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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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  • Rose Cottage

    Iden, nr. Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44307


    Overlooking the River Rother in an elevated position is this pretty detached cottage, with lots of character and beams, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse. Surrounded by 25 acres of farmland, guests can stroll through the field down to the river and fish (licence required), maybe spot an otter or mink, or launch your boat and head towards Rye. Alternatively, boats can be hired further down river. In the fields, you’ll find some friendly donkeys, ponies and ducks. The cottage makes an excellent base for exploring the medieval town of Rye with its tea shops, antique shops and art galleries. Camber Sands offers all sorts of water sports or simply stroll amongst the dunes and you’ll see why many a film has been shot on location here, including ’The Monuments Men’ starring George Clooney. Visit Battle Abbey, Hastings with its iconic fishermen’s huts, or hit the wine trail and taste some excellent English wines including those at Chapel Down and Sedlescombe vineyards. After a day’s sightseeing, walking or cycling, return to your cottage and relax on your very own decked terrace with glorious, peaceful waterside views. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams, breakfast bar and tiled floor. Utility room. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Shared 25-acre grounds. Fishing available on-site (licence required, at cost). Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small unfenced pond in garden and fenced river in grounds, 40 yards.

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  • The Coach House

    Fairlight, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PTTQ


    The Coach House resides in the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the village of Fairlight with views across to the sea from the shared grounds. This detached holiday property has retained many original beams and features, and is set adjacent to the owner’s medieval hall house, which dates back to around 1340. Guests have shared use of the owner’s swimming pool by arrangement. The Coach House is ideally placed for leisurely walks, as Hastings Country Park borders the property and offers 660 acres of dramatic headland and cliff-tops with most of the park designated as a Special Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Areas of the park are also known as ‘The Firehills’ which date back to the days of smuggling when contraband was landed and brought inland via a series of tunnels to local cottages! The views from here are stunning; enjoy views east over the Dungeness marshes to Hythe, and looking south on a sunny day, guests can enjoy views of the French coast. The closest beach is just 2 miles away, offering several miles of walking or cycling along the sea defence walls. The surrounding lowlands attract wildfowl and waterbirds providing an opportunity for some excellent bird watching. The cosmopolitan town of Hastings is approximately 5 miles away, home to Europes largest beach launched fishing fleet and the filming of the TV series Foyles War. Rye, 5 miles, is a maze of cobbled streets that have been a haven for artists and writers, its illustrious former residents include Henry James and H.G Wells. Camber offers miles of golden sand dunes, and Battle, not only the site of one of the most famous encounters in history but also home to a large gunpowder works, which kept British ships loaded throughout the Napoleonic Wars and most likely supplied the powder used in the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot! Beach 2 miles. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area. Two beamed double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Full gas central heating included (November-March £25)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • 32’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service by arrangement
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Shared outdoor kidney-shaped swimming pool by arrangement (40ft x 20ft, max depth 6ft 6in), open end May-end September, 9.30am-7pm
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep drops in grounds

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  • Knowle Croft Cottage

    Fairlight, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W40513

    Stunning sea views


    This is a splendid 3-storey holiday apartment on the side of the owner’s property, yet totally private. It boasts the most stunning views across the garden and picturesque coastline sea views. The property is with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guests are invited to enjoy the grounds which extend for some 2-acres including woodland. Hastings is just a few miles away with walks along the 1066 routes. There are theatres, sports/golf facilities, walking, cycling, shooting and horse riding are all within close proximity. For antique lovers, George Street in Hastings has old books and bric-a-brac, and many exhibitions and museums nearby. Other places to visit include Rye, Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Kent and East Sussex Railway. Shop 0.25 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 2 miles.

    3 external steps to entrance. Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-sided stairs to ground floor: Living room with patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There are 3 ponds close to the house.

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  • The Dairy Cottage

    Sheffield Park

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29524

    Use of heated indoor heated swimming pool by arrangement with the owner

    This detached holiday cottage that was originally a dairy, is in an enviable location, adjacent to the owners’ home and within a stone’s throw of Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) which was originally laid out by Capability Brown in the 1700s. The gardens offer a memorable red and gold colour show in the autumn from the variety of 87 trees and also the national collection of Ghent azaleas which bloom in spring and summer, and not forgetting the wonderful bluebells. Equidistant in the other direction is The Bluebell Railway celebrating 50 years of preserved steam engines. Take dinner on the Golden Arrow Pullman which recreates the days when the train stylishly linked London to Paris!
    The holiday cottage is situated in a courtyard setting in the owners’ grounds which was once part of a farm. The cottage has its own enclosed garden and patio terrace sitting area. Guests have access to a shared indoor heated swimming pool by arrangement with the owners, for use up to 9pm. Walks from the doorstep are possible into the beautiful Ashdown Forest or go to Glyndebourne and Lewes or visit the coast at Brighton, Eastbourne and Beachy Head. Good rail connections to London from Haywards Heath for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 miles and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 steps down to sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with terrace, lawned area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.5m) open all year up till 9pm by arrangement. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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  • Castlemans Stables - Castlemans Stable West

    Sedlescombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PPPR


    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 terrace. 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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  • 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, 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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  • Infield

    Pett

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 19582

    Nestling at the end of a sloping path, and down six shallow, wide steps, this holiday property has beautiful countryside views which can be enjoyed from the balcony, as well as its own enclosed garden with access to the owners grounds, which have won a Landscape and Gardens Award by the Sussex Heritage Trust. Surrounded by exceptional bird life and scenic walking country, just 2 miles from the sea. Easy access to Rye, with its quaint streets. Visit Battle and the abbey built by William the Conqueror. Shops 200 yards, pubs 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity wall heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed sloping garden with balcony, summerhouse and furniture. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond within owners grounds.

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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 1/4 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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  • Windsor Cottage

    Steyning

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PEEQ

    This unique and beautifully presented, quaint 1740s, corner holiday cottage is steeped in character. It is conveniently located on the corner of a busy high street in the heart of the delightful market town of Steyning, 100 yards from various amenities, restaurants, and bordered by the glorious South Downs National Park, access to which is only 100 yards from the door. Formerly the town’s sweet shop, this charming cottage is one of a pair and has many features such as an exposed flint wall in the living room, a wood-burning stove, sloping ceilings and beams. Steyning leisure centre and indoor pool is close by as well as many NT homes and gardens. Brighton, Arundel, Worthing and Chichester are within easy driving distance. Shops 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Living room with piano and wood-burning stove. Two steps up to kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Two steps up to bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft zip and link bed, TV and en-suite shower room. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Videos
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Piano
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Nook

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29988


    Just yards from the beach in the historic old fishing town of Hastings, this little terraced holiday cottage is ideally placed for exploring George Street and the High Street with their colourful pubs and restaurants. Explore the vintage clothes shop, antique shops and award-winning bakery, and buy the freshest fish you’ll ever taste, having watched the fisherman land their catch. Delightful in winter or summer, have a picnic on the beach or ’cosy up’ in front of the woodburner after a bracing walk along the seafront or having visited St Clements Caves and discovered Hastings’ smuggling past. An ideal base, see Hastings Castle built by the Duke of Normandy. Take a trip to Battle and observe the very spot that changed the course of history forever in 1066. The surrounding area offers glorious countryside, National Trust properties, gardens and several vineyards where you can sample the local wines. Rye and Camber Sands are a short drive away. Good train connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. All rooms with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom. 1 step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Car park 100 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Woodside Farm House

    Colgate, nr. Horsham

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: POOA


    Offering wonderful views over open countryside, this charming character home, parts of which date back to the 18th century, boasts many features such as open fire, wood-burning stove, Aga and plentiful original beams. Adjoining another property, Woodside Farm House stands peacefully within lovely lawned gardens, next door to an equestrian centre and close to scenic local walks in St Leonards Forest. This homely property has been tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout. This is a convenient base for exploring both London and the south coast. Discover various National Trust homes and gardens such as Nymans, Wakehurst Place and Polesden Lacey. Excellent walking can be enjoyed along the North/South Downs, and within easy driving distance are Box Hill, Ashdown Forest, Leith Hill, Seven Sisters, The Bluebell Railway, Bolney or Denbies vineyard. Gatwick is only about a 20-minute drive, and London by train is within an hour from the nearby market town of Horsham, which also has theatre, leisure/pool complex and various eateries/shops. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Worthing can be reached within an hour. Shop 1½ miles, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room with open fire and bi-fold doors to patio and garden. Dining room with wooden floor. Large, farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga (for cooking) and tiled floor. Beamed throughout. Snug with wood-burning stove and TV. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor (low doorways): Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Aga
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with decked area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Netted pond in garden

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  • Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse

    Steyning

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PNNB

    Enjoying a rural location in the lovely Sussex countryside, these two beautifully refurbished, detached single-storey barn conversions are located close to the South Downs and only 15 minutes’ drive to the beach. Within easy reach are beaches at Worthing and Brighton, historic Arundel with stunning castle and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Chichester with its cathedral and Goodwood/Fontwell races. Plenty of NT homes and gardens to visit. Shop 1 mile, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove and tiled floors. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas and full gas central heating included
    • Enclosed decked area with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared freezer (in external utility)
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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