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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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  • Owl Cottage

    Jevington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4092

    Nestling in the old smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of the Cuckmere Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are ideally located for a relaxing break. The South Downs Way is on the doorstep, there are myriad walks and cycle paths to explore and a multitude of places to visit within a short drive. Beachy Head and the soaring cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere Haven’s sandy beach and Friston Forest Walks are among the local beauty spots, whilst Herstmonceux Castle, Battle Abbey, Glyndbourne, Drusilla’s Zoo and the Bentley Motor Museum are all nearby. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne is 2 miles; Hastings, Rye and Brighton are a little further afield, and day trips from Newhaven to Le Havre and Dieppe are also available. The cottages are within a short stroll of a lovely tea room for afternoon treats and the local inn for eating out. Shops 2.25 miles and pub 500 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams and steps between rooms.

    Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue by arrangement. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. No smoking. No children under 5 years. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in grounds.

  • Wellhouse Retreat

    Burgess Hill, nr. Haywards Heath

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28439


    This delightful, single-storey holiday property, forming a wing of the owner’s country house, has a private garden area and stands peacefully overlooking a landscaped garden. Offering comfortable, well-presented accommodation, this property makes a relaxing retreat and is conveniently located for many attractions and walks, with public footpaths leading to The South Downs National Park. There are four NT Gardens in the locality, as well as Glyndbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park and the resort of Brighton with Royal Pavilion, museums, art galleries, theatres and entertainment being less than an hour’s drive away. Wellhouse Retreat is situated 1 mile from Burgess Hill Station, which has a rail link to London, as well as only ½-hour from Gatwick Airport. Shops 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£5 per day November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

  • Half Moon

    Herstmonceux

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30248


    Enjoying peaceful, rural vistas overlooking fields, Half Moon has its own private entrance through a 5 bar gate, parking and a garden. It adjoins the owners’ home and is situated on the edge of the South Downs, where walks and cycle paths are on the doorstep. Just along the lane is one of the largest post windmills in the country - an ideal windmill location as it’s built on some of the highest ground in the area, overlooking the Pevensey Levels and English Channel. Herstmonceux Castle with grounds and gardens is nearby, and is home to the Observatory Science Centre, providing spectacular hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory. Explore 7 acres of grounds and gardens at Michelham Priory, with the longest water-filled moat in England, 9 miles. Also, visit Pevensey Bay and Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, Burwash with Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury set and decorated by Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf, which are all within a short drive. Eastbourne is approximately 10 miles away, with its award-winning beaches and train connections to London. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with stone floor. Kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings, leading to 1 single. Shower room with sloping ceiling and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

  • Boat House Cottage

    Pevensey Bay

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40200

    Seaside retreat

    This pretty detached single storey holiday property has been built on the site of an old boathouse and is situated within 100 yards of the beach at Pevensey Bay. It is superbly located for historic Battle and the beautiful Sussex countryside and villages with more beaches and shops to explore at Hastings and Bexhill. Nearby Eastbourne is a unique seaside resort with a range of activities, sports and events to enjoy in a fantastic setting. The Sovereign Harbour Marina is situated between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne, with 5 harbours, waterside shops and restaurants. Slightly further afield there is the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton with its marina, aquarium, quaint lanes and nightlife. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Small pebbled garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • Seagull’s Nest

    Hastings

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41938

    Wonderful sea views


    For fans of Foyle’s War, the ITV World War ll detective drama series, Seagull’s Nest is ideally situated - right opposite Foyle’s house! Filming was done from our doorstep. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Old Town, this holiday apartment commands sea views and is within easy walking distance of the beach. Visit Smuggler’s Adventure, Underwater World, Hastings Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium, Shipwreck Centre and Fisherman’s Museum at Rock-a-Nore, or the prestigious Jerwood Gallery which is located just minutes away. To the east is the majestic cliff coastline and views across the English Channel - the East Hill Country Park has miles of interesting, varied walks and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rare bird, plant and wildlife species can be found there as well as wonderful views, walks and places to explore. Situated near the beach and country park, and with good train connections to London. Visit Battle, Rye, Brighton, Lewes, Bexhill and Eastbourne. For the children, there is the funfair, amusements, crazy golf, Pirate Golf and a beach football pitch. Plenty of English Heritage and National Trust properties within driving distance - Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, and Batemans - Rudyard Kipling’s house. Plus Battle Abbey, Camber Sands and Herstmonceux Castle. The famous gardens at Great Dixter, and also those at Merriments and Pashley Manor are nearby, and not far from these there is Bodiam Boating Station and the steam railway next door. Pett Level and Winchelsea are within a few miles. Or just wander about Hastings’ fishing beach, with its colourful boats and traditional beach-launched fleet. Hastings Old Town and St Leonards down the road both have art galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafes, and quirky bric a brac and antique shops. There are many memorable events throughout the year, including Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Jack in the Green, Pirate Day, Old Town Week, Carnival Week, Seafood and Wine Festival, Coastal Currents Art Festival and the famous bonfire night in late October. Perfectly placed in the middle of the popular Old Town area, but also set in a quiet street, Seagull’s Nest gives you the best of both worlds! Interesting shops and even a small independent cinema, 150 yards away. So much to see and do! Many cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs in adjoining streets 100 yards away.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. On road parking 500 yards (uphill). No smoking.

  • Bramley Cottages - Russett Cottage

    Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 19745

    Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley and located on a 200-acre family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm, these holiday properties (refs 19652 and 19745 ) are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around and sample the produce of the local vineyards or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops and pub 2 miles.
    Refs 19652 and 19745 can also be booked with refs 29071 and 29072 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doorsdining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep open-tread stairs to galleried area with twin beds.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi on request. Terrace with lawn and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Small pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

  • Chessons Farm - Chessons Oast

    Wadhurst, nr. Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 8281

    Set in beautiful Sussex countryside in the Bewl Valley. These holiday properties have both been tastefully furnished with a self contained garden, situated on a working farm with views of Bewl Water, countryside meadows and orchards. This quiet, rural base offers country walks alongside Bewl Water, with fishing, sailing, water sports and activities. NT properties, castles and gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells and coastal towns of Hastings, Rye and Brighton within easy reach from this beautiful rural base. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond, 100 yards.

  • Penshurst Apartment

    Eastbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 27421

    A stylish first floor apartment with a wraparound balcony, situated on the edge of Eastbourne. This well-equipped holiday apartment is just a short distance to the town, pier and beaches and also Sovereign Harbour Marina, one of the UK’s largest marinas at the foot of the South Downs. Eastbourne is a traditional seaside resort boasting 5 miles of unspoilt beaches, palm tree-lined promenades, golf courses and the coveted Blue Flag beach award. It also boasts more sunshine hours than other holiday destinations, with its very own ‘micro climate’. An indoor leisure centre with swimming pool is within walking distance. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    Lift or stairs to first floor: All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Earnley Mill Cottage

    Chichester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 24000

    This delightful flint and stone, single storey holiday cottage is located in the grounds of the owners home and former windmill. Fully refurbished throughout to provide modern, tastefully furnished accommodation with character features such as a stable door and an internal porthole, further enhances the light and airy feel. Located on the road to Bracklesham Bay and the beach, the cottage enjoys its own garden and decked area, with superb countryside views and there are excellent walks in the area. Historic Chichester with its cobbled streets, adorned with shops, tea rooms and the cathedral, are within easy reach. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Garden Cottage

    Rottingdean, nr. Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43518


    Offering an ideal retreat for couples or small families, Garden Cottage is a comfortable period cottage, standing one of a pair next to Rose Cottage (ref 27231), which can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. This holiday property is peacefully tucked away with its own enclosed garden, yet conveniently placed, being only a 5-minute walk from the beach, and a 2-minute walk from various shops, tea rooms, eateries, inns and church. The charming village of Rottingdean is steeped in history and has a green, a pretty church and duck pond. Only a 10-minute drive or bus ride to Brighton Marina and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries and antique shops. Enjoy shopping along The Lanes, saunter along the pier, visit the Royal Pavilion or the racecourse. There are various NT homes and gardens to discover including Nymans, Leonardslee and Wakehurst Place, as well as vineyards, ferry trips to Dieppe from nearby Newhaven and the historic Arundel Castle. The glorious South Downs has excellent walks and cycle routes, or visit Devils Dyke, Cissbury Ring and Borde Hill. Opera at Glyndebourne is a short drive, as are races at Brighton, Hickstead, Plumpton, Sheffield Park and South of England Showground. The Bluebell Steam Railway is also worth a ride! Beach 800 yards. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Shower room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 small car). No smoking.

  • The Peacock Barn

    Burwash

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: PTTJ


    Nestling in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Peacock Barn is a single-storey, detached, barn conversion. It has been thoughtfully converted to a high standard and enjoys far reaching rural views. A peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life surrounded by 80 acres of working farmland with sheep, horses and of course, a resident peacock! The property is accessed from Burwash village via a half mile lane and maintained track, with a 15th-century pub at the village end of the lane, serving local ales and good food, which makes for an enjoyable walk. There are miles of walking opportunities directly from the farm. Burwash itself is steeped in history and was a notorious spot for smugglers and highwaymen in the 18th and 19th centuries. The pretty, weather-boarded high street is a conservation area, and Bateman’s mansion, a fine example of Jacobean architecture, is just outside the main village. It was once owned by Rudyard Kipling and is now open to the public (NT). Battle Abbey lies 9 miles to the south east, Bodiam Castle, (also NT) with its fairytale moat, is 8 miles to the east. Enjoy a trip on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which runs from Bodiam to Tenterden, known as ’The Jewel in the Weald’, through 101/2 miles of beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside. Fishing, cycling and water sports can be enjoyed at Bewl Water, and the many award-winning local vineyards are an enjoyable day out. Camber Sands near Rye is a magnificent beach or discover the beaches at Hastings and Bexhill. Discover Bedgebury, not only offering the pinetum but also Go Ape too. The owner lives on site for your convenience and the parking is in the cottage grounds. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, open to well-equipped kitchen, all with wooden floors. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin). Further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, full underfloor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed shingle garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • 80-acre natural farmland with sheep and horses
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • The Dovecote Garden - Quebec Barn

    West Dean, Seaford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26956

    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.

    3 steps from road to entrance. 7 steps to living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included) and green technology. Sitting-out area.

    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).

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