Published: 30.04.2020

Self-catering cottage holidays in Sussex

  Things to see and do during your self-catering holiday in Sussex

Book a country cottage holiday in Sussex, the green and leafy county on the south coast of England and wander along the beaches and South Downs discovering beautiful places and charming English villages and pubs. here is a selection of holiday cottages and pine lodges to choose from in Sussex - there is bound to be a place where you would dearly love to stay for a week's holiday or a short break.

Sussex country cottages

Sussex is divided into West and East Sussex and encompasses the rolling Sussex Downs, the famous landmark of Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters, and sedate, comfortably established seaside resorts of Bognor Regis, Brighton, Hove, Hastings and Eastbourne. The seaside resorts tend to have  a large number of self catering apartments, often in smart blocks overlooking a harbour or marina.

Very much the typically English green and pleasant land, Sussex has much to offer residents and tourists alike.  There are excellent rail connections with London.  If you want to go straight to the self catering accommodation click for:

Some of the places that you may like to visit in Sussex are:

Alfriston - picture book pretty village with the last surviving market cross in Sussex.  Visit the 14th Century thatched Clergy House (National Trust) beside Alfriston Parish Church. Drusilla's Zoo Park is supposedly the best kept small zoo in the country.


Battle - site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Visit Battle Abbey with its audio visual exhibition, originally built by William the Conqueror to commemorate his victory over Harold. Take the 1066 Country Walk between Pevensey and Rye that passes through Battle. Take the kids to relive Victorian Times at Buckley's Yesterday's World.


Brighton - with it's traditional sea front, pier, the Royal Pavilion, pavement cafes, good nightlife,  interesting shops and boutiques. With a good train connection to London it has become a popular place for commuters. 


Sussex beachy headBeachy Head - highest point on the coastline with the disused Belle Tout lighthouse at its foot , famous landmark, unfortunately known as a popular spot for suicides. Follow the coastal path to Birling Gap to see spectacular cliff erosion which has resulted in the collapse of a number of houses into the sea below. Continue walking for excellent views from the Seven Sisters cliffs.

Cottages in Chichester - The city of Chichester with its Cathedral dating back from 1091, 18th Century houses in the Pallent quarter, the harbour, canal boat trips from the harbour to the town, Roman remains.


Cottages and apartments in Eastbourne - Eastbourne with its famous sea-front and 5 miles of award winning sandy beach, promenade with flower gardens and band stand with music daily during the summer, lots of theatres, Heritage Centre, museums ( 'How we lived then' museum of shops from the past, Wish Tower Puppet Museum, RNLI Museum, Redoubt Fortress Museum), marina, many historic buildings, art galleries and antique shops.


Findon, near Worthing, East Sussex. Good examples of 17th and 18th Century flint and brick buildings around a town square. The church which originates from the 12th Century contains medieval oak pews and a 13th century oak screen. Ancient flint mines lie to the east of the village. The Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings with their Iron Age remains provide vantage point views of the town. Take a look at cottages near Worthing in Sussex.


Hever Castle - and gardens.  The childhood home of Anne Boleyn.


Leonardslee Gardens - 240 acres of gardens with magnolias, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, lake and wildflower walk. Also gardens at Nyman’s at Handcross, hayward's Heath - Tel: 01444 400321/400777, and Borde Hill.


Lewes - famous for its bonfire parades on Bonfire Night.  Amazing must-see spectacle each year on the 5th of November between 6.30 and 8.30 pm., when the numerous bonfire societies of the town march through the streets in costume with flaming torches and burning barrels that they hurl to float down the river Ouse.  The 2 hours of drama, organised mayhem and the burning of effigies of 'nasties' like Guy Fawkes, Pope Paul V, Osama bin Laden, is usually watched by a crowd of about 60,000 which regularly  floods into this small Sussex town.  The entertainment goes on throughout the evening with revellers taking refreshment from the pubs and hot food stands before departing for one of the  final large bonfire at Cliffe or other parts of town.

Also pay a visit to the Monk's House at Rodwell in Lewes which was the small clapboard home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf until Leonard’s death in 1969. 


Lindfield - boasts a Vintage Wireless Museum in the high street.


Long Man of Wilmington - chalk carving out of the hillside of Windover Hill near Alfriston. Origin unknown although many theories abound.


Merriments Gardens - at Hurst Green, Sussex for those who love to wander around garden centres. See examples of what it is possible to achieve in your garden and browse in a nursery and garden furniture shop.  Visitor cafe for refreshments.


Country cottages Petworth - Petworth is an olde worlde town with narrow lanes and houses dating back to the 16th Century.  Petworth House historic home of the Earls of Northumberland dating back to the 13th Century and now the home of Lord and Lady Egremont although in the care of the National Trust. The gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown.  Deer still graze on the meadows.


Seven Sisters Country Park - country park with visitor centre, shore walks and other facilities.


The Sussex Downs - wonderful chalky hills leading down to the cliffs, including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Find wild flowers, butterflies, old historic settlements.


The South Downs Way - right of way for horses, cyclists and walkers along the chalk downs following prehistoric droveways with Bronze Age barrows along the route.


Wakehurst Place - part of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens at Ardingly, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the High Weald of West Sussex it is a refuge for wildlife and a protected area for the flora and fauna of the Sussex Weald.


Large self-catering holiday home in Chichester Sussex sleeps up to 12Northfields in Chichester - Sleeps 12,  click on photograph of the house.

Exceptionally fine and well-appointed Edwardian country home in attractive  grounds of two and a half acres.  Heated Squash Court with viewing gallery.  Immaculate grass tennis court. 

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 Charming 4 bedroom house in the Sussex countryside

 There are many more country cottages in Sussex, find a cottage, log cabin or apartment for a good self catering break in a lovely part of southern England.

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