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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Lewes, East Sussex your home away from home

The medieval town of Lewes lies on a tributary of the River Ouse which meanders through the scenic South Downs to Newhaven. The town dates back to the 11th century and earlier. The Normans built a fine flint castle and the ruins still dominate the town today. The steep cobbled streets are known as “twittens” and 15th century cottages appear unchanged. They are a favourite setting for historic dramas and films. A vacation home in Lewes is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, the coastal resort of Brighton and the many historic castles in this lovely area.

Things to Do in Lewes, East Sussex

Shopping

Lewes and the small towns in the area of East Sussex are perfect for shopping. In particular the town has a fine selection of speciality shops along with many art galleries and craft shops.

Antique Hunting

Lewes is one of the major centres in Britain for antiques. It has three auction houses and many charming shops to browse for treasure. The Old Needlemakers in the 19th century candle and needle factory now houses a collection of antique shops and a café.

Following History

The area around Lewes is rich in historic sites. The 1066 Battle of Hastings site is particularly interesting and there is now an Abbey marking the site of Harold’s death. The battlefield has an award-winning exhibition depicting the Norman conquest of England and the changes it brought about.

Places to Visit Near Lewes, East Sussex Anne of Cleves House Museum

One of the most interesting attractions is the Anne of Cleves House, given to Anne as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII. It now houses a collection of exhibits from the Elizabethan era along with the Wealdon Ironwork Gallery.

Charleston

Charleston was the former home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and now contains a wonderful collection of their artwork along with paintings by Picasso, Derain and Renoir.

Herstmonceux Castle

This 15th century moated castle is one of the most impressive castles in England. Set in beautiful landscaped parkland it has superb Elizabethan walled gardens with a lily pond and folly. The castle was built on the site of Roman remains as a country home for the Fiennes family rather than as a defensive fortress.

Weather in Lewes, East Sussex

The East Sussex coast enjoys mild winters with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. The summers are pleasantly warm, reaching 72°F (22°C). The area has moderate rainfall, heaviest in the winter months.

Getting to Lewes, East Sussex

Your Lewes vacation rental is just 21 miles from London Gatwick Airport. London City Airport is 44 miles away and London Heathrow is 46 miles from Lewes. The area is very easy to drive to, lying just south of the M25 along the M23/A23.

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      House #6807920
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              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                        House #8150354
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                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                          Bungalow #8127914
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                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                            Cottage #6480153
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                              Apartment #6104552
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                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                Cottage #875348
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                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                            Apartment #8133113
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                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                  Cottage #8127407
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                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                      Cottage #8122680
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                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                        House #1929294
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                                                          Apartment #861251
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                                                            • 1 BR
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                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #1309459
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              House #865419
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                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8158279
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                                                                  Apartment #6706835
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                                                                    Cottage #6082680
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                        Apartment #1011597
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                                                                          Cottage #1872794
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                                                                            Cottage #1979395
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                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                              Apartment #1189115
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                                                                                Apartment #6801102
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                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                  House #6470136
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                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                      House #8077033
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                                                                                        Apartment #1201079
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                                                                                          Cottage #6562294
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                                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                            Apartment #824410
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                                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                              Apartment #841349
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                                                                                                Apartment #1201273
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                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                                  Cottage #406446
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                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                    House #8146307
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                                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                      Cottage #8094508
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Review of the Granary

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My friends and I had a great weekend staying here. The Granary is just perfect; very comfortable and very well equipped with everything you need for your stay. There's plenty of space and given the size of the rooms I was very surprised how warm it was - in contrast to bright but freezing weather outside. The location is great - just a few steps to the Shepherd and Dog for a drink and nestling at the foot of the South Downs so perfectly placed for a good walk. All in all a lovely place to stay...would love to go back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Comfort and convenience

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Whistle Stop is a most comfortable, quiet and convenient place to stay. It may not look particularly attractive from the road side but the owners have decorated the property beautifully and really thought about the things a traveller might need. Everything was spotless, the sofas are comfortable, the shower is powerful and the kitchen has every appliance. The sitting area is very light and there is a small garden where you can enjoy the Sun. We loved our generous "welcome pack" and slept well on the large bed. The house is on a quiet side street but there are coffee shops, pubs and foods stores in Henfield within 2 minutes walk. We especially enjoyed not using the car - taking the bus into Brighton, enjoying a long walk on the Downs LInk and coming back to light the wood burner. I can recommend the property highly if you want to relax and explore this area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful hidden gem by the sea. Cosy, warm well equipped for the perfect stay in Saltdean

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Lovely little bungalow in Saltdean. Perfectly clean on arrival. Lovely welcome from Siobhan who showed us around and gave excellent tips on the local area. The fish chips was really the best we have had. A little welcome back was left for us with yummy crisps and wine! The bungalow has a really spacious feel. Really well equipped with all the mod cons (tv, games console, wifi). Excellent garden with spectacular view from the raised decking. Will definitely stay again even though we live quite close by!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016