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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
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Drift In Ref: 19593

Peacefully located only 130 metres from the beach on a small private residential marine estate, which borders on an AONB stretching several miles from Elmer to Littlehampton. The architect designed holiday house comprises of a detached property which can be split into two; one side is the larger main house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, connecting through the living room to a smaller, completely self contained section which sleeps 4 people, with one ground floor bedroom plus a galleried twin bedroom. The fairly open plan modern layout and furnishings are designed to give a relaxed ’beachy’ atmosphere. Conveniently located to explore the many attractions of the south coast, including Chichester, with its beautiful cathedral, festival theatre, Goodwood and Fontwell races, historic Arundel with its many antique shops, wonderful castle and Wild Fowl and Wetlands Bird Centre, bustling Brighton with its plentiful seaside activities and entertainment, plus the glorious rolling south downs close by. The area is also great for walking, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and fishing and has quiet unspoilt beaches even at the busiest time of year. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Second living/dining room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Kitchen. Utility room with toilet. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Two electric cookers. Two microwaves. Two washing machines. Two tumble dryers. Two dishwashers. Two fridge/freezers. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (4 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. Family bookings only. NB: Max 12 occupants included. babies and children.

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£934-£1868
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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.

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£1368-£3430
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
10
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Pound Cottage Ref: PDDJ

This charming, detached 16th-century cottage is steeped in character, boasting stunning beamwork, huge inglenooks with open fires, part wood/part flagstone floor and Victorian-style bathroom. Overlooking open countryside to the rear, Pound Cottage has its own large, well screened garden and terrace - ideal for barbecues - as well as an enclosed kitchen garden. Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Kirdford, it is less than five minutes’ walk to the popular pubs, serving good food. The property has nearby access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to this unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife.
The quaint town of Petworth is 4 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown park, where live music concerts and outdoor theatre can be enjoyed during the summer months. The charming small town of Midhurst, famous for Polo at Cowdray Park is also a short drive, as are Billingshurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Goodwood, with its motor and horse racing, Fontwell races, Leonardslee, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald and Downbland open air museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance. Chichester has an ancient cathedral, tea rooms, extensive shopping, festival theatre and harbour tours, or alternatively Arundel also has a castle and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The Witterings and other beaches are half an hour’s drive, and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shops 4 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Entrance hall. Living room with open fire in large feature inglenook and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with range, butler sink and flagstone floor. TV room/snug. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Single bedroom and separate toilet, both located on mid staircase. Two twin bedrooms, one accessed by a second staircase. Single bedroom (suitable for a child), leading to double bedroom. Bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Low beams and doors throughout.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Electric range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture; enclosed kitchen garden
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced pond 20 yards

Note: Pound Cottage (PDDJ) and Park Cottage (PW2) can be booked together to sleep up to 22 people

WAS
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£794-£2913
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Haremere Hall Ref: PHH

In a most beautiful setting, amid 150-acre parkland grounds, and with two acres of formal garden complete with sole use of swimming pool and tennis court, this gracious country manor house offers a warm and characterful retreat (owner retains a service wing for private use). With origins in the 12th-century, the present house was built in 1616 and is full of period features and furniture, such as original fireplaces, 16th and 17th-century wood panelling, Tudor rose ceilings and a grand staircase with twisted balustrade dating from 1682. The themed bedrooms, intimate reception rooms and dining room combine to make it an ideal holiday choice for family celebrations and get-togethers. The surrounding area is steeped in history, with Sissinghurst Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Chartwell (Churchill’s home) and the moated splendour of Leeds Castle all beckoning exploration. Golf, fishing, horse riding and hunting can all be arranged locally. Etchingham Railway Station is
15-minute walk, or 3 minutes by car, for rapid access to local places of interest, and the sites and sounds of the capital can be accessed in around an hour and a half. Shops 2 miles.

Entrance hall. Oak-panelled grand hall/drawing room with Tudor lattice ceiling and huge open stone fireplace. Light and airy sitting room with open fire and French windows to terrace and garden. Dining room with Jacobean oak overmantel and long refectory table (seating up to 8). Compact kitchen with double oven. Utility room. Cloakroom with toilet. Ornate sweeping staircase to first floor: Prince Regent’s Room; double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet and toilet, leading to single bedroom with wash basin. Small double bedroom with 4ft four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Countess Room; large twin bedroom with canopied beds and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Lady Laetitia’s Room; light and airy double bedroom with four-poster bed, views over South Downs and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Second small single bedroom. Duchess Room; double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Most rooms with wood-panelled walls and antique furnishings.

  • Open fires – fuel at cost
  • Electricity included
  • Full oil central heating included (£150 per week, £75 per short break October to April)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Z-bed (for +1)
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone/fax available by arrangement
  • Extensive split-level gardens with patio, terraces and furniture
  • Access to 150-acre parkland grounds
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • Outdoor unheated swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Sloping banks, steps and small pond in garden

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NOW
£1836-£3145
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
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£1332-£3152
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