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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Whyte Cottage Ref: 26784

This comfortable holiday cottage, situated in the grounds of and adjoining the owner’s home, is approx 11/2 miles from the beach at Hastings. After exploring Hastings, the Norman Castle and the Shipwreck Museum, relax in the garden with a glass of wine from a local vineyard. Stroll through Hastings Country Park, with ancient woodland, dramatic cliffs and coastline. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with single bed, French doors and low beams. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors, additional single, and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Two Freeview TVs. Video. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (payable to SNS). Lawned garden, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond in adjacent garden.

WAS
NOW
£237-£686
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Mariners Corner Ref: W42130

Close to the beach

This well thought out, detached holiday bungalow is accessed via several wide, shallow steps and arranged all on one floor with the advantage of a wet-room with walk-in shower. Bexhill has a number of attractions and gives easy access to Eastbourne and Hastings. Just 0.5 miles from the beach and Bexhill’s leisure centre, with indoor swimming pool, wave machine and ’beach area’. Stroll along the seafront to the famous De La Warr Pavilion. Explore Battle and see the very spot where King Harold fell in 1066. Egerton Park offers picnic areas, boating lake and tennis. Golf courses in East Sussex and Highwoods. A shopping centre beckons, just 10 minutes away, with major high street chains. Shops, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in the garden to terrace.

WAS
NOW
£344-£891
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Cider Cottage Ref: PPAA

Accessed via a single track lane and nestled amongst converted farm buildings on a 300-acre organic working beef farm, this holiday cottage is a detached, single-storey barn conversion which boasts a vaulted ceiling. It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with abundant walks from the doorstep in this popular part of East Sussex. Visit Battle Abbey, the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port of Rye and the smugglers’ caves at Hastings. There are many NT properties and gardens in the area including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle and Wakehurst Place. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Open-plan beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full underfloor electric central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (bathroom)
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer (outbuilding)
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden, terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Footpaths on farm
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake 50 yards, river and pond in owner’s grounds

WAS
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£332-£786
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Merryfield Cottage Ref: W41022

200 yards from shingle beach

200 yards from shingle beach

This semi-detached bungalow is conveniently located just 200 yards from the shingle beach in a quiet residential road with the benefit of its own garden. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are all within 500 yards, and fresh crabs and fish can be bought from the daily catch. This attractive modernised home provides a perfect holiday base to explore many activities within the area, including walking, bird watching (nature reserve close by), golf, fishing, sailing, boat trips and horse riding. Within easy reach are Chichester with its cathedral and festival theatre, Goodwood and Fontwell races, also Arundel with its Wildfowl Trust and castle, the historic naval links at Portsmouth, and seaside entertainment at Worthing and Brighton. Shop 200 yards, pub 250 yards, beach 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£304-£1040
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley and located on a 200-acre family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm, these holiday properties (refs 19652 and 19745 ) are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around and sample the produce of the local vineyards or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.
Refs 19652 and 19745 can also be booked with refs 29071 and 29072 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with French doorsdining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep open-tread stairs to galleried area with twin beds.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi on request. Terrace with lawn and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Small pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

WAS
NOW
£227-£587
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Kylemore Ref: 28554

This mews-style holiday cottage is situated down a leafy lane opposite the village church in the Cinque Port of Pevensey, where William the Conqueror landed his army in 1066. The ruins of Pevensey Castle are at the end of the lane and it is less than a mile from the beach at Pevensey Bay. The area boasts Battle Abbey, cobbled streets and tea rooms in Rye, and Herstmonceaux Castle where a medieval festival is held in August. Eastbourne is a short drive away. Explore the South Downs National Park or take a trip to Beachy Head. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms (one can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

Electricity flame-effect fire in lving room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Gated courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Shared access right of way alongside courtyard garden.

WAS
NOW
£248-£793
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Stowaway Ref: 27657

This unique holiday cottage is set just yards from the sea and has direct access to the Blue Flag award-winning beach via steps from its enclosed terrace. Once belonging to the coastguards, it has been thoughtfully styled in a mix of old and new and commands stunning views of the sea from the master bedroom. Ideal for couples or families seeking sea, sun and sand, this is a superb base for a seaside holiday with plenty of opportunities for swimming, building sandcastles or enjoying a stroll along the beach which stretches for 7 miles. For the more energetic, kite surfing is a popular pastime on a windy day. In the winter, the beach takes on a charm of its own and you can watch the waves crashing on the sand from the comfort of the first floor sun lounge. This is a popular film location which has been used many times and occasionally you can spot a camera crew on the beach. This is the only sand dune system in East Sussex and is a valuable habitat for many plants and animals. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness are also good for bird-watching. The medieval cobbled town of Rye is close by, famous for its smuggling heritage with some interesting shops, markets and galleries to explore. Hastings is 12 miles away with its Norman castle and museums. Should you ever tire of the beach, a short drive takes you to National Trust houses and gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sun room with single bed (2ft 6in for child) and French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sun room, 1 twin.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker (double oven). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terrace with furniture. Gas barbecue (available May - September). Car park 20 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: This property is situated 25 yards from the sea. There are 11 steps down to the beach.

WAS
NOW
£456-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pipewell Cottage Ref: 24664

Shared swimming pool (May-Sept)

A period weather boarded cottage offering far reaching views across the marshes to the Citadel at Rye and shared use of the owners above ground swimming pool. Situated snug in its hilltop setting amongst tile-hung cottages and award winning tea shops. Seven centuries ago, the new town was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name which had been lost to the sea in a series of storms and now lies beneath the waters of Rye Bay. It became a bustling cinque port town and the centre of the wine trade with France with a smuggling history and hidden wine cellars beneath the broad streets, and it is the smallest town in the country to have its own mayor. Visit the museum and the 13th century church. Home to the writers Thackeray and Conrad, the actress Ellen Terry, and Millais was inspired to paint his famous portrait ’The Blind Girl’ with Winchelsea in the background. Winchelsea is situated where the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meets Romney Marsh. There is an unspoilt shingle beach within a mile – take your shrimping net and binoculars to observe the many birds that frequent the area at low tide or explore the sands and rolling dunes at Camber, 7 miles. Rye, Hastings and Battle are all a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs (open to one side) to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week November-March, £12per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). Small enclosed tiered garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Shared swimming pool (24 x 12ft; depth 4ft) available May-September. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£235-£717
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3A (refs. 17320 & 19202)

Converted from former farm buildings, these four holiday properties (two of which have been adapted for the disabled), are in the Southdowns National Park. Properties 17320 and 17321 command fine views over the surrounding countryside. Situated in the grounds of the family working farm, they are only 100 yards from the village of Compton with village shop and tea room with free wi-fi access. Enjoy peaceful walks along a bridle path leading to the South Downs Way, 2 miles designated as a National Park. The historic cathedral town of Chichester lies 10 miles away, with its cobbled streets adorned with tea rooms and restaurants, and the ornate cathedral. Scenic boat tours can be taken around the harbour. Goodwood and Fontwell races or polo at Cowdray are all within a short drive. Portsmouth, with shopping and leisure facilities, within easy reach. Hawking and falconry days can be arranged, prices on application and must be pre-booked direct with owner. Shop and pub 100 yards.

Ramp to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams and tiled floor/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. First floor: Gallery area with second living room. 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). National Accessible Scheme Mobility 3A.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Friday to Friday. NB: Small unfenced duck pond opposite drive entrance.

WAS
NOW
£317-£1128
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Half Moon Ref: 30248


Enjoying peaceful, rural vistas overlooking fields, Half Moon has its own private entrance through a 5 bar gate, parking and a garden. It adjoins the owners’ home and is situated on the edge of the South Downs, where walks and cycle paths are on the doorstep. Just along the lane is one of the largest post windmills in the country - an ideal windmill location as it’s built on some of the highest ground in the area, overlooking the Pevensey Levels and English Channel. Herstmonceux Castle with grounds and gardens is nearby, and is home to the Observatory Science Centre, providing spectacular hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory. Explore 7 acres of grounds and gardens at Michelham Priory, with the longest water-filled moat in England, 9 miles. Also, visit Pevensey Bay and Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, Burwash with Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury set and decorated by Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf, which are all within a short drive. Eastbourne is approximately 10 miles away, with its award-winning beaches and train connections to London. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with stone floor. Kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings, leading to 1 single. Shower room with sloping ceiling and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

WAS
NOW
£230-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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.

Living/dining room with French doors to hallway area and well-appointed kitchen. Large bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with sloping ceiling and glorious views; one double and one twin. Stone floors throughout.

  • DVD
  • Dishwasher

  • 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
£411-£800
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Langford Cottage Ref: 27796


Set in the charming, historic village of Rottingdean, this quaint, spacious, terraced holiday cottage stands along the busy high street with various shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants just yards from the property. The landmark ancient smock windmill in the designated South Downs National Park, stands on the hill overlooking the village with its church dating back to Saxon times, pond, village green, award-winning Kipling Gardens, the Grange Museum and library. A few minutes’ walk to the beach with an undercliff walk to the Brighton Marina and the centre of Brighton. Discover the old market town of Lewes, the glorious South Downs, or Alfriston with its NT Clergy House, zoo and winery. The property has parking for 1 car in a small, narrow garage and additional on road parking. Shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: Landing with writing desk. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Patio garden and furniture. Garage (1 car), 100 yards. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£260-£656
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