Seaside beach at coastal town Hastings

Self catering holiday cottages in East Sussex

Rent a cottage in this county of wonderful countryside, fabulous coastline and plenty of ancient villages – many still displaying their medieval origins. It’s “William the Conqueror versus the Saxons” territory, particularly around the historic village of Battle (don’t forget a visit to Battle Abbey) where locals won’t let you forget the famous Battle of Hastings that took place there in 1066 and after which the village is named.

Naturally, by the coast, there is an emphasis on beaches and the seaside, with Eastbourne providing a more laid-back and subtly traditional seaside offering for those seeking a self catering cottage holiday near the sea. Nearby is Beachy Head and the quite famous and rather stunning Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, where the main requirement is most definitely a camera. On the seaside theme, the city of Brghton, with its architectural marvel the Royal Pavilion and the new i360 viewing tower, extends some great independent shopping and, for the more energetic, nightlife, to the overall seaside experience.

Danny Cottage Alfriston East Sussex

Danny Cottage, Alfriston

Bedrooms: 3 (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single + pull out bed). Sleeps: 5/6. Alfriston. Short breaks, Nov - Mar. Pets welcome. 3 miles to the sea. Great walks on South Downs. Traditional English thatched country cottage.

This charming, 16th century ex National Trust thatched cottage is situated in its own private garden with lovely views only half a mile from the pretty village of Alfriston and just 3 miles from the sea. The area is rich in history and there are many places of interest and family attractions to...

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Dorothy's Cottage Bexhill on Sea East Sussex

Dorothy's Cottage, Bexhill on Sea

Bedrooms 3: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bexhill-on-Sea. Short breaks (3 nights minimum). Up to 2 pets allowed. Cycling, boating, fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, and riding close by

Dorothy’s cottage is a beautiful red brick cottage in the historic seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea. Over a hundred years old, the cottage has period features, and gardens to the front and back. Bexhill-on-Sea is surrounded by the magnificent countryside and coastline of East Sussex, an area...

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Self-catering holidays near the sea

East Sussex is also a great walking and cycling county, of particular interest to the outdoor fan being the Sound Downs Way which crosses the South Downs National Park where the ruins of William the Conqueror’s first stronghold, Pevensey Castle, can be found. However, you won’t run short of ancient castles and castle ruins to visit. If you want to imbibe the true smell of modern fishing – fish ‘preparation’ and diesel – then The Stade, near Hastings, famous for the home of Europe’s biggest beach-launched fishing fleet, is worth a visit. Coastal cottages are available year round and cosy log fires make a welcome retreat form walking holidays in the autumn.

The former county town of all Sussex (now East Sussex) Lewes, with its impressive castle castle ruins and a 15th Century bookshop has no less than three sites of Special Scientific interest – Lewes Downs, Lewes Brooks and Southerham Works Pit. Lewes was the first market town in the UK to hold a Farmers’ Market back in 1990.

Pet friendly holiday cottages by the sea - or seaside self-catering apartments with plenty of holiday activities - Sussex has to be a main contender for short breaks as well as annual summer holidays.