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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

This beautifully appointed former village hall is located along the village road, almost next door to the renowned Millstream Hotel with fine dining, and within 300 yards of Bosham’s picturesque harbour, tea room, medieval church, arts and crafts emporium and pub/restaurant. Skillfully converted offering a tastefully styled, modern, light and spacious open-plan living room with a high vaulted ceiling and balcony area. The sitting-out area (accessed via a stable door) opens directly onto the trickling stream, which runs along the rear of the property. Chichester with its cathedral and theatre, racing at Goodwood, naval Portsmouth and Arundel Castle all within easy reach. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.

Spacious, open-plan living/dining room and kitchen with breakfast area and stable door to sitting-out area. Utility with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with TV, shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs (one 3D)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Roadside parking 50 yards
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced stream, 5 yards

WAS
NOW
£460-£903
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Grooms Cottage Ref: E5027

Originally the groom’s accommodation, this charming cottage has been carefully restored and extended to offer a very comfortable base for holidays and relaxing breaks. Set in the grounds of the owners’ home, it enjoys a peaceful setting yet lies within easy reach of the area’s many attractions. Walkers will delight in exploring the Wealden Walks, South Downs Way and Ashdown Forest, whilst train enthusiasts can enjoy nostalgic steam train rides on the famous Bluebell Railway and closer to home on the Lavender Line in Isfield, which even runs courses in engine driving! Lewes Castle, Glyndebourne and Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum are also popular with visitors, and Brighton’s vintage shops, cafes, bars, bistros and entertainments are just 9 miles away. Shops and pubs serving food 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (fuel £5pw). Gas CH inc (£20pw, £10 per short break, Oct-Mar). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Patio/courtyard area and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£313-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Sunnymead Cottages (ref PGZ and PHA) are situated in the High Weald village of High Hurstwood, a designated AONB. Set in a landscape of undulating pastures, they provide a peaceful retreat. Converted to a very high standard and adjoining one another; Pippins provides ground floor accommodation and Russets has ground and first floor accommodation. They lie at the end of 220 yards of private drive, amid 12 acres of gardens and orchards in the grounds of the owners’ house. The grounds are a haven for wildlife; birds, deer and badgers are regular visitors. Each cottage has its own garden area in which to sit out and unwind. The nearby Bluebell Steam Railway makes frequent journeys from Sheffield Park, with its period railway station. A great day out can also be enjoyed in Ashdown Forest, under two miles away and a refuge for wildlife. It offers opportunities for walking, riding and picnics. If guests do not feel like taking the car out, there is direct access onto a public footpath just outside the garden and the Vanguard Way is only 10 minutes’ walk away. Local wines can be sampled at various vineyards in the vicinity. There is easy access to historic houses including Glyndebourne Opera House, the spa town Tunbridge Wells and 1066 country. There is also much to see along the coast where shops, bars and restaurants beckon in Brighton and Eastbourne. The nearest railway station is only 6 minutes’ drive with direct access to London in just over one hour. Shop 2 miles, pub serving good food just a 5-minute walk.

Living/dining room with step up to separate kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Twin bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed, TV and patio door, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • Additional TV

  • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with furniture
  • Shared grounds
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB:Two ponds in grounds

Note: Russets PGZ and Pippins PHA can be booked together to sleep 4 people

WAS
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£241-£520
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Dairy Cottage Ref: PEEL

Superbly located in beautiful ‘1066’ countryside, and nestled within the owner’s 16-acre grounds, this attractive detached holiday cottage makes an ideal retreat for romantic couples and walkers. There is a lake within the grounds with fishing by arrangement, and cattle in the adjacent field with occasional tractor access. This cosy cottage has many character features, including a beautiful four-poster bed, beams and an inglenook with open fire. Battle with its abbey ruins, picturesque Rye, beaches at Pett, Winchelsea, Hastings, and plentiful NT homes, castles and gardens all within easy reach. Shops
2 miles.

Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook. Dining room/sun room. Kitchen. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Table top freezer
  • Large, lawned garden with furniture
  • 16-acre grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Fishing by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Unfenced lake and ponds in grounds

WAS
NOW
£315-£553
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rose Cottage Ref: 27231

This charming, semi-detached character cottage is less than a 5 minute walk from the sea, and is centrally located for shops, cafes, inns and restaurants within the charming village of Rottingdean. Tucked away and accessed via a shared walkway, Rose Cottage enjoys an enclosed lawned garden, and has character features such as beams and open fire. Brighton Harbour and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries, and antique shops is a short drive away. Historic Arundel Castle, the glorious South Downs and many NT homes and gardens are nearby. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen with granite floor. 3 steps to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£313-£794
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Kylemore Ref: 28554

This mews-style holiday cottage is situated down a leafy lane opposite the village church in the Cinque Port of Pevensey, where William the Conqueror landed his army in 1066. The ruins of Pevensey Castle are at the end of the lane and it is less than a mile from the beach at Pevensey Bay. The area boasts Battle Abbey, cobbled streets and tea rooms in Rye, and Herstmonceaux Castle where a medieval festival is held in August. Eastbourne is a short drive away. Explore the South Downs National Park or take a trip to Beachy Head. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms (one can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

Electricity flame-effect fire in lving room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Gated courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Shared access right of way alongside courtyard garden.

WAS
NOW
£248-£793
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Mouse House Ref: PNNA

In the heart of Hastings Old Town, this attractive, cosily furnished Grade II listed fisherman’s cottage is 150 yards from the beach. Built c.1841, it retains many period features, exposed beams, brickwork. Relax in the secluded west-facing decked courtyard before trying one of many delightful seafood restaurants. In winter walk along the seafront, returning to a blazing log fire. Take the Funicular Railways to the country park, castle, smugglers caves. Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium, shipwreck/fisherman’s museums, boating lake, crazy golf. Shops, restaurants 200 yards, pub 25 yards.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire, oakstrip flooring, bay window, and stained glass window to kitchen. Desk area with wi-fi. Kitchen with breakfast area, door to lit outdoor space with BBQ. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with views of East Hill Funicular. Character twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath power shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot, high chair on request
  • TV
  • CD/iPod dock
  • DVD (small library)
  • Playstation 2 (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Small dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Laptop, internet
  • Courtyard, furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking 500 yards; public car parks
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£347-£800
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Courtyard Ref: PKKQ

These delightful holiday properties are situated within an arable working farm, with horse stables, riding and livery, which are all available to guests by prior arrangement. Surrounded by miles of open countryside, fields and scenic walks along a historic disused canal, it is abundant in wildlife, including many birds, as well as rabbits, hares and deer.
Paddock Barn and The Courtyard are attached, and have been designed with a similar layout, including open plan living rooms and kitchen/dining rooms with natural slate floors, wood-burning stoves and spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings.
The properties can be booked together to accommodate larger groups, to sleep a maximum of 16 guests in total.
Barnham Court Farm is located just 4 miles from the nearest quiet beach at Climping, whilst the unspoilt beach at West Wittering is only about 20 minutes’ drive away. Chichester is only 6 miles away, with its beautiful ornate cathedral and abundance of pedestrianised cobbled lanes with various shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Other amenities include a leisure centre with indoor pool, a cinema complex, the popular Festival Theatre which has year-round productions, and famous Goodwood Races for horse or motor racing; Fontwell racecourse is also only about 3 miles away.
Other places of interest include The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and historic Arundel with castle cathedral, various book and art shops, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust – ideal for bird-watchers. Slightly further afield is Brighton, perfect for a family day out, boasting the decadent Royal Pavilion, art galleries, theatres and Sea Life Museum, plus seaside entertainment along the promenade and pier.
The South Downs National Park is less than 3 miles away with wonderful opportunities for walking and riding, with many footpaths. Horse riding can be available by prior arrangement from the riding school in the farmyard, and livery can also be arranged. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Two bathrooms, each with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Freeview TV
  • DVD/CD
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Courtyard with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared arable farmland
  • Horse livery by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond and drops in grounds

Note: Paddock Barn P45 and The Courtyard PKKQ, can be booked together to sleep up to 16 people.

WAS
NOW
£408-£1375
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
The Oast House Ref: PBBJ

Converted from a traditional Sussex oast house – retaining beams, an open fire in the living room and wood-burning stove in the drawing room - this property exudes elegance and stylish living with light spacious rooms and breathtaking views across the Brede Valley. With its own terrace and lawned garden area, it nestles in the owner’s 450 acres of woodland, orchards and paddocks (use by arrangement with the owner). There is also use of a hard tennis court. The Oast House lies 1 mile from the pretty village of Sedlescombe. This is excellent walking territory, and a peaceful stroll can be enjoyed around the meandering Powdermill Reservoir. The property is situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a valley to the north of the River Brede providing a rich mosaic of habitats – where deer, badgers and of course foxes can be spotted. It is also renowned for its good fishing. The Sussex Weald is rich in historic significance: the abbey remains at Battle can be seen 3 miles away, whilst the beautiful ‘picture book’ moated castle at Bodiam (NT), and Pevensey Castle can be visited, or alternatively the smugglers caves at Hastings can be explored. Rye, infamous for its smuggling connections, retains windy cobbled streets and excellent tea rooms! Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Great Dixter Gardens and Smallhythe Place all make for an interesting day out. Pebble beaches at Bexhill and Winchelsea, and miles of golden sandy beach at Camber, lie a short drive away. Golf available locally. One hour from Ashford International and connections to Paris and Euro Disney. Shops 1 mile. Please note: This property accepts 3-night breaks only (Friday to Monday).

Very large drawing room with wood-burning stove, TV and French doors to terrace. Breakfast room in roundel. Farmhouse-style well-equipped fitted kitchen. Boot room/utility room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Very spacious beamed open-plan living room with open fire, and well-equipped fully fitted kitchen in roundel. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Two bathrooms with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove and open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Playpen by arrangement
  • Two TVs
  • Two videos (small library)
  • Two microwaves
  • Two washing machines
  • Two tumble dryers
  • Two dishwashers
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Pay as you go mobile phone
  • Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Use of 190 acres of woodland at owner’s discretion
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Use of owner’s hard tennis court with pavilion/seating area
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Monday only
  • NB: Unfenced ponds in woodland

WAS
NOW
£1103-£2478
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Pit Stop Ref: 27576

Less than 10 minutes stroll to the unspoilt shingle and sandy beach, shops, restaurants, wine bar and cafés, this delightful terraced property with Art Deco inspirations forms part of the renovated Grade II listed 1930’s petrol station, making this a tastefully styled holiday home. East Preston is a charming, friendly village and an ideal touring base. The South Downs are nearby and within easy reach are NT homes, the cathedral city of Chichester, Goodwood Races, Arundel Castle and Brighton. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. Separate toilet. Partially open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area overlooking communal garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£325-£1205
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16thC listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and Jacobean banqueting house, the centre of a wider holding mentioned in Domesday Book which stretched from the River Cuckmere to Jevington. There are also ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, restored 14th century dovecote and ox farmyard of the 18th and 19th century. Quebec Barn (ref 26956) was used as local headquarters by Canadian forces in WW ll. Walking plus cycle trails (hire centre, ½ mile). Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. Enjoy wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Horse riding stables, 5 miles at the old smuggling village of Alfriston. Visit Brighton and the historical ’Lanes’, Eastbourne and stroll along the Victorian pier, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer) within 5 miles. Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country within 10 miles. Shops 4 miles, pubs 11/2 miles. Properties (refs 19748, 19749 and 26956) can be booked together for larger parties.

6 steps from road to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included) and green technology. Sitting-out area.

All properties: Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

WAS
NOW
£254-£843
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
North House Ref: PRRL

This attractive, well-presented period home stands as one of a pair in extensive lawned, enclosed gardens along a quiet lane and provides tastefully styled accommodation, ideal for couples or families. The light and spacious living room has an open fire and feature windows, there is a separate conservatory-style dining room leading from the kitchen, a separate utility room and there are flagstone floors in the large entrance hall/bootroom. The bunk bedroom on the ground floor has sliding doors onto the rear enclosed garden, and the first floor has three double bedrooms (one with an additional single bed), all enjoying super views over the fields and farmland to the front and rear of this lovely home. West Wittering village, less than 5 minutes’ drive (1 mile distant) is a popular seaside resort. As well as its sandy/pebble beach, there are local pubs and village shops, all set within a conservation area. Chichester harbour offers boat trips around the coastline/harbour, and Pagham Nature Reserve close by is another haven for observing wildlife. A short drive away is historic Chichester with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, pedestrianised cobbled lanes, shopping, leisure complex, tea rooms and many pubs/restaurants. Slightly further is Goodwood, famous for motor and horse racing. Fontwell races, the Weald and Downland Open Museum and Bosham sailing village are also within easy reach. Discover the South Downs National Park, or enjoy golf, horse riding, cycling fishing and sailing. Also within easy driving distance are historic Arundel Castle and naval Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, day trips to the Isle of Wight, shopping outlets and maritime history. Brighton is also within easy driving distance, with the Royal Pavilion, vast array of seaside entertainment and art galleries. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Entrance hall/boot room with flagstone floor. Large living room with open fire. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Utility with toilet. Bunk bedroom with patio doors. First floor: Three double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: North House may be booked with the adjacent Chapel Elms ref PNNR to sleep up to 16+1 people

WAS
NOW
£553-£1749
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