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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
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

WAS
NOW
£3366-£3366
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Riggers Cottage Ref: 18658

This comfortable and tastefully furnished town house is situated on the tidal waterfront in the quaint picturesque sailing village of Bosham, just 250 yards from the harbourside tea rooms, medieval church, pub/restaurant and craft centre. The living room, located on the first floor, and master bedroom on the top floor, enjoy extensive views of Chichester harbour, an AONB and haven for bird life. Sandy beaches at Hayling Island and The Witterings are about a 20 minute drive. Many activities can be discovered locally, including golf, riding, boat trips and scenic walks along the waters edge or in the nearby South Downs, also ideal for cycling. Nearby, the elegant cathedral town of Chichester, 10 minutes drive, has a Roman villa, popular theatre, cinema complex, leisure centre with indoor pool, and a host of restaurants, inns and shops. Goodwood, with its historic house, famous race course and motor racing events is also nearby, as is the open air Weald and Downland Museum. Historic Arundel is within easy reach, with a castle and Wildfowl and Wetlands Park. Alternatively, Portsmouth is a 25 minute drive, with shopping centre, a Naval dockyard and regular ferry service to the Isle of Wight. Further afield, Southampton, the New Forest and Brighton are all within an hour’s drive. A fantastic holiday destination. Shops 1 mile, two pubs and restaurant within 10 minutes walk.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Video. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard at rear. Front garden with decking and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Sea within 50 yards of property, access on foot only for a short period at high tide - tide tables are provided.

WAS
NOW
£339-£1478
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
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.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed/second living room all with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet.

Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 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.

WAS
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£235-£726
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Once a stable to the main house, Snaylham House Cottage is now tastefully converted holiday accommodation in the grounds of the owner’s home. It lies on a quiet leafy farm track on the 1066 Country Walk with far reaching views over the Brede Valley. The Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbles and fascinating shops, Winchelsea with its medieval gates, Battle and Tenterden are all within easy reach. National Trust properties close by include Smallhythe, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Gardens. Camber provides miles of golden sand dunes. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Open plan living room with French doors/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with
6ft zip and link bed (can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Split level garden

WAS
NOW
£257-£531
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3

Use of outdoor swimming pool Shared use of swimming pool and tennis court

Situated in peaceful countryside, alongside the owner’s home. These two delightfully converted properties have lovely views. With shared use of owner’s outdoor solar heated swimming pool, (which may be cold at times), hard tennis court and small private lake for fishing, all within the grounds. Ideally situated for a wine tasting tour of the area, visit Carr Taylor Vineyards, a wine lovers paradise and taste the delicious ’Gold Medal’ winning bubbly which beat many well known French wines! Flavourful fruit wines also available. Sedlescombe Vineyard is England’s premier organic vineyard offering sparkling wines, fruit wines, fruit juice and farmhouse ciders whilst Tenterden Vineyard enables you to stroll through 15 acres of peaceful vineyards, guided tours available during the summer months. Also explore the lovely Wealden town of Tenterden, home to the Kent and Sussex steam railway, pullman dining for special occasions, and offering a wealth of antique shops, tearooms and public house to enjoy. For beaches with golden sands try Camber or visit the cosmopolitan resort of Hastings with its large fishing fleet, why not take home a dressed crab for supper? And explore its higgledy-piggledy old town complete with art galleries and interesting shops to provide you with a souvenir of your holiday. Don’t miss Battle Abbey, Yesterdays World - opposite the Abbey an award winning social history museum, Rye Castle Museum, Bodiam Castle and slightly further afield the Roman fortress now, Pevensey Castle. For gardens try Pashley Manor, winner of the HHA/Christies Garden of the Year award and Herstmonceaux Castle grounds. Golf also available locally. The old towns of Battle, Rye and Hastings (with beaches) are all just a short drive. The Eurotunnel is 40 minutes away and Dover is 1 hours drive, for trips to France. Shop and pub 1/4 mile. Properties 2770 and 7731 can be booked together to accommodate 8 guests.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 2 steps up to kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 4 steps up to bathroom with shower attachment.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared garden area and chairs. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of solar heated outdoor swimming pool (15.2m, depth 0.9m to 2.4m) open mid April-mid September. Shared tennis court.

WAS
NOW
£325-£874
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Croft Ref: 28359

This stylishly furnished holiday home offers much for the discerning holiday maker. The accommodation is spread over 3 floors and includes a piano and games room with a 3D home cinema with surround sound, pool table and bar on the ground floor. The bedrooms at the back of the property enjoy uninterrupted views across the Fire Hills with glimpses of the sea in the distance. One of the bedrooms has a balcony and there is direct access onto the Fire Hills from the garden. This area covers 660 acres of dramatic headland and clifftops and lies within the High Weald AONB. Most of the area has been designated a SSSI. Within the garden and accessed via 3 steps is a heated outdoor swimming pool (May - September), a decked seating area and table tennis. The closest beach is at Pett Level which also offers bird watching, while in the village there is a play park, skaters’ ramp and tennis courts. Hastings is 4 miles, with beach-launched fishing fleet, the remains of a castle, art gallery and fossil hunting at Cliff End. Rye is 7 miles and the golden dunes at Camber just beyond. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. Games room with wooden floor. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (two 5ft), one (6ft), with en-suite Jacuzzi corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity underfloor heating (separate toilet), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked terrace, swing seat and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private, heated, outdoor, saltwater swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2m), open May-September. Games room with home cinema, pool table and bar. Table tennis. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 3 steps to swimming pool.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0


This light and airy, first floor holiday apartment is ideally located just 50 yards from the sea front. Offering light and airy accommodation, it is ideal for couples or small families. Within easy walking distance are shops, restaurants, bars, a railway station, amusements along the pier, crazy golf, a funfair and seaside entertainment. Within easy driving distances are Goodwood or Fontwell races, Pagham Nature Reserve, the scenic South Downs, Arundel Castle, antique shops, Wildfowl and Wetlands, and Chichester Cathedral. Slightly further afield, discover cosmopolitan Brighton with Royal Pavilion, and in the opposite direction, historic Portsmouth with The Spinnaker Tower, waterside dining, designer retail outlets, naval museum, Marie Rose, and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. X-box. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced sea, 50 yards.

WAS
NOW
£228-£862
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These beautifully presented single-storey holiday cottages stand elegantly in a courtyard of similar properties, within the grounds of the spectacular residence, Brantridge Park. From the moment the car passes through the gates winding through the lush meadows of bluebells and daffodils, guests feel as though they have stepped into a piece of British history. The main house, which all guests are welcome to visit, dates back to 1750, and for many years was the home of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and was a favourite with many of the royal family. The splendid 5-acre landscaped gardens are a particular feature of the location - designed by Princess Alice, there are many hidden trails and paths leading to the 90 acres of woods and parkland. There is a small gym, reception area with tourist information, plentiful books and DVDs to borrow, games room with table football, table tennis, and a separate snooker room, as well as croquet, tennis, bowls and putting, making it the ideal retreat for couples or families. Found halfway between the village of Handcross and Balcombe, the properties are conveniently placed just 45 minutes from both Brighton and London, and about 20 minutes from Gatwick. Discover many NT homes and gardens, such as Leonardslee and Wakehurst Place, also discover The Bluebell Steam Railway and racing at Lingfield or Hichstead. Also explore vineyards, golf, abbeys and castles, all within easy reach. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Open plan living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Washing machine

  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared 5-acre lawned and landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Shared external games room with table tennis and table football
  • Shared snooker room and mini gym
  • No smoking
  • Easy walking access

WAS
NOW
£933-£933
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Stunning sea views


This is a splendid 3-storey holiday apartment on the side of the owner’s property, yet totally private. It boasts the most stunning views across the garden and picturesque coastline sea views. The property is with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guests are invited to enjoy the grounds which extend for some 2-acres including woodland. Hastings is just a few miles away with walks along the 1066 routes. There are theatres, sports/golf facilities, walking, cycling, shooting and horse riding are all within close proximity. For antique lovers, George Street in Hastings has old books and bric-a-brac, and many exhibitions and museums nearby. Other places to visit include Rye, Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Kent and East Sussex Railway. Shop 0.25 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 2 miles.

3 external steps to entrance. Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-sided stairs to ground floor: Living room with patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There are 3 ponds close to the house.

WAS
NOW
£264-£588
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Situated in an AONB in the Sussex High Weald, and in the owners’ grounds, this detached holiday cottage, accessed via a track, has lake views and footpaths on the doorstep. The grounds are shared by wildlife and has shared use of a swimming pool. Visit Battle Abbey and 1066 battlefield site, Bodiam Castle and Herstmonceux. Beaches at Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Step up to open-plan, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Open-tread stairs (open at one side) to galleried twin bedroom with low, sloping ceiling.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Shared use of owner’s washing machine (in outbuilding)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Shared use of owner’s outdoor unheated infinity swimming pool by arrangement (30ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open June-September
  • Shared play area
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge (to be kept on lead)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake and pond in owner’s grounds

WAS
NOW
£480-£1046
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Windsor Cottage Ref: PEEQ

This unique and beautifully presented, quaint 1740s, corner holiday cottage is steeped in character. It is conveniently located on the corner of a busy high street in the heart of the delightful market town of Steyning, 100 yards from various amenities, restaurants, and bordered by the glorious South Downs National Park, access to which is only 100 yards from the door. Formerly the town’s sweet shop, this charming cottage is one of a pair and has many features such as an exposed flint wall in the living room, a wood-burning stove, sloping ceilings and beams. Steyning leisure centre and indoor pool is close by as well as many NT homes and gardens. Brighton, Arundel, Worthing and Chichester are within easy driving distance. Shops 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

Living room with piano and wood-burning stove. Two steps up to kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Two steps up to bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft zip and link bed, TV and en-suite shower room.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Videos
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Piano
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No garden
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£332-£944
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Rushfields Barn Ref: P30

Standing within its own enclosed garden and enjoying fine countryside views, this detached single-storey barn has been completely renovated and furnished throughout. It is located in the grounds of a garden centre (with on-site farm shop and café with wi-fi), and a bus runs to Brighton, 20 minutes away, from the bus stop outside. This bustling seaside resort has numerous attractions, including the opulent Royal Pavilion. Nestling at the foot of the undulating South Downs, the holiday property also enjoys nearby access to excellent scenic walks. Other places of interest nearby include Leonardslee Gardens, Devils Dyke, Glyndbourne, Wakehurst Place and NT Nymans Gardens. Excellent pubs serving food locally. Shops 4 miles.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and modern kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, full central heating and bed linen included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

WAS
NOW
£424-£819
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