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The cobbles streets of Rye, East Sussex
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Self Catering Accommodation and Holiday Cottages in East Sussex

Nestled between Kent, Surrey and West Sussex, East Sussex represents one of the southernmost counties of the UK and is just an hour south of London.  As the name suggests, it is part of the historic county of Sussex and is ideal for a short break or longer holiday with its pretty villages, historic towns and coastal resorts. Whether you are looking for a cosy enchanting traditional cottage in a pretty village, a romantic countryside retreat or a coastal holiday home, East Sussex’s lush and picturesque landscape is sure to please. Read more

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50.827071, -0.178249

Welcome to the epitome of luxury and elegance by the sea - an exceptional 9-bedroom, 7-bathroom Edwardian Detached Villa nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Brighton. This magnificent property offers an unforgettable experience, perfect for weekend holiday getaways for groups of up to 30 guests.   The charm of the Edwardian era is evident from the moment you step inside, with high ceilings, ornate cornices, and beautifully crafted woodwork. The spacious and exquisitely designed living areas provide the perfect setting for relaxation and socializing. Sink into plush sofas in the elegant drawing room, where large windows bathe the space in natural light and with its opulent chandelier and refined decor, the sea just a few minutes walk away. The absolutely HUGE open plan living, kitchen and dining area,  sets the stage for memorable dinner parties and sophisticated gatherings.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner
Short breaks from £2500 per night

22  |   9  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.908344, 0.303639

This welcoming 5 Star Gold holiday rental has three ensuite bedrooms that sleep six people, and a layout that suits anyone looking for a home-away-from-home and a peaceful treat to call your own for extended periods of 2-12 weeks. The Granary is on the wonderful gated Beechcroft estate in Cowbeech, a short walk from the Merrie Harriers pub with fantastic views, lots of space and tranquility. Next to the High Weald AONB and within easy reach of the South Downs National Park, East Sussex coast, and 1066 Country, there are many sights and activities to enjoy in all seasons. Normal bookings taken are from 3 nights to 2 weeks, but The Granary ideal for those visiting the area and wanting accommodation for longer periods. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1182 to £1775
Short breaks from £168 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

50.908344, 0.303639

The Bull Pen and Cart Lodge is perfect for couples or individuals who want to feel settled and welcome while enjoying the many sights and attractions of East Sussex. Formerly two farm buildings, the 5 Star Gold cottage is now one comfortable space with original character and a private south-facing garden. It's peaceful yet far from remote, being close to Herstmonceux, Hailsham and Heathfield and within easy reach of favourite sights and attractions like Eastbourne, beaches including Pevensey Bay, Norman's Bay and Cuckmere Haven, Battle and 1066 country, and the chalk hills of the South Downs National Park. Tucked away on the edge of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, guests have wonderful walks and cycling routes from the door and plenty of opportunity for peace and relaxation.  Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£759 to £1265
Short breaks from £108 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

50.908344, 0.303639

The Byre is a fantastic 5 Star Gold holiday cottage on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within a short walk of an excellent country pub. It is one of four super self-catering properties at Beechcroft in Cowbeech, with easy access to lovely walks and bike rides through the countryside and along the coast. The owner specialises in bookings of 3 nights to 12 weeks - a little longer than the usual short break, giving visitors plenty of time to settle in and get to know this lovely part of England which features incredible country houses, gardens and castles, beaches and famous sights. The Byre sleeps four people in two ensuite bedrooms and is ideal for couples and families.  Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£975 to £1625
Short breaks from £139 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

50.967667, 0.495487

Tamworth (aka Lovers Retreat) is a characterful luxury retreat just for two. The perfect place to escape away for some rest and recuperation, this gorgeous holiday cottage is located at Poppinghole Farm and nestles amongst the glorious rolling countryside of East Sussex close to Robertsbridge. Rye, Hastings, Battle, Camber Sands and Tunbridge Wells are all within easy reach for day trips out. Alternatively, stay put and enjoy lovely walks, bike rides and the excellent facilities at Poppinghole Farm with a fabulous on-site indoor swimming pool. Full information on our four cottages can be found on https:

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £845

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.967667, 0.495487

Old spot is one of four cottages on the farm, Offering the perfect mix of country charm and modern style, Old Spot is a popular retreat for couples, families and friends and sits in a picturesque setting at Poppinghole Farm within an AONB amongst glorious East Sussex countryside. Adult only,   2 bedrooms 1 king four poster, with bathroom ensuite. 1 Super king/ Twin with shower en-suite. Kitchen dining living area. Out door terrace with dining and sun loungers. Close to Robertsbridge, the luxury holiday cottage is within easy reach of Rye, Battle, Hasting and Tunbridge Wells and has superb walking and cycling on the doorstep, along with on-site fishing a shared fabulous indoor pool, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, what more could you ask for in a relaxing holiday? Full information on all four of our cottages on our website.

Weekly guide price:
£820 to £1240

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.95193609634056, -0.06180640028066703

Stable Cottage is an accessible self-catering holiday cottage in a rural situation just outside the village of Plumpton Green, with easy access to a great variety of holiday attractions. These range from the Bluebell Steam Railway, National Trust properties such as Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park Gardens, the ancient town of Lewes, the Sussex coast and Brighton, to unlimited walks on Chailey Nature Reserve, the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park.   Plumpton has its own racecourse and Glyndebourne Opera House is within easy reach. Stable Cottage, which has been rated as four star, is an ideal spot from which to explore both East and West Sussex.

Weekly guide price:
£682 to £955

5/6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.029791, 0.206198

Castle Hill Cottage is a contemporary holiday home located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and just 30 miles from London. Sleeping 14 people in six bedrooms, it features a heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September), hot tub, sauna, bbq, pizza oven, open-plan layout, an outdoor kids play area and extensive grounds with far reaching views across the country side. The mix of bedrooms suits families or groups of friends, including those with children. There is plenty of scope for activities like walking, cycling and horse riding, with local attractions including country houses, gardens, and castles. Beachy Head and Brighton are 45min away of the self-catering holiday home to make a day at the beach another possibility. 

Weekly guide price:
£6200 to £12360
Short breaks from £830 per night

14  |   6  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.959476, 0.227087

This spacious, detached holiday home is ideal for friends and extended families. It is huge, with three sizeable bedrooms that sleep up to six people and a big garden with sun loungers, a barbecue area, lawn and a summerhouse. Little Ponds is close to Heathfield and Uckfield, and within easy reach of shops, cafes, pubs and other amenities. It is only 17 miles from both Royal Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne, giving good access to some of the area's favourite sights and attractions. Walk or cycle along the Cuckoo Trail, climb aboard the Bluebell Steam Railway, or explore the many historic homes and gardens nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£835 to £1350
Short breaks from £200 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.809278, 0.346648

This fabulous holiday retreat gives guests an opportunity to stay in the studio of the pre-Raphaelite artist, Valentine Cameron Prinsep. The Studio is only 50 metres from the shingle shore of Pevensey Bay, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, and within walking distance of pubs and cafes. Pevensey Castle and Herstmonceux Castle are both nearby, and Eastbourne is just a few miles along the coast. The Studio has been renovated to a high standard to offer very comfortable accommodation for up to seven people in four bedrooms. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1176 to £2681
Short breaks from £280 per night

7  |   4  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.919559, 0.200136

A charming holiday cottage situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside near to the village of Chiddingly (famed for its festivals with a good pub) in sight of the South Downs - ideal for couples looking for a relaxing holiday, or who want to explore the area. The Sussex coastline is within easy reach of Wheat Cottage and the area offers great walking opportunities. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £695
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

50.919559, 0.200136

Nicely situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside near to the village of Chiddingly (with a good pub and a busy calendar of events and festivals) are three delightful holiday homes which are ideal for a relaxing self-catering holiday or exploring the area including the Sussex coastline. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £795
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.008264, 0.747379

A lovely converted pigsty that is in an exceptionally beautiful position on a Kentish sheep farm within an AONB on the old sea cliffs of the 'Isle of Oxney'. Ten minutes from the ancient fishing port of Rye and Tenterden, along with the expansive golden beach of Camber Sands. Great for walking and relaxing. Free WiFi. Available for only 7-14 nights bookings unless a special offer is on. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £950
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

51.008264, 0.747379

A welcoming holiday cottage located on an exceptionally picturesque sheep farm within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the old sea cliffs of the 'Isle of Oxney', just a short drive from the medieval Cinque Port of Rye, attractive town of Tenterden and Camber Sands with its glorious golden beach. An ideal place to relax amongst stunning views and good base to explore Kent and neighbouring Sussex. Free WiFi. Available for only 7-14 nights bookings unless a special offer is on. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£590 to £925

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.994458, 0.143029

Located on the southern fringe of the Ashdown Forest, this beautifully furnished holiday cottage is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and is an ideal base for exploring Sussex and Kent with their many attractions. As pretty as its name, Poppets Cottage is just perfect for a romantic break for couples and is within easy reach by car from Royal Tunbridge Wells and the coastal resorts of Eastbourne, Hastings and Brighton. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£446 to £731

2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

50.963836, -0.021688

Owl Cottage is an accessible Sussex holiday home sleeping six people in three bedrooms with a layout that suits families or friends. It's close to Lewes and within easy reach of Brighton, with lovely rural walks and views over a fishing lake. The cottage is set back from the main road in a peaceful spot, yet incredibly well connected just over 40 minutes from London by train. This beautiful oak-framed barn conversion is in a lovely location whether you're in the area for a walking holiday, to attend a wedding, or you want to explore the gorgeous East Sussex countryside, towns and villages.

Weekly guide price:
£900 to £2300
Short breaks from £167 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.989737, 0.335741

Sitting in the High Weald of Sussex AONB, this comfy welcoming 5-star holiday cottage offers total seclusion, nestling amongst thirty acres of grounds with streams, woods and lawns for relaxing. The area has plenty of attractions including the seaside resort of Hastings, Battle, Tunbridge Wells and Glyndebourne, excellent country walks and lots of country houses and castles to visit in Kent and Sussex. Close to the South Downs National Park. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £995
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

51.012820, 0.320087

Bibleham epitomises the perfect East Sussex self-catering holiday rental, surpassing even the wildest dreams. This 15th-century cottage, nestled on the outskirts of Mayfield amidst stunning countryside, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the High Weald that will leave you in awe. With room for ten guests across four spacious bedrooms and two acres of grounds, it's an ideal spot for family vacations, laid-back hen weekends, or memorable reunions with friends and family. Guests love exploring the area but equally relish in the delights of the house itself, with its games room, gardens, and inviting swimming pool. Steeped in history and charm, Mayfield offers a tranquil retreat just 60 miles from London, boasting medieval churches, historic sites, and excellent eateries. 

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £2095
Short breaks from £455 per night

8+2  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.919559, 0.200136

Stylish yet cosy, this delightful cottage is perfect for couples and small families and sits right in the very heart of East Sussex in a rural position close to Chiddingly village with the beautiful South Downs National Park in sight. A great place for a taste of country life and a good self-catering base for exploring the many attractions of Sussex and also Kent including the coastline.

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £750

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.908344, 0.303639

Stay in this welcoming 5 Star Gold holiday home on the edge of the High Weald AONB, within walking distance of an excellent pub and easy reach of the  South Downs National Park and East Sussex Coastline. The Oast House dates from the 17th Century and sleeps five people in three bedrooms. It's ideal for families to use as a home-away-from-home while exploring this fantastic environment or people who want a peaceful retreat for a longer period. Go for long walks and bike rides, visit stately homes, castles and spectacular gardens, enjoy lazy days on the beach, tour 1066 Country, and enjoy local events and attractions. One week simply isn't enough, which is why the owner specialises in bookings of 3 nights to 2 weeks as standard (for longer breaks, please enquire).  Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1017 to £1675
Short breaks from £145 per night

5  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

About East Sussex

With a diverse variety of delights, East Sussex offers numerous attractions to suit all ages and its picturesque setting makes a wonderful backdrop for enjoying a whole host of outdoor activities.

From Hove to Camber Sands, East Sussex has over 80km of coastline, with many Blue Flag beaches, taking in the popular coastal destinations of Brighton, Winchelsea, Eastbourne, Bexhill and of course Hastings to name just a few.  It is the county of castles and history with relics of The Battle of Hastings mixed with medieval architecture.

Hastings is not only rich in history, but also has plenty to keep everyone happy with shops, bars, restaurants or take in a show at Hastings’ very own theatre and then visit the aquarium for a unique day out.

The golden beeches at Camber Sands, with miles of sand dunes and a fantastic sandy shoreline, are popular all year round with areas of the beach reserved for dogs.  Away from the beach, the quaint historic town of Rye has much to offer. Almost suspended in time, it is rich in history and culture and its cobbled streets are packed with interesting little shops, pubs and restaurants.

Brighton, a cosmopolitan city and one of the most vibrant and fun destinations to visit in the South East, is famous for its nightlife, Regency architecture and vast array of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is a treasure trove of attractions with fantastic nightlife, superb shopping in the cobbled streets of the Lanes and traditional seaside fun with a Blue Flag pebble beach, famous Brighton Pier and promenade.

East Sussex has much to offer as a holiday destination and is full of both natural beauty and history. Whether you are looking for a traditional seaside holiday, a cultural experience, a walking holiday or some time to simply relax amongst spectacular rolling countryside, you will not be disappointed by this beautiful county.