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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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  • The Cow Stall

    Blackboys, nr. Uckfield

    Grade
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    Ref: 25234

    Excellent walks

    Situated inland from the South Downs and close to Ashdown Forest, this detached property, a beautifully renovated farm building, has beams, oak floors and an oak staircase from the living area to the mezzanine. French doors open to a terrace adjoining fields with walks from the doorstep. This includes one to the local pub which dates back to the 1300s, and the Weald Way which runs from Gravesend to Eastbourne, 2 miles north of Beachy Head. Try your hand at pheasant shooting, in the field next to the property, which is available from the 1st October to the 31st January. Visit Sheffield Park Gardens, Bluebell Steam Railway, Ashdown Forest Llama Park and Farley Farmhouse, home of the surrealists. Glyndebourne opera house 10 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), wooden floors and French doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-sided stairs to gallery: 1 double bedroom with low bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Egmont Farm - The Hideaway

    Northiam, nr. Rye

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UKC276


    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.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Wet room with toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating included. Electric hob (2 ring). Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace and 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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  • Lower Marley Farm - Quince Cottage

    Sedlescombe, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: 27443

    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. Properties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests. 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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  • The Nook

    Sedlescombe, Battle

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: PNNW

    This converted wing of the owner’s home makes a perfect holiday retreat and offers access to footpaths over the Sussex countryside. Sedlescombe with its village green, pub and shop is within walking distance. Attractions include Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Battle, the Jerwood Gallery at Hastings and traditional seaside attractions, Cinque Port of Rye and beaches at Camber. Sissinghurst Gardens and Bodiam Castle are within a short drive. Golf locally. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove in large fireplace and dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with TV, sloping ceilings and window overlooking the church. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small terrace under pergola with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

    Note: May be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

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  • Martins Cottage

    Bury

    Grade
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    Ref: PNT


    An enchanting little 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage for two, set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the Downland village of Bury, which lies in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The interior is bursting with character with beams, open fire and pretty furnishings. There are lovely views of the shared garden. Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry, and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. Within easy reach are Amberley Wild Brooks with RSPB nature reserve; Arundel Castle and Wildfowl Trust; the Amberley Museum; the Roman Villa at Bignor; the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton; Chichester with its Festival Theatre; Goodwood motor sport, golf, horseracing, as well as plenty of country houses and gardens to visit nearby. Shops 5 miles (farm shop 1/4 mile) village ‘local’ which serves excellent food 1/3 mile.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs/fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil-fired central heating (runs hot water), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared garden
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children
    • NB: Pond in garden

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  • 11 The Boathouse

    Rye

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC655

    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 kingsize bed.
    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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  • Lanterns

    Udimore, Rye

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: E4911

    Situated on the ridge between the Brede and Tillingham valleys, just 3 miles from the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, this pretty detached cottage, perfect for romantic weekends, boasts a charming beamed interior and its own garden. Set close to the owner’s home, it makes a delightful base from which to explore the many attractions of East Sussex. The nearby wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching and myriad footpaths afford lovely country walks. With its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses, Rye is a delightful town seemingly almost untouched by time and where visitors will find interesting shops and eating places. Winchelsea, Camber Sands and Hastings, 10 miles, are a short drive. Golf, fishing, kite surfing and horse riding are nearby. Pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements)/dining area/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity (£3 per day June-August, £4 per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years except babes in arms.

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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    Ref: PUUK


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

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

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

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

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  • Mill Corner - The Cart House

    Northiam

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: PLLB

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, solid oak floors and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

    • Full electric central heating included
    • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • 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.

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  • Little Midge Barn

    Ashburnham, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: POOM

    This detached holiday barn is situated in the owner’s grounds, in an AONB, with a terrace to enjoy the rural views and a wood-burning stove to curl up in front of in the winter. Battle is a short drive away; enjoy a cream tea and see the abbey ruins originally built by William the Conqueror. Hastings offers fresh fish for supper, or explore the smugglers’ caves. Eastbourne, 15 miles, for a stroll along the pier or head towards the South Downs and see the cliffs at Beachy Head. NT properties and gardens abound and there are walks from the doorstep. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Open-plan, beamed living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Internet connection
    • Garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond and covered well in owner’s grounds

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  • 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.

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