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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A little piece of paradise! Boasting wonderful views of the South Downs, this charming thatched holiday cottage, the main part of which is over 500 years old, is set in the owners’ large and beautiful south-facing garden and enjoys shared use of an outdoor swimming pool. Offering comfortable accommodation in an excellent area for walkers, at the foot of the South Downs Way. Within short walking distance is Bignor Roman Villa, whilst other nearby attractions include Petworth House, Singleton Open Air Museum, Goodwood, Arundel Castle and Chichester with its Festival Theatre. Undeveloped beach, 7 miles, or the beautiful sandy beach at the Witterings, 17 miles. Fly fishing and riding locally. Many good pubs within the area. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant serving excellent food 1 mile.

Spacious living room with dining area. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Attractive double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Payphone
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use of owners’ garden (2½ acres) and unheated outdoor swimming pool (Summer)
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£277-£819
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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.

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

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£255-£573
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful flint and stone single storey holiday cottage is located in the grounds of the owners home and former windmill. Fully refurbished throughout to provide modern, tastefully furnished accommodation the character features such as stable door and internal porthole further enhance the light and airy feel. Located on the road to Bracklesham Bay and the beach, the cottage enjoys its own garden and decked area with superb countryside views. There are excellent walks in the area. Historic Chichester with its cobbled streets adorned with shops, tea rooms and cathedral are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£301-£579
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Amidst beautiful rolling countryside in the heart of 1066 Country, these four charming properties offer an ideal holiday base within easy reach of the myriad delights East Sussex has to offer. Set on the owners’ non working farm, they lie just 3 miles from the historic seaside town of Hastings. Here, visitors will find activities and attractions to suit all tastes and ages including the Stables Theatre, numerous fascinating museums, a unique marine life experience at Underwater World and, deep in St Clements Caves, dark tales of the town’s smuggling past. High above the sea and the attractive Old Town, there is glorious walking to be had within Hastings Country Park’s acres of ancient woodland, heath and grassland and miles of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Battle and its famous Abbey and museum are just a short drive, and the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, old smuggling inns, interesting shops and galleries, is only a little further afield, as are the National Trust properties of Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Bateman’s (a beautiful Jacobean house that was once the home of Rudyard Kipling) and the evocative, moated, medieval castle at Bodiam. The gorgeous gardens at Great Dixter, the picturesque old town of Winchelsea, Bexhill and Eastbourne are also all within easy reach. Riding, fishing and golf can all be found nearby. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beams throughout.

All properties: Oil CH inc (£20pw 5th Sep-30th Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

WAS
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£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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.

Hall. Spacious, beamed open-plan living/dining room with wooden floor and galley-style kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with large cubicle (power shower) and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with corner shower cubicle (power shower) and toilet.

  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Additional TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer

  • 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
£526-£1299
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rose Cottage Ref: 27231

This charming, semi-detached character cottage is less than a 5 minute walk from the sea, and is centrally located for shops, cafes, inns and restaurants within the charming village of Rottingdean. Tucked away and accessed via a shared walkway, Rose Cottage enjoys an enclosed lawned garden, and has character features such as beams and open fire. Brighton Harbour and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries, and antique shops is a short drive away. Historic Arundel Castle, the glorious South Downs and many NT homes and gardens are nearby. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen with granite floor. 3 steps to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£313-£794
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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. Dining room/games room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room with toilet. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one zip and link (can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. 200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond 40 yards.

WAS
NOW
£412-£1246
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Amidst beautiful rolling countryside in the heart of 1066 Country, these four charming properties offer an ideal holiday base within easy reach of the myriad delights East Sussex has to offer. Set on the owners’ non working farm, they lie just 3 miles from the historic seaside town of Hastings. Here, visitors will find activities and attractions to suit all tastes and ages including the Stables Theatre, numerous fascinating museums, a unique marine life experience at Underwater World and, deep in St Clements Caves, dark tales of the town’s smuggling past. High above the sea and the attractive Old Town, there is glorious walking to be had within Hastings Country Park’s acres of ancient woodland, heath and grassland and miles of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Battle and its famous Abbey and museum are just a short drive, and the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, old smuggling inns, interesting shops and galleries, is only a little further afield, as are the National Trust properties of Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Bateman’s (a beautiful Jacobean house that was once the home of Rudyard Kipling) and the evocative, moated, medieval castle at Bodiam. The gorgeous gardens at Great Dixter, the picturesque old town of Winchelsea, Bexhill and Eastbourne are also all within easy reach. Riding, fishing and golf can all be found nearby. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beams throughout.

All properties: Oil CH inc (£20pw 5th Sep-30th Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Vane Cottage Ref: E3195

Enjoying far reaching rural views, this comfortable, well equipped cottage is peacefully set only 2 miles from the beautiful South Downs. With its small, south facing garden with access to a large garden, it lies across the courtyard from the owners’ home. The town of Lewes, with its Norman castle and charming cobbled medieval lanes, is 3.5 miles away and Glyndebourne Opera, Herstmonceux Castle and Observatory, Borde Hill Gardens, Wakehurst Place and Brighton’s many seaside attractions are all a short drive. Shop 2 miles, pub 1.25 miles

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Playroom/snug. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 3 steps to 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. NSH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (basic package). Video. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Broadband connection. Payphone. Large garden. Small garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£601-£601
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Lower Dairy Barn Ref: PQQH

This spacious eco-friendly holiday barn conversion with superb uninterrupted views over fields to the sea beyond, lies along an unmade lane, with public footpaths meandering through fields or woodland, leading to a SSSI area, sand dunes and unspoilt beach. Arundel Castle, Goodwood, Worthing, Brighton and Chichester are within easy reach. Shop 1/4 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with vaulted ceiling. Four steps (or level access) to spacious games room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom (can be 6ft double) with additional Z-bed (for +1 child). Bathroom with over-bath shower, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Ground source underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Blu-ray
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • W-fi
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with badminton and table tennis
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£375-£903
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Fairlee Cottage Ref: 30400


This delightful single-storey barn conversion, with beams aplenty, stands opposite the owner’s home within a working farm in the Sussex village of Rudgwick. It provides an ideal holiday retreat for couples or small families. In the locality are scenic walking/cycling routes along the Downs, as well as fishing and golf. Within easy driving distance are the market towns of Horsham, Guildford and Chichester. London and the south coast are easily accessible, as well as Gatwick/Heathrow airports. NT homes and gardens, including Arundel Castle and Petworth House are all worth exploring, as well as horse racing at Fontwell and Goodwood, and polo at Midhurst. Shop and pub serving food 800 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for child)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge - to be kept on a lead at all times, working farm. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond 50 yards from property.

WAS
NOW
£321-£652
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Paddock Barn Ref: P45

These delightful holiday properties are situated within an arable working farm, with horse stables, riding and livery, which are all available to guests by prior arrangement. Surrounded by miles of open countryside, fields and scenic walks along a historic disused canal, it is abundant in wildlife, including many birds, as well as rabbits, hares and deer.
Paddock Barn and The Courtyard are attached, and have been designed with a similar layout, including open plan living rooms and kitchen/dining rooms with natural slate floors, wood-burning stoves and spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings.
The properties can be booked together to accommodate larger groups, to sleep a maximum of 16 guests in total.
Barnham Court Farm is located just 4 miles from the nearest quiet beach at Climping, whilst the unspoilt beach at West Wittering is only about 20 minutes’ drive away. Chichester is only 6 miles away, with its beautiful ornate cathedral and abundance of pedestrianised cobbled lanes with various shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Other amenities include a leisure centre with indoor pool, a cinema complex, the popular Festival Theatre which has year-round productions, and famous Goodwood Races for horse or motor racing; Fontwell racecourse is also only about 3 miles away.
Other places of interest include The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and historic Arundel with castle cathedral, various book and art shops, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust – ideal for bird-watchers. Slightly further afield is Brighton, perfect for a family day out, boasting the decadent Royal Pavilion, art galleries, theatres and Sea Life Museum, plus seaside entertainment along the promenade and pier.
The South Downs National Park is less than 3 miles away with wonderful opportunities for walking and riding, with many footpaths. Horse riding can be available by prior arrangement from the riding school in the farmyard, and livery can also be arranged. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Living room with slate floor and wood-burning stove. Modern kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Five bedrooms; three double and two twin. Two bathrooms, each with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Partial underfloor heating
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD (small library)
  • Freezer
  • Large garden with furniture
  • barbecue
  • Parking

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared arable farmland
  • Horse livery by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond and drops in grounds

Note: Paddock Barn P45 and The Courtyard PKKQ, can be booked together to sleep up to 16 people.

WAS
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£599-£2111
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