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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
2
Bedrooms
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Pets
0
Alpaca Cottage Ref: PHM

This attractive, detached, single-storey farm cottage with glorious views overlooking farmland and the owner’s herd of Alpacas, is situated in peaceful countryside. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is ideally situated for exploring the historical town of Battle, The Abbey and famous Battlefield, as well as the interesting shops and tearooms in this pretty market town. The area is also an excellent wine growing region with sampling sessions at Carr Taylor and Sedlescombe vineyards. The charm and elegance of Eastbourne is a half-hour drive offering Blue Flag award-winning beaches. Alternatively, a boat trip to Beachy Head or walks along the cliff top can be enjoyed. Can be booked with Henley Cottage (ref. POOT). Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

Tiled entrance hall. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, two sets of French doors to terrace, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet, fully tiled walls and wooden floor. Latch doors throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD and small library
  • Stereo/CD and small library
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Terrace with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children except babies under 12 mths

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£300-£533
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Grove Cottage Ref: 30490

This delightful period terraced cottage offers tasteful and stylish holiday accomodation. It is located in the middle of a row along a quiet no through lane, just off a conservation area. The charming village of Angmering is less than a 5-minute walk away, where there are shops, pubs, eateries and a library. The beaches at Littlehampton and East Preston are 2 miles away. Goodwood, Worthing and Fontwell Park Racecourse are all within easy reach. Visit Arundel Castle, Chichester Cathedral, or travel further afield to Brighton, with art galleries, museums and shopping. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£300-£833
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.

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£545-£545
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


These semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29887, 29895 and 29896) reside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set back from the road, each property has its own individual terrace with furniture, and to the rear of the buildings is a shared grassed area, beyond which is a paddock, an ideal place in which to let off steam, kick a ball around or have a leisurely picnic. Walks and cycle routes beckon from the doorstep. See the beautiful Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) where, in the 1700s, Capability Brown was commissioned to landscape the gardens. A glorious feast of red and golds in the autumn and where the national collection of Ghent azaleas can be seen in their full glory in the spring alongside the bluebells. In 1876 the third Earl of Sheffield laid out a cricket pitch where the first ever match against Australia was played in 1884! The Bluebell Railway offers an opportunity to stroll amongst the locomotives in the engine sheds and perhaps spot ‘Stepney’ who appears in the Thomas the Tank Engine books, and of course take a train journey. Stroll through the Ashdown Forest which covers approximately 10 square miles and in fact is not all forest but largely heathland, where cattle and sheep also freely graze for part of the year. It is also famous for the Winnie The Pooh Stories written by AA Milne who lived on the northern edge of the forest with his son Christopher Robin. Attend Glyndebourne, visit Lewes or head to the coast at Brighton or Eastbourne. Horse riding and golf available locally. Good rail connections to London from Haywards Heath for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating included. Microwave. Pet free of charge.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Shared grounds with furniture and paddock. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond 15 yards from parking area.

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£247-£716
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated less than 200 metres from the beach, these houses lie along a village road, close to Elmer Village and within half a mile along the beach of an area of outstanding natural beauty which stretches several miles from Elmer to Littlehampton. The beaches in this area remain quiet, even during the busiest summer periods and are ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and walking. For people who would like more entertainment, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are close by and provide various themed attractions. Elmer is in an ideal location to explore many of the attractions of the south coast from bustling Brighton to the east, to historic Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight to the west. In between there are beautiful places such as Chichester with its ancient cathedral and Festival Theatre, quaint Arundel with its castle and antique shops, Goodwood and Fontwell race courses and the beautiful South Downs close by. Both Hi-Tide (ref 23037 and painted yellow), and Lo-Tide (ref 23038 and painted blue), have been architect designed to give a beachy, open plan atmosphere. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Friday to Friday.

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£381-£958
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).

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£254-£843
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Reysons Barn Ref: PJJP

Situated in the owners’ 3½ acres of grounds with its own drive and on the edge of a small orchard is this converted thatched barn, all on one level (a wheelchair can be provided if required). An ideal holiday base for animal lovers as the owners also keep sheep and poultry. Further afield explore the footpath across the marshes to Camber Castle built by Henry VIII. Just 5 miles from the Cinque Port town of Rye, where visitors can browse or shop amongst the enchanting cobbled streets and see the beautiful preserved houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times. Swimming can be enjoyed at Camber Sands, Winchelsea beach or the indoor pool at Rye. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with natural slate floor. Two bedrooms, one double, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Terrace with furniture
  • Use of owners’ 3½-acre grounds by arrangement
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

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£424-£753
Shortlist
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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Microwave. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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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£309-£562
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, solid oak floors and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Full electric central heating included
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£342-£515
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1


Built in 1390 and reputedly the hunting lodge of Henry VII, this spacious thatched Wealden Hall House is timbered throughout. It boasts a pair of inglenook fireplaces, a large living room and a separate library. The traditional cottage garden is secluded at the back for al-fresco dining, with a stable door to the kitchen. The two double bedrooms are hung with Indian tapestries. Both these, and the twin bedroom, extend into the beamed roof. The historic and picturesque village of Lindfield has over 70 listed buildings, an array of independent shops (including butcher, greengrocer and delicatessen), four pubs and two restaurants. Haywards Heath is a short bus ride away, with trains to London (45 minutes) and Brighton (15 minutes). Close by are many NT houses and gardens, golf courses, the South Downs National Park and the Ashdown Forest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor and stable door to garden. Utility. Library. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with walk-in wardrobe. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV (included Sky sports and movies)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Garage (for 1 car)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£765-£765
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Originally built around 1860, but was demolished during the hurricane of 1987 and rebuilt in 1989, (retaining many original beams) the holiday property stands detached in 2½ acres of the owner’s land, with an area of natural garden for guests’ sole use. The coast is within 3 miles and Rye is 7 miles away. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Tiled entrance hall leading to living room with full-size snooker table, French door to patio/garden, and well-equipped kitchen/dining room with door to patio/garden. Twin (zip & link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet with tiled floor. First floor: Galleried landing area. Double bedroom (5ft) with two additional single separated by drapes (each for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. Double bedroom (5ft) with additional single separated by drapes (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Patio with garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access
  • NB: Unfenced pond on owners’ grounds

WAS
NOW
£620-£1480
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
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