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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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  • 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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  • Laybrook Farmhouse - The Old Stables

    Thakeham, nr. Pulborough

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43943

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floors. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom.

    Gas included. Gas hob. Washing machine. Enclosed garden patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    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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  • Riding Cottage

    Broad Oak, Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W41886

    Excellent views and walks

    These single-storey, semi-detached stable conversions, with fenced front gardens, nestle in countryside only ¼ mile from the road and are part of Chitcombe Farm which affords glorious views across the Tillingham Valley. The farm has been part of the Chitcombe Estate for over 100 years, but is now an independent unit of 100 acres dedicated to totally organic farming with horses and sheep. The sheep are grazed on a rotational basis and at times in the summer, the fields are rested for grass management. During your holiday, guests are welcome to walk the farm along with the plethora of footpaths. Children and pets are made to feel very welcome. Should you tire of the countryside, the bustling historic Cinque Port town of Rye is close by with its curiosity tea shops and galleries. Miles of golden sands await you at Camber - take a ride on the vintage Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Shops, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Grounds. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Mount Pleasant Barn

    Chalvington, nr. Lewes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 30520


    Nestling on the edge of the South Downs on a rural 100-acre working sheep and grass farm, this detached, holiday barn conversion offers character features throughout and makes an ideal base from which to explore the area, with the South Downs National Park within easy reach. There are direct footpaths through the farm for walking and cycling. Mount Pleasant Barn is situated on the Vanguard Way, part of a 66 mile walk, with the stretch from Chalvington to Newhaven offering views of the Litlington White Horse carved on the chalk hillside, the Cuckmere River and breathtaking views of the iconic Seven Sisters on the Sussex coast. Visit Charleston Farmhouse, associated with The Bloomsbury Group and was also the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Other sights of interest include The Monks House at Rodmell, home to Virginia Woolf (National Trust) and Berwick Church, which is Grade I listed and contains original murals and paintings by The Bloomsbury Group. Discover Middle Farm which promotes the excellence of British farming and offers a range of family activities or Blackberry Farm where riding lessons are also offered. Visit Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford and Ashdown Forest, all within a short drive. For transport links, Berwick Station is a 10-minute drive and provides good access to London and the Gatwick Express, there are also trains to Eastbourne and Brighton. Lewes is also nearby and is a popular tourist town linked with London. Bike hire and canoe hire for exploring the River Cuckmere are available locally. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floors. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link) with en-suite wet room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • All Saints

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC133


    Just yards from the beach, this Grade II listed timber cottage makes an ideal base for a holiday in East Sussex. Located in the heart of Hastings old town, with vintage and antique shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants all on the doorstep (many child and pet-friendly). Renowned for its smuggling past, explore the miles of caverns at Smugglers Adventure, deep within the West Hill. Indulge in some first-class fish and chips which couldn’t be fresher and stroll past the iconic net huts. Walk through the underwater tunnel at the Blue Reef Aquarium with snakes and bearded dragons in the reptile area. Hunt for the dinosaur fossils at low tide. Stroll along Hastings Pier and grab some ice cream. Visit the Seaside amusements and arcades or the Source Skate Park for the young and fearless – all within walking distance. Learn about the 1066 story at Hastings Castle, the first of many built by the Normans. Battle Abbey and Rye are both well worth a visit and for miles of golden sand, visit Camber. Good rail connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 150 yards. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    First floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 super kingsize bed, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42’’ Satellite TV. Bluray. DVD. Induction hobs. Electric oven. Microwave. Blender/Nutribullet. Nespresso machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Public car parks in close proximity at cost. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 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 ¼ 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.

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  • Vigoes Holiday Homes - Holly

    Sheffield Park

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29896


    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 (National Trust) 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.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor in wet room) included.

    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.

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  • Compton Farm Cottages - The Dairy

    Compton, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 17321

    National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3A (refs. 17320 & 19202)

    Converted from former farm buildings, these four holiday properties (two of which have been adapted for the disabled with shower chairs available), are in the Southdowns National Park. Properties 17320 and 17321 command fine views over the surrounding countryside. Situated in the grounds of the family farm (non-working), they are only 100 yards from the village of Compton with village shop and tea room with free wi-fi access. Enjoy peaceful walks along a bridle path leading to the South Downs Way, 2 miles designated as a National Park. The historic cathedral town of Chichester lies 10 miles away, with its cobbled streets adorned with tea rooms and restaurants, and the ornate cathedral. Scenic boat tours can be taken around the harbour. Goodwood and Fontwell races or polo at Cowdray are all within a short drive. Portsmouth, with shopping and leisure facilities, within easy reach. Hawking and falconry days can be arranged, prices on application and must be pre-booked direct with owner. Shop and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams. 2 steps to 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Small unfenced duck pond opposite drive entrance.

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  • Sea View

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29944


    A well-thought-out, semi-detached holiday bungalow offering good-sized living accommodation in an elevated position on the edge of Hastings. It has a greenhouse in the garden, and from the terrace you can actually glimpse the sea as you stand up to reposition your deckchair! Situated on bus routes for easy access to the centre of this medieval Cinque Port and you can experience for yourself the relationship that the town has with the ocean and see the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe, despite the decline in the fishing industry. The old town offers interesting book shops, vintage clothes, tea rooms and antiques. Although The Battle of Hastings in 1066 took place a few miles down the road at Battle Abbey, the ruins of William the Conqueror’s first English Castle still stands on the cliffs overlooking the sea in Hastings. Just along the coast is the Cinque Port of Rye; here you can explore where E. F. Benson’s ’Mapp and Lucia’ was filmed. Visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and then continue to Camber and stroll along the glorious miles of sand dunes. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room with French doors/kitchen. Conservatory/utility room. 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft zip and link adjustable bed, controls available on request), can be twin). Wet room with raised toilet and hand rails. Separate toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-emergency and incoming calls only. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Netted fish pond in garden.

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  • The Old Workshop

    Broad Oak, nr. Heathfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43924


    The glorious East Sussex countryside beckons; pack that novel that you have been meaning to read and head for some relaxation, or slip on those walking boots and discover the beautiful Rother Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From this detached holiday cottage, you can enjoy a stylish, contemporary interior, stretch out in front of the woodburner, or soak up the sunshine whilst gazing across the valley from the decked terrace. The garden to the side of The Old Workshop sweeps down to a vineyard. It is ideally placed for exploring the South Downs National Park and glorious cliff-top pathways. The Cuckoo Trail is a well-known local cycle route, plus golf and fishing can be arranged locally. Bewl Water, 8 miles, is an excellent base for water sports, and 2 miles beyond that, is Royal Tunbridge Wells. Visit National Trust properties including Batemans, the gardens at Sheffield Park and take a ride on the Bluebell Railway. Beaches at Pevensey and Eastbourne are half an hour away. Stonegate Station, 4 miles, provides good access to London. Shop/PO, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 34" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 3G dongle. Lawned garden. Decked terrace with furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Udiam Farm - The Stable

    Bodiam, near Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC565

    These two delightful, detached cottages have been thoughtfully restored and lie within the owner’s grounds, by the farmhouse. Udiam Farm Cottage (ref. PQQZ) has a light and airy living area, limestone floor and bi-fold doors which open on to the terrace, ideal for alfresco dining. Stable Cottage (ref. UKC565) has been stylishly restored to a very high standard with exposed beams, bespoke kitchen with Miele appliances, Wesley Barrell sofas designed by the owner, Jim Lawrence lighting with French antique chandeliers and beautiful limestone flooring that flows seamlessly out to the terrace. If the weather is fine, play a spot of tennis, enjoy a drink on the croquet lawn or indulge in a game of petanque, by arrangement with the owner.
    Udiam Farm was formerly the Guinness Hop Farm, and The Stable was once home to the Guinness horses that pulled the wagons, laden with hops. The farm overlooks the River Rother and part of the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway (used around six times a year for special events). Its trains steam through 10½ miles of countryside from Tenterden to the moated Bodiam Castle. Take a stroll across the grounds to this fairytale 14th century castle where you can also ride the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Indulge in a meal at the local Michelin starred restaurant and sample the excellent local wines from award winning vineyards. Battle is 8 miles, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a half hour drive, as are the coastal towns of Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and Rye. There are good train services to London from Robertsbridge for additional sightseeing. Fishing and golf are available locally. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub 5 miles and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With beams and limestone floor.
    Living area:
    With 40" curved Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and Quooker Fusion hot water tap.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower, and toilet.
    Stairs to...
    Galleried reading area.

    Electric underfloor central heating included. Lawned garden with terrace and garden furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds. Please note: No children.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Shared 20-acre grounds. Shared use of tennis court and croquet lawn (by prior arrangement). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a river, 20 yards and an unfenced pond, 55 yards.

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  • Dinsdale

    Rustington, nr. Worthing

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26969


    This comfortable, modern, terraced holiday home is conveniently located in a quiet residential area within 10 minutes’ walk of dog and child friendly beaches, and 2 only minutes’ walk of the village with a wide range of restaurants and shops for everyday needs. Golf courses, family activities, fishing, sailing, watersports, bird watching and cycle routes are available locally. The rolling South Downs National Park is nearby for scenic walks and picturesque villages. National Trust Homes and entertainment within easy reach include Chichester cathedral, Harbour and Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne, Petworth House, The Weald and Downland Museum. West Dean Gardens, Goodwood for race meets and classic car events, Arundel Castle and Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre. Large coastal towns within easy drives include Worthing, Brighton with the Royal Pavilion, Aquarium, Pier and Lanes and historic Naval Portsmouth.
    Angmering station 5 minutes by bus has a 90 minute train service to London, one hour to Gatwick Airport, as well as services to all coastal towns. A frequent bus service from the village also services all coastal towns between Brighton and Portsmouth.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob and double oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area. Off road reserved parking. No smoking.

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