Tranquil countryside, glorious beaches and some of the UK’s sunniest weather can all be enjoyed on self-catering holidays in East Sussex. This southern county is dominated by green, gently rolling hills, with a stunning coast scattered with unique towns such as Hastings and Brighton. East Sussex is bordered by Kent to the north and east, Surrey to the north-west and West Sussex to the west. East Sussex holiday cottages are perfect for visitors who want to make the most of the quintessentially English countryside in this unspoiled county. The South Downs National Park runs east and west a few miles inland, with sweeping valleys, ancient woods and farmland. The park is crisscrossed by paths and bridleways, making it a paradise for walkers, wildlife-watchers and horse-riders.
Complete with breakfast bar and Juliet balcony overlooking the quay of the River Rother, 16 The Boathouse is a romantic waterfront apartment in Rye, East Sussex, affording couples on holiday along the coastline of the South of England the perfect home base to explore this historic port town.
Golden Hop oozes romance. The gorgeous rural couple cottages in Saint Leonards-on-Sea are surrounded by the countryside of East Sussex & offer countless spaces for candlelit moments. The pet-friendly couple cottages boast a spacious garden with an outdoor fire pit plus interior with rustic chic.
Cherry Cottage is a spacious, modern rural cottage boasting seclusion and tradition. The pet-friendly cottage lies in Ripe, near Lewes in Sussex, and boasts stunning rural views, exposed beams and outdoor entertaining areas. Beautiful walks lead from its doorstep, and the wonders of Sussex await.
Set amidst an East Sussex valley north of the South Downs, Cherrystone Barn near the village of Nice is the perfect holiday getaway, a romantic countryside cottage with a hot tub, enclosed garden offering expansive views, an open plan living area and a separate bedroom with en-suite rolltop bath.
Don’t miss Brighton, home to a massive stretch of shingle beach with a graceful pier at its centre. The town is scattered with historical landmarks such as the extravagant Royal Pavilion, built for the Prince Regent in 1822. Visit the Volk’s Electric Railway before weaving your way through The Laynes, home to a variety of off-beat independent shops. Brighton hosts two of England’s biggest festivals: the Brighton Festival in May and the Paramount Comedy Festival in October.
Visit the quaint fishing harbour at Hastings and see where King Harold fell in 1066, or walk along the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs with breathtaking views across the English Channel, towards France. Staying in a holiday cottage in East Sussex is an excellent opportunity to experience southeast England’s best-loved events, such as opera at Glyndebourne, where you can take your own picnic, complete with candelabra. Rudyard Kipling lived and wrote many of his literary works in East Sussex while living at Batemans near Burwash. His home, reputedly haunted by Kipling’s ghost, is now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.