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Make a holiday cottage in East Sussex your home away from home

Home to windswept beaches, stunning chalk cliffs, and unspoilt countryside as far as the eye can see, East Sussex is difficult to compete with as far as British holiday destinations go. With so much to see and do, it’s an appealing place for almost all types of visitors. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore varied natural landscapes, whilst families and couples can enjoy fun in the sun on the beach.

HomeAway has a good number of holiday cottages in East Sussex to choose from. They range from seaside cottages in Rye, Eastbourne and Hastings, to country homes in secluded villages like Maresfield. East Sussex holiday rentals can be reserved from around £275 per week and come in all shapes and sizes. All rentals are fully furnished, with many offering additional amenities such as access to a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Things to do

-Beaches: There are a number of excellent beaches in East Sussex. Camber Sands, with its large crop of sand dunes, is a perfect place for fun in the sun. The beach here features soft sand and safe swimming areas during calm conditions. It’s also a popular spot for kite boarding and kite buggying. Over in Hastings, Pelham Beach is specially designed with families in mind. Adjacent to Pelham is Hastings Beach, which is also a lovely place to visit.

-Outdoor activities: Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Seven Sisters Country Park, which is home to the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliff formation. The park is full of bird-watching opportunities and also offers stunning views of the English Channel. East Sussex also lays claim to the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which has an amazing network of trails and themed walks suitable for people of all ages.

-Historic sites: People with a love of British history might choose holiday homes in Battle to see Battle Abbey and the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The charming market town also has an informative museum about the famous battle that will appeal to adults and children alike. In truth, anyone with an interest in history can choose self catering in East Sussex pretty much anywhere in the county as it has a wealth of sites and attractions. Not too far from Battle is Pevensey Castle, which enjoys a rich history going back 16 centuries. The old Saxon fort marks the landing place for William the Conqueror, and was later retrofitted into a Norman Castle.

-Family attractions: Families staying in an East Sussex holiday cottage near Hastings can easily visit the Blue Reef Aquarium. The fun and educational destination has habitats containing sharks, rays, and many other animals that call the waters around the UK home. Also nearby is Alexandra Park, which has a lovely boating lake, a large play area for children and a convenient café.

Weather in East Sussex

July and August are the best time to visit the beach in East Sussex. Daily high temperatures average a comfortable 22°C and the skies have a tendency to remain clear. Great weather for all kinds of outdoor pursuits lasts from late April into September, when highs exceed 15°C. October to December are the rainiest months of the year, with things drying out again by March.

Travel to East Sussex

East Sussex is well connected by road and rail. Drivers can take the M25 ring before exiting onto the A21 south at Seven Oaks. The A21 runs straight through East Sussex to Hastings and the coastline. Drive along the A259 to reach all the major coastal towns. Visitors without a vehicle can take rail services to popular destinations for East Sussex holiday homes like Hastings, Rye, and Eastbourne.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Little Brook

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A very cosy, warm and comfortable stay in ideallic countryside in East Sussex. Suited all our requirements with Janet and Grants attention to detail. Many places to visit locally and within easy reach of the sea and South Downs too. A superb walking area with historic Rye and Rye Harbour on the doorstep. Many National Trust properties to visit and Great Dixter within easy reach. Certainly a little gem for a relaxing getaway. Will most definitely return. Thank you Susan and Keith Epping
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Enjoyable New Years break

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed at Pirate Lookout for three nights over New Years as a party of 6 adults. The house is in beautiful location, very peaceful and great views with coastal walks within minutes of leaving the property. We ventured out to Hastings for dinner on our first night which was less than £10 by taxi. The other nights we stayed in and cooked and the kitchen in the house is well stocked with most items needed to cook with. We did forget to bring one or two items which Cecilia did kindly bring over to us. The house has a good communal space and we felt we had plenty of room with 6 six adults, we had one person sleeping in the living room, three in the main bedroom and two in the downstairs double. The road leading down to the house is a bit rough but I made it down and back a couple of times in my Vauxhall Astra with no damage so it is definitely do-able. The house has no phone signal (which for the most part is a good thing) but did make it very difficult ordering a taxi into town. But if you are more prepared you can book ahead or arrange something over the wifi. All in all we had a great weekend and really enjoyed our stay at Pirates Lookout.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Very enjoyable stay

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Very enjoyable stay. The owner is very friendly and leaves fresh bread and eggs for when you arrive. The house is clean, warm, and a comfortable size for a couple with a fully equipt kitchen. The beach is a short drive away with plenty of free parking.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016