Sussex holiday cottages by Sawday's

Charming towns that wear their coastal setting with style, independent shops scattered in Brighton’s backstreets, innovative winemakers, breathtaking white cliffs and a history of art and literature still inspiring a new generation. 

We inspect every place we feature, meeting the owners and welcoming them to our collection of friendly B&Bs, hotels, inns and self-catering places that will help you discover the joy of Sussex. Their creative, beautiful places to stay and their passion for their local area will guide you round a fascinating and beautiful county.

See the home of the Bloomsbury Group, explore charming Rye and massive Camber Sands, walk the South Downs Way and shop in the cobbled streets of The Lanes. A visit to Sussex can be anything from a nourishing cultural tour to a few lazy days at the beach. 

Places to stay in Sussex

Settle into your new self-catering home from home, enjoy a touch of hotel glamour, some friendly B&B charm or the bustle of a classic village inn.

Our favourite holidays in Sussex

Enjoy long walks with your dog on the beaches or through the High Weald, hide away in the countryside with your special someone, or take the whole family exploring the cliffs and hills.

Places where the dog will get as warm a welcome as you do and you can step straight of your door onto scenic hiking trails and long sandy beaches.

Sussex is full of quiet, leafy corners that hide peaceful boltholes perfect for a romantic escape with plenty of lazing in the garden and dozing under the trees.

Kids can explore every corner of rambling country houses, or be welcomed into friendly hotels and inns all over the county as you explore Sussex.

Why we love Sussex

  • It’s got coast, countryside and charm in abundance, but nowhere near the crowds of Cornwall 
  • The produce of the local award-winning vineyards and breweries can be found everywhere if you don’t have time to head straight to the source
  • There’s an incredible density of beautiful and fascinating National Trust houses and sites
  • Brighton! Arguably the most laid-back, fun city in the UK
  • It’s close enough to London that you can go from the hum of the city to the peace of the woods in under two hours


Things to do in Sussex

  • Stroll among the independent shops along the cobbled streets of The Lanes in Brighton
  • Visit historic villages and towns like Steyning, Rye and Lewes
  • Walk the impressive white cliffs of the Seven Sisters all the way to Beachy Head lighthouse
  • Take on a section of the 100 mile-long South Downs Way, that runs from Winchester to Eastbourne
  • Time your visit for Artwave Festival, see the home of the Bloomsbury group or cruise the contemporary galleries of Hove

Where to stay in Sussex

You could take in the whole of Sussex in a whirlwind tour, or pick one lovely spot and idle a few days away. Here are some of our favourites stops on your itinerary or bases for your break.


In the city itself you’ll find independent shops in the cobbled streets of The Lanes as well as fantastic nightlife and an indescribable fun feel, while relaxed, arty Hove is its own little world just along the pier.


A historic town that wears its seaside location lightly, more cafes and galleries than buckets and spades, but a wetland nature reserve and the spectacular Camber Sands are a short stroll away.

England’s newest National Park is a lush green landscape that rolls down to the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Stroll village to village along the 100 miles of the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne.

Pronounced Lewis, not Loos, the older part of town is home to lovely bakeries and breweries and the whole place is taken over by the colourful, inclusive Artwave festival in August and September.

Featured places

Our six most popular places to stay in Sussex!