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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
4
Bedrooms
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Pets
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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.

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£304-£1040
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Coast View Ref: 28341

Offering superb, panoramic sea views to the front and side, and distant views over the South Downs National Park to the side and rear, this light and airy holiday property makes an ideal retreat for couples or families. It is accessed along an unadopted lane, only 300 yards from the nearest restaurant. There is a large enclosed decked area overlooking the far-reaching views, the perfect spot in which to enjoy al fresco dining and where glorious sunsets can be savoured. The cliff top walks start straight from the door, leading down to a 1½-mile beach walk, accessed via a ramp about 100 yards from the property. The games room on the first floor is great for kids, with a pool table and games as well as a TV and sofa bed. There is so much to do in the area; Brighton Marina and the cosmopolitan city centre are a short drive, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries and antique shops. Enjoy shopping in The Lanes, saunter along the pier or visit Brighton Sea Life Centre or the opulent Royal Pavilion. Newhaven with ferries to Dieppe, is about 10 minutes’ drive, why not take the ferry over to the French markets for the day. Within easy reach are historic Lewes, Bluebell Railway, Filching Manor Motor Museum, Seven Sisters Country Park, Drusilla’s Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during summer). For horse racing enthusiasts there is Hickstead, Brighton and Plumpton. Enjoy Firle Place, Charleston House, Pevensey Castle, Battle, 1066 Country and Eastbourne with international tennis and its Victorian promenade. Other places to visit include historic Arundel Castle and many NT homes and gardens. Shop 800 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: Games room with 1 single bed and sofa bed (for children only).

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, decked sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Games room with pool table and games. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£414-£1365
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Peacefully located within the owners’ stunning award-winning gardens, with 1 acre of formal gardens and a 5-acre field, these single-storey holiday properties are ideal for couples wishing to relax in scenic surroundings. Shelley’s Annexe (PQQM) is a cosy abode with traditional beams. Enjoying a sheltered rose garden, it is attached to the owners’ Grade II listed home, which has historic family links to the famous poet Shelley. Shelley’s Retreat (PQQL) offers a modern, light, stylish interior with features such as marble flooring and underfloor heating and has sole use of an outdoor unheated swimming pool. It is also attached to a larger medieval barn which is sometimes used for music events. The NGS gardens are open to the public during the May and August Bank Holiday weekends (guests are welcome to attend). The area is abundant in wildlife and public footpaths can be accessed 100 yards from the properties. Within easy driving distance are Guildford, Horsham, Gatwick, London, Brighton, the south coast, many NT homes and gardens, horse racing and the South of England Show. Polo at Midhurst, Arundel Castle and Petworth House are also within easy reach. Golf courses nearby. Shop 1 mile.

Four steps to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with compact kitchen area. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Pet free of charge

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine in shared utility
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Shared 1-acre formal grounds and 5-acre field
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children except babes in arms

WAS
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£298-£623
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0


With extensive views over the surrounding countryside from this pretty beamed holiday cottage, which boasts a separate garden room built within its large garden to take advantage of the fine views. One of a pair set back from the main road, it has been restored to retain many of its original features and lies just 3 miles from Battle, an area awash with the history of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Winchelsea with its unspoilt shingle beach, historic Hastings and Rye are further afield, golf course within 5 miles, with many castles and NT properties to visit in the area. Walking and cycling routes locally. Shops 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in large fire surround. Two steps to modern well-equipped farmhouse-style fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. External garden room with shower room and toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms; one double, one twin and one single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

WAS
NOW
£481-£961
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sofa bed, French doors, beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Small garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 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.

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£218-£575
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Oast Ref: E3169

Amidst lovely Sussex countryside, rolling down to the coast at Hastings just 3 miles away, this attractive oast house on a working farm has been carefully converted into three charming cottages, one of which we offer here. With their compact and comfortable accommodation all on one level, they enjoy a courtyard setting in relaxing surroundings with lovely walks close by. The Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and interesting shops, is only 10 miles away. Hastings offers a beach, a promenade, art centre, local history museum and a sea life centre as well as excellent town amenities. The nearest shops and pubs serving food are in the village of Westfield, just 1 mile from The Oast.

All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Elec heaters and elec inc (£10pw 27th Aug-19th May). Bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. Shared courtyard and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£227-£477
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Seagulls Crest Ref: 28934

Ideal for beach lovers

Situated on the beach, facing seven miles of golden sands which roll out to meet the sea, Seagulls Crest is a well-equipped and furnished terraced holiday home, perfect for traditional family seaside holidays. The beach is ideal for swimming, kite surfing, or for those just wanting to build sandcastles and gaze across to the French coast. With doors opening onto a patio overlooking the beach, the view can not be beaten. There is also an additional seating area in the master bedroom with panoramic sea views. The dunes, unique along this part of the coast, are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and have also been used as film locations, standing in for the Sahara Desert in one of the Carry On films and also as the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk. Further along the coast is Dungeness, an isolated pebbly beach. Explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover the cobbled town of Rye, harbouring interesting antique shops, markets, galleries and a nature reserve. Visit Winchelsea, the smallest town in England or Romney Marshes, an area rich in wildlife and history. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: 1 step to living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with additional single over. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Decked sitting-out area with furniture. Car park 10 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: 7 steps down to beach.

WAS
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£366-£1311
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Rothersby Ref: PJJC

This is a delightful, beamed, period cottage, Grade II listed and understood to date from the middle of the 19th century. Overlooking orchards, it has now been thoughtfully renovated retaining many features. Battle and 1066 country are a short drive, with a wealth of historical sites, castles and stately homes. The village of Iden, in the Domesday Book, is close to the Royal Military Canal, ideal for a gentle stroll or fishing. Just a short drive from Rye and Rye harbour, renowned for bird-watching. Tenterden, 6½ miles, is known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’. Camber and miles of golden sand 4½ miles. The tunnel for trips to France is a 45-minute drive. Shop/PO and pub with food ⅓ mile.

Living room, open fire in inglenook fireplace leading to dining room, step down to well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room, French doors to garden. Games room. Separate toilet. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with sloping, beamed ceiling. Two steps up to further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom (for +2 children). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Satellite TV (sports package)
  • DVD
  • DAB radio
  • iPod/iPhone bluetooth dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small gated courtyard, decorative beds, pots, teak furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Games room with full size table football
  • No
    smoking

WAS
NOW
£408-£1055
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Kittiwakes Ref: E3951

On the banks of the River Rother, with boats passing at high tide, this very comfortable first floor apartment (shown second from right) is ideally located a short stroll from the heart of the quaint town of Rye. One of the ancient Cinque Ports, its history evocatively depicted in a local ‘Sound and Light Show’, Rye also boasts a wealth of interesting shops and antique emporiums, galleries, restaurants and historic inns. Close by is the nature reserve at Rye Harbour – also an excellent spot for fishing and sailing – whilst a little further afield lie Battle Abbey, romantic Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Day trips by rail to France depart from Ashford, 20 miles. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

Elec heaters, underfloor CH (in wet room), elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Shingle river frontage and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: River frontage.

WAS
NOW
£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Wellhouse Retreat Ref: 28439


This delightful, single-storey holiday property, forming a wing of the owner’s country house, has a private garden area and stands peacefully overlooking a landscaped garden. Offering comfortable, well-presented accommodation, this property makes a relaxing retreat and is conveniently located for many attractions and walks, with public footpaths leading to The South Downs National Park. There are four NT Gardens in the locality, as well as Glyndbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park and the resort of Brighton with Royal Pavilion, museums, art galleries, theatres and entertainment being less than an hour’s drive away. Wellhouse Retreat is situated 1 mile from Burgess Hill Station, which has a rail link to London, as well as only ½-hour from Gatwick Airport. Shops 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

Electric heaters and electricity included (£5 per day November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

WAS
NOW
£228-£733
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 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.

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£0-£0
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