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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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  • Rumbolds Farm - Cart House

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30636

    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/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil underfloor central heating included. Freesat TV. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue.

    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.

  • The Nook

    Sedlescombe, Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PNNW

    This converted wing of the owner’s home makes a perfect holiday retreat and offers access to footpaths over the Sussex countryside. Sedlescombe with its village green, pub and shop is within walking distance. Attractions include Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Battle, the Jerwood Gallery at Hastings and traditional seaside attractions, Cinque Port of Rye and beaches at Camber. Sissinghurst Gardens and Bodiam Castle are within a short drive. Golf locally. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove in large fireplace and dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with TV, sloping ceilings and window overlooking the church. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small terrace under pergola with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

    Note: May be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

  • Waggoners Cottage

    Peasmarsh, nr. Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PFFO

    A true rural hideaway, Waggoners Cottage is a beautiful, beamed, fairytale, detached holiday cottage tucked away in a quiet corner of a 600-acre working arable farm. Originally built in the 17th-century, and once a farm worker’s cottage, it has been restored to a high standard. The River Rother, a popular fishing and bird-watching spot, is a walk across the fields. An unpaved road leads first to the farmyard and then into the village with its pubs and locally renowned supermarket. The Cinque Ports of Rye (4 miles), and Tenterden, a traditional market town (10 miles), the coast at Camber Sands, Sissinghurst, Bateman’s, Great Dixter Gardens and Bodiam Castle are all accessible. Shop ¾ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, tiled floor and step up to dining area. Galley-style kitchen with butler sink, tiled floor and utility area. Bathroom with shower attachment, over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Large double bedroom with farmland views.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Secluded garden area with terrace overlooking farmland, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Dog kennel and run
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No
      smoking

  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28697

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an AONB, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (NT) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • Little Barn

    Amberley, nr. Arundel

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PUUA


    This stunning barn conversion boasts an exceptional location, offering magnificent views over the Amberley Wildbrooks, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Having been sympathetically converted to an excellent standard, Little Barn was nominated for an award by the local authority’s planning department. Formerly used for agricultural purposes, the barn still retains some of the character features, such as period beams, some of which are low on the first floor. The entrance hall, with room for coats and boots, leads into the light and spacious kitchen/dining area, which has a high vaulted ceiling and a stone floor, with underfloor heating. French doors lead out to the large decked terrace, a delightful spot from which to savour those outstanding views, and enjoy al fresco dining or an aperitif or two! The double bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite shower room.

    Stairs lead from the ground floor to a spacious galleried sitting room, with two armchairs, and another seating area with sofas and TV. There is a door with a Juliet balcony, and plentiful beams, some of which are low. The barn incorporates garage parking for 2 cars.

    This superb property is located in a peaceful downland village setting, with a village shop, pottery, tea rooms and medieval church. The very popular pub (½ mile) serves good food, and many other popular well-known pubs are within easy reach. Within walking distance, a historic hotel offers fine dining in stunning surroundings for more special occasions. The area offers a wealth of scenic walks: the water meadows of the Wildbrooks, the River Arun and the very popular South Downs Way can all be accessed on foot from the barn.

    Popular local attractions include Arundel with its castle, various eateries, antique and book shops; Parham House and gardens; Petworth House (NT); gardens at West Dean, Nymans (NT) and Woolbeding (NT). Chichester offers Goodwood (horse racing, the Festival of Speed, and the Revival), the Festival Theatre and cathedral, all within a 20-minute drive. Gatwick Airport is about 30 miles away; beaches and coastal walks at Climping (8 miles) and West Wittering (20 miles). Shop 330 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Kitchen with dining area, high vaulted ceiling, tiled floor and French doors leading to decked terrace. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried living room with beams (some low), TV and Juliet balcony.

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

    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and fridge/freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked terrace and furniture
    • Juliet balcony
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • Dairy Cottage

    Three Oaks, Hastings

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PEEL

    Superbly located in beautiful ‘1066’ countryside, and nestled within the owner’s 16-acre grounds, this attractive detached holiday cottage makes an ideal retreat for romantic couples and walkers. There is a lake within the grounds with fishing by arrangement, and cattle in the adjacent field with occasional tractor access. This cosy cottage has many character features, including a beautiful four-poster bed, beams and an inglenook with open fire. Battle with its abbey ruins, picturesque Rye, beaches at Pett, Winchelsea, Hastings, and plentiful NT homes, castles and gardens all within easy reach. Shops
    2 miles.

    Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook. Dining room/sun room. Kitchen. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Table top freezer
    • Large, lawned garden with furniture
    • 16-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Fishing by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced lake and ponds in grounds

  • Kittiwakes

    Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E3951

    On the banks of the River Rother, with boats passing at high tide, this very comfortable first floor apartment (shown second from right) is ideally located a short stroll from the heart of the quaint town of Rye. One of the ancient Cinque Ports, its history evocatively depicted in a local ‘Sound and Light Show’, Rye also boasts a wealth of interesting shops and antique emporiums, galleries, restaurants and historic inns. Close by is the nature reserve at Rye Harbour – also an excellent spot for fishing and sailing – whilst a little further afield lie Battle Abbey, romantic Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Day trips by rail to France depart from Ashford, 20 miles. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, underfloor central heating (in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shingle river frontage and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: River frontage.

  • The Annexe, Walnut Tree Cottage

    Bognor Regis

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27963

    This detached, single-storey holiday property stands next to the owners’ home along a 13th-century country lane and enjoys its own private sitting-out area overlooking the shared gardens. This is an ideal, peaceful, relaxing retreat for couples and has been tastefully furnished using soft neutral pastel shades. Bognor Regis is 1½ miles; West Wittering 30 minutes’ drive or Chichester 15 minutes with its cathedral, Festival Theatre and leisure facilities. Explore the South Downs National Park, with walking, cycling and riding. Arundel Castle, Wild Fowl and Wetland Birds Trust, Goodwood House, Fontwell Racecourse, Worthing, Brighton and Portsmouth are an easy drive. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen.1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available. Fridge/freezer. Shared gardens. Sitting-out area with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Pond 12 yards.

  • Thornden Farm - The Old Stable

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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

  • Mill Corner - The Bake House

    Northiam

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PLLN

    In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Low door to entrance. Living room with solid oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft zip & link beds, solid oak floor and French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Beamed and vaulted ceilings throughout.

    • Full gas central heating included
    • Terrace garden and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • NB: 2 steps to garden. Unfenced pond in owners’ grounds.

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

  • Combe Hill Farm - The Dairy

    Ninfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PCCY

    Situated in the owners’ grounds on a 16th-century Grade II listed site, these well-appointed, beamed holiday cottages (PCCX and PCCY) occupy a truly peaceful setting. Located amidst 1066 countryside and ancient woodlands, this was once part of the Ashburnham family estate. Combe Hill Farm is ideally placed for visiting many NT and English Heritage sites, including Batemans - home of Rudyard Kipling, Battle Abbey and Bodiam Castle. The famous Glyndebourne Festival takes place from May to August and the ancient town of Lewes celebrates Bonfire Night with a magnificent procession and firework display. Hastings, with old fishermen’s huts and fresh fish, is worth a visit, as is the cobbled town of Rye and beautiful golden sand and dunes of Camber which await exploration. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower cubicle (power shower) and toilet.

    • Electricity and full electricity rads included (PCCX £30 per week winter poa, PCCY £15 per week winter poa)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared lawned garden with courtyard and furniture
    • 14 acres shared gardens and farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream in farmland

    Note: The Byre (PCCX) and The Dairy (PCCY) can be booked together to sleep up to 8 people

  • Diddy Bones Barn

    Forestside, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29254


    Adjacent to the owners’ home, offering superb panoramic views over arable farmland and the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park from the feature balcony, this delightful first floor loft makes an ideal holiday retreat for couples who want to explore this scenic area. It is perfectly located for walking and cycling, with nearby access to a network of footpaths and popular cycle routes. Many attractions are close by, including the cathedral city of Chichester, coastal villages of Emsworth/Bosham, Goodwood Estate, offering horse racing and motoring experiences, Portsmouth with its historic dock yard, Spinnaker Tower and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Hot air balloon flights are available with the owner (pilot), subject to weather conditions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead in owners’ grounds. No smoking. No children under 16, except babies under 6 months. NB: Small pond at front of owner’s property.

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