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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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  • 5 The Boathouse

    Rye

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    Ref: UKC654

    Enjoy some rest and relaxation in these riverside apartments on the banks of the Rother, with a private quay and mahogany-decked sun terrace. At high tide, the boats will glide past, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a seal searching for a fish supper! A short stroll brings you into the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, wide selection of restaurants, atmospheric beamed pubs (the one time haunt of many a smuggler), delightful tea rooms and, of course, fish and chip shops. Explore the many galleries, and you might even find a bargain at the brocante and antique shops. Don’t miss the view from the tower of St Mary’s Parish Church across what was once known as the smuggling capital of England some 300 years ago. Enjoy cycling (bikes for hire in Rye), wildlife at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness, and walking along the Royal Military Canal. Hastings, Battle and Camber Sands are all within a short drive. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards. 5 The Boathouse (UKC654) can be booked together with 11 The Boathouse (UKC655) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    6 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    5 steps down to...
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Decked balcony with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children except babes in arms.

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  • Alpaca Cottage

    Catsfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: PHM

    This attractive, detached, single-storey farm cottage with glorious views overlooking farmland and the owner’s herd of Alpacas, is situated in peaceful countryside. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is ideally situated for exploring the historical town of Battle, The Abbey and famous Battlefield, as well as the interesting shops and tearooms in this pretty market town. The area is also an excellent wine growing region with sampling sessions at Carr Taylor and Sedlescombe vineyards. The charm and elegance of Eastbourne is a half-hour drive offering Blue Flag award-winning beaches. Alternatively, a boat trip to Beachy Head or walks along the cliff top can be enjoyed. Can be booked with Henley Cottage (ref. POOT). Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Tiled entrance hall. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, two sets of French doors to terrace, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet, fully tiled walls and wooden floor. Latch doors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD and small library
    • Stereo/CD and small library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babies under 12 mths

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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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

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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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  • Egmont Farm - Stag Lodge

    Northiam, nr. Rye

    Grade
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    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.

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  • The Salterns - Number 6

    Chichester Marina

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC554

    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 first floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, iPad and Sonos speaker.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Shared laundry/utility room.

    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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  • 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

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  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    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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  • Lower Marley Farm - Apple Cottage

    Sedlescombe, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: 27442

    These two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, (also know as ’The Jewel of the Weald’), through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (NT), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Propeties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double (5ft) bed (zip and link, can be twin) and sloping ceiling with limited headroom. Beams throughout.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in external building. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre fields and farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead in farmland. No smoking. NB: Unfenced ornamental pond, 3 yards.

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
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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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