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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

Sunnymead Cottages (ref PGZ and PHA) are situated in the High Weald village of High Hurstwood, a designated AONB. Set in a landscape of undulating pastures, they provide a peaceful retreat. Converted to a very high standard and adjoining one another; Pippins provides ground floor accommodation and Russets has ground and first floor accommodation. They lie at the end of 220 yards of private drive, amid 12 acres of gardens and orchards in the grounds of the owners’ house. The grounds are a haven for wildlife; birds, deer and badgers are regular visitors. Each cottage has its own garden area in which to sit out and unwind. The nearby Bluebell Steam Railway makes frequent journeys from Sheffield Park, with its period railway station. A great day out can also be enjoyed in Ashdown Forest, under two miles away and a refuge for wildlife. It offers opportunities for walking, riding and picnics. If guests do not feel like taking the car out, there is direct access onto a public footpath just outside the garden and the Vanguard Way is only 10 minutes’ walk away. Local wines can be sampled at various vineyards in the vicinity. There is easy access to historic houses including Glyndebourne Opera House, the spa town Tunbridge Wells and 1066 country. There is also much to see along the coast where shops, bars and restaurants beckon in Brighton and Eastbourne. The nearest railway station is only 6 minutes’ drive with direct access to London in just over one hour. Shop 2 miles, pub serving good food just a 5-minute walk.

Shaker-style kitchen/dining room. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: Galleried living room. Double bedroom (5ft bed) with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and sloping ceiling.

  • Two TVs (flatscreen digital in living room)

  • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with furniture
  • Shared grounds
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB:Two ponds in grounds

Note: Russets PGZ and Pippins PHA can be booked together to sleep 4 people

WAS
NOW
£241-£520
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Driftwood Cottage Ref: 25820

Close to the Quayside and right in the heart of Rye is this pretty end of terrace holiday cottage with its own garden. The owners provide a parking permit which can be used in Rye itself and further afield. Just off of the High Street with many antique shops and restaurants close by. Explore the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye which retains a Bohemian style, village atmosphere, where smugglers once stored their hoards in the old vaulted cellars and crept around the secret tunnels and passages. Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and Camber Castle are all close by. Shops, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Step down to kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. Parking permit provided. No smoking. NB: Garden accessed by shared walk way.

WAS
NOW
£260-£543
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Dill Hundred Ref: PZW

In a rural location approached by a private drive, this secluded, detached holiday home has been refurbished to a high standard, retaining original features. Set within the owners’ 90-acre working farm, it has a large garden, outdoor swimming pool and children’s play area. Excellent for walking and touring. Easy access to Beachy Head and Tunbridge Wells. Coast 12 miles. Cuckoo Trail cycle/footpath 1 mile. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with open fire, door to garden. Beamed dining room with conservatory, door to patio. Well-equipped, Shaker-style kitchen. Utility room. Two single bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom (two steps down), toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom (5ft bed) with en-suite shower room, toilet. Separate stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Shower room, toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Furnished garden with patio
  • Enclosed play area with swing
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Unheated outdoor swimming pool, 24ft x 12ft (June–September)
  • Shared hard tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Pet free of charge
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream in garden and short drop from the pool side.

WAS
NOW
£553-£1724
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Situated in an AONB in the Sussex High Weald, and in the owners’ grounds, this detached holiday cottage, accessed via a track, has lake views and footpaths on the doorstep. The grounds are shared by wildlife and has shared use of a swimming pool. Visit Battle Abbey and 1066 battlefield site, Bodiam Castle and Herstmonceux. Beaches at Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Step up to open-plan, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Open-tread stairs (open at one side) to galleried twin bedroom with low, sloping ceiling.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Shared use of owner’s washing machine (in outbuilding)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Shared use of owner’s outdoor unheated infinity swimming pool by arrangement (30ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open June-September
  • Shared play area
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge (to be kept on lead)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake and pond in owner’s grounds

WAS
NOW
£480-£1046
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

This detached cottage overlooking a lake and its garden, is set in the grounds of the owners’ home, with use of an outdoor heated swimming pool. Tranquil setting, surrounded by 30 acres of shared fields and woodland, two lakes with wildfowl and course fish. East Sussex National Golf course, Glyndebourne Opera House and Bluebell Railway are close by. Tunbridge Wells, Lewes and Brighton and South Coast seaside resorts within easy reach. Good riding on Ashdown Forest. Shops 2 miles.

The spacious accommodation has a living room with open fire. Very well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Single bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Single bedroom. Large twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fire – coal included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi (up to 2.25GB per week)
  • Payphone
  • Secluded garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (end May – mid September, by arrangement)
  • Coarse fishing available
  • Shared grounds
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fenced pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£1133-£1133
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Nook Ref: 29988


Just yards from the beach in the historic old fishing town of Hastings, this little terraced holiday cottage is ideally placed for exploring George Street and the High Street with their colourful pubs and restaurants. Explore the vintage clothes shop, antique shops and award-winning bakery, and buy the freshest fish you’ll ever taste, having watched the fisherman land their catch. Delightful in winter or summer, have a picnic on the beach or ’cosy up’ in front of the woodburner after a bracing walk along the seafront or having visited St Clements Caves and discovered Hastings’ smuggling past. An ideal base, see Hastings Castle built by the Duke of Normandy. Take a trip to Battle and observe the very spot that changed the course of history forever in 1066. The surrounding area offers glorious countryside, National Trust properties, gardens and several vineyards where you can sample the local wines. Rye and Camber Sands are a short drive away. Good train connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. All rooms with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom. 1 step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Car park 100 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£277-£734
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Holly Cottage Ref: 30583


Enjoying a rural location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the glorious Sussex countryside, Holly Cottage is a semi-detached, two storey renovated Sussex barn. Equipped to a very good standard, where 21st century facilities combine with character and charm. Located in the owner’s parkland grounds, close to a lake with footpaths from the doorstep leading into the woods and adjoining farmland, making it an ideal spot for walkers and birdwatchers. Spot the buzzards, nightingales, cuckoos and woodpeckers, alongside the deer, foxes, badgers and pheasants. Cyclists are also catered for with easy access to National Cycle route 21 – The Cuckoo Trail which follows the former Cuckoo Line railway for 14 miles from Heathfield to Eastbourne. The South Downs National Park offers 1,813 km of footpaths and 1,213 km of bridleways. Herstmonceux Observatory enables the chance to join an open evening and study the night sky, a plethora of National Trust properties and gardens including Rudyard Kipling’s home at Batemans and Sheffield Park Gardens make for great days out. Golf is within a 10-minute drive, and there are good connections to London by train from Stonegate or Etchingham stations. The village of Cowbeech is within a 10-minute stroll with a local pub and restaurant. Gatwick Airport is approximately a 40-minute drive. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining toom with beams and wooden floors/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared parkland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced lake, 25 yards.

WAS
NOW
£309-£648
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Mews Ref: 27753

This well-presented holiday home stands within an attractive, quiet, gated mews development, with its own private parking. Only 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and within easy reach of the trendy marina - with bars, shops, leisure complex and waterside dining - and Brighton’s vibrant seafront (bus stop 100 yards). This exciting cosmopolitan city has live music, theatres, art galleries and antique shops. Enjoy shopping along The Lanes, saunter along the pier and visit the opulent Royal Pavilion or the racecourse. A short drive away, discover historic Arundel Castle, the glorious South Downs and many NT homes and gardens. Shops, pub and restaurants 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cable TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£264-£1029
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
Sea Escape Ref: 26974

Peacefully located only 100 yards from the quiet pebble beach, in a private residential road, this modern holiday apartment is adjacent to the owner’s home, and offers a convenient base for couples. The open plan studio living/sleeping area has been tastefully co-ordinated, and sea glimpses can be enjoyed from the Juliet balcony. Discover various attractions all within easy reach, including Chichester cathedral, Goodwood and Fontwell races, festival theatre, Arundel with its historic castle, Wild Fowl and Wetland Trust, many NT homes and gardens, including Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Goodwood House, Uppark, Petworh House and West Dean Gardens. Enjoy scenic walks over the glorious South Downs and visit Brighton with the Royal Pavilion, The Lanes, museums and art galleries. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed and wooden floor.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No children.

WAS
NOW
£404-£404
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Coach House Ref: 29667


In an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB), surrounded by pictureseque villages, local/farm shops, pubs and lovely walks, this charming detached holiday cottage sits in an established garden in rural East Sussex. The South Downs National Park is within easy reach, as are numerous NT properties including Rudyard Kipling’s home, Batemans, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst. For star gazers there’s Herstmonceux Observatory and for cyclists, miles of delightful Cuckoo Trail. Historic Battle has tea rooms, antique shops and ancient abbey, from where you can follow the Battle of Hastings. Visit Royal Tunbridge Wells, 12miles, or Eastbourne’s attractive pier, theatres and many beaches, 14 miles. For the family, Knockhatch Adventure Park is only 15 minutes away, while Drusilla’s Zoo Park is 30 minutes away. Why not explore the capital, London, just a 1-hour train ride away (20 minutes to Stonegate or Etchingham stations). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with additional single day bed (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer in shower room. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Tennis court (by arrangement). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake in owner’s grounds, 270 yards.

WAS
NOW
£253-£665
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Holly Cottage Ref: PCCS

Formerly the stables to the house adjacent, this delightful grade II listed cottage with enclosed courtyard garden is ideally located a stone’s throw from various shops, amenities, pubs and restaurants of the charming market town of Steyning. Completely refurbished, this spacious property offers comfortable, well presented accommodation and has retained original features such as beams and sloping ceilings. Situated right at the foot of the South Downs and adjacent to the South Downs National Park, many scenic walks along the Downs are waiting to be discovered and there are many local places of interest to visit as well as NT properties and gardens. Brighton, Worthing, Arundel and Chichester are all within easy driving distance. Shops 100 yards, pubs 50 yards.

Spacious beamed living room with electric woodburner and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Kitchen/dining room. Galleried staircase to first floor: Large double bedroom with sofa-bed (for
+2 children), sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Courtyard garden with furniture
  • On street parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday
    to Friday

WAS
NOW
£372-£681
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