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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
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mulberry Cottage Ref: W43004

Located 75 yards from a quiet, unspoilt sand and pebble beach, this attractive detached holiday home stands peacefully along a private gated residential lane. Offering an ideal base for couples or families, this comfortable property benefits from a spacious open plan kitchen/dining room with an additional sitting area and the French doors open out fully onto the garden. The large well-maintained lawned garden is enclosed so is good for children or dogs and also has an outside shower as well as a summer house. Elmer has local shops, a takeaway and pubs serving food all within a minute’s walk, plus there is a church and park close by. Within easy reach are many tourist attractions, including Bognor Regis with seaside entertainment, Brighton, Worthing, Arundel with its castle, antique shops and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve, Chichester with its cathedral and Festival Theatre, Goodwood, West Wittering and The South Downs for scenic walks. Historic naval Portsmouth with its ships, Spinnaker Tower, designer shopping and day trips to the Isle of Wight is within easy driving distance. For the outdoor enthusiast, scenic walks, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, birdwatching, cycle routes, riding and golf are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen/sitting area with wooden floor and French doors. Separate toilet. First floor (stairs narrow at top): 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 bunk (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Playstation. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with summer house, outdoor shower, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£484-£1594
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This delightful first floor apartment offers a modern, well furnished and tastefully presented holiday retreat ideal for couples. It is positioned close to the owners’ small intimate restaurant, Hallidays, which has been in many Good Food guides and is renowned for its fine cuisine and friendly service. Located along a country lane in the quiet village of Funtington, situated at the foot of the South Downs National Park, and 10 minutes’ drive from Chichester with its beautiful cathedral, festival theatres, shopping, boat trips around the harbour, golf and leisure facilities, as well as Goodwood and Fontwell races. Shop and pub 100 yards, restaurant 20 yards.

All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for children)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£196-£751
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Stable Cottage Ref: P81

Converted to a high standard, this Grade II listed, 17th-century beamed barn is located on a 500-acre arable and sheep farm, just 4 miles from the historic cinque port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops. Standing detached, the property has oak floors and French doors opening onto an enclosed decked terrace, which makes the perfect place in which to relax in the evenings. Ideally placed for visiting the local vineyards at Biddenden and Seddlescombe, there are also many beautiful gardens to tour, including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Pashley Manor and Scotney Castle. Bodiam moated castle 10 miles. Tenterden 8 miles. Shop 1 mile.

Beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French doors to decked terrace. Beamed modern fitted kitchen with oak units. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer space (on request)
  • Enclosed decked terrace and furniture
  • 300-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£327-£585
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Standing within the grounds of Thornden Farm, with its small flock of sheep, friendly goats, free range chickens and grand peacocks, the cottages enjoys far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.
There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.
Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing by arrangement with owner
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

WAS
NOW
£255-£573
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Riding Cottage Ref: W41886

Excellent views and walks

These single-storey, semi-detached stable conversions, with fenced front gardens, nestle in countryside only 0.25 miles from the road and are part of Chitcombe Farm which affords glorious views across the Tillingham Valley. Chitcombe is an organic farm with horses and sheep. The sheep are grazed on a rotational basis and at times in the summer, the fields are rested for grass management. During your holiday, guests are welcome to walk the farm along with the plethora of footpaths. Children and pets are made to feel very welcome. Should you tire of the countryside, the bustling historic Cinque Port town of Rye is close by with its curiosity tea shops and galleries. Miles of golden sands await you at Camber - take a ride on the vintage Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and en-suite shower room and toilet.

Both properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Grounds. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
NOW
£279-£557
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Love Shack Ref: 28904

An unusual, ‘upside down’ holiday destination taking advantage of the far reaching sea views from the living room and dining room. Both these rooms have access onto a full length balcony, ideal for al fresco dining. In addition to the balcony, a beach-style garden offers a secluded, decked terrace – a great spot for some afternoon napping, or venture up the steps which provides direct beach access. Stroll along the beach and, at low tide, spot the ancient submerged forest which was growing when England was joined by a land bridge to the continent. Investigate the rock pools and try your luck at fossil hunting; dinosaur footprints can be found at Fairlight Cove. Walk or cycle the Saxon Shoreway and historic Royal Military Canal. The fishing town of Hastings with its iconic net huts is about 8 miles away where you can watch the fishermen land the day’s catch and then take some home for your supper! The medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets makes for a great day out, where you can browse the art galleries and antique shops. Visit Battle, where the course of history was changed forever or spend a day at Camber Sands which offers miles of golden sand dunes and an opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing. Vineyards abound in the area, so try the local award-winning wines or for a special occasion, enjoy a flight along the coast taking off from either Headcorn or Lydd. Shop ⅓ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Utility room. Study. 2 double bedrooms, one 6ft, one 5ft. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Stairs (bottom 7 stairs are open to one side) to first floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer (in utility room). Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and decked terrace. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Open-tread stairs from balcony to garden. 10 steps in garden to coastal path, steps to decked terrace.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Set in its own large garden, and with an original bread oven in the kitchen, this delightful, 16th century beamed, spacious and very comfortable farmhouse sits 100 yards from a village shop and pubs. With lovely walking, horse riding and golf in the Ashdown Forest nearby, it is an easy drive to Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Battle Abbey, Bewel Water for bird watching, fishing and cruises, and the coast. London is 40 minutes by train (station 4 minutes’ walk). Shop and pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Study. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc). Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH £45pw 22nd Oct-21st Apr, £20pw 22nd Apr-21st Oct. Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Video. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. F/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10 pw, £5 per short break. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£465-£950
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosemary Cottage Ref: 30265

This charming, period holiday cottage provides an ideal homely base for discovering the locality. Situated next door to a traditional country pub serving real ales and good food, it is in a scenic area within the heart of the South Downs National Park, alongside the meandering River Arun, with plenty of scenic riverside and country walks. Visit the Amberley Chalk Pit Museum and station, which is behind the cottage. Arundel Castle is close by and the seaside resorts of Worthing and Brighton with plentiful attractions are within easy reach. Chichester with Goodwood and Fontwell racecourses and its cathedral, is within a 20-minute drive. Beach 8 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in outhouse). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£306-£1245
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Orchard Ref: E5383

A majestic, detached family home complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, The Orchard sits in an acre of land which includes a private paddock for outdoor pursuits. Sitting in a picturesque location in Northiam, adjacent to the last rolling meadow of East Sussex as it joins the Kent border, The Orchard is perfectly located for exploring the many treasures of Kent and East Sussex. There is a steam train just a few hundred yards away serving the Rother Valley with stops at Tenterden and Bodiam. Alternatively, Bodiam Castle can be visited by taking a gentle boat trip or, more traditionally, by car. The village features the Church of St Mary’s which dates back to 1090, and the Great Dixter Tudor House and Gardens are just 0.25 miles away. There are many places to explore including Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Beckley and a little further afield are Hastings, Tenterden and Camber Sands.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with double sofa bed. Dining room. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 3 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request), two with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV. Eight Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Paddock. BBQ. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.4m x 4.8m) with seating area and shower facilities. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£1368-£3430
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

A spacious, detached, beamed holiday cottage dating back to the 1800s, recreated by the present artistic owners, offers 360-degree breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The house has a wood-burning stove and a beautiful oak staircase with a minstrels gallery. There are extensive wild gardens with deer, rabbits and pheasants, with plenty of space for outdoor activities. Take time out to explore the beautiful 8 acres of grounds and small lake - a haven for moorhens and ducks. Situated in an AONB see how many follies are on the skyline, created by the local eccentric Mad Jack Fuller in the 18th century. Travel just 2 miles to the picturesque village of Burwash, once renowned for its smuggling connections - hence the skull and crossbones on some of the gravestones in the churchyard - and also marking the northern boundary of 1066 Country being 8 miles from Senlac Field. Visit Batemans, home to the author Rudyard Kipling (NT), or further afield find Royal Tunbridge Wells and the Chalybeate Spring at 15 miles. Several gardens including Sheffield Park, Wakehurst Place and Merrimans are a short drive away. There are good connections to London from Etchingham Station, 3 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Entrance to boot room leading to large farmhouse-style, beamed kitchen with oil fueled Aga (for cooking), two butler sinks and wooden floor. Four steps (no handrail) down to spacious beamed living room with large wood-burning stove, oak floor and five sets of French doors leading to terrace. Spacious dining room with ornamental fireplace in hearth and views of garden. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft zip & link bed and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Access to games room on lower ground floor. Open tread oak staircase leads to first floor minstrels gallery: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and double sofa bed (for +2). Further double bedroom with
5ft bed and open-plan en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom and toilet. All bedrooms have sloping ceiling and views of countryside.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Full oil central heating included (£35per week, £25 per short break October-April)
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Oil-fueled Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi only by request with owner
  • Large garden with terrace and furniture
  • 8 acres of natural grassland with lake and woods
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • Games room with table tennis, darts and small pool table
  • Professional chef by arrangement with owner
  • No smoking
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced lake in grounds

WAS
NOW
£1332-£3152
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Explore the East Sussex and Kent countryside

Envelop yourself in nature and enjoy the glorious views of the apple orchards and the serenity of grazing sheep. Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley on a 200-acre working, family run traditional sheep and fruit farm. Leagarth (ref 26361) is a single-storey detached holiday property which has been converted to a very good standard and tastefully furnished with an internal games area. Close to the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, tea rooms and art galleries and ideally based for exploring the East Sussex and Kent countryside. A walker’s paradise - enjoy the farm’s extensive footpath network, see the lambs and apple blossom in the Spring or venture to Camber Castle, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey, just a short drive away. If gardens are your passion, then Pashley Manor, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum are all worth visiting. Fishing, private beauty treatments and local health centre/swimming pool day passes are available by arrangement. Golf, horse riding and sailing close by. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles and golden undulating sand dunes at Camber, 6 miles. Rye railway station provides access to London 13/4 hours. Shops 2 miles, pubs 500 yards.
NB: Properties 19653 and 26361 can be booked together to accommodate larger parties.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 3 steps down to dining room with French door/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps down to 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. 200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

WAS
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£287-£765
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