It is impossible to do more than touch the surface of all that this most historic of areas has to offer but we hope that our longer introduction below will inspire you to investigate further and take a relaxing holiday in one of our interesting and unusual cottages in Sussex and Kent. Our special selection includes romantic bolt-holes for two in the depths of the South Downs and Weald of Kent countryside, boutique retreats close to Rye and Chichester on the East and West Sussex coast as well as state-of-the-art barn conversions ideal for big family gatherings and celebration weekends.
Situated along a track high up on the downs, above the coastal village of Telscombe Cliffs, near Brighton, The Old Stable enjoys long views to the sea from its immaculately presented accommodation
The Summer House enjoys an idyllic setting overlooking the garden of a Grade II listed, 16th century farmhouse, deep in the West Sussex countryside.
Granary Cottage provides stylish accommodation in a secluded, mews style setting within the grounds of a country house, just three miles from Tunbridge Wells. Visit England 4 stars.
Hayesland Lodge is an especially peaceful and relaxing place to stay with the sound of birdsong and the bleating of sheep to greet you. Marvellous views across the gentle, rolling countryside of the Tillingham Valley. 6 miles to Rye.
Between Benenden and Cranbook and in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Little Barn stands quietly in the grounds of a 15th century farmhouse, approached by its own private driveway. Visit England 4 stars.
The two retreat cottages are situated below the church at the end of a 'no through road' in the tiny hamlet known locally as Dode, in the depths of the Kent countryside.
The Summer House in Kent is the ultimate retreat for short getaway breaks and offers use of a heated open air swimming pool, a hot tub, state-of-the-art shower cubicle/steam cabinet and "home cinema."
Peacefully located down a country lane in the village of Bentley, Mews Cottage is the perfect retreat for exploring this unspoilt part of the Hampshire/Surrey borders.
With 18th century origins, this is an enchanting cottage, surrounded by its own secluded garden. within the grounds of the owner's Georgian farmhouse, close to the Sussex coast.
This apartment is part of a recently built, select waterside development by a stretch of the River Adur between Shoreham Harbour and the sea.
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Although technically two separate entities (East Sussex and West Sussex) since 1974, the county is generally regarded as one unit and can reasonably lay claim to being amongst the most historic in England. Hideaways has been letting holiday cottages in Sussex - both country and coastal - for many years, providing a wide range of comfortable self-catering properties from which to explore this beautiful and diverse area.
The Sussex coast is said to be the sunniest in the country and from ancient Rye in the east to Roman Chichester in the west there are numerous coastal towns and villages which our Sussex holiday cottages are well placed to explore. For sailing enthusiasts Chichester Harbour provides miles of sheltered water with enticing shore excursions such as Bosham (pronounced ‘Bozam’) where King Canute’s daughter is buried. To the east, Brighton, England’s most vibrant seaside town, is an eclectic and slightly off-beat centre of history and heritage since the Prince Regent built his exotic Royal Pavillion there in the 18th century. Continuing eastwards, the famous chalk cliffs at Beachy Head are visible for miles around; the coastal town of Hastings boasts the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe and historic Lewes on the navigable River Ouse was for centuries a well protected port and is now the county town of East Sussex.
The hinterland of Sussex is equally varied and appealing. Running roughly east to west, the Weald and the South Downs (now a national park) are a paradise for walking, riding and cycling; and here too Hideaways’ Sussex holiday cottages are perfectly positioned for its exploration. From Ditchling Beacon in the east, via the Arun Gap where the longest river entirely in Sussex flows to the sea, to Kingley Vale with its magnificent yew trees in the west, the higher land, which forms the interior of the county affords superb views and an opportunity to unwind in unrivalled tranquillity. The ancient South Downs Way is now a long distance footpath.
History is everywhere in Sussex, a few examples of which are Neolithic flint mines at Cissbury near Worthing, the Long Man of Wilmington, at 227ft tall, Europe’s largest hill figure representing the human form; Roman villas at Bignor and Fishbourne near Chichester and of course the site of the Battle of Hastings commemorated at Battle Abbey. Sussex is also very well endowed with castles built to defend the region, many dating from Norman times – Arundel, Bramber, Pevensey, Amberley, Lewes and Hastings being amongst the best known. Many superb examples remain too of medieval hall houses (we are proud to list one such, The Yeoman’s House near Bignor, amongst Hideaways’ Sussex cottages), and a visit to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester is a ‘must’ for those interested in the evolution of domestic architecture.
Sussex is also rich in historic houses such as Petworth, Goodwood, Parham and the ‘miniature stately home’ Uppark, beautifully restored after a disastrous fire. Not to be missed either are Chichester Cathedral, dating from the 12th century, and the much later Roman Catholic Cathedral at Arundel.
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