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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Haven Ref: 30629


Located on a peaceful residential road, this spacious, detached, single-storey holiday property offers a comfortable retreat for families or couples, and is only 5 minutes drive to the beach, scenic walks and local golf course. Offering plenty of light due to the full length windows and patio doors in the spacious living/dining room, which leads to a large walled enclosed garden - a great spot for enjoying a BBQ or an aperitif during the warmer months! Seaford is a lively seaside resort within the South Downs National Park, and the pebble beach is flanked by super clifftop walks, with far reaching views. There is also golf in the area. A short drive from the popular coastal resort of Eastbourne to the east, with international tennis and Victorian promenade, various seaside attractions, restaurants and cafes. Brighton is to the west with the marina and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries, and antique shops. Enjoy shopping along The Lanes, saunter along the pier, or visit the opulant Royal Pavilion. Newhaven with its fort and ferries to Dieppe is also an easy drive, why not take a ferry over to the French markets for the day. Also nearby are historic Lewes, with the castle and Anne of Cleves House, Bluebell steam railway, Filching Motor Museum, Severn Sisters Country Park, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndbourne (opera in the grounds during the summer). For horse racing enthusiasts, there is Hickstead, Brighton and Plumpton. Also visit Firle Place, Pevensey Castle and Battle 1066 Country. Other places to visit include many NT homes and gardens. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£455-£1249
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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£299-£623
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

These two stylishly converted, single-storey holiday barns (refs PPPR and PPPS) are in a delightful rural setting with glorious views and footpaths from the door across the countryside. Within walking distance of the picturesque village of Sedlescombe with a village green, a historic friendly pub and good local shop. The market town of Battle with its abbey and 1066 battlefield is approximately 4 miles. Hastings (7 miles) has a beach-launched fishing fleet and the iconic black weather boarded fishing net huts. Explore St Clement’s caves and unravel their smuggling past. The golden beaches and sand dunes at Camber and the medieval cobbled, Cinque Port town of Rye are easily accessible. Explore castles nearby including the moated Bodiam Castle and Gardens, and Sissinghurst Castle, or take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

Living room with wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and French doors to decked terrace. Kitchen/dining area with flagstone floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with door to terrace. Bathroom with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility)
  • Wi-fi
  • Decked terrace with furniture
  • Shared courtyard and paddock
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday.

Note: The Nook, ref PNNW may be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

WAS
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£341-£855
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Tillingham Oast Ref: PRRB

This traditional twin holiday roundel oast, once used for drying the hops for the local beer, occupies a peaceful and secluded spot on the private country Pelsham Estate, amongst 1700-acres of farmland. Accessed from the estate road via a mile long track, it is ideally placed for admiring the glorious views across the Tillingham Valley (and the local wildlife) from the decked area along the back of the oast or the first floor decked balcony, which is accessed via the kitchen/breakfast room in one of the roundels. The accommodation within the oast is reversed from traditional layouts, with the bedrooms and en-suites on the ground floor and the huge open-plan living area on the first floor, taking full advantage of the floor to ceiling windows at one end providing a glorious vista towards Rye and retaining the beautiful exposed beams and the original hop press. The rural location offers walks from the doorstep, including The High Weald, described as one of the top 10 walks in the UK, which starts at Peasmarsh church. The historic medieval Cinque Port town of Rye is 2.5 miles approx. Explore the Ypres Tower offering views across the Romney Marshes, art galleries, teashops and curiosity shops. Time your visit with one of the many festivals, including the Rye Bay scallop festival in February, jazz festival in August, the arts festival or the colourful bonfire night celebrations. Hire bikes, explore the golden sand dunes at Camber, fairytale moated Bodiam Castle, take a trip back in time on The Kent and Sussex steam railway or visit the many award-winning vineyards in the area.

Utility. Separate toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, patio door to decked terrace and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. 3 double bedrooms with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with patio door to garden, one with patio door to decked terrace. Two Z-beds (for +2). First floor (also can be accessed by external stairs): Spacious beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French door. Kitchen with French doors to balcony. Games room/cinema room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only).

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Electric range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Decked terrace
  • Balcony and furniture
  • 2½-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room/cinema room
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Drainage stream next to property.

WAS
NOW
£798-£2570
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Stag Lodge Ref: E1923

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Sea View Ref: 29944


A well-thought-out, semi-detached holiday bungalow offering good-sized living accommodation in an elevated position on the edge of Hastings. It has a greenhouse in the garden, and from the terrace you can actually glimpse the sea as you stand up to reposition your deckchair! Situated on bus routes for easy access to the centre of this medieval Cinque Port and you can experience for yourself the relationship that the town has with the ocean and see the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe, despite the decline in the fishing industry. The old town offers interesting book shops, vintage clothes, tea rooms and antiques. Although The Battle of Hastings in 1066 took place a few miles down the road at Battle Abbey, the ruins of William the Conqueror’s first English Castle still stands on the cliffs overlooking the sea in Hastings. Just along the coast is the Cinque Port of Rye; here you can explore where E. F. Benson’s ’Mapp and Lucia’ was filmed. Visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and then continue to Camber and stroll along the glorious miles of sand dunes. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room with French doors/kitchen. Conservatory/utility room. 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft zip and link, can be twin). Wet room with raised toilet and hand rails. Separate toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-emergency and incoming calls only. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Netted fish pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£269-£711
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These beautifully presented single-storey holiday cottages stand elegantly in a courtyard of similar properties, within the grounds of the spectacular residence, Brantridge Park. From the moment the car passes through the gates winding through the lush meadows of bluebells and daffodils, guests feel as though they have stepped into a piece of British history. The main house, which all guests are welcome to visit, dates back to 1750, and for many years was the home of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and was a favourite with many of the royal family. The splendid 5-acre landscaped gardens are a particular feature of the location - designed by Princess Alice, there are many hidden trails and paths leading to the 90 acres of woods and parkland. There is a small gym, reception area with tourist information, plentiful books and DVDs to borrow, games room with table football, table tennis, and a separate snooker room, as well as croquet, tennis, bowls and putting, making it the ideal retreat for couples or families. Found halfway between the village of Handcross and Balcombe, the properties are conveniently placed just 45 minutes from both Brighton and London, and about 20 minutes from Gatwick. Discover many NT homes and gardens, such as Leonardslee and Wakehurst Place, also discover The Bluebell Steam Railway and racing at Lingfield or Hichstead. Also explore vineyards, golf, abbeys and castles, all within easy reach. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Open plan living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Washing machine

  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared 5-acre lawned and landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Shared external games room with table tennis and table football
  • Shared snooker room and mini gym
  • No smoking
  • Easy walking access

WAS
NOW
£933-£933
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

With lovely views over the South Downs from its first floor living room, this tastefully refurbished property lies just 4 miles from the coast. Attached to the owners’ home and set well back from the road, it is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The high vaulted ceiling gives a light and airy feel, while outside is a secluded patio and garden shared with the owners. The area offers many scenic walks, bird-watching, riding, cycling and fishing. In the village is Monk’s House (NT), former home of Virginia Woolf. Lewes, with its castle, 3 miles. Newhaven (with day trips to France), 5 miles. Brighton, with its charming blend of seaside attractions is a short drive away. Shops 4 miles. Pub 200 yards.

Bathroom with power shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with sofa-bed (for +2), French doors and views over South Downs. Shaker-style kitchen/dining room with wooden floor and ladder-style steps up to galleried area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sloping ceiling.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Use of owners’ tumble dryer
  • Shared garden with patio
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Secure cycle storage
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£315-£553
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

This well-presented 17th-century detached property has the advantage of being only 10 minutes’ walk from the renowned West Wittering beach. Its attractive interior boasts many period features, such as beams and a superb inglenook fireplace in the living room. This is an ideal base for exploring the delights of Chichester, with its popular festival theatre and picturesque harbour. Arundel and Bosham harbour also within easy reach. Shops ¼ mile.

Living room with French doors to garden. Beamed dining room/reception room with open fire in inglenook fireplace and quarry brick floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. Two steps up to double bedroom and shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow turning staircase to first floor: Two double bedrooms. Low beamed archway (separated by a curtain) to twin bedroom (for +2 children, accessed via one double bedroom). Separate toilet.

  • Open fires – fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Video and DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed gardens with courtyard and patio
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£508-£1923
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

Low door to entrance. Living room with solid oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft zip & link beds, solid oak floor and French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Beamed and vaulted ceilings throughout.

  • Full gas central heating included
  • Terrace garden and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: 2 steps to garden. Unfenced pond in owners’ grounds.

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£326-£571
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

These two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, (also know as ’The Jewel of the Weald’), through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (NT), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Propeties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining toom/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double (5ft) bed (zip and link, can be twin) and sloping ceiling with limited headroom. Beams throughout.

Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in external building. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre fields and farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge, to be kept on lead in farmland. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced ornamental pond, 3 yards.

WAS
NOW
£210-£582
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, solid oak floors and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Full electric central heating included
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£342-£515
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