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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
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Stelling Ref: E3935

Only 5 minutes’ walk from Emsworth Marina and harbour, this very comfortable cottage is sure to appeal to sailing enthusiasts, artists, nature lovers and walkers alike. One of a pair, it is set in a quiet cul de sac and lies close to pubs and shops in Emsworth, a pretty village located at the top of Chichester Harbour, 8 miles from the cathedral and Festival Theatre. Lovely sandy beaches at The Witterings, 9 miles. Shops and pubs 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

Gas living flame fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. T/cot. H/chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Covered pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£326-£861
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Sadlers Walk Ref: 27221

Located only 50 yards from Peters Pond where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, this well presented modern, terraced property, offers comfortable, tastefully styled holiday accommodation. Scenic walks can be enjoyed locally, including the South Downs National Park. A short walk takes you to Emsworth town, harbour and shore which are all part of the Chichester Conservation Area. Nearby are Chichester and Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Bosham, Hayling Island, The Witterings Beaches, Arundel Castle, Brighton and The New Forest are all within easy reach. A bus runs along the coast to Emsworth. Emsworth train station provides a service to London. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Seperate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin. Bathroom, shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. On road parking. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£260-£1013
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook, oak floor and two sets of French doors to terrace - open plan with games area. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with range (for cooking) and slate floor. Two double bedrooms, one with dressing room, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Range (7-ring, built-in barbecue) included
  • Washing machine
  • Enclosed garden and terrace with furniture
  • Pool table
  • Parking (for 3 cars); additional parking on request

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

WAS
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£447-£1518
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Water Tower Ref: PFFR

For couples wanting a holiday out of the ordinary, this wonderful, fully refurbished, detached water tower stands elegantly in a rural location within an AONB, in the grounds of the owners’ farm. It offers stunning countryside views which can be savoured from the huge windows of the first floor bedroom. There is a large garden, to one side are fields and the other side an equestrian ring. There are many public footpaths and bridle ways from the door, and Ashdown Forest with riding school is also close by. Conveniently located, London can be reached in just over an hour, Brighton and Lewis are easy driving distances, plus English Heritage and National Trust properties/gardens including Wakehurst Place and Penshurst Place. Discover Royal Tunbridge Wells, Pooh Bridge at nearby Hartfield, plenty of golf courses and the Bluebell Line Steam Railway. Gatwick about 30 minutes’ drive away. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • 24-hour laundry service
  • Dishwasher
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • No children or babies
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£297-£584
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Nestling on the edge of the South Downs on a rural 100-acre working sheep and grass farm, this detached, holiday barn conversion offers character features throughout and makes an ideal base from which to explore the area, with the South Downs National Park within easy reach. There are direct footpaths through the farm for walking and cycling. Mount Pleasant Barn is situated on the Vanguard Way, part of a 66 mile walk, with the stretch from Chalvington to Newhaven offering views of the Litlington White Horse carved on the chalk hillside, the Cuckmere River and breathtaking views of the iconic Seven Sisters on the Sussex coast. Visit Charleston Farmhouse, associated with The Bloomsbury Group and was also the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Other sights of interest include The Monks House at Rodmell, home to Virginia Woolf (NT) and Berwick Church, which is Grade I listed and contains original murals and paintings by The Bloomsbury Group. Discover Middle Farm which promotes the excellence of British farming and offers a range of family activities or Blackberry Farm where riding lessons are also offered. Visit Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford and Ashdown Forest, all within a short drive. For transport links, Berwick Station is a 10-minute drive and provides good access to London and the Gatwick Express, there are also trains to Eastbourne and Brighton. Bike hire and canoe hire for exploring the River Cuckmere are available locally. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floors. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link) with en-suite wet room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£340-£848
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Stag Lodge Ref: E1923

Set in beautiful parkland on a private country estate in the South Downs National Park, and enjoying wonderful panoramic views, is this spacious and comfortably furnished holiday hideaway. Close by is Arundel, with its impressive castle and the Wildfowl Trust, a reserve for rare wildfowl from all over the world. Chichester with its magnificent cathedral and theatre, Petworth House and deer park, Parham House and Bignor Roman Villa are all within 15 miles. Brighton with its Royal Pavilion and Portsmouth with Nelson’s flagship Victory and the Mary Rose are within 30 miles. Safe beaches at Littlehampton and West Wittering, 10 miles. Walking, fishing, riding and golf nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. NSH £12pw. Elec and bed linen inc. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Garage. Parking.

WAS
NOW
£305-£638
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
NOW
£287-£765
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated in the owners’ grounds on a 16th-century Grade II listed site, these well-appointed, beamed holiday cottages (PCCX and PCCY) occupy a truly peaceful setting. Located amidst 1066 countryside and ancient woodlands, this was once part of the Ashburnham family estate. Combe Hill Farm is ideally placed for visiting many NT and English Heritage sites, including Batemans - home of Rudyard Kipling, Battle Abbey and Bodiam Castle. The famous Glyndebourne Festival takes place from May to August and the ancient town of Lewes celebrates Bonfire Night with a magnificent procession and firework display. Hastings, with old fishermen’s huts and fresh fish, is worth a visit, as is the cobbled town of Rye and beautiful golden sand and dunes of Camber which await exploration. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower cubicle (power shower) and toilet.

  • Electricity and full electricity rads included (PCCX £30 per week winter poa, PCCY £15 per week winter poa)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Shared lawned garden with courtyard and furniture
  • 14 acres shared gardens and farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fenced stream in farmland

Note: The Byre (PCCX) and The Dairy (PCCY) can be booked together to sleep up to 8 people

WAS
NOW
£313-£503
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 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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Harts Barn Ref: PEEN

On the north edge of the Ashdown Forest, enjoying beautiful views, is this pretty beamed barn conversion adjoining another larger unoccupied Sussex barn and situated on the owner’s farm. Ideally placed for visiting the setting of A.A. Milne’s and E.H. Shephard’s Winnie the Pooh stories and exploring ‘The Enchanted Places and Pooh Sticks Bridge!’, Hartfield also offers good pubs and food alongside tea rooms. Visit the Ashdown Llama Park, Hammerwood Park - once owned by Led Zeppelin in the 1970s and now being restored, Royal Tunbridge Wells, approximately 7 miles, and also ride the Spa Valley Railway to Groombridge. Beaches at Seaford and Brighton. Lewes and Gatwick are within an easy car journey. Riding and golf locally. Shops 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Beamed living room with French doors to terrace, open-plan with kitchen/dining room with Aga (for cooking). Utility with French doors. First floor: Two beamed bedrooms; one double, one single. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Oil Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream in farmland

WAS
NOW
£346-£612
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
3
The Annexe Ref: 28447

This delightful single-storey holiday annexe, adjacent to the owner’s home, is conveniently placed on the road leading to The Witterings beaches and historic Chichester and lies close to the marina. Chichester harbour offers boat trips, scenic walks, and the city has a theatre, shopping and retaurants. Spend a day at Goodwood races, Bosham sailing village and the South Downs National Park. Enjoy cycling, riding, golf, fishing, Arundel castle and Portsmouth with its trips to the Isle of Wight. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only). Shared, enclosed garden, sitting-out area, furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

WAS
NOW
£196-£708
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