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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
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Pets
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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Dairy Cottage Ref: 29524

Use of heated indoor heated swimming pool by arrangement with the owner

This detached holiday cottage that was originally a dairy, is in an enviable location within a stone’s throw of Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) which was originally laid out by Capability Brown in the 1700s. The gardens offer a memorable red and gold colour show in the autumn from the variety of 87 trees and also the national collection of Ghent azaleas which bloom in spring and summer, and not forgetting the wonderful bluebells. Equidistant in the other direction is The Bluebell Railway celebrating 50 years of preserved steam engines. Take dinner on the Golden Arrow Pullman which recreates the days when the train stylishly linked London to Paris making it one of the most glamorous trains in the world!
The holiday cottage is situated in a courtyard setting in the owners’ grounds which was once part of a farm. The cottage has its own enclosed garden and patio terrace sitting area. Guests have access to a shared indoor heated swimming pool by arrangement with the owners. Walks from the doorstep are possible into the beautiful Ashdown Forest or go to Glyndebourne and Lewes or visit the coast at Brighton, Eastbourne and Beachy Head. Good rail connections to London from Haywards Heath for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 miles and restaurant 1/2 mile

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 steps down to sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with terrace, lawned area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.5m) open all year by arrangement. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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£453-£926
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
My Number 12 Ref: 30550


This semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a residential area, and only a short walk from the scenic South Downs National Park, and a 5-minute drive from Lancing Beach and Beach Green, which also has a children’s play area. My Number 12 is ideal for families or couples, and is conveniently located for exploring the area, with plenty of attractions and NT homes and gardens. Brighton is within a short drive, with beach entertainment, Royal Pavilion, art galleries, theatres, extensive shopping, marina and pier. Other places of interest within easy driving distance include Shoreham Airport, Glyndbourne, Lewis, and Worthing. Slightly further afield are Chichester, Goodwood House, Fontwell Races and Arundel Castle. Beach 2 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£395-£1039
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Experience life on a 900 acre working sheep and mixed arable farm. Ideally located in the countryside with stunning views, this is a conservation area, of interest to bird watchers and animal lovers alike. Adjacent to a nursery school, with a shared childrens play area, an ideal base for exploring Kent and East Sussex. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the 5 miles of tracks and paths around the farm. Visit the historic Cinque port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, antique shops and tea rooms. Also on the farm are the old cliffs of Rye, and there are miles of sandy beaches and dunes at Camber. Coarse fishing available by arrangement. Visit Hastings, Bodiam Castle, Carr Taylor Vineyards, Great Dixter House and Gardens and the Kent and East Sussex vintage steam railway. Shops 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile. Properties 19965 and 19966 can be booked together to sleep 6+4.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sofa bed, French doors, beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Small garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£218-£575
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Driftwood Cottage Ref: 25820

Close to the Quayside and right in the heart of Rye is this pretty end of terrace holiday cottage with its own garden. The owners provide a parking permit which can be used in Rye itself and further afield. Just off of the High Street with many antique shops and restaurants close by. Explore the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye which retains a Bohemian style, village atmosphere, where smugglers once stored their hoards in the old vaulted cellars and crept around the secret tunnels and passages. Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and Camber Castle are all close by. Shops, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Step down to kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. Parking permit provided. No smoking. NB: Garden accessed by shared walk way.

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£260-£543
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Lock Cottage Ref: PHHV

Situated on the Royal Military Canal and beside Iden Lock, The Lock Cottage dates back to the Napoleonic era, when it was used as officers’ quarters. The lock itself was completed in 1808 whilst this detached, single-storey holiday cottage was built in 1824. Iden Lock is no longer a working lock; the last barge passed through it in 1909, the receipt for which was signed by Spencer Catt who had been the lock keeper since 1890. He was the great great great grandfather of The Lock Cottage’s current owner. Guests can paddle their canoe from Iden Lock to West Hythe or hire rowing boats at Hythe. Fishing and walking available. Camber Sands 5 miles. Rye, Appledore and shops 3 miles.

Living room with oak floor. Dining room with open fire. Kitchen with butler sink and tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, one with wood-burning stove, one with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Step up to bathroom with shower over corner bath, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Open fire and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD and small library
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned area with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lock 10 yards

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£368-£952
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bay House Ref: PPPX

Commanding rooftop views of the one time smuggling town of Hastings, and far reaching views out to sea, this character holiday home, one of a row, is located on a very quiet street with houses on only one side. Visit Hastings Castle, Blue Reef Underwater World, St Clements Caves or explore the old town with its art galleries, quirky restaurants and shops within 5-10 minutes’ walk. Camber Sands and the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye are a short drive, and there are local beaches at Hastings and St Leonards. There are also good rail connections to London. Shop 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

Seven steps to entrance. Living/dining room, open fire, sea view, wooden floor and French door to terrace. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with sea views. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom with sea views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small courtyard with barbecue
  • Rear terrace with furniture
  • On road parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two flights of steps to terraced sitting-out area

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£469-£944
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley, these fine semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29071 and 29072) are situated on the edge of a beautiful pond with ducks and fish. The properties are located on a 200-acre, family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm and are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. The properties have fenced decking on both sides to catch both the morning and evening sun, a small garden area and a larger fenced grass area for ball games. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around the local vineyards and sample the local produce or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 500 yards. The Cart Lodge and The Wagon Lodge can be booked together to accommodate 12 people and all the guests can dine together in The Wagon Lodge as the table seats 12 people. Refs 29071 and 29072 can also be booked with refs 19652 and 19745 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Three Freeview TVs. Electric cooker. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi on request. Small garden with decked terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, enclosed grassed area for ball games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond adjacent to barn.

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£263-£753
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Warren Cottage Ref: 30630


Dating back to 1350 with exposed timbers, brickwork and an impressive fireplace with woodburner, this enchanting Grade II listed, end of terrace cottage with surprisingly good ceiling heights, is located a short stroll from Mayfield High Street, with its pubs, coffee shops, florist, bakers, deli, butchers and fine dining eateries. Described as one of the finest villages in East Sussex, the medieval buildings were funded by the profits of the 16th and 17th century Sussex Iron Industry. Famous for the legend of St Dunstan, formerly a blacksmith who said to have tweaked off the devils nose with a fire iron! Come and see the Mayfield Bonfire Boys and Belles, one of the oldest bonfire organisations in the country, who arrange a noisy, colourful torch light procession and firework display in the Autumn, taking you back to 1550 and the Sussex Martyrs and the start of this tradition. Once the iron industry faded Mayfield became a hotbed of smuggling, known as ‘owlers’ the farmers smuggled wool out of the country and returned with brandy and silk! Mayfield also holds a bi-annual festival including classical, jazz and Broadway music with lectures and an art exhibition. An excellent walking and cycling territory with a 3 mile circular walk around the village or slightly further afield, explore the Cuckoo Trail, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum. Battle Abbey, Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s home (NT) and Charleston Farm house are well worth visiting. Enjoy beautiful walks with over 50 miles of footpaths and bridal ways, where there are many historical sites to be seen along the way. Nearby, there is a large park with plenty to do for the children. Train enthusiasts can take a journey on the Bluebell Railway or the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Fishing and golf are also available locally. The Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is 10 miles. Good rail links from Wadhurst to London where you will arrive in an hour. Beaches at Eastbourne and Brighton, 23 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Narrow, open one-sided, open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£318-£711
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Drawing room with inglenook open fire, tiled floor and steps down to games room. Heavily beamed dining room with oak floor. Well-equipped kitchen in roundel with gas/electric range (for cooking) double sink unit, granite work surfaces, flagstone floor and stable door. Cloakroom/utility/toilet. Double bedroom. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom in roundel with zip and link beds, galleried dressing room and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Gas/electric range included (6 ring)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Garden and patio with terrace and furniture
  • Table tennis and pool
  • Parking (for 5 cars)

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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£794-£2428
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Bow Ref: 27373

Crafted to look like a boat by the owner, who lives in the adjoining house, this unique holiday property is only 60 yards from the beach. Forming the ‘bow’ of the boat, it has features such as portholes and a curved wall in the entrance/dining area. An ideal spot for enjoying the beach with crabbing, fishing or bathing, there are other beaches at The Witterings, Worthing and Bognor. Arundel, with its food festival (15 - 23 Oct), Chichester, Goodwood or Fontwell Races, golf, horse riding and scenic walks including the South Downs National Park are close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Dining room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with breakfast area and French doors.

Electric central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Balcony with furniture. Parking (1 car). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£229-£869
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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