Get away from it all in the beautiful South

South East EnglandThe South East of England is one of Britain’s most captivating regions. With a beautiful coastline, historic towns and rolling countryside it’s the perfect place to get away from it all. We have self catering holiday homes in Surrey, Sussex and Kent. No other form of holiday accommodation can bring you as close to the local action. The South East of England also receives more sunshine than anywhere else in the country, making it a perfect easy get away.

The jewel of Sussex is Brighton. Famously called “London on Sea” it boasts the grandeur and innovation of the English capital on a smaller scale, making it the perfect weekend city break. Developed during the Regency and Victorian period as a playground for the rich, it’s still a hot spot for tourists, Londoners and locals looking for a weekend of fun. It is a truly cross generational city, with entertainments for all ages. Boasting some of the South East’s best bars, music venues and clubbing, it has a vibrant music and gay scene which means you never have a boring night out. During the day it is a hotspot for families, history lovers and culture vultures. Grand Georgian buildings line its streets and seafront. And the centrepiece is the breath taking Brighton Pavilion, an Oriental-style palace that overlooks the city centre. Students, cool kids and tourists love to take a break from city life and laze about in its beautiful grounds, whilst design lovers flock to see its unique interior. Next door is the charming Theatre Royal Brighton, a Victorian theatre where you can catch many of the London shows. There are also splendid walks to be had along Brighton Marina, Brighton Beach and through the city centre, lined with unique antique shops, restaurants and cafes where you can watch the world go by. The main shopping area of Brighton is the Brighton Laines, streets of sophisticated stores that proudly attract Londoners with their unique fashion, jewellery, gift and home ware collections. And not forgetting the Brighton Pier, a proper old fashioned English fairground overlooking the sea, fun for children and big kids alike.

We have some great Brighton holiday rentals. In this stylish city, the standards of interiors are high. Have a look at our modernised holiday flats and holiday apartments. Perfect for groups of friends or couples. Choose from a number of bedrooms, roof gardens and penthouse properties. The perfect place to catch up at the end of your day, or dump your bags after a hard core retail therapy session! And offering a level of privacy you’d never get in a British hotel, you can continue your night out when you get back home. Or make like you’re in the regency period with a grand Georgian townhouse. Many of these work as city pads and beach house rentals, as they overlook the sea or marina.

If you prefer to relax in the tranquillity of the countryside, Sussex has many regions that attract tourists’ year in year out. Popular seaside towns like Eastborune, Hastings and Wealden still thrive, offering visitors an authentic British seaside experience. Have afternoon tea in a hotel, take a walk across the sea front, or indulge yourself with some fish and chips. Stunning countryside such as the Sussex Downs, and Beachy Head are just a stones throw away. Both areas are well serviced with walking, cycling and horse riding routes, and are perfect for flying a kite, or if you’re feeling brave why not try hang gliding? Down below enjoy water activities such as sailing, kayaking, fishing or scuba diving. Have a bit of me time, at the Mid Sussex Golf Course, Brighton Racecourse or taking a day trip to a spa. Explore Arundel Castle or the Goodwood estate and sculpture park with the kids. Or take a family picnic to one of the areas prettiest beaches.

To the East of Sussex is the historically rich Kent, Britain’s oldest county. Known as “the garden of England”, due to its many orchards and hop gardens, it is a peaceful region of natural beauty.

Great Destinations in the South East of England

History lovers flock to Canterbury, a UNESCO world heritage site. This medieval city is home Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest in Britain and still the seat of the Church of England today. The history continues with the fascinating ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and Canterbury Norman Castle. Wander down the winding cobbled streets and take in the stunning Medieval and Tudor architecture. It’s not hard to see why Canterbury is often used as a film location. Its status as a site of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world has contributed to the fascinating heritage it boasts today. Or if literature is your religion, visit the Canterbury Tales museum, which is suitable for families; see Chaucer’s classic come to life in this interactive experience. Modern Canterbury is not only a historical site but a vibrant modern city. You can shop like a Queen in The Kings Mile, Northgate, St Dunstans and Westgate Towers, drink like a Lord in the many pubs and bars or eat like a King in its restaurants. Or why not make enjoy seeing Canterbury from the River Stour. Relax on a punt as your knowledgeable guide tells you the stories behind the scenery.

A stone’s throw from Canterbury is the idyllic sea side town of Whitstable. Whitstable offers the charm of the British coast. Famous for its Oysters it’s a Mecca for seafood lovers, who can sample best of the day’s catch fresh on their plates that evening in the town’s authentic restaurants. Or for the full on experience, why not visit during July for the Oyster Festival? Delicious! Broadstairs, Herne Bay and Folkestone all offer miles of beautiful unspoiled coast line, perfect for spending a quiet afternoon. Take long walks admiring the quaint countryside and pretty cottages. Or if you’re looking for adventure Kent caters for action heroes as well. Scuba Dive in Margate, Jet Ski in Joss Bay or kite surf in Minnis Bay. The ocean awaits …

Historical towns, dramatic coastlines, and quaint countryside, the South East of England is the perfect easy get away. This peaceful setting is perfect for spending quality time with your family, friends or a partner. Parents with small children can paddle in the sea, teenagers can go wild in the surf, or on a mountain bike tour, and grandparents can sit down for a well deserved cup of tea. And at the end of the evening you can all come together round the place or dinner table to exchange stories about your day. Staying in a vacation rental brings your family together. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has a range of stunning holiday homes available. If you’re staying by the coast why not opt for a charming holiday cottage, or an ocean front beach house? Find original period features, idyllic English country gardens and a place to park your car. What hotel can do that? This peaceful setting is perfect for spending quality time with your family, friends or a partner. What could be better than the simple pleasure of taking a walk across a pebble beach, and watching the sun go down together?

The South East of England is easy to reach from within Britain or abroad. The region is well serviced Shoreham Airport, and Stanstead Airport. Or if you can easily take the Ferry to Dover (Kent) from Calais. And being South East England London is a quick, convenient train ride away. So if you fancy a trip into the big city look at the special rates rail companies run for family groups, young people and OAPs.

Top 5 South East England Holiday Destinations


Brighton & Hove

Brighton is a city that knows style, choose from modern apartment, or a grand Georgian townhouse. Be right on the beach or in the buzzing heart of the city. Brighton has some of the best shopping in the South East of England; choose a right rental to dump your bags before a night out.

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Canterbury, Whistable and Hearne Bay

Canterbury, Whitstable and Hearne Bay

The medieval city of Canterbury is a heritage site like no other. Steeped in history, it remains the seat of the Church of England still today. It also has a vibrant nightlife with some great restaurants and bars to choose from, making it the perfect place for a truly grown up getaway. The beaches of Whitstable and Herne Bay are a stone’s throw away. Sample the famous oysters and walk together along the coast.

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Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

The British sea side as it once was, these pretty little towns are perfect for a good old fashioned beach holiday. Perfect for families, the coast is lined with piers and arcades for the kids. The pretty Kent countryside is just on the corner, and you can watch the boats in Ramsgate Royal Harbour from a quiet sea front café.

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East Sussex

East Sussex

East Sussex proudly boasts the famous seaside towns of Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings. See famous British Beauty spots, such as the breath taking cliff face of Beachy Head, or the rolling green hills of The South Downs.

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West Sussex

West Sussex

This is one for people who love the country. Stay in an idyllic farm house, or in a rural cottage. Famous for its coastal and woodland walks, this is the perfect area for trekking, whether by bicycle, horseback or on foot. It’s also the place for history lovers, with Arundel Castle, Goodwood House and Fishbourn Roman Palace near by.

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