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Holidaymakers searching for cottages in East Sussex also enquired about cottages in Devon, holiday homes in Isle of Wight and Kent cottages

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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East Sussex Cottages - Self Catering East Sussex (300+)

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    Excellent! 4.5/5
    (13 reviews)
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    • 3 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 5
    Apartment #1484987
    13
    Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (23 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Cottage #1873785
      23
      Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (20 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Apartment #1678445
        20
        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (13 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Barn #6707691
          13
          Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.7/5
            (29 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 2
            Multiple rentals Cottage #1309459
            29
            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
              • Studio
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Multiple rentals Cabin #1309459
              2
              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                (9 reviews)
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                • 4 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 10
                House #6470136
                9
                Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                  (6 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Multiple rentals Apartment #6068154
                  6
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Multiple rentals Apartment #6068154
                    3
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 2
                      Multiple rentals Apartment #6068154
                      2
                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                        (33 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 7
                        Cottage #875348
                        33
                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #1008007
                          1
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #6562294
                            3
                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (9 reviews)
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Apartment #1010682
                              9
                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (22 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Apartment #826424
                                22
                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Apartment #1667689
                                  4
                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    House #1453808
                                    8
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (37 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      House #1672162
                                      37
                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                        (22 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #8158279
                                        22
                                        Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                          (7 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8158279
                                          7
                                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                            (9 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            House #6541848
                                            9
                                            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                              (5 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 2
                                              House #1403579
                                              5
                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (10 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Apartment #1930643
                                                10
                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                  (6 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #406446
                                                  6
                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (13 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #861251
                                                    13
                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                      (12 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Barn #8164771
                                                      12
                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (18 reviews)
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        House #8055136
                                                        18
                                                        Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                          (7 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                          Cottage #8165203
                                                          7
                                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (34 reviews)
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                                                            • 4 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                            House #864451
                                                            34
                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                              (10 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Cottage #6732234
                                                              10
                                                              Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                Cottage #1135366
                                                                2
                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (27 reviews)
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                                                                  • 5 BR
                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                  Cottage #1883489
                                                                  27
                                                                  Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                    (19 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Apartment #824410
                                                                    19
                                                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Bungalow #6782850
                                                                      7
                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (18 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                        Apartment #1873392
                                                                        18
                                                                        Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (13 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #1744094
                                                                          13
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                            (21 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #8168372
                                                                            21
                                                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #6814558
                                                                              2
                                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (14 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cottage #8164835
                                                                                14
                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (25 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #1013411
                                                                                  25
                                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                    (26 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #1013411
                                                                                    26
                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #6831921
                                                                                      1
                                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                        (16 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        House #6809244
                                                                                        16
                                                                                        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          House #1085725
                                                                                          4
                                                                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Barn #8089115
                                                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (13 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #8094508
                                                                                              13
                                                                                              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                House #1980161
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Cottage #1411715
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (5 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                    Bungalow #1786007
                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Cottage #1893538
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      lovely small cottage in the centre of Rye

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      lovely weekend break in Rye wonderful restaurants will definitely be returning in the new year
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Holiday Hideaway Cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had our mini moon stay in this cottage recently and had a fantastic stay. Property is a very restful spacious place, immaculately cleaned, well maintained and fitted with all the amenities you could want. The Pirates Lookout offered fantastic sea and cliff views. Very secure fenced in property which we really appreciated with our young dog. Would recommend to all, to be honest we didn't want to come home!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Country Retreat review

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Perfect place for an autumn chill-out week. Delightful cosy and warm stay in characterful property surrounded by Janet's garden and fruit trees and then rolling hills. Such a good base for exploring so many attractions in E Sussex and Kent. So glad that we found it, thanks.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016