 miles. Shop and pub 25 yards, restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With open fire, 28" Smart TV and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Games room:
    With board games.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bathroom: With claw-foot roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. Welcome pack. Small courtyard. On road parking outside property at cost, additional free on road parking on roads close by. Please note: There are 2 steep steps to the courtyard.

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  • The Queens Apartment

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43877

    If the sea is calling you, hop on a train or jump in the car and head towards 1066 country and Hastings, where you can stay in this elegant second floor apartment, with lift access. Feast your eyes on the ever-changing tabloid of the English Channel from your living room or bedroom window. The Queens Apartment was once part of the very fashionable Queen’s Hotel, a favourite haunt of the aristocrats during the late 1800s. It continues to offer stylish holiday accommodation with an attractive art deco theme and a TV in the double bedroom. Ideally located in the heart of Hastings, there is access to many shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, plus a nearby cinema. The pier, White Rock Theatre and St Leonard’s are to the west, while in the other direction, it’s just a gentle stroll away from the picturesque historic old town with its famous beach-launched fishing fleet, iconic black net huts and The Jerwood Centre, home to a collection of 20th and 21st century art and exhibitions showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art. Explore the bric-a-brac and vintage shops, and you just might find a treasure and spot the buildings that appeared in the TV drama, ‘Foyles War’. Eat arguably the freshest fish and chips you will ever taste and then take the East Hill lift, the steepest funicular railway in the UK up to Hastings Country Park for stunning views and, on a clear day, spot France. From George Street, you can take the West Hill lift, which retains its original Victorian coaches and spot Beachy Head from the top. There are year-round events including Jack-in-the-Green in May, food festivals in the autumn and check out the famous bonfire season. Historic Battle, Rye and the golden sands at Camber are a short drive away. Beach 30 yards. Shop 50 yards, pub 400 yards and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ramp or steps to entrance. Lift to second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only. Underground car park 30 yards (7 day permit included for 1 car, short term permits available for £20). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. No children under 12 years.

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  • Windsor Cottage

    Steyning

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PEEQ

    This unique and beautifully presented, quaint 1740s, corner holiday cottage is steeped in character. It is conveniently located on the corner of a busy high street in the heart of the delightful market town of Steyning, 100 yards from various amenities, restaurants, and bordered by the glorious South Downs National Park, access to which is only 100 yards from the door. Formerly the town’s sweet shop, this charming cottage is one of a pair and has many features such as an exposed flint wall in the living room, a wood-burning stove, sloping ceilings and beams. Steyning leisure centre and indoor pool is close by as well as many NT homes and gardens. Brighton, Arundel, Worthing and Chichester are within easy driving distance. Shops 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Living room with piano and wood-burning stove. Two steps up to kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Two steps up to bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft zip and link bed, TV and en-suite shower room. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Videos
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Piano
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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