Holiday Cottages in Sussex
When we close our eyes and imagine the ideal image of England, most of us picture Sussex. This stunning southeastern county, the birthplace of Vera Lynn, Ronnie Barker and the best ale in Britain, is the epitome of the English countryside.
It's the place to find fallow deer, scampering across bright green hills. A place to peruse farmer's markets and sample homemade jam. Sussex is fields of wildflowers, the clip of horse's hoofs on cobblestones, and the thick, whimsical woodland, that Winnie the Pooh calls home.
Over the years, countless poets and authors have attempted to sum up the charm of the Sussex countryside. Here at Snaptrip, we don't think any of them did it better than the prolific poet Rudyard Kipling in his work ‘Run of the Downs'. After describing the epic beauty of his local landscape, speaking to his neighbours, Kipling said ‘You be glad you are Sussex born!'
Three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Sussex is a place that's so stunning, it has a certificate to prove it. The county is home to three incredible Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which combined, take up a vast portion of its overall size.
The High Weald, the Sussex Downs and Chichester Harbour are all exemplary examples of just how beautiful the English countryside can be. Each one is home to a vast range of glorious walking routes which display not just Sussex, but Britain at its very best.
If you're after a Snaptrip favourite, we recommend walking from Southbourne to Chichester. While relatively long, this 11.5 miles route is gentle, meandering smoothly through the area's most beautiful villages and waterways. Expect to see quaint cottages, gorgeous fishing boats, and at the right time of year, a glorious array of wildflowers.
Sussex is fiercely independent
Sussex is known for being perhaps the most fiercely independent county in England. Its unofficial motto ‘we will not be driven', sums up the way Sussex citizens take pride in thinking for themselves and always stick together.
However, despite their passion for unity, one rivalry divides the people of Sussex - the age-old question of where has more to offer, East of West Sussex? While we at Snaptrip think both halves of the southeastern county are equally beautiful, with more than enough to give, the question stands of which is right for you.
East Sussex offers picture-postcard beauty
If you're looking to wander across the front of a picture postcard, East Sussex is the place to be. Home to the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, the rolling hills of Hastings and the idyllically English Bluebell Railway, East Sussex is a place to fill your photo reel with quintessential countryside images.
What's more, East Sussex boasts the tiny town of Rye. One of Britain's best-kept secrets, Rye is one of the best-preserved medieval towns on the planet and the perfect place to wander cobbled streets and explore ancient wood-beamed inns.
West Sussex is home to incredible architecture
For some of the most incredible buildings man has ever made, head to the West. West Sussex is home to Chichester Cathedral, Wakehurst Estate and country home and art gallery, Petworth House. Also in West Sussex is the delightfully decadent Goodwood House, a glorious country mansion which hosts Great Gatsby style events.
The brightest gem in West Sussex's crown, however, is Arundel Castle. The restored home of the Dukes of Norfolk, Arundel, is a stone-walled fairytale brought to life. Even for those who aren't fans of visiting castles, a day at Arundel is a day well spent. This medieval castle and stately home erupts from the West Sussex wilderness, with all the grandeur, power and elegance that it possessed when built almost ten centuries ago.
Miles of stunning sandy spaces
While Sussex is best known for being home to beautiful countryside, it also boasts more than its fair share of stunning sandy spots. Brighton, the country's most popular seaside town, offers world-class eateries, an incredible nightlife and one of the friendliest and most accepting atmospheres you'll ever find - all with a sea view.
Further along the Sussex Coast, Camber Sands provides the perfect location to spend your Summer holidays. Two miles of golden shore backed by dozens of exciting sand dunes make this East Sussex coastal resort a family-friendly adventure playground. Picnic amongst the sand dunes, comb the beach for washed-up treasures or tour the many cafes scattered in the nearby village of Camber.
Worthing is home to a unique attraction
One other marvellous Sussex spot that deserves mention is Worthing. Sat walking distance from Brighton, as well as being home to a beautiful promenade, miles of sandy beaches and the incredible Worthing Observation Wheel, this East Sussex city has a unique selling point.
Worthing is the place where a vast proportion of England's World Records have been set. Worthing has hosted the most consecutive rounds of kickboxing, the longest football marathon and the heaviest fig ever grown. The world-famous fig was a whopping 295 grams - the average fig weighing in at just 8.4!
The largest congregation of people dressed as elves also occurred in Worthing. In 2013, 1,276 people swarmed the town centre dressed as Santa's little helpers. Unfortunately, no-one from the Guinness was there to witness it, even though it shattered the old record by a full 514 elves.
Any and all kinds of holiday home
We want your Sussex holidays to be as perfect as possible and whatever kind of holiday cottage you're after, we're here to help. Whether you're after a magnificent manor house or a quaint and cosy fisherman's cottage, all you have to do is ask.
Don't want to leave your four-legged friend at home? Have a look at Sussex's dog-friendly cottages. Choose from an incredible collection of luxury or extra-large holiday homes or perhaps peruse properties with a swimming pool or a decedent hot tub. If you're craving Sussex cottages with sea views, check out holiday homes on the coast or maybe beside the beach.