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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 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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Roof Garden Ref: 29074

Beach 150 yards

This unique holiday apartment is so named because of its superb roof terrace on the 4th floor of the building, which offers views of the pier and out to sea in one direction, and across the town to the South Downs in the other. If the weather is inclement the views can still be enjoyed from the conservatory. Situated in the middle of town with easy access to wine bars, pubs and restaurants, the apartment is only a short walk from Eastbourne station providing links to London. The accommodation is on the third floor and views of the pier can also be enjoyed from the kitchen window! Ideally placed for a visit to Airbourne, Eastbourne’s international Airshow. You can enjoy the fireworks in the summer on a Wednesday evening or simply fish off the end of the pier for mackerel. Bexhill, Hastings and Brighton are all accessible by car, bus or train. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Third floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with single bed above. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Fourth floor: Conservatory.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Roof terrace with furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (1 car, permit supplied). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£281-£864
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3A (refs. 17320 & 19202)

Converted from former farm buildings, these four holiday properties (two of which have been adapted for the disabled), are in the Southdowns National Park. Properties 17320 and 17321 command fine views over the surrounding countryside. Situated in the grounds of the family working farm, they are only 100 yards from the village of Compton with village shop and tea room with free wi-fi access. Enjoy peaceful walks along a bridle path leading to the South Downs Way, 2 miles designated as a National Park. The historic cathedral town of Chichester lies 10 miles away, with its cobbled streets adorned with tea rooms and restaurants, and the ornate cathedral. Scenic boat tours can be taken around the harbour. Goodwood and Fontwell races or polo at Cowdray are all within a short drive. Portsmouth, with shopping and leisure facilities, within easy reach. Hawking and falconry days can be arranged, prices on application and must be pre-booked direct with owner. Shop and pub 100 yards.

2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. NSH included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Washing machine. Internet connection. Parking (1 car).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Friday to Friday. NB: Small unfenced duck pond opposite drive entrance.

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£212-£727
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Sympathetically converted, these super barn conversions (refs PRRJ and PRRK), previously the egg store of a renowned chicken farm, stand side by side adjacent to the owners’ home, which is on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kirdford. Close to the South Downs National Park, these attractive holiday barns are ideal for couples wishing to stroll, cycle, fish, play golf or visit the numerous attractions within easy reach. Foxleigh Farm Barns has close access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to the unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife. The quaint village of Petworth is 5 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown designed gardens and parkland, where many functions and events can be enjoyed during the summer months. The charming small town of Midhurst, famous for polo at Cowdray Park is also a short drive, as are Billingshurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Goodwood, with its motor racing and horse racing, Fontwell races, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald, Downland Open Air Museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance, as is the cathedral city of Chichester with its extensive shopping and tea rooms, festival theatre and harbour tours. Alternatively, the town of Arundel with its famous castle and cathedral, plus the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are both well worth a visit. The Witterings and other beaches are a half-hour’s drive and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Cloakroom with boot store and toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Large garden

  • Wood-burning stove included
  • Electricity, full Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot on request
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Laundry service available
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£252-£742
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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. Next to the owners home, these holiday properties will delight garden enthusiasts with the owners small nursery (open Spring and Xmas). 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. 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
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£352-£842
Shortlist
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
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Owl Cottage Ref: E4092

Nestling in the old smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of the Cuckmere Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are ideally located for a relaxing break. The South Downs Way is on the doorstep, there are myriad walks and cycle paths to explore and a multitude of places to visit within a short drive. Beachy Head and the soaring cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere Haven’s sandy beach and Friston Forest Walks are among the local beauty spots, whilst Herstmonceux Castle, Battle Abbey, Glyndbourne, Drusilla’s Zoo and the Bentley Motor Museum are all nearby. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne is 2 miles; Hastings, Rye and Brighton are a little further afield, and day trips from Newhaven to Le Havre and Dieppe are also available. The cottages are within a short stroll of a lovely tea room for afternoon treats and the local inn for eating out. Shops 2.25 miles and pub 500 yards.

Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams and steps between rooms.

Patio and furniture.

Both properties: Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. BBQ by arrangement. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 5 years. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Mallows Ref: 25697

Peaceful location with good walks

Peacefully located 50 yards along an unadopted lane, this welcoming, spacious detached holiday property provides warm and homely accommodation, and has a large sloping lawned enclosed garden. It is only about a ¼ mile from Seaford, a quaint seaside resort located at the foot of the South Downs (now designated a National Park). There are superb walks close by with plenty of wildlife and birds, Seaford Station is a 5 minute walk, cosmopolitan Brighton is only 20 minutes by train, with its Royal Pavilion, museums, theatres, cinema, seaside entertainments, restaurants, bars, marina, pier and The Lanes. The Seven Sisters Country Park, South Downs Way or Paradise Park where you can discover the fascinating world of animals and plants. Drusillas Zoo, voted number one attraction in Sussex is also within easy reach, or discover Cuckmere Haven or the far reaching views from Beachy Head. There are plenty of racecourses for horse racing enthusiasts within easy reach including Hickstead, Plumpton or Brighton. Glyndebourn and the outdoor summer opera, international tennis at Eastbourne, Firle Place, Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country are all a short drive away. Golf, riding, hang-gliding and wine-tasting can all be enjoyed nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room, gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Wii. X-box and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Broadband access at cost. Lawned enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Slopes and 8 steps in garden.

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£340-£958
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Sadlers Walk Ref: 27221

Located only 50 yards from Peters Pond where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, this well presented modern, terraced property, offers comfortable, tastefully styled holiday accommodation. Scenic walks can be enjoyed locally, including the South Downs National Park. A short walk takes you to Emsworth town, harbour and shore which are all part of the Chichester Conservation Area. Nearby are Chichester and Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Bosham, Hayling Island, The Witterings Beaches, Arundel Castle, Brighton and The New Forest are all within easy reach. A bus runs along the coast to Emsworth. Emsworth train station provides a service to London. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Seperate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin. Bathroom, shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. On road parking. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden.

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NOW
£260-£1013
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Martins Cottage Ref: PNT


An enchanting little 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage for two, set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the Downland village of Bury, which lies in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The interior is bursting with character with beams, open fire and pretty furnishings. There are lovely views of the shared garden. Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry, and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. Within easy reach are Amberley Wild Brooks with RSPB nature reserve; Arundel Castle and Wildfowl Trust; the Amberley Museum; the Roman Villa at Bignor; the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton; Chichester with its Festival Theatre; Goodwood motor sport, golf, horseracing, as well as plenty of country houses and gardens to visit nearby. Shops 5 miles (farm shop 1/4 mile) village ‘local’ which serves excellent food 1/3 mile.

Sitting/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – logs/fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil-fired central heating (runs hot water), bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared garden
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Unsuitable for children
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£299-£926
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Caton - Prideaux Ref: 3537

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 second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen (blankets) and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£325-£710
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Charlton Mews Ref: 28839

This well-presented holiday property is located in the heart of the popular quaint market town of Steyning, at the foot of the South Downs National Park and only 10 minutes’ drive from the nearest beach at Shoreham, or alternatively, the family seaside resorts of Brighton and Worthing are within 20 minutes’ drive. Offering a wealth of charm and character, this period apartment is situated above the owner’s traditional sweet shop/florist opposite the landmark clock tower in Steyning High Street, and is steeped in history, mostly dating back to the 15th century. Accessed by external stairs at the rear and set over two floors, most rooms have beams, some characteristically low. With many thoughtful personal touches and accessories to ensure the guests are made to feel welcome, this is an ideal holiday base for couples or families. As well as scenic walks close by, including the Chanctonbury Ring, Steyning has its own leisure centre, shops, inns and eateries. There are plenty of attractions within easy driving distance, including Goodwood House, Amberley Museum, Parham House, polo at Midhurst, Petworth House, Nymans House and Gardens or West Dean Gardens, racing at Brighton, Hickstead, Goodwood and Fontwell. Chichester with its cathedral, Goodwood Races, festival theatre, Arundel Castle, Wildfowl and Wetlands Nature Reserve, RSPB at Pulborough, Weald and Downland Museum all within easy reach. It is also a short drive to the cosmopolitan Brighton with its Royal Pavilion, Sea Life Centre, pier and The Lanes, and plenty of entertainment including theatres, galleries and museums. Beach 5 miles. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

External stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with beams. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping), 1 twin.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£523-£1650
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