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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
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Beach Croft Ref: W42793

Only 50 yards from the quiet unspoilt beach, peacefully located along a private gated residential lane, this delightful homely single-storey holiday property has been furnished to a very good standard with oak floors in the bedrooms and offers ideal family accommodation. The large open plan dining room/kitchen has a seating area, in addition to comfortable seating in the main living room and sun room. The large enclosed garden is a particular feature, with many flowers, shrubs and borders, and a summer house stands at one end. The pebble and sandy beach is accessed from the end of the lane only a minute’s walk. Within easy reach are Bognor Regis, Brighton, Worthing, Arundel, antique shops, and Wild Fowl and Wetlands Bird Trust, Chichester, Festival Theatre and Goodwood, West Wittering and The South Downs. Visit Portsmouth with its ships, Spinnaker Tower, shopping and day trips to the Isle of Wight. For the outdoor enthusiast scenic walks, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, birdwatching, cycle routes, riding and golf are available locally. NT homes and gardens include The Royal Pavilion, Petworth House, West Dean Gardens, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Within a minute’s walk are a pub, curry house, shop and post office.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with wooden floor and en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and bidet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, summer house and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£532-£1332
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful flint and stone single storey holiday cottage is located in the grounds of the owners home and former windmill. Fully refurbished throughout to provide modern, tastefully furnished accommodation the character features such as stable door and internal porthole further enhance the light and airy feel. Located on the road to Bracklesham Bay and the beach, the cottage enjoys its own garden and decked area with superb countryside views. There are excellent walks in the area. Historic Chichester with its cobbled streets adorned with shops, tea rooms and cathedral are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£301-£579
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Roof Garden Ref: 29074

Beach 150 yards

This unique holiday apartment is so named because of its superb roof terrace on the 4th floor of the building, which offers views of the pier and out to sea in one direction, and across the town to the South Downs in the other. If the weather is inclement the views can still be enjoyed from the conservatory. Situated in the middle of town with easy access to wine bars, pubs and restaurants, the apartment is only a short walk from Eastbourne station providing links to London. The accommodation is on the third floor and views of the pier can also be enjoyed from the kitchen window! Ideally placed for a visit to Airbourne, Eastbourne’s international Airshow. You can enjoy the fireworks in the summer on a Wednesday evening or simply fish off the end of the pier for mackerel. Bexhill, Hastings and Brighton are all accessible by car, bus or train. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Third floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with single bed above. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Fourth floor: Conservatory.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Roof terrace with furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (1 car, permit supplied). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£281-£864
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Hawthorns Ref: PFFN

Set on the road between Battle and Hastings, this detached holiday cottage has stunning views from its garden and conservatory across the valley towards Sedlescombe. Visit the local vineyards – Carr Taylor, a family estate producing fine English wines or Sedlescombe, England’s oldest organic vineyard. On the edge of Battle, explore the imposing abbey and discover the site of the most famous conflict in England. Visit Yesterday’s World or follow the 1066 country walk from Pevensey via the historic Battle site to Rye. Coast 5 miles. Golf, riding, spa with beauty/holistic therapies ½ mile. Shop and mainline station to London (1½ hours) is ¾ mile. Pub ¼ mile.

Entrance lobby at front and rear. Step up to beamed living room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire in inglenook fireplace. Step up to beamed dining room with ornamental fireplace. Beamed kitchen/breakfast room with tiled floor. Conservatory. Recreation room. Step up to separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; one beamed, one with views to Sedlescombe. Beamed twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Two CDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Terraced garden with furniture and beautiful views
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • NB: Ornamental steps in garden

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Barrington Cottage Ref: 25746

Ideal touring base

This charming semi-detached holiday cottage is set in a picturesque sleepy hamlet with superb views across woods and fields to the South Downs. It has been comfortably furnished, and extended over recent years to provide a large light living room with a feature open fire in brick surround and a reading area with desk. French doors lead to the mature enclosed garden, and the downland views can be enjoyed from here whilst enjoying alfresco dining or relaxing with a drink. As well as a breakfast area, there is a dining room on the ground floor. This area is very popular
for holiday visitors, and quaint Byworth is a Grade II listed area, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts a well known 17th century inn close to the cottage, with excellent food and terraced gardens with spectacular views. Situated just one mile to the east of the historic market
town of Petworth, described as the antique capital of the south, and where Petworth House and Gardens can be visited, other NT homes and gardens include West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. There are numerous scenic country walks locally, and the South Downs National Park is also close by. Also within easy reach are Goodwood horse/motor racing, Fontwell, Cowdray for golf and polo, Midhurst, Arundel Castle, Wild Fowl and Wetlands Trust and Chichester with its ornate cathedral. Beaches at The Witterings or Worthing can be reached in under half an hour. Golf, cycling and riding can also be enjoyed nearby. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: 4 steps up to living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 single with additional pull-out single, 6 steps up to 1 double and 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with 3/4 bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£314-£1293
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Set on the main Royal Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne Road, opposite Wellshurst Golf Course, this semi-detached holiday cottage has a garden which backs onto fields, ideal for walks, or you can explore the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Eastbourne, part of National Cycle Route 21. Visit the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceaux, take a trip on the Bluebell Steam Railway or visit the Eastbourne, 10.5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Snug. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility with toilet. All rooms with oak floors. Stairs to first floor (open to one side): 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin and 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Full gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden, patio with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps to rear garden.

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£240-£756
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Applewood Lodge Ref: 30498


Perched on the edge of the seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea and adjoining Hastings, Applewood Lodge was originally built in the 1920s and now offers an imposing holiday villa, with plenty of space, and an enclosed garden complete with terrace and fishpond. It lies 1½ miles from the pebbly beach offering sandy strolls at low tide, and is a great opportunity for exploring the rock pools. Situated in the heart of ’1066 country’, visit Battle Abbey and see the atmospheric ruins where visitors can walk in the footsteps of William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold. Experience the famous battlefield where the course of English history was forever changed with audio tours and interactive exhibits. The town of Battle also has some interesting galleries, tea shops and antique shops. The cosmopolitan town of Hastings, is not only the home to the first castle that William the Conqueror built, but also hosts many festivals and events including classic car and motor rallies, ’Jack in the Green’ in May, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival and bonfire night processions. Here guests can also visit the Whispering Dungeons, the once magnificent Eastern Gateway or see one of the richest displays of shipwrecks at low tide, where more can be discovered at the Shipwreck Heritage Centre. There is also a preserved Old Town, and where a strong arts community thrives, such as the Jerwood Art Gallery housing 20th and 21st century British art. Relive the dangers that faced the Hastings smugglers and tour the labyrinth of tunnels at St Clements Caves. Further afield and within a short drive is Rye, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Camber Sands. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

One step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with step down to breakfast room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms: one (5ft) with step up to en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: Open tread stairs to terrace. Netted pond in garden.

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£456-£1068
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0


With extensive views over the surrounding countryside from this pretty beamed holiday cottage, which boasts a separate garden room built within its large garden to take advantage of the fine views. One of a pair set back from the main road, it has been restored to retain many of its original features and lies just 3 miles from Battle, an area awash with the history of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Winchelsea with its unspoilt shingle beach, historic Hastings and Rye are further afield, golf course within 5 miles, with many castles and NT properties to visit in the area. Walking and cycling routes locally. Shops 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in large fire surround. Two steps to modern well-equipped farmhouse-style fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. External garden room with shower room and toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms; one double, one twin and one single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

WAS
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£481-£961
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Ranters Rest Ref: W43099

Nestled in the heart of the Brede Valley (AONB), this holiday base is excellent for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and gardeners (Sissinghurst and Great Dixter). Adjoining the owner’s home, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the grounds. Take a walk on The High Weald (AONB) or the South Downs, including Beachy Head, The Seven Sisters and The Cuckmere Valley are an easy drive. An amble across the fields from the door leads to a pub just under 1 mile away. Rye, Rye Harbour, Winchelsea Beach and Dungeness with Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden can be explored. Golden sand dunes at Camber, 2 miles. Close to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, ideal for bird watchers. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

All ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/
kitchen. 1 double (5ft, zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DAB radios. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£195-£550
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Beach House Ref: PCCF

Situated in a superb location boasting enviable panoramic sea views and direct access to a quiet, secluded tidal beach, this spacious detached holiday home is ideal for family gatherings and special occasions. Sleeping up to 15 guests, with 6 bedrooms in the main house, plus a separate annexe which has a double bed, a single bed and a French day bed in it. Balmy summer evenings can be savoured from the large patio, which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying an aperitif whilst the sun sets over the Isle of Wight, and an additional decked area is ideal for private sunbathing. The property also boasts a TV room in the main house, an external games room in the separate living annexe and a barbecue area.
Many activities can be enjoyed locally, including golf, riding, boat trips and scenic walks along the water’s edge, while Pagham Harbour (SSSI) - a haven for bird life - is close by. Chichester with its beautiful cathedral, festival theatre, pedestrianised shopping and Roman villa is well worth a visit. As well as the local beaches, other popular beaches can be found at The Witterings or Hayling Island. A visit to Portsmouth with waterside dining, designer outlets, Spinnaker Tower, HMS Victory and ferry trips to the beautiful Isle of Wight makes for an interesting day trip. Alternatively the historic town of Arundel with its 19th-century cathedral and famous castle can easily be reached. Bustling Brighton and The New Forest are each within easy driving distance. There are also numerous NT properties and gardens to discover nearby. The property is located 1 mile from a private leisure centre with large swimming pool, stream room, sauna, cafe and go-karting. Shops ½ mile, pubs 400 yards.

Main house: Living room with rugs on wooden floor and patio doors. Well-equipped, bespoke, farmhouse-style, fitted kitchen/dining room with Aga, electric oven and hob, flagstone floor, patio doors and sea views. Utility/boot room leading to shower room with toilet. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with 5ft bed, one with large fitted wardrobe. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV. Large bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath and toilet. Most rooms beamed.
Separate annexe: Games room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room/kitchen with 6ft double bed (zip & link, for +2), single bed (for +1) and a French day bed (for +1).

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Seven TVs (Sky - main house; Freeview - annexe, one double, one twin)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed walled garden with high gates, decked sunbathing area, sea views and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 8 cars)
  • Games room with small-size snooker table, table football, darts and board games
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Sea beyond fence 7 yards

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£3366-£3366
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

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£354-£758
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