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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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  • Warren Cottage

    Mayfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30630


    Dating back to 1350 with exposed timbers, brickwork and an impressive fireplace with woodburner, this enchanting Grade II listed, end of terrace cottage with surprisingly good ceiling heights, is located a short stroll from Mayfield High Street, with its pubs, coffee shops, florist, bakers, deli, butchers and fine dining eateries. Described as one of the finest villages in East Sussex, the medieval buildings were funded by the profits of the 16th and 17th century Sussex Iron Industry. Famous for the legend of St Dunstan, formerly a blacksmith who said to have tweaked off the devils nose with a fire iron! Come and see the Mayfield Bonfire Boys and Belles, one of the oldest bonfire organisations in the country, who arrange a noisy, colourful torch light procession and firework display in the Autumn, taking you back to 1550 and the Sussex Martyrs and the start of this tradition. Once the iron industry faded Mayfield became a hotbed of smuggling, known as ‘owlers’ the farmers smuggled wool out of the country and returned with brandy and silk! Mayfield also holds a bi-annual festival including classical, jazz and Broadway music with lectures and an art exhibition. An excellent walking and cycling territory with a 3 mile circular walk around the village or slightly further afield, explore the Cuckoo Trail, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum. Battle Abbey, Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s home (National Trust) and Charleston Farm house are well worth visiting. Enjoy beautiful walks with over 50 miles of footpaths and bridal ways, where there are many historical sites to be seen along the way. Nearby, there is a large park with plenty to do for the children. Train enthusiasts can take a journey on the Bluebell Railway or the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Fishing and golf are also available locally. The Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is 10 miles. Good rail links from Wadhurst to London where you will arrive in an hour. Beaches at Eastbourne and Brighton, 23 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Narrow, open one-sided, open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. 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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  • Cider Cottage

    Etchingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PPAA

    Accessed via a single track lane and nestled amongst converted farm buildings on a 300-acre organic working beef farm, this holiday cottage is a detached, single-storey barn conversion which boasts a vaulted ceiling. It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with abundant walks from the doorstep in this popular part of East Sussex. Visit Battle Abbey, the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port of Rye and the smugglers’ caves at Hastings. There are many NT properties and gardens in the area including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle and Wakehurst Place. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor electric central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (bathroom)
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (outbuilding)
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, terrace
    • Barbecue
    • Footpaths on farm
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Lake 50 yards, river and pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Mariners Quay

    Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 13910

    Overlooking the quay

    Overlooking the Quay heading and Marina, where luxurious yachts and cruisers are moored, this penthouse holiday apartment is furnished to a good standard. Step outside and stroll through this picturesque nautical setting, take a boat trip round the harbour, visit the Sea Life Centre, shop in the numerous boutiques in the Lanes, have a quiet drink on the waterside or dine at one of the many restaurants. Excellent walks along the promenade path to Hove, and golf close by.
    Lively Brighton, 1½ miles, has a host of attractions suitable for all the family, including the elegant Royal Pavilion and museum. Meander through the town - there is entertainment stretching along the beach as well as many water sports. Newhaven is also nearby, offering regular ferry trips to Dieppe.
    A short drive away is Arundel, which has the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre, a beautiful cathedral and a castle. There are many NT homes and gardens to visit, all within easy reach, or if you prefer, there are scenic walks along the South Downs.Shop 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Lift or stairs to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony and seating. Parking (1 car).

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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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  • Castlemans Stables - Castlemans Stable East

    Sedlescombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PPPS


    These two stylishly converted, single-storey holiday barns (refs PPPR and PPPS) are in a delightful rural setting with glorious views and footpaths from the door across the countryside. Within walking distance of the picturesque village of Sedlescombe with a village green, a historic friendly pub and good local shop. The market town of Battle with its abbey and 1066 battlefield is approximately 4 miles. Hastings, 7 miles, has a beach-launched fishing fleet and the iconic black weather boarded fishing net huts. Explore St Clement’s caves and unravel their smuggling past. The golden beaches and sand dunes at Camber and the medieval cobbled, Cinque Port town of Rye are easily accessible. Explore castles nearby including the moated Bodiam Castle and Gardens, and Sissinghurst Castle, or take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and French doors to decked area. Kitchen/dining area with flagstone floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with door to terrace. Bathroom with toilet and tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility)
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked terrace with furniture
    • Shared courtyard and paddock
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities.

    Note: The Nook, ref PNNW may be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

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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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  • Pensway

    Burpham, nr. Arundel

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: PTTZ


    This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage enjoys an enviable location set along an extremely quiet no-through country lane in the scenic quaint hamlet of Burpham, close to Arundel. Due to the village being set on a no-through road, on most nights, once the nearby pub has closed, not a single car goes by until the next morning. Attached to the owner’s property and tastefully styled throughout, Pensway has character features such as beams, a multi-fuel burner and slate tiled floors, and offers many facilities and amenities for guests comfort. The enclosed garden is a particular delight with pretty shrubs, flowers and borders – an ideal spot for al fresco dining!
    Burpham is in the heart of the South Downs, and the property is a 30-minute walk from the South Downs Way; a favourite with walkers. Burpham has a well-known, 18th-century pub serving food, which has been awarded with an AA award, only 220 yards from Pensway. There are many scenic footpaths close by, as well as a Saxon church. Discover the Iron Age and Neolithic remains and the century old cricket pitch. There are literary links to the area, Mervyn Peake and John Cowper Powys both resided here in previous times. Arundel is about 3 miles away with its historic castle, cathedral and streets lined with tea rooms, boutiques, sweet shops, pubs, restaurants, art galleries and antique and book shops.
    With families in mind, there is also an outdoor public lido swimming pool, children’s play area, crazy/mini golf, all weather floodlit tennis courts and boat trips. Enjoy wonderful riverside walks locally, the River Arun winds its way around the town and is a magnet for wildlife, with The Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre attracting some of the worlds most spectacular birds. There are various seaside resorts nearby, including Climping Beach, only a 10-minute drive, or slightly further, Worthing, Bognor, Elmer or Littlehampton. Bustling Brighton is within a 20-minute drive with the ornate Royal Pavilion. Visit Chichester with its cathedral, theatre, Goodwood or Fontwell racing. Also within easy driving distance discover the various National Trust homes and gardens including Parham House, Amberley Museum, West Dean Gardens, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Petworth House and Amberley Brook.
    Golf, sailing, surfing, riding and cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Beach 7 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Carport (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Harbour Lodge

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29544


    On the outskirts of Hastings, just a short drive from the beach and in a quiet residential area overlooking leafy woodland is this holiday apartment, below the owner’s home, accessed via a flight of steps. An ideal base for relaxing and unwinding - guests have sole use of the hot tub which is situated inside a summer house, so can be enjoyed whatever the British weather holds. Visit Battle Abbey created by William the Conqueror. Battle is also home to the Battel Bonfire Boyes, the oldest Bonfire Society in Sussex, see one of the unique bonfire parades in the Autumn which remembers Guy Fawkes. In the opposite direction, visit Rye with its cobbled streets and in February experience Rye Bay scallop week. There are lots of walks and cycle trails in this 1066 country, plus good rail connections from Battle and Hastings to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    External, open-tread stairs to entrance. All on one level: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, (one 6ft zip and link), one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three satellite TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Woodland Lodge

    Rustington, nr. Littlehampton

    Grade
    4
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 27715

    This single-storey holiday home enjoys its own attractive enclosed garden with private access, standing behind the Rustington Therapy Centre (chiropody, podiatry and osteopathy practice). It is within 10 minutes’ walk of the beach and only 2 minutes’ walk of the village, which has many shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The South Downs National Park is nearby for scenic walks. Attractions and National Trust properties within easy reach include Chichester with its cathedral and theatre, Goodwood Races, Arundel Castle, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Bird Centre and historic Portsmouth. Worthing and Brighton are half an hour’s drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Railway Cottage

    St Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41892

    Close to the beach

    Accessed via a small slope and situated within 500 yards from the beach, this terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring the East Sussex Coast or the beautiful countryside inland. There is a field just 2 minutes from the property, ideal for football and games, also a nature reserve and children’s play area. Whilst exploring Hastings, visit the pier, Clambers indoor play centre, the Lifeboat Station, explore the Labyrinth of tunnels at the Smugglers Adventure, see the fish beneath the wave at Underwater World and explore the remains of Hastings Castle. Battle, Rye, Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay are all within a car ride. Rail connections to London are also close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with single bunk above.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Winkenhurst Cottage

    Hellingly

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 28986

    Set on the main Royal Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne Road, opposite Wellshurst Golf Course, this semi-detached holiday cottage has a garden which backs onto fields, ideal for walks, or you can explore the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Eastbourne, part of National Cycle Route 21. Visit the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceaux, take a trip on the Bluebell Steam Railway or visit the ’Sunshine Coast’ at Eastbourne. Leisure centres with indoor swimming pools and wave flumes at Uckfield plus ten-pin bowling at Hailsham are ideal places to go in inclement weather and are just a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Snug. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility with toilet. All rooms with oak floors. Stairs to first floor (open to one side): 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin and 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Full gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden, patio with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps to rear garden.

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