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Our favourite Arundel walk

Posted on 30 April 2019

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You can start this walk anywhere in the town. If you're staying in one of our holiday cottages in Arundel just pick up the route at a convenient point; if you're arriving by car, you'll probably start from the car park near the castle entrance. There are hills and a stile to negotiate in the first part, though the final section is flat. Along the river you get magnificent views of the town and castle above you, and there's a wonderful variety of bird life spilling over from the nearby Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

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10 Public Sculptures in Sussex

Posted on 29 April 2019

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Sussex has a great tradition of public art. Sit beside Rudyard Kipling, run alongside Steve Ovett, stand at St Richard's feet or discuss whodunnit with Arthur Conan Doyle – why not try our bespoke Sussex sculpture trail?

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Scenic Sussex Bus Routes

Posted on 26 April 2019

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Sussex is easily accessible by public transport. It has good rail connections, with fast trains from London, links to Eurostar and long-distance trains through Reading and Gatwick, plus local South Coast trains. Why not choose one of our gorgeous self-catering cottages or apartments in towns with mainline stations, such as Chichester, Lewes, Arundel or Hastings, or one of our cosy cottages near smaller stations, or plan your holiday around bus routes? Here are three handy buses to get you started.

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Focus on Arundel

Posted on 2 April 2019

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Where is Arundel? Arundel is a historic town in the heart of West Sussex. It has a brilliant castle, a cathedral and many historic buildings, plus fabulous views over the Arun Valley and South Downs. Arundel has direct trains to London – you get a terrific view of the castle from the train – and local bus services to help you explore Sussex, and is on the A27.

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A short walk on the South Downs

Posted on 29 March 2019

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Here's an easy walk between the pretty village of Alfriston and the iconic Long Man at Wilmington, using sections of the South Downs Way plus local paths. It's not a circular route but it takes just 1hr (without stops) so you could make it a there-and-back, perhaps pausing for a picnic at the Long Man or a pub lunch in Alfriston. There's a car park at each end or you can use public transport – at the time of writing, bus route 125 (though not on public holidays) covers Wilmington, Alfriston and Polegate, which is accessible by train.

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3 Views of Sussex

Posted on 19 March 2019

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In a recent, wonderful BBC documentary the great photographer Don McCullin turned his lens on some quintessentially English places – and Sussex featured strongly. Three of our favourites were in there: namely, Eastbourne; Glyndebourne; and Goodwood. If you missed the programme it's worth finding on catch-up. His portraits of English life and Sussex visitors were gritty, affectionate and gently humorous in equal measure.

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5 Must-See Sussex Traditions

Posted on 15 March 2019

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Missed the Sussex Puddle-Jumping Championships in February? Don't worry, just book a cosy cottage for next year to be sure of your spot – meanwhile, Sussex has plenty more fine traditions to liven up your holiday.

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Focus on Bexhill on Sea

Posted on 5 March 2019

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Where is Bexhill-on-Sea? Bexhill-on-Sea is a pretty seaside town in East Sussex, near Hastings, Eastbourne, Rye and historic 1066 Country. Developed in Edwardian times as a fashionable resort near the original village of Bexhill, it even had a Bicycle Boulevard. It has direct trains to London Victoria, London Bridge and St Pancras (journey time about 2hrs), Ashford International and Brighton.

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Glynde, Lewes and Mount Caburn walk

Posted on 1 March 2019

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Glynde and Lewes are both good starting points for this circular walk; both are accessible by train or, better still, start from one of our holiday cottages near Lewes! I love to start from Glynde, detour into Lewes for a pub lunch or to visit the castle, and visit the tearoom in Glynde at the end. The route is waymarked but I always recommend taking a map, download or leaflet. It's just over 10km so allow 3-4 hours, though you could easily make a day of it as there's plenty to see.

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3 Wonderful West Sussex Gardens

Posted on 18 February 2019

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Sussex boasts many fabulous gardens open to the public. Here are three of our favourites in West Sussex, all easy to reach from our cosy cottages in the High Weald. 

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Fine Dining in Sussex

Posted on 15 February 2019

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If you love fine dining, Sussex is a great place to try it. Here are our Top 7 Fine Dining Experiences in Sussex.

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5 Must-see Exhibitions in Sussex

Posted on 5 February 2019

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The single standout Chichester's Pallant House Gallery has recently acquired a beautiful bronze by Tracey Emin that will delight and surprise you, especially if you're only familiar with Emin's rebellious Young British Artist image and her infamous unmade bed. In fact, if you've seen her drawings you'll already know Emin is a superb draftswoman. Roman Standard is a small and very realistic bird that she describes as “a symbol of hope, faith and spirituality” and a point of contemplation, and it's one of six YBA works given to the gallery last year.

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2 West Sussex rambles

Posted on 28 January 2019

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Sussex is a haven for ramblers. The keen can walk the South Downs or the Weald using one of our cosy holiday cottages as a base, while the rest of us take in small sections of this scenic landscape near our holiday cottages, or enjoy a gentle stroll by the sea. Here to start the year are two versions of one of my favourite circular walks – Chanctonbury Ring.

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4 People Behind the Places

Posted on 22 January 2019

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For me it's often these personal touches that help bring a visitor attraction to life, especially if you have to look a little deeper to find them. If you want to find out more, book your Sussex cottage now and start exploring! The people behind the stories make such a difference – and in the same vein, I'd like to mention the wonderful owners whose holiday cottages, houses and apartments we look after, and all the helpers too. They make your holidays possible!

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Where to find dinosaurs in Sussex

Posted on 18 January 2019

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Hey fossil-fans, we have our own Jurassic Park in Sussex! The coast near Hastings has been very popular with fossil-hunters for a long time – significant dinosaur bones have been found there in the past - but it's been in the news again recently. It seems that over the past four years cliff erosion between Hastings and Fairlight has revealed a huge number of very detailed dinosaur footprints from the early Cretaceous period. Some are more than half a metre long, with incredibly detailed markings of skin, scales and claws, and they're thought to be from species including ankylosaurus and iguanodon (see how those tripped off my tongue - impressive, eh?).

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Where to go running in Sussex

Posted on 8 January 2019

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Sussex hosts loads of running events, from family fun-runs to 10ks, half and full marathons (not for the faint-hearted - Three Forts Challenge or Beachy Head, anyone?) and on different terrain, from Wealden woodland to the rolling South Downs and the coast (try the 1066 Road Relay between Pevensey and Rye). If you're taking part, book your holiday cottage here to relax afterwards! Meanwhile, some Park Runs near the Sussex seaside to whet your appetite...

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Foodie Treats for 2019

Posted on 4 January 2019

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Celebrate Sussex produce in style with the Top 5 Foodie Treats for 2019– what's more, all these events are in glorious places that you'll love to visit. Our seaside and country cottages are perfectly placed to sample the best of Sussex food and drink. Tuck in!

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