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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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                                                                                            A Wonderful Experience

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                                                                                            We stayed for a week together with our family who live in London. It was a magical stay, and we had the chance to get to know our 8 month old grandson much better than we ever could on our weekend visits from our home in Manchester. The gardens and set up of Pirates Lookout provided beautiful safe surroundings where we could enjoy being together, but the benefits of two bathrooms and bedrooms meant we had some luxury as well. Some excellent places to visit, all within 30 mins; Hastings, Rye, Battle with outstanding views from Fairlight village. It's the first time we have taken a property rather than a hotel stay, and it was fantastic. The owner has thought of everything and the property is everything we could have wanted and then some.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            Fabulous

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                                                                                            This house was exactly as was described on the Internet. Everything you could need was available including tablets for the dishwasher and spare bin bags, which I've found are not always supplied by other companies I've booked with. Also, a bootle of prosecco and a chocolate cate to boot! The property was very well maintained and very clean. Bed was comfortable, had great quality bedding and lovely pillows. If I could ask for one or two things it would be a different blind in the lounge, as it doesn't quite give enough privacy, and may one on the door and hall window. This is purely my opinion and it certainly wouldn't stop me booking again, in fact I'm trying to plan my next visit. When we first arrived we weren't too sure about the location but we were wrong, it's so central for visiting places and the fabulous beach is something else. The whole booking process was simple and I'd certainly recommend to friends and family. Thank you for a great stay Richard.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
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                                                                                            Excellent!

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                                                                                            We all had a great time at Little Bucksteep Oast. The location is very good for visiting the many attractions that East Sussex and Kent have to offer. Brighton, Lewes, Hastings, Battle, Rye, Camber sands and many more are within easy reach from LBO and yet LBO is in a very peaceful location. LBO is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are in themselves set in rural surroundings. The property itself is a converted oast mostly dating back several hundred years however it has a modern feel to it. Two of the three bedrooms are located in the 'oast'. One is a double in a very generously sized room and the other is located upstairs towards the top of the oast and contains the most enormous 4 poster bed I have ever seen! It felt as though I needed to text my wife to check to see if she was in the other side of the bed! I would however like to point out that in my 30 years of marriage holiday beds have tended to be a bit of a let down in terms of comfort on my wife's part. Not this bed at LBO! 'One of the most comfortable ever' according to my dearly beloved! The third bedroom is located off a landing as you go up to the top bedroom. This is a delightful twin (+1) room which floods with light from 3 windows. Back downstairs there is a large sitting room in the main part of the old oast. This is complete with log burner and I would think would be al lovely cosy room on a cold evening (we were blessed by good weather so didn't have the need to test this out!). Past the lounge there is a really good shower room (upstairs there is a modern bathroom with shower over bath) and a utility area with washing machine. This then leads through into a great kitchen/ dining/living space where we spent most of our evening time (when not outdoors). This is a superb space for gathering to eat, talk, play games etc. The kitchen has everything you could need (including dishwasher!) and the dining table could easily seat 10 or more around it. The sitting area is comfortable and overlooks patio and gardens. Outside the 3 burner gas BBQ was well used (there is also a traditional Weber charcoal type of BBQ if this is your preference) and of course the tennis court and swimming pool. Overall a great time was had by all. Our group was 2 x 53yrs, 2 x 21 yrs and 2 x 18yrs but I would think all age ranges could enjoy a stay at LBO. Our only disappointment was that we could only be there for 1 week - you really need more! PS Nearly forgot the 2 lovely Dalmations and the cat!
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016