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Get set for Velo South

Posted on 17 August 2018

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Here in Sussex we're getting very excited about next month's Velo South cycle sportive – especially as our very own Jacqui Maxted is taking part. Are you joining us for this brand new event? Starting and finishing at the iconic Goodwood Racing Circuit, the route takes in 100 miles of fantastic scenery including about 1500 cumulative metres of climbing around the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. What a way to showcase West Sussex!

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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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