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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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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Regents House Ref: PGGG

Beautifully presented throughout, this splendid Grade II listed Regency town house offers wonderful views to historical Arundel Castle, which is only 50 yards away. Located in the heart of this quaint town, it is only a 2-minute walk from plentiful antique shops, pubs, restaurants, cathedral and lido, and near the Wildfowl and Wetlands for birdwatching. In keeping with the Regency era, the furnishings cleverly complement the period style, and are carefully co-ordinated and styled to enhance features such as the ornamental fire surrounds and large windows. The holiday accommodation is spacious, set over four floors, and with families in mind, there is a games room on the lower ground floor. Arundel is recognised for its castle and variety of historic buildings in a small area. Out of around 500 buildings in the conservation area, many are listed. The beautiful castle is referred to in the Domesday Book in 1086, and has been occupied by the Dukes of Norfolk and their families for over 850 years. The Victorian Catholic Cathedral was designed by Joseph Hansom, who also designed the Hansom cab.
Climping Beach is only a 5-minute drive, or slightly further, Worthing, Elmer or Littlehampton. Bustling Brighton is within 20 minutes’ drive, within the ornate Royal Pavilion, The Lanes for interesting artefacts, plentiful theatres, art galleries, extensive shopping, the marina with harbourside dining, and many amusements for all ages along the beach. Visit Chichester, with its beautiful ornate cathedral, theatre, pedestrianised shopping, tea rooms, harbour tours, Goodwood or Fontwell racing. Also within easy reach is the picturesque harbour village of Bosham with antiques, emporium and waterside cafe, or naval Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, designer shopping and waterside dining. In addition, various National Trust homes and gardens, excellent walking along the South Downs, golf, sailing, surfing, riding, and cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Shops 50 yards.

Spacious living room with open fire. Dining room with ornamental fire surround. Large, well-equipped kitchen with gas Range (for cooking). Lower ground floor: Games room. Study. Utility. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, each with additional single bed (for +1).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, gas, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • CD (small library)
  • Playstation 2
  • Range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Games room
  • Table football
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 10 steps up to garden

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£1467-£3467
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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 16thC 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 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 (hire centre, ½ mile). Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. 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.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with slate floors. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Cot or Z-bed on request.

Cot on request. iPod dock. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue.

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. Wi-fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

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£212-£573
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Chestnut Lodge Ref: PB6

This lodge is set within the owners’ grounds, just off the main road, in a peaceful, rural setting at the edge of woodland, close to the South Downs and 15 miles from Brighton. Beautifully converted from a former stable it provides single-storey holiday accommodation. The surrounding countryside abounds with walking and cycling terrain. Interesting days include a trip to Drusilla’s Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park with Living World exhibition (including live beast handling) and the Sealife Centre in Brighton. Lewes Castle and Glynde 5 miles. Golf 8 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

Spacious beamed living/dining room. Farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom, over-bath shower and toilet. Most rooms with rugs on polished wooden floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Payphone
  • Shared courtyard with furniture
  • Shared grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Shared Jacuzzi, sauna and gym (running machine, cross-trainer and exercise bike) by arrangement at cost
  • On-site fishing £5 per day (by prior arrangement)
  • Groceries available by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Fenced pond and river in grounds

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£372-£571
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Whistlers Ref: PJJM

This beautiful single-storey detached barn is surrounded by excellent countryside walks along the rolling South Downs, a designated a National Park, and access to the South Downs Way is just 500 yards away. Set on a working arable farm, it boasts beamed vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and a wood-burning stove. An ideal holiday retreat, it is tastefully furnished to a very high standard. Amberley village, with museum, pub and shop with local produce is 5 minutes’ drive; Storrington is 2 miles. Arundel Castle and the seaside resorts of Worthing and Brighton are a 20-minute drive; places to visit include Parham House, Petworth House and Pulborough Brooks. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor, French doors and vaulted ceiling. Kitchen. Twin bedroom leading to double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No children under 10 yrs

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£384-£681
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A good base to enjoy this lovely area

Only 200 yards from Gildredge Park bowling greens and tennis courts, ½ mile from the town centre and railway station, these spacious and elegant holiday apartments with period features in a fine Victorian house are ideal centres from which to enjoy all aspects of a really varied holiday. McSweeney (ref 3536) and Prideaux (ref 3537) have a feature marble fireplace. Eastbourne is a fine town with a Victorian pier and excellent theatres hosting national productions both musical and dramatic at the Devonshire Park and Congress Theatres. Easily reached by road via M25 and A22 and is 1½ hours by train from London. There is also an International Tennis Tournament at Devonshire Park and County Cricket at the Saffrons Sports ground, all of these venues are within walking distance of the property. The Bluebell Steam Railway and Filching Manor Motor Museum are a short drive and the South Downs are close by for walking enthusiasts.
Eastbourne now has a Marina and harbour village and there is also a fine swimming and leisure pool. Two excellent golf courses are within 1 mile, with horse riding 10 minutes drive. Sailing, windsurfing and fishing are available from the beach. Day trips to France operate from Newhaven 12 miles away. Shops and pub a short walk.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£233-£557
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Darwin Cottage Ref: E4509

This charming Grade II listed flint barn conversion is ideally located 7 miles from Eastbourne’s traditional seaside attractions – perfect for enjoying the myriad delights of the South Coast. Set on the edge of an attractive courtyard, it sits in the grounds of the owners’ home only 100 yards from a village inn serving food. Wonderful walking on the South Downs Way is almost on the doorstep and Herstmonceux and Pevensey Castles, Firle Place, the Bluebell Railway, Drusilla’s Zoo Park, Michelham Priory, Glyndebourne and Brighton’s lively entertainments are among the many attractions within easy reach. Shops 2.25 miles, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with toilet and sloping ceiling.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Courtyard and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£337-£704
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

In a convenient location, within 10 minutes’ drive of historic Arundel and popular Worthing beach, this semi-detached period cottage dates back to the 18th century, and provides spacious, comfortable holiday accommodation with plenty of period features such as original low beams and a wonderful huge inglenook fire in the living room. As well as three spacious bedrooms on the first floor, there is a second living room with sofa bed for alternative sleeping. Set back from the main road in a courtyard setting, with the local pub almost opposite which serves food. In addition, there are a parade of shops, a park and church, all within 100 yards. Nearby Arundel is renowned not only for its historic castle, but its cathedral, church and Wild fowl and Wetlands Park. There are many antique and books shops, plus eateries and inns. Worthing town centre is also close by; it is a popular seaside resort, with a pier, esplanade, plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as a lido and theatre. Why not visit one of the many NT homes and gardens within the area, including West Dean Gardens, Goodwood House, Petworth House and Gardens, to name but a few. The beautiful city of Chichester, with cathedral, harbour boat tours, leisure facilities, Roman villa and Festival Theatre is within easy driving distance, as are Goodwood, the South Downs National Park and Brighton with its various entertainments, including The Royal Pavilion. The picturesque sailing village of Bosham and (slightly further) Portsmouth, with its maritime history, famous Spinnaker Tower landmark, designer shopping and day trips to the Isle of Wight, are within easy reach. For the outdoor enthusiast, scenic walks, watersports, sailing, fishing, birdwatching, cycle routes, riding and golf are all nearby. Shop and restaurants 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Second living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two digital TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£410-£1466
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This thoughtfully converted holiday cottage adjoining the owners’ home, is conveniently located on the edge of the village where smugglers once stored their contraband, and dates back in parts to 1480. With the South Downs Way on the doorstep, the area offers walks across the gallops, and became known as the South Downs National Park in 2012. An ideal touring base for Friston Forest, Beachy Head, Herstmonceaux Castle and Brighton. The Charleston Festival, Glyndebourne, International Tennis Championships and air show at Eastbourne (5 miles). Shop 3 miles, pub 50 yards.

Open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, step down to dining area and kitchen area. Oak floors and low beams throughout. One step up to bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with brass bed and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in barn)
  • Small lawned garden area with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Use of owner’s garden by arrangement
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£340-£865
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Highlands Ref: 29941

This delightful apartment has been furnished to a very good standard. Highlands forms the ground floor of an attractive historic property, with period features such as high ceiling, cornices and ornamental fire surrounds, combined with all contemporary conveniences and appliances. The tastefully styled rooms are very spacious with a light and airy feel and the large living area has a door leading out to a lawned enclosed garden, an ideal spot for al fresco dining or an aperitif in the warmer weather! Seaford is a lively seaside resort within the South Downs National Park, and the pebble beach is flanked by super cliff-top walks, with far-reaching views. There is also golf in the area. A short drive from the popular coastal resort of Eastbourne to the east with international tennis and a Victorian promenade, as well as various seaside attractions, restaurants and cafés, and Brighton to the west with its marina and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries and antique shops. Enjoy shopping along The Lanes, saunter along the pier or visit the opulent Royal Pavilion. Newhaven, with its fort and ferries to Dieppe, is also within an easy drive or why not take a ferry over to the French markets for the day. Also nearby, discover historic Lewes with its castle and Anne of Cleves House, Bluebell Steam Railway, Filching Manor Motor Museum, Severn Sisters Country Park, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer). For horse enthusiasts, there is Hickstead, Brighton and Plumpton. Other places to visit include many NT homes and gardens. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with 2 additional singles. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Two separate toilets.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Gas/electric range-style. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£281-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Hall House Ref: PQQN

With a wealth of charm and character, this period detached thatched home has been restored by the English Heritage to create a holiday cottage retaining many original features. Located along the village road of Clapham near to Findon Valley, it is only 7 minutes’ drive to the coast. South Downs National Park is close by. In addition, there are attractions and NT properties within reach. Arundel Castle and Worthing seaside resort, both approximately 5 miles. Visit Brighton with its Royal Pavilion. London can be reached in 1½ hours by train from Worthing. Shop 20 yards, pub 1/2 mile.

Beamed living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and stone floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom and twin bedroom with shared en-suite Jack ‘n’ Jill bathroom with low doors, over-bath shower and toilet, further double bedroom, each accessed via separate staircase.

  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Drop in garden

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A little piece of paradise! Boasting wonderful views of the South Downs, this charming thatched holiday cottage, the main part of which is over 500 years old, is set in the owners’ large and beautiful south-facing garden and enjoys shared use of an outdoor swimming pool. Offering comfortable accommodation in an excellent area for walkers, at the foot of the South Downs Way. Within short walking distance is Bignor Roman Villa, whilst other nearby attractions include Petworth House, Singleton Open Air Museum, Goodwood, Arundel Castle and Chichester with its Festival Theatre. Undeveloped beach, 7 miles, or the beautiful sandy beach at the Witterings, 17 miles. Fly fishing and riding locally. Many good pubs within the area. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant serving excellent food 1 mile.

Spacious living room with dining area. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Attractive double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Payphone
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use of owners’ garden (2½ acres) and unheated outdoor swimming pool (Summer)
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£277-£819
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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 16thC 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 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 (hire centre, ½ mile). Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. 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.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with slate floors. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Cot or Z-bed on request.

Cot on request. iPod dock. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue.

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. Wi-fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

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£212-£573
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