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5 Inspirational Places in Sussex

Posted on 18 December 2018

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Rottingdean: here between the sea and the South Downs Enid Bagnold wrote National Velvet, in a house once lived in by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones. National Velvet's the iconic tale of a girl who wins a horse in a raffle, disguises herself as a boy and wins the Grand National. The film raced Elizabeth Taylor to stardom and you can go racing in Sussex too – try Brighton, Fontwell or Plumpton.

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6 Splendid Sussex Castles

Posted on 7 December 2018

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You'll find some brilliant castles in and near Sussex - I've picked a few favourites for every season. We might not be able to offer you a castle to stay in but they're a great day out from our gorgeous country cottages!

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6 Accessible attractions in Sussex

Posted on 1 December 2018

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Tourist attractions can be frustrating: you arrive to find the car park miles away, steep steps and narrow corridors. Sound familiar? Well, why not try these accessible Sussex attractions? And there are plenty more!

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Why you should try Sussex beer

Posted on 27 November 2018

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Did you hear about the world's first brewery being found in a cave in Israel? Archaeologists found residues of 13,000-year-old beer but the report didn't say whether they tasted it; even for well-aged wine that might be pushing it.

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5 Ways to Pose Like a Royal in Sussex

Posted on 16 November 2018

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View the Declaration of Independence Royal-watchers, historians and Americans, have I got news for you! Did you know that Sussex has the only other parchment copy of the American Declaration of Independence outside Washington DC?

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How to make Christmas easier

Posted on 5 November 2018

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Do you love Christmas and New Year or is it all a bit much? Are you dreading cooking the obligatory huge dinner, worrying about accommodating all the relatives who want to visit or just wishing for some peace and quiet after a busy year?

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How to relax on holiday

Posted on 2 November 2018

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Those of you visiting Brighton & Hove this autumn might come across a trail of snails. Large, beautifully designed snails, all decorated by local artists. And you might have seen, or even joined in, a walk led by local resident Norman Cook, aka DJ Fatboy Slim, that took in each and every snail.

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Owl's about that, then?

Posted on 30 October 2018

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Have you heard an owl lately? This is the time of year I associate with starting to hear them, and it's always magical to spot one flying in our local woods, or hunting low over the fields. But I've never seen an owl chick in the wild, so it's wonderful to hear that five barn owl chicks were born this summer at Woods Mill, the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust. This is particularly exciting as they hadn't bred there for several years. It won't be long now before they fly off to start their adult lives – how time flies! Some experts think the parents actually chase them away. But they tend to stay within 10 miles, which is great news for the Sussex barn owl population. SWT is hoping to set up a barn-owl cam next year, so fingers crossed.

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5 Sussex Wine Tours to tempt your tastebuds

Posted on 16 October 2018

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Sussex wines keep on winning awards. Sparkling whites are a regional speciality but there's so much more: you'll find long-established vineyards alongside new ventures in this beautiful part of Southeast England. We've picked five for you to try – but we'll raise a glass to all of them!

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10 Half-Term Happenings in Sussex

Posted on 12 October 2018

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Something ghoulish for Hallowe'en half term, anyone? I've been exploring the creepy side of Sussex so you can head for the best family attractions. Whoooo! To my mind it doesn't get much more ghoulish than the True Crime Museum in Hastings. There's a Hallowe'en Murder Mystery Mind Bender all week, an evening True Crime Walk on 30th, plus curator's talks and all the regular exhibits. And if you need a walk to blow away the cobwebs afterwards, it's right on the seafront.

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5 Great Golf Courses in Sussex

Posted on 1 October 2018

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Fancy a round of golf? From top courses to somewhere the family can have a go, if you're staying in a Sussex holiday cottage there's almost certainly a golf course nearby. I can't pretend to be an expert golfer, but I can be certain that Sussex golf courses are set in beautiful countryside, whether they're high up on the South Downs, nestled into Wealden woodland or beside the sea.

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Dog-friendly tea-rooms in Sussex

Posted on 28 September 2018

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When you bring your dog on holiday you'll expect a warm welcome for the whole family – two legs and four. Sussex countryside is fabulous for dog-walking: from the Weald woodland, across the rolling South Downs to the seaside the scenery is pretty hard to beat. But you'll want to stop for refreshment, so we asked some friendly dog-walkers to recommend their favourite tea shops.

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5 reasons to try paddleboarding in Sussex

Posted on 10 September 2018

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Paddleboarding is a fast-growing sport – everyone's having a go. They say if you can walk upstairs you can have a go, whatever your age, though if you're going to try it in deep water you should be able to swim. Start with lessons on a nice big, wide board for extra stability, then move on to something smaller and faster if you like. Make waves!

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Five Sussex Experiences You Shouldn't Miss

Posted on 4 September 2018

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Want to drive a supercar or glide over the beautiful South Downs? How about a widlife safari or fun on mini quad bikes? Lots of amazing days out and adventures are waiting for you in beautiful Sussex.

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Sussex in September

Posted on 1 September 2018

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Sussex has plenty of events in September so you won't be short of things to do on your self-catering holiday. With the kids back at school it's quieter and more laid-back, while the weather should still be lovely for days out.

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Lights, Cameras, Action!

Posted on 28 August 2018

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Last month a starstruck friend spotted the Hollywood actress Annette Bening at Hope Gap, near Seaford. And it turns out the movie she's filming there is called... Hope Gap. For those of you visiting Sussex, Hope Gap is the point where, if you're walking along the Seven Sisters at low tide, you can take in a stretch of beach. It's a pretty spot in a beautiful area where the walking, the picnic places, the sea views and the countryside behind it are simply stunning – a truly magical combination.

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Summer swimming in Sussex

Posted on 7 August 2018

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Summer holidays are here, and I'm ahead of the game. I've been sea-swimming in Sussex through June and July and plan to enjoy the coast through August too.

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Just chillin'

Posted on 3 August 2018

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I'm busy doing nothing. How decadent is that? But while Sussex has loads of attractions and things to do on holiday, sometimes it's good to just sit back and relax. A sunny weekend in a cottage garden, a stroll through some shady woodland, a cold Sussex beer or two... it's idyllic. When it's really hot we all need shade.

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Sussex village traditions

Posted on 30 July 2018

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Festivals are top of the list in summer, and Sussex has some excellent ones. But in all the excitement it's easy to overlook one time-honoured tradition - the village fete. And July is the ideal month to catch one.

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Tap your toes

Posted on 23 July 2018

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Here's a Sussex tradition to raise a smile: clog-dancing! Actually it's not specifically Sussex but it certainly is alive and well here, and it's great fun. Though I should add it's also a serious matter for those who take part... I'm getting into hot water here, aren't I? The tradition of clog dancing started around the Industrial Revolution, when people who worked in the cotton and textile mills wore chunky wood-soled shoes because of all the water sloshing around underfoot.   

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Anyone for Poohsticks?

Posted on 16 July 2018

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Reading AA Milne poems to a young relative lately reminded me of one of the best family days out in the Ashdown Forest - a visit to the Poohsticks Bridge. How can any Pooh Bear fan, of any age, resist? The bridge itself is surprisingly small but you can just imagine how secret it must have felt to a small child who lived and played there. You will most likely be sharing it with other visitors but that's half the fun and, after all, gives plenty of scope for playing Poohsticks.   

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Regency Romance

Posted on 6 July 2018

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We've just seen some lovely pictures of a mother stoat moving her 10 kits across the salt marsh at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. She carefully carried each one in her mouth to their new nest - that's dedication for you. I think if you visit the Discovery Centre you might get a closer look. But we've spent a fair bit of time in East Sussex lately, so I was delighted to take a day trip to check on some of our properties towards Hampshire and the West Sussex border.   

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Cuckoo Calling

Posted on 23 June 2018

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Cyclists in Sussex, I've been hearing a cuckoo lately and it made me think of you. That's a good thing, honestly - have you tried the Cuckoo Trail? It follows an old railway called the Cuckoo Line and would make a lovely day out from your holiday cottage near Eastbourne.

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Summer Colours

Posted on 13 June 2018

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English hedgerows are at their best in June, and Sussex has its fair share of beauties. Are you looking for typically English scenery, those chocolate-box images you'd see on greetings cards and postcards? You'll find it here and it's just a short hop from the Channel Tunnel or London, with excellent transport connections yet you'll feel you're miles from anywhere.

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Rye by Stats

Posted on 10 June 2018

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I've been having some fun re-reading a visitor satisfaction survey from Rye from a few years ago. I loved the fact that while 89% said the visit to Rye had met their expectations, another 10% said their expectations were exceeded. A few were disappointed by traffic and weather (we'd help if we could!) but particular 'likes' included the olde-worlde atmosphere, the architecture and the quaint buildings. The scenic environment and historic sites nearby were among top reasons for visiting Rye.

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Walking the South Downs Way

Posted on 8 June 2018

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Calling keen walkers! Have you tried the South Downs Way Annual Walk? As I write there are only a few places left this year (8-16 June), but if you've missed out this time then do book ahead for 2019 and take a year to whet your appetite.   

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Posted on 6 June 2018

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So we have a Duke and Duchess of Sussex! About time: Sussex hasn't had its own duke for over 200 years. Bizarrely, we do have the Duke of Norfolk's seat (that's his residence to you and me, namely Arundel Castle); British titles can be very confusing.   

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Bayeux Tapestry Visit

Posted on 30 May 2018

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Make history in 1066 Country   The Bayeux Tapestry is set to visit England, but where will it stay? Battle Abbey would surely be appropriate and has been mooted as a possible site, though I gather it would require the building of a new extension or gallery - but they have a few years to sort it out as the details of this historic cultural exchange are still in development. 

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Festival Fun

Posted on 9 May 2018

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Prepare to be awed and challenged. See things you enjoy, things you'd never thought of. Some art, of whatever genre, is about beauty and aesthetics while some is about testing our ideas. Prepare to join in, too - that's half the fun, especially for kids.

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Sussex Highlights

Posted on 30 April 2018

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A warm welcome to Sussex! I'd like to highlight some of the many attractions in this area of Southeast England. We at Amberley House Cottages all live and work in Sussex and - or because - we love it, so we hope you will too.

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Spring Attractions

Posted on 19 April 2018

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So much to do in Sussex - and now the sun is shining make the most of it!

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Hastings Wins Award

Posted on 11 April 2018

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Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood is in Sussex, Hastings in fact and we're big fans of this quirky seaside town too...

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Glorious Glyndebourne

Posted on 6 April 2018

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It's that time of year again! Tickets on sale for Glyndebourne 2018!

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Shipwrecks in Sussex

Posted on 27 March 2018

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Shipwrecks, quicksands and a prehistoric forest - take a tour and discover a fascinating history of coastal Sussex.

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Wrecks and Wrangles

Posted on 23 March 2018

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Have you been watching Britain At Low Tide? We found the Sussex programme fascinating... 

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Leonardslee Opening Delayed

Posted on 19 March 2018

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The spectacular gardens at Leonardslee have been closed to the public since 2010, we can't wait until they open (albeit delayed) later this year..

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Eight legs on Pevensey Levels

Posted on 6 March 2018

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Did you know the rare fen raft spider can be found in Sussex? Read on to find out more...

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Historic Houses

Posted on 26 February 2018

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Sussex is full of historic houses, whether you visit one or stay in one history in Sussex is a living thing.

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Chichester Festival Theatre 2018 programme announced

Posted on 20 February 2018

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Curtains are going to be coming up in Chichester, with the Chichester Festival Theatre's 2018 Programme being announced..

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Leaving the car behind

Posted on 13 February 2018

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No need to drive to take a holiday in Sussex, we've plenty of holiday cottages that you can explore by bus, train, foot or even two wheels. 

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Romantic Sussex

Posted on 5 February 2018

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If romance is on your mind look no further than a cosy cottage for two in Sussex....

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted on 26 January 2018

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This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, a wonderful event with over half a million people now regularly taking part.

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Surprising Natural Sussex

Posted on 18 January 2018

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Sussex is great for wildlife spotting - come visit and see what you encounter...

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Historic Sussex

Posted on 12 January 2018

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The Kingdom of Sussex goes back to 497 - No wonder you'll find history around every corner...

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Happy New Year

Posted on 3 January 2018

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Recharge with a Sussex break in 2018

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