West Sussex holiday cottages are surrounded by some of southern England’s most idyllic scenery, with gently rolling countryside and a glorious coast. West Sussex is officially the UK’s sunniest county, with an average of 1,902 hours of sunshine per year. As you explore green hills, ancient woods and tranquil pastureland, you will discover magnificent stately homes and romantic ruins. Do not miss Arundel Castle, Bramber Castle, Nymans House and Gardens or the 17th-century mansion of Upppark, on the South Downs.
Chichester is a charming market town which is still almost entirely surrounded by medieval walls. Visit the graceful cathedral before taking a wander through the town centre’s maze of narrow streets, full of elegant 18th-century townhouses and independent shops and eateries. Do not leave without calling into Pallant House Gallery, home to one of the most important collections of 20th-century art in the UK.
Self-catering holidays in West Sussex are perfect for long, sunny days on the beach. The coast is scattered with Blue Flag sand and shingle beaches with safe swimming conditions and plenty of space to lay down a towel. Water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking are popular, and Wittering provides surfers with some of the best waves on the south coast. Bognor Regis is a charming resort with plenty of nostalgic seaside amusements to enjoy while further east, the town of Worthing has a beautiful pier and historic centre.
Much of West Sussex falls within the South Downs National Park, a 1,600km expanse of peaceful farmland, enchanting woods, lowland heaths and lush valleys. Thanks to its mild climate, the park is also home to several flourishing vineyards. West Sussex is also home to many major events and festivals, including internationally renowned racing at Goodwood and choir festivals at Chichester Cathedral and Firework Proms at Arundel Castle.
With its laid-back coastal resorts, striking historic sites and wonderfully unspoiled scenery, it is no wonder holiday cottages in West Sussex are so sought after. The county is also remarkably accessible with central London just a short drive or train journey away while Gatwick Airport serves travellers from across the world.