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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
4
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Mariners Quay Ref: 13910

Overlooking the quay

Overlooking the Quay heading and Marina, where luxurious yachts and cruisers are moored, this penthouse holiday apartment is furnished to a good standard. Step outside and stroll through this picturesque nautical setting, take a boat trip round the harbour, visit the Sea Life Centre, shop in the numerous boutiques in the Lanes, have a quiet drink on the waterside or dine at one of the many restaurants. Excellent walks along the promenade path to Hove, and golf close by.
Lively Brighton, 1½ miles, has a host of attractions suitable for all the family, including the elegant Royal Pavilion and museum. Meander through the town - there is entertainment stretching along the beach as well as many water sports. Newhaven is also nearby, offering regular ferry trips to Dieppe.
A short drive away is Arundel, which has the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre, a beautiful cathedral and a castle. There are many NT homes and gardens to visit, all within easy reach, or if you prefer, there are scenic walks along the South Downs.Shop 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

Lift or stairs to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony and seating. Parking (1 car).

WAS
NOW
£381-£1022
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Quarter House Ref: 25320

Enjoy stylish beamed surroundings in the heart of the historic centre of Rye in this unusual, converted Grade II listed 2-storey apartment retaining original features, including beams and a working fireplace and dating back to the 1700s. Explore the citadel and view Rye from the top of the church tower; wander the cobbled streets, browse the unusual shops and galleries and take advantage of the myriad of fine restaurants, tea rooms and pubs Rye has to offer. Fine beaches and dinghy sailing nearby, including Camber Sands which offers wind and kite surfing. Shops and restaurants 10 yards, pub 25 yards.

Stairs to first floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors and beams. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom plus additional sleeping area with double futon.

Open fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (150 yards, £1.50 per day). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
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£228-£628
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3

Use of outdoor swimming pool Shared use of swimming pool and tennis court

Situated in peaceful countryside, alongside the owner’s home. These two delightfully converted properties have lovely views. With shared use of owner’s outdoor solar heated swimming pool, (which may be cold at times), hard tennis court and small private lake for fishing, all within the grounds. Ideally situated for a wine tasting tour of the area, visit Carr Taylor Vineyards, a wine lovers paradise and taste the delicious ’Gold Medal’ winning bubbly which beat many well known French wines! Flavourful fruit wines also available. Sedlescombe Vineyard is England’s premier organic vineyard offering sparkling wines, fruit wines, fruit juice and farmhouse ciders whilst Tenterden Vineyard enables you to stroll through 15 acres of peaceful vineyards, guided tours available during the summer months. Also explore the lovely Wealden town of Tenterden, home to the Kent and Sussex steam railway, pullman dining for special occasions, and offering a wealth of antique shops, tearooms and public house to enjoy. For beaches with golden sands try Camber or visit the cosmopolitan resort of Hastings with its large fishing fleet, why not take home a dressed crab for supper? And explore its higgledy-piggledy old town complete with art galleries and interesting shops to provide you with a souvenir of your holiday. Don’t miss Battle Abbey, Yesterdays World - opposite the Abbey an award winning social history museum, Rye Castle Museum, Bodiam Castle and slightly further afield the Roman fortress now, Pevensey Castle. For gardens try Pashley Manor, winner of the HHA/Christies Garden of the Year award and Herstmonceaux Castle grounds. Golf also available locally. The old towns of Battle, Rye and Hastings (with beaches) are all just a short drive. The Eurotunnel is 40 minutes away and Dover is 1 hours drive, for trips to France. Shop and pub 1/4 mile. Properties 2770 and 7731 can be booked together to accommodate 8 guests.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. 2 steps up to kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 4 steps up to bathroom with shower attachment.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared garden area and chairs. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of solar heated outdoor swimming pool (15.2m, depth 0.9m to 2.4m) open mid April-mid September. Shared tennis court.

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£336-£874
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Moorings Ref: 25923

Just a short walk from the beach and situated in an elevated position is this well presented family holiday destination with the bonus of parking for 3 cars. En-route to the ruins of Britain’s first Norman Castle and the infamous St Clements Caves, once a hiding place for smugglers and their contraband. Hastings is home to the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe. Sample the freshly caught fish and shellfish straight off the boats, and enjoy the theatre, sea angling and exploring the old book shops, antique shops and vintage clothing shops all within a short stroll. Galleries and restaurants are also in abundance. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£264-£882
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Overton Grange Ref: PMMH

A superb retreat, this spacious first floor holiday apartment is peacefully located in a stunning location in an AONB, with direct access onto Ashdown Forest. Attached to the owners’ beautiful country home and situated in a quiet private estate, enjoy stunning views over the gardens and rolling countryside. There is a tennis court for guests to use in addition to a sitting-out area within the grounds. Forest Row has several restaurants and shops, and a local organic farm shop. London can be reached in just over an hour, Brighton and Lewes are within easy driving distance, plus English Heritage and National Trust properties and gardens, including Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park. Discover Royal Tunbridge Wells and Pooh Bridge at nearby Hartfield. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Boot room. First floor: Spacious living/dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Shared tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0


These semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29887, 29895 and 29896) reside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set back from the road, each property has its own individual terrace with furniture, and to the rear of the buildings is a shared grassed area, beyond which is a paddock, an ideal place in which to let off steam, kick a ball around or have a leisurely picnic. Walks and cycle routes beckon from the doorstep. See the beautiful Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) where, in the 1700s, Capability Brown was commissioned to landscape the gardens. A glorious feast of red and golds in the autumn and where the national collection of Ghent azaleas can be seen in their full glory in the spring alongside the bluebells. In 1876 the third Earl of Sheffield laid out a cricket pitch where the first ever match against Australia was played in 1884! The Bluebell Railway offers an opportunity to stroll amongst the locomotives in the engine sheds and perhaps spot ‘Stepney’ who appears in the Thomas the Tank Engine books, and of course take a train journey. Stroll through the Ashdown Forest which covers approximately 10 square miles and in fact is not all forest but largely heathland, where cattle and sheep also freely graze for part of the year. It is also famous for the Winnie The Pooh Stories written by AA Milne who lived on the northern edge of the forest with his son Christopher Robin. Attend Glyndebourne, visit Lewes or head to the coast at Brighton or Eastbourne. Horse riding and golf available locally. Good rail connections to London from Haywards Heath for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating included. Microwave.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Shared grounds with furniture and paddock. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond 15 yards from parking area.

WAS
NOW
£247-£716
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A good base to enjoy this lovely area

Only 200 yards from Gildredge Park bowling greens and tennis courts, ½ mile from the town centre and railway station, these spacious and elegant holiday apartments with period features in a fine Victorian house are ideal centres from which to enjoy all aspects of a really varied holiday. McSweeney (ref 3536) and Prideaux (ref 3537) have a feature marble fireplace. Eastbourne is a fine town with a Victorian pier and excellent theatres hosting national productions both musical and dramatic at the Devonshire Park and Congress Theatres. Easily reached by road via M25 and A22 and is 1½ hours by train from London. There is also an International Tennis Tournament at Devonshire Park and County Cricket at the Saffrons Sports ground, all of these venues are within walking distance of the property. The Bluebell Steam Railway and Filching Manor Motor Museum are a short drive and the South Downs are close by for walking enthusiasts.
Eastbourne now has a Marina and harbour village and there is also a fine swimming and leisure pool. Two excellent golf courses are within 1 mile, with horse riding 10 minutes drive. Sailing, windsurfing and fishing are available from the beach. Day trips to France operate from Newhaven 12 miles away. Shops and pub a short walk.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£233-£557
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Applewood Lodge Ref: 30498


Perched on the edge of the seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea and adjoining Hastings, Applewood Lodge was originally built in the 1920s and now offers an imposing holiday villa, with plenty of space, and an enclosed garden complete with terrace and fishpond. It lies 1½ miles from the pebbly beach offering sandy strolls at low tide, and is a great opportunity for exploring the rock pools. Situated in the heart of ’1066 country’, visit Battle Abbey and see the atmospheric ruins where visitors can walk in the footsteps of William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold. Experience the famous battlefield where the course of English history was forever changed with audio tours and interactive exhibits. The town of Battle also has some interesting galleries, tea shops and antique shops. The cosmopolitan town of Hastings, is not only the home to the first castle that William the Conqueror built, but also hosts many festivals and events including classic car and motor rallies, ’Jack in the Green’ in May, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival and bonfire night processions. Here guests can also visit the Whispering Dungeons, the once magnificent Eastern Gateway or see one of the richest displays of shipwrecks at low tide, where more can be discovered at the Shipwreck Heritage Centre. There is also a preserved Old Town, and where a strong arts community thrives, such as the Jerwood Art Gallery housing 20th and 21st century British art. Relive the dangers that faced the Hastings smugglers and tour the labyrinth of tunnels at St Clements Caves. Further afield and within a short drive is Rye, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Camber Sands. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

One step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with step down to breakfast room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms: one (5ft) with step up to en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: Open tread stairs to terrace. Netted pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£456-£1068
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
NOW
£332-£786
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Sympathetically converted and renovated to a high standard, these two adjoining listed barns are situated in beautiful countryside on the owner’s 10-acre farm. The interiors boast exposed oak beams and oak floors, as well as a staircase with subtle lighting and latch doors, which all add to the ambience of the properties. In the grounds are two well-stocked lakes, where coarse fishing is available by arrangement with the owner. The cottages are ideally placed for visiting NT properties Wakehurst Place, Sheffield Park, Standen (home of William Morris), as well as Chartwell, Chiddingstone, Hever Castle and Penshurst Place. Hartfield Village is 31/2 miles for A.A. Milne’s Pooh Bridge, and Tunbridge Wells for its famous Pantiles and spa. Racing at Lingfield offers a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening, whilst there is sailing at Bough Beech Reservoir and bird lovers will enjoy seeing migrating ospreys at the adjacent nature reserve. Excellent walking in Ashdown Forest. Golf locally. Shops 3½ miles.

Set within wonderful countryside, The Old Dairy has been renovated to a very high standard with exposed oak beams, oak floor, and oak staircase. A listed property, The Old Dairy adjoins another barn conversion, and is ideally placed for visiting NT properties Wakehurst Place (with millennium seed bank and nature reserve), Sheffield Park, Standen (home of William Morris), as well as Chartwell, Chiddingstone, Hever Castle and Penshurst Place. Hartfield Village is 31/2 miles for A.A. Milne’s Pooh Bridge, and Tunbridge Wells for its famous Pantiles and spa. Racing at Lingfield offers a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening, whilst there is sailing at Bough Beech Reservoir and excellent walking in Ashdown Forest. Bird lovers will enjoy seeing migrating ospreys at the adjacent nature reserve. Golf locally.

Step to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only), rugs on oak floor and well-equipped oak fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Fully tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Mezzanine floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

  • Electricity and electricity rads included (November-March £20 per week, £15 per short break)

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot available
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared 10-acre farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Coarse fishing by arrangement (closed 16th April - 16th June)
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small securely netted pond and lakes in farmland

WAS
NOW
£241-£524
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Old Westgate Ref: W41118

300 yds from beach

This detached house is located in an enviable setting, within an exclusive private gated development of homes, and only 300 yards from the beach. Offering well furnished light and spacious accommodation with an attractive garden, it is an ideal holiday retreat for families or couples. The area has plenty of family entertainment suitable for all age groups, including Bognor Regis, Arundel Castle, Chichester which has a beautiful cathedral, pedestrianised shopping, theatre, indoor leisure/pool complex, harbour tours and Goodwood/Fontwell racecourses. There are scenic walking routes close by, Pagham Nature Reserve, Wildfowl Trust for birdwatching, and the glorious rolling South Downs, all within easy reach. Plenty of NT houses and gardens are easy driving distance, such as The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Glyndebourne, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with patio door. Kitchen. Sun room. 1 double bedroom (zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£427-£1721
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