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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2


These two properties make an ideal holiday destination for couples and are set in 5 acres of farmland, complete with livery and chickens. Egmont Lodge (ref 30430) and The Hayloft (ref 27032) are both detached lodges adjacent to the owner’s home, complete with shared use of a hot tub! An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside including the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, restaurants, tea rooms, art galleries and a well-known hat shop which created the wonderful hats in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! The Rother Valley also offers a plethora of walking and cycling opportunities - bring your own bikes or hire them locally. Within walking distance is the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway which chugs its way through 101/2 miles of beautiful countryside enabling you to visit Tenterden, also known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’, and once another thriving Cinque Port Town but now 10 miles inland from the sea! At the other end of the line is the iconic fairy-tale moated castle Bodiam, which has changed little in 600 years. Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon soaking up the tranquillity of the River Rother and hire a rowing boat, glide effortlessly past the reed beds and spot a kingfisher or heron. For the young at heart don’t miss probably the finest private collection of antique pedal cars in Europe at The Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum, also within walking distance. The romantic recreation of a medieval manor house at Great Dixter and its beautiful gardens are worth a visit. No holiday would be complete without a trip to the vast expanse of golden sand dunes at Camber, glorious in the sunshine, and invigorating when the sea breezes blow. You could even try your hand at kite-surfing! The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people (2 couples). Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Low door to bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft zip and link) bedroom with beamed, sloping ceiling.

Paved sitting-out area and furniture.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared lawn area. Shared use of 5-acre farm grounds and paddock. Shared hot tub. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£288-£553
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Caton - Le Brun Ref: 5087

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 first floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with addtional single, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

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

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£350-£710
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Explore the East Sussex and Kent countryside

Envelop yourself in nature and enjoy the glorious views of the apple orchards and the serenity of grazing sheep. Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley on a 200-acre working, family run traditional sheep and fruit farm. Leagarth (ref 26361) is a single-storey detached holiday property which has been converted to a very good standard and tastefully furnished with an internal games area. Close to the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, tea rooms and art galleries and ideally based for exploring the East Sussex and Kent countryside. A walker’s paradise - enjoy the farm’s extensive footpath network, see the lambs and apple blossom in the Spring or venture to Camber Castle, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey, just a short drive away. If gardens are your passion, then Pashley Manor, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum are all worth visiting. Fishing, private beauty treatments and local health centre/swimming pool day passes are available by arrangement. Golf, horse riding and sailing close by. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles and golden undulating sand dunes at Camber, 6 miles. Rye railway station provides access to London 13/4 hours. Shops 2 miles, pubs 500 yards.
NB: Properties 19653 and 26361 can be booked together to accommodate larger parties.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 3 steps down to dining room with French door/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps down to 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. 200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

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£287-£765
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 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

WAS
NOW
£352-£842
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Acorn Ref: E4890

Set in 1066 Country in the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lying just 8 miles from the coast, this spacious and well-appointed property enjoys views over a beautiful English country garden. Boasting its own large patio area, it adjoins the owners’ home within two acres of magnificent shared grounds offering private corners, a small outdoor unheated pool and tennis court. Set a mile and a half from the centre of the pretty village of Sedlescombe, in lovely walking country 7 miles north of Hastings, with six golf courses to choose from all within half an hour, it lies within easy reach of romantic, moated Bodiam Castle (NT), the picturesque old town of Rye and Battle Abbey. London by rail from nearby station and day trips to France depart from Ashford. The well stocked village shop/post office and local pub are next to each other, 1 mile on foot via a footpath, or 2 miles by car. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking. Outdoor swimming pool. Hard tennis court. No smoking.

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£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Vane Cottage Ref: E3195

Enjoying far reaching rural views, this comfortable, well equipped cottage is peacefully set only 2 miles from the beautiful South Downs. With its small, south facing garden with access to a large garden, it lies across the courtyard from the owners’ home. The town of Lewes, with its Norman castle and charming cobbled medieval lanes, is 3.5 miles away and Glyndebourne Opera, Herstmonceux Castle and Observatory, Borde Hill Gardens, Wakehurst Place and Brighton’s many seaside attractions are all a short drive. Shop 2 miles, pub 1.25 miles

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Playroom/snug. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 3 steps to 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. NSH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (basic package). Video. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Broadband connection. Payphone. Large garden. Small garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£601-£601
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated in the owners’ grounds on a 16th-century Grade II listed site, these well-appointed, beamed holiday cottages (PCCX and PCCY) occupy a truly peaceful setting. Located amidst 1066 countryside and ancient woodlands, this was once part of the Ashburnham family estate. Combe Hill Farm is ideally placed for visiting many NT and English Heritage sites, including Batemans - home of Rudyard Kipling, Battle Abbey and Bodiam Castle. The famous Glyndebourne Festival takes place from May to August and the ancient town of Lewes celebrates Bonfire Night with a magnificent procession and firework display. Hastings, with old fishermen’s huts and fresh fish, is worth a visit, as is the cobbled town of Rye and beautiful golden sand and dunes of Camber which await exploration. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower cubicle (power shower) and toilet.

  • Electricity and full electricity rads included (PCCX £30 per week winter poa, PCCY £15 per week winter poa)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Shared lawned garden with courtyard and furniture
  • 14 acres shared gardens and farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fenced stream in farmland

Note: The Byre (PCCX) and The Dairy (PCCY) can be booked together to sleep up to 8 people

WAS
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£313-£503
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.

WAS
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£523-£1650
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Peacefully located within the owners’ stunning award-winning gardens, with 1 acre of formal gardens and a 5-acre field, these single-storey holiday properties are ideal for couples wishing to relax in scenic surroundings. Shelley’s Annexe (PQQM) is a cosy abode with traditional beams. Enjoying a sheltered rose garden, it is attached to the owners’ Grade II listed home, which has historic family links to the famous poet Shelley. Shelley’s Retreat (PQQL) offers a modern, light, stylish interior with features such as marble flooring and underfloor heating and has sole use of an outdoor unheated swimming pool. It is also attached to a larger medieval barn which is sometimes used for music events. The NGS gardens are open to the public during the May and August Bank Holiday weekends (guests are welcome to attend). The area is abundant in wildlife and public footpaths can be accessed 100 yards from the properties. Within easy driving distance are Guildford, Horsham, Gatwick, London, Brighton, the south coast, many NT homes and gardens, horse racing and the South of England Show. Polo at Midhurst, Arundel Castle and Petworth House are also within easy reach. Golf courses nearby. Shop 1 mile.

Beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with marble floor. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be 5ft double) and stable door. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, over-bath shower, toilet.

  • Underfloor heating in living/dining room/kitchen included
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Outdoor swimming pool (23ft x 13ft, depth 3ft to 6ft, open May-September)
  • Pets free of charge

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine in shared utility
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Shared 1-acre formal grounds and 5-acre field
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children except babes in arms

WAS
NOW
£354-£758
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Oaeham Cottage Ref: 28985

Residing in the Wealden village of Mayfield this attractive terraced holiday cottage, built around 1840, is an ideal base for a relaxing break. The village has unusual raised red brick pavements and several old inns, some dating back to Tudor times. Royal Tunbridge Wells is 10 miles; explore the River Rother and the beautiful Cuckoo Trail, Hever Castle, or Bewl Water where you can hire bikes or enjoy fishing. Beaches at Eastbourne and Brighton, 23 miles, make for a great day out. Carp fishing is available 1½ miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin (zip and link, can be 5ft double) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Full gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park foc, 200 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Neighbours have right of way across rear of property.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Turnstiles Ref: W42226

Panoramic sea views

Occupying a superb location set along an unmade lane, opposite the quiet unspoilt pebble beach which leads to Pagham Nature Reserve where numerous birds, wildlife and fauna can be seen. A perfect base to enjoy a seaside holiday, this unusual detached property was formerly two railway carriages and many of the original features are still in place including the heavy carriage doors, windows and arched ceilings. The holiday property has its own private enclosed front garden; external steps lead to the entrance and large covered balcony terrace where alfresco dining can be enjoyed overlooking the stunning panoramic sea views. Selsey has a good array of shops, pubs and restaurants, freshly caught fish of the day and leisure facilities. Chichester is about 15-20 minutes’ drive with its beautiful cathedral, festival theatre, cobbled streets and Goodwood Races. The South Downs and West Wittering beach are also within easy reach. The historic naval Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, designer shopping, exclusive dining and day trips to the Isle of Wight is within easy driving distance. Discover scenic walks, sailing, fishing, birdwatching, cycle routes and riding and golf locally. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.75 miles.

External stairs to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Play room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite toilet, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Private, enclosed, lawned front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB. Sea 50 yards.

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£532-£1332
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