Birling Gap, East Sussex
Did you manage to see the Supermoon last month? If you've been staying in one of our South Downs holiday cottages (click here to view) you may well have been in the officially-designated Dark Sky reserve, so you might have stood a chance - I must admit it was pretty cloudy down in the lee of the Downs where I happened to be.
One of the best star-spotting places in Sussex is Birling Gap - a real night-sky hotspot. Given that it's fabulous in daylight as well, I can highly recommend it as a place to visit. Whether you walk along the Seven Sisters coast path towards Beachy Head, or stroll inland where the country is wooded and the paths take you through pretty Sussex villages such as Jevington, or spend time on the beach, it's just a lovely place to be. Do take care on the cliffs, though - they're eroding fast so keep away from the edge.
The beach is a mix of sand and shingle, undeveloped (and on its western extremes popular with naturists) so you won't find amenities - it's a very natural place. Low tide is great for rockpooling, a seaside activity beloved of many generations of my family. You can drive to Birling Gap and take in the views and some refreshment at the cafe - however you choose to travel, the place is still the same! As you know, we at Amberley House are all Sussex people who love our county, and Birling Gap will always be one of our favourite spots.
December might seem an odd month to be waxing lyrical about the seashore, but it's lovely at any time of year, and the atmosphere will be completely different in winter. But you might also be thinking about booking your summer holiday in Sussex, or a short self-catering break before the main holiday season, and our cosy cottages are just the thing - click here to view our full selection!