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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
1


Nestling on the edge of the South Downs on a rural 100-acre working sheep and grass farm, this detached, holiday barn conversion offers character features throughout and makes an ideal base from which to explore the area, with the South Downs National Park within easy reach. There are direct footpaths through the farm for walking and cycling. Mount Pleasant Barn is situated on the Vanguard Way, part of a 66 mile walk, with the stretch from Chalvington to Newhaven offering views of the Litlington White Horse carved on the chalk hillside, the Cuckmere River and breathtaking views of the iconic Seven Sisters on the Sussex coast. Visit Charleston Farmhouse, associated with The Bloomsbury Group and was also the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Other sights of interest include The Monks House at Rodmell, home to Virginia Woolf (NT) and Berwick Church, which is Grade I listed and contains original murals and paintings by The Bloomsbury Group. Discover Middle Farm which promotes the excellence of British farming and offers a range of family activities or Blackberry Farm where riding lessons are also offered. Visit Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford and Ashdown Forest, all within a short drive. For transport links, Berwick Station is a 10-minute drive and provides good access to London and the Gatwick Express, there are also trains to Eastbourne and Brighton. Bike hire and canoe hire for exploring the River Cuckmere are available locally. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floors. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link) with en-suite wet room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£340-£848
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Old Westgate Ref: W41118

300 yds from beach

This detached house is located in an enviable setting, within an exclusive private gated development of homes, and only 300 yards from the beach. Offering well furnished light and spacious accommodation with an attractive garden, it is an ideal holiday retreat for families or couples. The area has plenty of family entertainment suitable for all age groups, including Bognor Regis, Arundel Castle, Chichester which has a beautiful cathedral, pedestrianised shopping, theatre, indoor leisure/pool complex, harbour tours and Goodwood/Fontwell racecourses. There are scenic walking routes close by, Pagham Nature Reserve, Wildfowl Trust for birdwatching, and the glorious rolling South Downs, all within easy reach. Plenty of NT houses and gardens are easy driving distance, such as The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Glyndebourne, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with patio door. Kitchen. Sun room. 1 double bedroom (zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£427-£1721
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Moorings Ref: 25923

Just a short walk from the beach and situated in an elevated position is this well presented family holiday destination with the bonus of parking for 3 cars. En-route to the ruins of Britain’s first Norman Castle and the infamous St Clements Caves, once a hiding place for smugglers and their contraband. Hastings is home to the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe. Sample the freshly caught fish and shellfish straight off the boats, and enjoy the theatre, sea angling and exploring the old book shops, antique shops and vintage clothing shops all within a short stroll. Galleries and restaurants are also in abundance. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£264-£882
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Pound Cottage Ref: PDDJ

This charming, detached 16th-century cottage is steeped in character, boasting stunning beamwork, huge inglenooks with open fires, part wood/part flagstone floor and Victorian-style bathroom. Overlooking open countryside to the rear, Pound Cottage has its own large, well screened garden and terrace - ideal for barbecues - as well as an enclosed kitchen garden. Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Kirdford, it is less than five minutes’ walk to the popular pubs, serving good food. The property has nearby access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to this unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife.
The quaint town of Petworth is 4 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown park, where live music concerts and outdoor theatre 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 and horse racing, Fontwell races, Leonardslee, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald and Downbland open air museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance. Chichester has an ancient cathedral, tea rooms, extensive shopping, festival theatre and harbour tours, or alternatively Arundel also has a castle and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The Witterings and other beaches are half an hour’s drive, and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shops 4 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Entrance hall. Living room with open fire in large feature inglenook and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with range, butler sink and flagstone floor. TV room/snug. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Single bedroom and separate toilet, both located on mid staircase. Two twin bedrooms, one accessed by a second staircase. Single bedroom (suitable for a child), leading to double bedroom. Bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Low beams and doors throughout.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Electric range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture; enclosed kitchen garden
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced pond 20 yards

Note: Pound Cottage (PDDJ) and Park Cottage (PW2) can be booked together to sleep up to 22 people

WAS
NOW
£794-£2913
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0


This light and airy, first floor holiday apartment is ideally located just 50 yards from the sea front. Offering light and airy accommodation, it is ideal for couples or small families. Within easy walking distance are shops, restaurants, bars, a railway station, amusements along the pier, crazy golf, a funfair and seaside entertainment. Within easy driving distances are Goodwood or Fontwell races, Pagham Nature Reserve, the scenic South Downs, Arundel Castle, antique shops, Wildfowl and Wetlands, and Chichester Cathedral. Slightly further afield, discover cosmopolitan Brighton with Royal Pavilion, and in the opposite direction, historic Portsmouth with The Spinnaker Tower, waterside dining, designer retail outlets, naval museum, Marie Rose, and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. X-box. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced sea, 50 yards.

WAS
NOW
£228-£862
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Primrose Cottage Ref: E4367

Amidst beautiful rolling countryside in the heart of 1066 Country, these four charming properties offer an ideal holiday base within easy reach of the myriad delights East Sussex has to offer. Set on the owners’ non working farm, they lie just 3 miles from the historic seaside town of Hastings. Here, visitors will find activities and attractions to suit all tastes and ages including the Stables Theatre, numerous fascinating museums, a unique marine life experience at Underwater World and, deep in St Clements Caves, dark tales of the town’s smuggling past. High above the sea and the attractive Old Town, there is glorious walking to be had within Hastings Country Park’s acres of ancient woodland, heath and grassland and miles of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Battle and its famous Abbey and museum are just a short drive, and the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, old smuggling inns, interesting shops and galleries, is only a little further afield, as are the National Trust properties of Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Bateman’s (a beautiful Jacobean house that was once the home of Rudyard Kipling) and the evocative, moated, medieval castle at Bodiam. The gorgeous gardens at Great Dixter, the picturesque old town of Winchelsea, Bexhill and Eastbourne are also all within easy reach. Riding, fishing and golf can all be found nearby. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Oil CH inc (£20pw 5th Sep-30th Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Quarter House 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. Wi-fi. Parking (150 yards, £1.50 per day). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£228-£628
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£281-£864
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Oystercatchers Ref: 28266

Tucked away in the corner of a little terrace, Oystercatchers holiday cottage is set in a charming fisherman’s style village overlooking a peaceful garden area, yet within walking distance of the rolling sand dunes at Camber. Close to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve offering bird watching opportunities on the shingle ridges, saltmarsh and lagoons. Cycle to the Cinque Port town of Rye, sample fresh fish from the quay or a cream tea. Golf at Lydd or book a kite surfing or buggying lesson with the Kitesurf Centre or through the owner. Ideal for exploring the Sussex coast. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electricity flame-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and library. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared fenced sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Portable barbecue. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£326-£845
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Lodge Ref: 29642

Within a 15-minute walk of the beach

This well-presented, detached, single-storey home is located less than a 15-minute walk from the beach, shops and pubs. Dating back to 1838, this part flint and brick home was formerly the coachman’s cottage to Preston Hall, a prisoner of war premises, which is now elegant apartments adjacent to The Lodge. Having been lovingly and tastefully furnished by the owners, much thought has gone into personal touches and accessories to enable guests to a comfortable and enjoyable holiday experience. East Preston is a charming, friendly village, and is ideally located for exploring the area. The South Downs National Park is nearby for scenic walks, and there are plenty of attractions, NT homes and entertainment all within easy reach, the cathedral city of Chichester, Goodwood Races, Arundel Castle and Portsmouth. Within half an hour’s drive are Brighton, the Royal Pavilion, Sea Life Centre, pier and The Lanes. The property benefits from a gym (which can be accessed from the outside or via the 2nd double bedroom), plenty of books, three TVs, a DVD player, wi-fi, video with children’s entertainment and a toy box for younger members of the group! Outside, enjoys an enclosed patio garden, sectioned into two areas, ideal for dining al fresco or an aperitif in the warm summer evenings, as well as an open lawned area at the front, plus there is a conservatory off the large living/dining room. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with parquet floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Three Freeview TVs. Video. DVD. Book library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Gym. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£457-£1245
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Cow Stall Ref: 25234

Situated inland from the South Downs and close to the Ashdown Forest, this detached property, once a farm building, has been beautifully renovated with beams, oak flooring and an oak staircase from the living area to the mezzanine floor. French doors open onto a terrace which adjoins fields offering walks from the doorstep, including the local pub which dates back to the 1300s. Visit Sheffield Park Gardens, Bluebell Steam Railway, Ashdown Forest Llama Park and Farley Farmhouse, the home of the surrealists. Glyndebourne opera house 10 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed, wooden floors and French doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-sided stairs to gallery: 1 double bedroom with low bed and low, sloping ceiling.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£221-£606
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Haremere Hall Ref: PHH

In a most beautiful setting, amid 150-acre parkland grounds, and with two acres of formal garden complete with sole use of swimming pool and tennis court, this gracious country manor house offers a warm and characterful retreat (owner retains a service wing for private use). With origins in the 12th-century, the present house was built in 1616 and is full of period features and furniture, such as original fireplaces, 16th and 17th-century wood panelling, Tudor rose ceilings and a grand staircase with twisted balustrade dating from 1682. The themed bedrooms, intimate reception rooms and dining room combine to make it an ideal holiday choice for family celebrations and get-togethers. The surrounding area is steeped in history, with Sissinghurst Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Chartwell (Churchill’s home) and the moated splendour of Leeds Castle all beckoning exploration. Golf, fishing, horse riding and hunting can all be arranged locally. Etchingham Railway Station is
15-minute walk, or 3 minutes by car, for rapid access to local places of interest, and the sites and sounds of the capital can be accessed in around an hour and a half. Shops 2 miles.

Entrance hall. Oak-panelled grand hall/drawing room with Tudor lattice ceiling and huge open stone fireplace. Light and airy sitting room with open fire and French windows to terrace and garden. Dining room with Jacobean oak overmantel and long refectory table (seating up to 8). Compact kitchen with double oven. Utility room. Cloakroom with toilet. Ornate sweeping staircase to first floor: Prince Regent’s Room; double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet and toilet, leading to single bedroom with wash basin. Small double bedroom with 4ft four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Countess Room; large twin bedroom with canopied beds and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Lady Laetitia’s Room; light and airy double bedroom with four-poster bed, views over South Downs and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Second small single bedroom. Duchess Room; double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Most rooms with wood-panelled walls and antique furnishings.

  • Open fires – fuel at cost
  • Electricity included
  • Full oil central heating included (£150 per week, £75 per short break October to April)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Z-bed (for +1)
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone/fax available by arrangement
  • Extensive split-level gardens with patio, terraces and furniture
  • Access to 150-acre parkland grounds
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • Outdoor unheated swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Sloping banks, steps and small pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£1836-£3145
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