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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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  • Dolphina

    Middleton-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W44272


    Built on the owner’s land, this unique, cosy and compact property is ideal for couples or for a one-person getaway. Dolphina has been cleverly crafted using a boating theme, and is only 40 yards from the beach, with private-path access. It enjoys a small enclosed south-facing decked courtyard area, with pampas grass and tropical plants, from which you can enjoy listening to the sounds of the sea!
    The dog-friendly pebble and sand beach, protected by rock islands, is great for crabbing, fishing, bathing or potholing, and it is perfectly located for walking to nearby Bognor Regis. Middleton-on-Sea has pubs, local shops, takeaways and restaurants within easy walking distance, and Littlehampton or Bognor have further eateries, as well as small beachside cinemas, within a 5-minute drive. There is plenty to do in the area, with Arundel close by, famous for its castle, lanes with artefact, books and antique shops, plus Wildfowl and Wetlands wildlife centre, Pulborough Brooks RSPB and popular beaches at The Witterings, Worthing and Bognor. Also easy driving distance to Chichester with cathedral, festival theatre, leisure facilities and Goodwood or Fontwell Races, or Midhurst with Cowdray Polo and shops. There are many scenic walks including in the South Downs National Park. Also within easy driving distance (or train ride) the cosmopolitan city of Brighton to the east, and Portsmouth to the west, which has the Spinnaker Tower, ferry trips to the Isle of Wight and designer retail shopping. NT homes and gardens, such as Goodwood House, Parham Park, Royal Pavilion, Petworth House, Stanstead Park and East Dean can all be easily reached. Outdoor pursuits such as golf, horse racing, various water sports, riding and cycling routes can all be found in the area. Can be booked with ref: 27373 to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. 6 paddle steps to galleried area with double bed (accessed from one side only).

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

  • The Granary

    Wiston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5088

    Tucked away behind the quaint village post office/stores in a picturesque West Sussex village, this cosy little cottage for two is accessed via a tiny footbridge across a gentle stream. Enjoying its own private garden, The Granary discreetly shares 6 acres of grounds with chickens, ducks, a horse and geese along with the owners’ quintessentially English tea rooms offering delicious home baking and cream teas. With lovely walking on the doorstep, and a beautiful rural location ideal for exploring the South Downs National Park, The Granary lies just 3 miles from the charming town of Steyning, one of the prettiest small towns in Sussex. Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Lancing are all under 5 miles, whilst Littlehampton and cosmopolitan Brighton are a little further afield. Shops 3 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream next to property.

  • The Cow Stall

    Blackboys, nr. Uckfield

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25234

    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. 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 1/2 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.

  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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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

  • Foxleigh Farm Barns - The Roost

    Kirdford, nr. Petworth

    Grade
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    Ref: PRRJ

    Sympathetically converted, these super barn conversions (refs PRRJ and PRRK), previously the egg store of a renowned chicken farm, stand side by side adjacent to the owners’ home, which is on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kirdford. Close to the South Downs National Park, these attractive holiday barns are ideal for couples wishing to stroll, cycle, fish, play golf or visit the numerous attractions within easy reach. Foxleigh Farm Barns has close access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to the unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife. The quaint village of Petworth is 5 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown designed gardens and parkland, where many functions and events can be enjoyed during the summer months. The charming small town of Midhurst, famous for polo at Cowdray Park is also a short drive, as are Billingshurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Goodwood, with its motor racing and horse racing, Fontwell races, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald, Downland Open Air Museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance, as is the cathedral city of Chichester with its extensive shopping and tea rooms, festival theatre and harbour tours. Alternatively, the town of Arundel with its famous castle and cathedral, plus the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are both well worth a visit. The Witterings and other beaches are a half-hour’s drive and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Cloakroom with boot store and toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove included
    • Electricity, full Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service available
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

  • Stonehouse Farm Cottage

    Crowborough

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: PHHW

    Converted to a high standard, this attractive holiday cottage resides within 60 acres of woodland and fields with abundant wildlife and is accessed via a mile long track. Single-storeyed and detached, it makes an ideal base for fishing (with access to carp ponds) and walking within the High Weald, an AONB. Royal Tunbridge Wells is 7 miles, Groombridge Place Gardens and the Enchanted Forest 5 miles and the Bluebell Railway 7 miles. Easy access to London by train (about an hour). Riding, rock climbing and golf locally. Motorbikes are welcome. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Step up to spacious living/dining room with gas woodburner, oak floor and two sets of French doors to decked balcony. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Decked balcony
    • Small, enclosed garden with furniture
    • Shared 60-acre woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Use of owner’s outdoor swimming pool (36ft x 18ft, depth 3ft to 6ft 6in) by arrangement
    • Stabling by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: Ponds in woodland

  • Thornden Farm - The Old Stable

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
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    1
    1
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    Ref: PG7


    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

  • Little Midge Barn

    Ashburnham, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    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

  • Kiln Cottage

    Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43953

    Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I and spend some time exploring the beautiful Cinque port market town of Rye. In 1573 she bestowed the title Rye Royale. Stay in this well thought out and stylish holiday cottage which is just a 6 minute walk from the centre of the town, with its large selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes. You could discover for yourself why many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have chosen to settle here. Rye is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, despite being the haunt of the notorious smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang. Visit The Mermaid Inn, their famous hideout, where the cellars date back to 1156. Visit the Rye Museum and climb St Mary’s Tower for breathtaking views across to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Winchelsea. See Lamb House, the home of Henry James and later E. F. Benson, and where they filmed the recent production of ’Mapp and Lucia’. Another great film location is Camber Sands and going in the other direction towards Hastings where ’Foyles War’ was filmed. There are also connections by train to London. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Z-bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric wood burner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing by arrangement with owner. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Lodge

    Hurstpierpoint, nr. Hassocks

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 31248

    On the edge of the glorious South Downs National Park, this detached studio, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint, which dates back to Saxon times and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the middle of the village opposite the village green, The Lodge is in a secluded spot and offers light, airy and relaxing holiday accommodation with French doors leading onto a private terrace - a delightful spot for breakfast or a glass of wine after a day out. There are lots of thoughtful touches, one of which are cloud soft bathrobes for your enjoyment. Within walking distance are four restaurants and a 15th century pub, with great food and local beers.
    Walkers will be spoilt for choice stop off at Devils Dyke where you’ll spot paragliders overhead, or visit the Hill Fort at Ditchling Beacon. Glyndbourne Opera and Good Wood are close by and Hickstead, the show jumping ground is 2 miles away. Brighton, Hove and the coast can be reached within 10 miles. Visit the ancient market town of Lewes and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. For additional sightseeing opportunities, there are good rail connections from Hassocks, 2 miles, to London. Gatwick airport is approximately 25 miles away. Beach 10 miles. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room double bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 20" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Broadband connection. Small terrace with furniture. Car park opposite property. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • The Little Lodge

    Beckley, nr. Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43703


    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the village of Beckley and above the River Rother, is this stylish, semi-detached holiday property. Situated down a quiet lane overlooking fields and adjoining the owners’ home, it resides in 5 acres of grounds, surrounded by forestry and woodland, where a small orchard is set aside for the guests’ sole use. The Little Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the cinque port town of Rye, famous for its 18th century smuggling activities. Mermaid Street, with its cobbled streets, timber framed inns and attractive Georgian houses, is well worth strolling along. Rye Bay is home to the well-known scallop festival in February. The beach can be reached at Winchelsea, and has associations with Spike Milligan and Camber Sands, as the name suggests there are miles of golden sand dunes. It is home to various film locations including ‘The Monuments Men’ with George Clooney, and ‘The Invisible Woman’ with Ralph Fiennes. Take a boat trip from Northiam and arrive at the fairytale Bodiam Castle, which is 4 miles away, or catch the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which travels to Tenterden, described by many as ’The Jewel of the Weald’. Cycling routes and excellent walking are close by. Horse riding stables can be found within a 15-minute drive away. Now in retirement, Darjeeling a famous Grand National champion horse resides at the property. Fishing is available nearby at Iden Wood Fishery (at cost, licence required). Treat yourself to the on-site medical beauty clinic, appointments by arrangement only (at cost). Beach 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 11/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview plasma TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Rumbolds Farm - Stable Cottage

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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