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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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The Quarter House

    Rye

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25320

    Enjoy stylish beamed surroundings in the heart of the historic centre of Rye in this unusual, converted Grade II listed 2-storey apartment retaining original features, including beams and a working fireplace and dating back to the 1700s. Explore the citadel and view Rye from the top of the church tower; wander the cobbled streets, browse the unusual shops and galleries and take advantage of the myriad of fine restaurants, tea rooms and pubs Rye has to offer. Fine beaches and dinghy sailing nearby, including Camber Sands which offers wind and kite surfing. Shops and restaurants 10 yards, pub 25 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors and beams. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom plus additional sleeping area with double futon.

    Open fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Access to freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (150 yards, £1.50 per day). No smoking.

  • The Dovecote Garden - Quebec Barn

    West Dean, Seaford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26956

    In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16th-century listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and Jacobean banqueting house, the centre of a wider holding mentioned in the Domesday Book, which stretched from the River Cuckmere to Jevington. There are also ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, restored 14th-century dovecote and ox farmyard of the 18th and 19th century. Quebec Barn (ref 26956) was used as local headquarters by Canadian forces in WW ll. Walking plus cycle trails nearby (hire centre, 1/2 mile), Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. Cycle through the woods to the lighthouse, or down the lanes and breath the fresh air whilst spotting birds such as buzzards and egrets. In the evening why not cycle to the cosy pub nearby before retiring to your barn in the woods. Enjoy wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Horse riding stables, 5 miles at the old smuggling village of Alfriston. Visit Brighton and the historical ’Lanes’, Eastbourne and stroll along the Victorian pier, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer) within 5 miles. Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country within 10 miles. Shops 4 miles, pubs 11/2 miles. Properties (refs 19748, 19749 and 26956) can be booked together for larger parties.

    3 steps from road to entrance. 7 steps to living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included) and green technology. Sitting-out area.

    All properties: Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • The Beach Retreat

    East Wittering, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 30015


    In a super location only 90 yards from East Wittering’s popular pebble beach, and tucked away along a quiet gravel drive, this tastefully styled, detached single-storey holiday home offers light and airy accommodation, ideal for couples and small families. The property benefits from two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with one of them having a Jacuzzi bath. There is private parking and an enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area, an ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal or aperitif on a warm summer evening. The Beach Retreat is a 2-minute walk from the resorts various shops, eateries, amenities and pubs, and a 5-minute walk from the sandy beach at West Wittering. Historic Chichester is only a 10-minute drive, with its stunning cathedral, harbour tours, golf course, leisure facilities and marina, as well as both Goodwood and Fontwell races. The South Downs National Park is close by and is ideal for scenic walks and cycling routes, and Pagham Nature Reserve is the place to go for wildlife and interesting bird watching. Visit Arundel, with its castle and various antiques and memorabilia shops/boutiques, as well as Wild Fowl and Wetlands bird centre. The picturesque sailing village of Bosham, with its historic church and crafts centre, is a short drive away. Slightly further are Portsmouth to the west, with maritime history and famous war ships, Spinnaker Tower and extensive retail shopping outlets, or Brighton to the east, with its Royal Pavilion and cosmopolitan culture. Day trips to the Isle of Wight can be enjoyed from either Portsmouth or Southampton, and the rolling heathland of the New Forest, with its roaming ponies, can also be easily reached by car. Polo at Midhurst, or visit NT homes and gardens, including The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, West Dean, Petworth House and Goodwood House. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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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