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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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  • The Old Dairy

    Tillington, Petworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PHHT

    This attractive, single-storey, converted barn is one of four, adjacent to the owner’s home, located within 130 acres of working arable farm. Local walks nearby. Completely refurbished to a very high standard, it makes an ideal holiday retreat, situated just back from the road midway between the charming historic towns of Midhurst and Petworth (3 miles). Petworth House and Gardens are worth a visit, with many concerts held there throughout the year. Cowdray is close by, famous for polo, while further afield are Goodwood, for horse and motor racing, and Chichester with its cathedral, festival theatre and harbour tours. Scenic walks along the South Downs, NT homes and gardens, and beaches at Worthing or The Witterings are within easy reach. Shops 3 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Living room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Two steps to double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom with additional single pull-out bed (for +1 child). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

  • Orchard Cottage Holidays - Bramley Cottage

    Barnham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PPPD

    Overlooking apple trees and meadowland, these charming cottages (refs PPPD and PPPE) were architecturally designed to match the traditional Sussex flint in the area. Enjoying a semi-rural location, these delightful well-presented holiday properties are accessed along a quiet lane, on the edge of Barnham village which has a pretty church, plenty of local shops and eateries - the local pub serving food is about 10 minutes’ by foot. Scenic walks can be enjoyed in the area, especially along the disused canal where birds and other wildlife can be observed or in the South Downs National Park, 3 miles. Various beaches can be easily reached: it is just 5 minutes to the nearest beach at Climping, whilst the pebbled and sandy unspoilt beach at West Wittering, or the sandy beach at Bognor, are within about 20 minutes’ drive. Chichester is only 6 miles distant, with its beautiful ornate cathedral, various shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Goodwood and Fontwell nearby. Shop 1 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

    Living room/well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with toilet.

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

    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for
      2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Swallow’s Barn

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: PLLU

    Situated in an AONB in the Sussex High Weald, this detached holiday barn conversion has delightful rural views and footpaths right on the doorstep. Forming part of the owner’s grounds with 15th-century thatched cottage, this smallholding residence is shared by Golden Guernsey goats, ponies, ducks and an abundance of wildlife. Visit Battle Abbey and the 1066 Battlefield site, stunning moated Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceaux, Heritage steam railways, Weald gardens and stately homes. Eastbourne 15 miles. Tunbridge Wells 18 miles. Brighton 30 miles. Shop 2½ miles and pub 2 miles.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen area and French doors to Juliet balcony. Two double bedrooms, one with zip & link bed, can be twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in barn)
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with pool table in open bay garage to side of barn
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced drainage stream in grounds (dry in summer)

  • 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
    • Video
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Rosedene

    St. Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43330

    This well-presented, semi-detached holiday bungalow, is an ideal base for exploring East Sussex. A 5-minute stroll leads to a bus stop that takes you directly into Hastings, or alternatively take a 30-minute walk via Alexandra Park with its boating lake and open air bandstand. Explore The Stade and iconic fishing net huts. Fresh fish is landed daily. Visit Battle Abbey, enjoy an exhibition or jazz evening at the De La Warr pavilion or head towards the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. 1 small step to dining room/conservatory with French doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Range with gas hobs and electric ovens. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Greenhouse in garden.

  • The Cart Lodge

    Hooe, Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PGGS

    Converted single-storey detached holiday barn with two shower rooms adjacent to the owners’, beautifully presented with far reaching views. The village of Hooe was once surrounded by sea although 2 miles from the coast now. Pevensey is one of the south’s leading locations for windsurfing and water sports. Battle takes its name from the 1066 battle, and was once home to one of the country’s largest gunpowder works. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wooden floor and French doors/kitchen. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet with slate floor. Two steps up to double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and slate floor.

    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Access to freezer
    • Enclosed garden
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • 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

  • Thornden Farm - The Coach House

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PBBR


    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.

    Living/dining room with French doors to hallway area and well-appointed kitchen. Large bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with sloping ceiling and glorious views; one double and one twin. Stone floors throughout.

    • DVD
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/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

  • The Oaks

    Etchingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29073

    This thoughtfully built semi-detached holiday cottage adjoining the owner’s home has direct access to woodland and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Breakfast and evening meals are available by arrangement with the owner. Cyclists are also catered for as bikes can be stored next to the property. Between the two villages of Etchingham and Ticehurst – visit Battle Abbey and explore the antique shops or have afternoon tea in one of the many tearooms. The coast can be enjoyed at Hastings, explore the Cinque port town of Rye, National Trust properties such as Kipling’s home at Batemans, and gardens including Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. Access to London from Etchingham station provides further sightseeing opportunities. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters (ground floor) included. Oil central heating (first floor) included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terrace with furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of owner’s 6-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Pond Cottage

    Peasmarsh, nr Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 23815

    An attractively renovated barn with many beams throughout, situated on a working fruit and sheep farm. The surrounding countryside is a designated AONB ideally situated for walking, bird spotting and visiting the many stately homes and castles. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer by arrangement. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond within 3 yards of property.

  • Vigoes Holiday Homes - Tiger

    Sheffield Park

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43461


    These semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29887, 29895, 29896 and W43461) reside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the glorious Sussex countryside and once part of Vigoes Dairy Farm until the end of the 20th century. Set back from the road, each property has its own individual terrace with furniture, and to the rear of the buildings is a shared grassed area, beyond which is a paddock, an ideal place in which to let off steam, kick a ball around or have a leisurely picnic. Spot deer, the occasional buzzard or the very rare short toed eagle! Walks and cycle routes beckon from the doorstep. See the beautiful Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) where, in the 1700s, Capability Brown was commissioned to landscape the gardens. A glorious feast of red and golds in the autumn and where the national collection of Ghent azaleas can be seen in their full glory in the spring alongside the bluebells. In 1876 the third Earl of Sheffield laid out a cricket pitch where the first ever match against Australia was played in 1884! The Bluebell Railway offers an opportunity to stroll amongst the locomotives in the engine sheds and perhaps spot ‘Stepney’ who appears in the Thomas the Tank Engine books, and of course take a train journey. Stroll through the Ashdown Forest which covers approximately 10 square miles and in fact is not all forest but largely heathland, where cattle and sheep also freely graze for part of the year. It is also famous for the Winnie The Pooh Stories written by AA Milne who lived on the northern edge of the forest with his son Christopher Robin. Attend Glyndebourne, visit the county town of Lewes with its museum, antique shops and brewery, or head to the coast at Brighton or Eastbourne across the South Downs. Horse riding available locally. Good rail connections to London from Haywards Heath for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 250 yards.

    Steps or ramp to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Microwave.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Shared grounds with furniture and paddock. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond 15 yards from parking area.

  • 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.

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