East Sussex encompasses much of the Sussex Weald with its character villages. It also incorporates the Ashdown Forest, 14,000 acres of lowland heathland which has never been cultivated and so provides a unique habitat for many species of flora and fauna. A fascinating area to base yourself staying in a quality country cottage. For walkers and cyclists the footpaths and bridleways are a delight and it is of course the ‘home’ of Winnie the Pooh!
The East Sussex coast stretches from the borough of Brighton and Hove, probably the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city on the south coast, through to the historic fortified hilltop town of Rye close to the Kent border which once played an important part in the defence of the south coast of England. Between the two Eastbourne, Bexhill on Sea and Hastings offer much variety for the visitor and are good areas to find self catering holiday accommodation. Hastings has fine beaches and boasts Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet based at The Stade, which is the Saxon term for landing place. The town also features the net huts which date from the 17th century and are now a historic landmark. To see our range of cottages around Hastings click here. Find out more about our selection of holiday cottages in Brighton, Rye and Hastings.
Eastbourne nestles at the end of the South Downs and although a very relaxing resort it comes alive in August when Airbourne, its own international air show comes to town. The show frequently includes the world famous Red Arrows whose display can be admired from nearby Beachy Head for the ultimate viewing location. Holiday apartments here gives you the best of a classy seaside town with the stunning scenery on the South Downs.
Renowned for its health giving air since Victorian times and enjoying one of the best climates on the south coast, Bexhill and its De La Warr Pavilion has been kept a jealously guarded secret by residents and those people who visit year after year.
There’s a wealth of places to visit inland too, from thriving market towns such as Lewes, with its castle and, to the east the attractive town of Battle that gets its name of course from the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Pevensey Castle is also renowned for its role in the Battle of Hastings and overlooks the Pevensey Levels, a site of international wetland importance.
East Sussex also boasts beautiful gardens, with Sheffield Park, Michelham Priory and Gardens and Great Dixter to name just three.
Visit the homes of the many famous artists, writers, poets and musicians who have lived or worked here. Rudyard Kipling whose home at Batemans, now a National Trust property is next to the beautiful village of Burwash, and Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
The Sussex countryside produces some of the tastiest food in the country, from local cheeses to organic South Downs lamb and local brewed ales. Visit a Farmers’ Market to buy lunch, tour a vineyard or brewery and then enjoy a meal in a contemporary bistro or gastro-pub. Overall East Sussex has a lot to offer.
We have a wide range of self catering holiday accommodation around East Sussex click here to take a look.