Self-catering cottages, luxury apartments and coastal properties in the beautiful English county of Sussex
Known for its extensive coastline where impressive cliffs are interspersed with historic ports and modern seaside resorts, Sussex is a county of rich variety, justly proud of its legacy from the past.
The wide ranging history of the County is matched only by the diversity of the geography.
Inland the South Downs, running from Eastbourne in East Sussex through the whole of West Sussex to Petersfield in Hampshire, form the backbone of the County, their rolling slopes sheltering a number of charming downland villages. Let us now take you briefly on a journey around Coastal Sussex and at each point you will find reference to our nearest self catering property - none of which would be more than about one hour's drive away.
Firstly in the East of the County we have Rye and Winchelsea, and the 1066 country: Both Rye and Winchelsea are a 'must' on a tourist's visit to Sussex for the first time. Both of them were right on the sea in Medieval times but now they lie some two miles inland. Each of these towns is well worth a visit to see the charming streets and lovely old buildings. Rye still has a busy harbour on the narrow estuary of the River Rother.
In 1066 Country you have the towns of Hastings and Battle to visit. Not only can you tour Battle Abbey but you can actually see and walk on Senlac Hill, the site of the Battle of Hastings that took place on October 14th 1066. (we currently have no properties in this immediate area but as Eastbourne is the next section to be described our properties there would be just over one hour's drive away).
Moving westward, the next area is Eastbourne, that lovely Victorian seaside resort that holds the record for the town with the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Here you have a pier and a lovely bandstand (with a range of live music played every evening in the Summer, including the 1812 concert - complete with fireworks).
The beach is some three miles long and in addition to this there is the International Lawn Tennis Centre in Devonshire Park, as well the famous Carpet Gardens to admire.
We can offer a range of properties in this area, including - 'Oysters', 'Quayside' and 'Stone Harbour' in Sovereign Harbour South, as well as a two bedroom balcony apartment in San Juan Court with extensive sea views as far as Bexhill and Hastings.
Further afield you can visit castles at Pevensey and Herstmonceux as well as the Michelham Priory dating from 1229.
Other interesting places to visit are Beachy Head and 'The Seven Sisters', and the valley which offers the well known view of the River Cuckmere meandering in a series of great loops right down to the sea at Cuckmere Haven. Very important, when in this area, is a visit to the olde worlde pretty village of Alfriston. Here you will find a wealth of half-timbered houses, the Market Cross and the fine old 14th century church - known as 'the Cathedral of the Downs'.
Nearby is the interesting 'Long Man of Wilmington' - the tallest hill figure in Europe and all of these attractions are readily accessible from our aptly-named beach-side property 'The Beach House', in Seaford.
Just North of Brighton we have the County town of Lewes - a charming Olde Worlde historic town with steep streets and narrow passageways. The medieval castle was built on the site of an ancient Saxon fort to protect the cleft in the Downs created by the river Ouse. Nearby interesting villages are Rodmell (home of Virginia Woolf), Southease - with its quaint church and round tower - and 'The forgotten Village' of Telscombe (we have two properties close to these locations: firstly right in the heart of Lewes a one bedroom flat in Court Road and then a most interesting 'get-away-from-it-all' two bedroom cottage in Telscombe).
The cosmopolitan City of Brighton & Hove is the next area to visit ....
Brighton is one of Britain's best known resorts. It is a City of contrasts, with elegant Georgian terraces,
modern shopping precincts, colourful parks and a large marina.
The esplanade, beach and the Brighton Pier are all popular with summer visitors but, without doubt, the best known building is the unique Royal Pavilion. This definitely has to be on everyone's list for places to visit in Sussex - It was constructed between 1815 and 1822 for the Prince Regent in a grand exotic style the like of which you will not find anywhere else in the UK. The outside is designed in the style of an Indian Mogul's palace with a dome, pinnacles and minarets but the inside is lavishly decorated in Chinese style.
Nearby are The Lanes - an area of narrow streets and alleyways filled with antique and curio shops, old bookshops, jewellery shops and coffee bars - this whole area was originally a 17th century fishermen's village called Brighthelmstone.
We have approximately 65 properties in the Brighton area and details of these can be found in the property section of our main website .................. www.bestofbrighton.co.uk.
Nearby to Brighton on the East side is the charming olde worlde seaside village of Rottingdean with its narrow high street filled with attractive flint built houses, pubs and shops and this then leads out on the Village Green with its pond and ancient church (here in the village we have four lovely properties to choose from - firstly a charming one bedroom spacious flat called 'Lizzie Loves' and then secondly a seafront two bedroom balcony flat in St. Margaret's. Thirdly a one bedroom period cottage in the high street called Stable Cottage) and, finally a three bedroom seafont balcony flat, called 'The Maisonette'.
Nearby to Brighton on the West side is the interesting old port town of Shoreham-by-Sea. The River Adur runs through this town, parallel to the shore and forms a natural
harbour which extends for about a mile.
From Shoreham you can easily visit the town of Steyning, which has a history dating back to Alfred the Great, and also the nearby quaint village of Bramber with its castle ruins. The town of Steyning is now by-passed so a visit to this pleasant town is well worth while.
Further afield there is the River and Castle town of Arundel and the City of Chichester - two places definitely worth setting aside time for.
Any family visit to the Shoreham area should include the seaside town of Littlehampton where the safe, clean, award-winning sandy beaches make it ideal for children.
Other highly recommended destinations in this area include the charming, olde worlde village of Amberley; Parham House; Bignor and Fittleworth and, of course, Petworth House - so much to see (we have in this area a charming and delightful thatched 4 bedroom cottage called Thatch Cottage located at Olde Shoreham).