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East Sussex rolls greenly across the South Downs and the High Weald, past medieval hamlets, Norman churches towards a stunning coastline, where white cliffs contrast against warmly-coloured shingle. The hilly views beckon walkers and cyclists, and colourful Brighton promises a really good time. Londoners mini-break here, sightseeing in historic Hastings, arty Rye, genteel Eastbourne, and in charming small-village pubs-with-rooms or country house hotels on their own estates. Our recommendations for the best places to stay in East Sussex start with the Grand Hotels, and then diversify, and hopefully our shortlist has something for every holiday dream.

Here are just some of this region’s sightseeing charms: you’ve Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters, Camber Sands and Dungeness; Great Dixter Gardens and Sissinghurst; Glyndebourne; Leeds Castle, Bodiam Castle, Pevensey Castle and Battle; The Bluebell Railway and Ashdown Forest — which is where Pooh Bear resides.

While some of East Sussex’s Victorian grandeur has worn in a little, it’s surprising how the simple pleasures of a round of crazy golf and an ice cream on the pier still run deep — both for families, and for couples. Likewise a bracing, windswept walk in the South Downs, followed by a hearty pub lunch. Or a stroll around the fascinating historic centres Rye or Battle. Our pick of the best places to stay in East Sussex will give you access to all this and much more!

The Best Places to Stay in East Sussex

For a Grand Hotel

  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton is a grand and glorious Victorian hotel right on the Brighton’s seafront. Its 200-odd rooms and suites, rising up seven floors, share a grand elegance and classic hotel style. Our favourites are the rooms at the front of the hotel, with the private balconies and sea views, and, if your budget will allow, the grand suites on the top floors, with their high ceilings and spacious living areas. This is a proper old grande dame hotel, with a piano bar, and afternoon tea lounge. There’s also a very impressive ESPA spa, a gym, and two good restaurants.
  • The Grand Hotel is probably Eastbourne’s most famous, also often referred to as ‘Eastbourne’s White Palace’, for its large, traditional and striking white facade, which runs parallel to the beach. All of the rooms and suites on the front of the hotel have wonderful views. There are also some excellent options for families, and some very fancy rooms too. You would expect a hotel of this size and reputation to have an impressive range of facilities, and guests won’t be disappointed: there’s an impressive spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a piano bar, great afternoon tea salon, bar and restaurant, terraces, and a children’s room. The service is excellent, and includes the option of complimentary warm milk and cookies before bedtime.

For Ocean Views

  • The Port Hotel in Eastbourne is beautifully styled, with an air for minimalism which also allows for cosy touches, like Gubi Beetle chairs, linen drapes, dried flowers, and an elegant collection of lamps. And all in shades of warm wood. There are 19 rooms and suites, plus a relaxed bar and restaurant downstairs. We like the cork-tiled floors, and collection of local gins and Sussex wines. The restaurant specialises in local produce. If you can, book one of the six rooms at the front of the hotel, where there are wonderful sea views. Great value.

For a Seaside Holiday

  • The Gallivant is in Camber Sands, about ten minutes' drive from Rye, and close to a long stretch of sandy bay known for its lively wind. The building has been converted from a 1960s motel, and is long and low, but the decor is completely fresh — they’ve gone for New England beach style, with ticking, stripes and white-painted floorboards. There are 18 rooms and suites, a restaurant, and plenty of space to relax.

For Historic Charms

  • Originally a religious hostel built in 1345, The Star Alfriston has undergone and extensive and sympathetic refurb under the watchful eye of Olga Polizzi. As you'd expect from a property in her stable the interiors are stunning with a country chic vibe reflected in the gorgeous wallpapers and fabrics, complemented by a hefty supply of period details including ancient beams, wonky floors and huge fireplaces. The restaurant will not disappoint either. An elegant, understated country getaway.
  • Rye’s most famous thoroughfare is Mermaid Street, a picturesque collection of steeply laid cobbles lined with Tudor buildings. The 13th century Mermaid Inn plays quite an important role in this street’s appeal. In fact even if you opt for a different hotel you’ll probably end up taking a photo of The Mermaid’s white and black-wood facade, and wonderfully wonky construction. If you do stay you’ll be treated to a collection of 31 rooms and suites that really do ooze history and charm, whether you opt for four-posters, stained glass, open fireplaces, or else the family-sized attic suite where Catholic priests and smugglers were hidden. The restaurant is very good, specialising in local treats like Romney Marsh Lamb and Rye Bay Cod.
  • Jeake's House is just across historic Mermaid Street from The Mermaid Inn, and has a similarly quirky facade, though a younger generation. The interiors are quirky too, which isn’t for everyone, but for those who like to stay in memorable accommodation, these 11 rooms and suites will provide a theatrical backdrop to a stay in Rye. Expect four-posters and toile-du-joie, eclectic antiques and objets d’art, and dark and interesting corners. The breakfast is extremely substantial, and includes salmon, kippers, kidney, ham and all sorts of other hot wake-up food.

For Romantics

  • drakes is one of Brighton’s original converted townhouse boutique hotels, with 20 fabulous rooms and suites. Some of the rooms have bay windows with incredible sea views, some have free-standing baths, some have circular beds, and some of them are just stylishly decorated and special-feeling — all have been carefully designed. On the ground floor is a 24 hour cocktail bar, and in the basement there’s the excellent Dilsk restaurant. Wonderful service everywhere.
  • Gravetye Manor, near West Hoathly, is a traditional English country house hotel converted from a charmingly grand Elizabethan stone manor. Its 17 rooms and suites offer cosy country elegance, complete with country garden views, wood panelling and four-poster beds. The restaurant has a Michelin star, and the lawns, with their croquet hoops, complete with picture. Charm and romance against a backdrop of old fashioned hospitality and service.

For a rural getaway

  • Saltmarsh is a cosily converted farmhouse in the heart of the 700-acre Seven Sisters Country Park. It has just six rooms, all simple and stylish, with polished wood floors and cast iron beds. The restaurant serves wholesome, homely choices in a candle-lit dining room. The perfect escape, for families, couples or groups, because you could easily book out all six rooms.
  • The Flint Barns at Rathfinny Estate are a collection of rooms and suites in a converted outbuilding of the Rathfinny Estate vineyard; so you’re surrounded by vines in the foreground, and views of the South Downs behind. There are just ten rooms, all different shapes and sizes, but all featuring the exposed stone of the old building, with whitewash and contemporary details. There’s no restaurant, but they offer breakfast, and plenty of wine and charm.
  • The Blue Door Barns, in Beddingham, are a collection of converted barns, made cosy and stylish with vintage finds, retro-furniture, throws and warm lighting. There are just four barns, sleeping between two and four — book The Lodge for family-sized living space too. There’s no restaurant, but you do have your own kitchens or kitchenettes, and they offer breakfast. And you’re most welcome to get a barbecue going in the pretty courtyard.

For Foodies

  • The George in Rye is a chicly converted historic building in hilltop Rye, this time a 16th century offering with a cool gastropub and rather bold and colourful decor. Of the 34 rooms and suites all are unique, decorated with vintage finds and statement wallpaper — our favourites have copper bathtubs. The Haystack suites have cubbyhole beds for kids. The pub and restaurant are popular, and deservedly so.
  • The Ginger Pig in Brighton is a chic restaurant-with-rooms. The stylish decor downstairs carries up to the 11 rooms and suites above: all of it has flashes of industrial cool, with a simple, polished minimalism and contemporary art in every room. We particularly appreciate the crisp, white linen, and the luxurious bathrooms.

For a Mini-Break

  • Arty and stylish, the Artist Residence Brighton is a great pick for those with a taste for grown up industrial style, and contemporary art. Its 23 rooms and suites are hung with works picked up in local galleries, and decorated with vintage finds, antiques and retro treasures. The Regency Square location is close to the beach and the action, without being right on top of it, and it’s a pleasant stroll from loads of great shopping and dining opportunities. Romantic, but also cool for families — one of the suites has bunk beds. Great restaurant and cocktail bar too.
  • The Ram Inn is a traditional pub, with plenty of quaint charm in the heart of the South Downs National Park. In addition to its fire-lit restaurant, it has five elegant bedrooms tucked away in the eves. You might be expecting them to be as quaint as the pub, but they’re not: beams are whitewashed or sanded back, red-brick is exposed, and the hardwood floors are all new. Perfect for walkers or cyclists.

For a Retreat

  • Eastbourne’s Ocklynge Manor is a picture perfect, 18th Century Georgian house, sitting in its own mature and gloriously fragrant walled garden. It has just three guest rooms, all of them individually decorated, but in a fitting style for the building’s period. The sash windows overlook the gardens, and there’s just the right amount of chintz. Breakfasts feature homemade bread and marmalade. You’re close to the beach, a tennis club, a golf club, sailing clubs, Glyndebourne, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. As well as Eastbourne.
  • Buxted Park Hotel is a Palladian mansion turned country house hotel, close to Uckfield, Wakehurst Place and Hever Castle, and set in 300 acres of its own stunning grounds, complete with three lakes, a deer park and a walled garden. Behind the white pillars and huge windows are 44 elegant rooms and suites, classically, and grandly decorated, with a fine collection of antiques. The modern British restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes, and offers cookery classes. Popular for weddings.
  • Old Whyly is a listed manor house near East Hoathly, just outside Lewes. The owner, a Paris-trained cook, gives the impression you’re friends staying in his beautiful country house, while also looking after you fully. There are just three luxurious bedrooms, plus a heated pool and tennis court. Convenient for relaxing, and visiting Glyndebourne.

For Great Value

  • Rye’s The Ship Inn is an historic pub-with-rooms converted from a 16th century warehouse — probably involved with smuggling. It’s a wonderful warren of old beams, wood floor, cellars and nooks and crannies. The ten rooms upstairs are all simple and fresh, with lots of white and minimal fuss. The big surprise is the Michelin-recommended restaurant. Very child-friendly too.
  • The Standard Inn is a cosy, 15th century inn in the heart of historic, hilltop Rye, with all the period features: exposed ceiling beams and brick walls, wooden floors, big open hearths. There are just five guest rooms — all with lots of character, and deep baths — and the pub and restaurant are warm and welcoming.

For B&B Accommodation

  • The Rye Windmill B&B is a real, Grade II listed white smock windmill, with ten charming rooms and suites. Just two of the suites are in the white windmill tower, the rest are in the ‘skirt’, which is just as historic. The other eight rooms are tastefully decorated at the upper end of the B&B scale. The Windmill Suites are grander, with incredible views. But all guests get the same hearty breakfast, free parking, and an excellent location within a short walk of Rye’s bars and restaurants.
  • Whitehouse is a small B&B above a popular bakery on Rye’s main street. Our Gurus love it for its freshness — they’ve respected their building’s original beams, but painted them all white, opened up the attic in a architecturally interesting way, and kept beautiful original features like original tiles and fireplaces.
  • 27 Brighton is a stylish B&B in a great location, just five minutes from Brighton’s seafront, between Kemptown and The Lanes. There are only five rooms, all of them uniquely decorated, but all with crisp, white linen, a feature wall, and place to sit to enjoy your Nespresso machine coffee. Friendly and owner managed.
  • When you book a room in a B&B called A Room with a View, you’re expecting something special, and we think the wonderful views of Brighton’s pier are pretty good! There are nine light, airy rooms, all of them decorated in neutral, creamy shades, and on the ground floor there’s a breakfast room decorated in Scandinavian style pale wood, plus a comfy lounge.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • London’s airports are probably the most convenient for visiting the East Sussex region. Gatwick Airport is the closest, however Heathrow will also be worth considering. The region is well connected to the rest of the UK by rail, and you can travel to East Sussex out of several London stations. You can also arrive via ferry in Newhaven, usually coming from Dieppe.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • This is the UK, so expect changeable weather whatever the season. East Sussex is popular in summer, of course, but it’s also beautiful in spring and autumn — if you don’t mind a chill and a bit of a shower or two. Winter is wonderful if you like things to be ‘bracing’. Whenever you visit, the key is to have some kind of waterproof layer with you at all times, and then to just get out and enjoy!

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Best Hotels in East Sussex

  • The George in Rye Rye (Rye) 34 rooms from £150

    Boutique  -  A 16th-century inn with a twist — expect cool vintage finds, a gastro pub, and added luxuries like copper bathtubs
    Chic  -  A favourite of Clooney, Costner and other Hollywood movie stars — this is an undeniably chic British inn
    Short break  -  Trains to London take around an hour, making this an ideal choice for a quick weekend getaway
    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic getaway pick one of the rooms with an in-room bathtub
    RestaurantNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays

    A 16th-century inn turned into a chic gastropub & hotel in historic Rye. Designer owners have given the place a truly individual touch. Expect vintage finds, patterned wallpapers, copper bathtubs & plenty of character. The bar is popular locally and the pub offers good British fare. A stylish stay. See More

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  • The Mermaid Inn Rye 31 rooms from £150

    Historic  -  The cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420. It's a genuine piece of Tudor architecture
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosette dining featuring local produce, such as Winchelses Beef, Rye Bay Cod and Romney Marsh Lamb.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Traditional
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    Historic inn in the centre of Rye which dates back to the 13th Century. Rooms ooze period charm with carved four poster beds, sloping beamed ceilings and gorgeous original features including a vast fireplace in the bar. Delicious 2 AA Rosette dining. A perfect weekend getaway. See More

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  • The Star Alfriston Alfriston, East Sussex 30 rooms from £210

    Local exploring  -  Alfriston is a great base for exploring the surrounding Sussex countryside and coast
    Great walks  -  This is fabulous walking country, with paths leading from the property in all directions
    Sights nearby  -  Brighton with its beach, shops and much more is a short drive
    Restaurant  -  Tim Kensett from The River Cafe is head chef
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    A stunning new property from the Polizzi stable in the charming village of Alfriston. This historic coaching inn has undergone a total revamp and now offers beautiful country chic accommodation, bar, restaurant and courtyard for all day dining. A glorious rustic escape and ideal for Glyndebourne. See More

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  • The Oriental Brighton 9 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on a pretty street near the sea with the bustling city centre just a 10 minute walk away
    Value chic  -  With rooms starting well below £100 in the low season, this is a very reasonably priced hotel
    Local markets  -  Head to the Lanes and North Laine area for quirky boutique stores that are synonymous with Brighton
    Sights nearby  -  For a classic Brighton experience a trip to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are a must
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky small B&B located a stone's throw from the coast. A handful of rooms are all individually styled but each has Regency windows, whitewashed walls, pops of colour, and retro furniture. Breakfasts are served in a kitsch dining room and there's a bar too. A laidback & affordable stay. See More

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  • Boreham House East Sussex 3 rooms from £80

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Herstmonceux Castle and Battle Abbey, two significant Norman landmarks.
    Great walks  -  Go walking along the magnificent Seven Sisters coastline.
    Birdwatching  -  The nearby Sussex cliffs are great for birdwatching.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Set in a beautiful Georgian building, Boreham House is a charming B&B. Featuring delightful rooms and a walled garden, it's a great launchpad for exploring the Sussex south coast. See More

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  • Rye Windmill B&B Rye, East Sussex 10 rooms from £80

    Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.
    Traditional
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    Charming and unusual B&B - two rooms in the mill itself (one of Rye's most famous landmarks) the rest attached. Next to the river and within walking distance of Rye town centre. See More

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  • The Ship Inn, Rye Rye 10 rooms from £85

    Beach Life  -  Spend the day on Camber Sands, with over 2 miles of stretch of beach to explore
    Local exploring  -  The B&B is the perfect spot for discovering the wonders of Rye and beyond
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Rye Castle, less than 10 minutes away from the B&B
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves locally sourced seasonal food
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A charming and historic pub with rooms, nestled in the centre of the idyllic town of Rye. Rooms are chic, comfortable and filled with lots of natural light. The traditional pub prides itself in its love for English wine. Enjoy deliciously simple yet artisan locally sourced food at the restaurant. See More

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  • Pelham Hall Burwash, East Sussex 3 rooms from £90

    Sights nearby  -  East Sussex boasts National Trust properties, world-famous gardens, important historic monuments from the Norman Conquest.
    Local markets  -  Rhye, Lewes, Tunbridge Wells nearby for antique shopping.
    Great walks  -  Along the North and South downs.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Garden

    A gorgeous little B&B in picturesque Burwash. Elegant romantic bedrooms impeccably decorated with lots of character. Fantastic breakfasts, friendly hosts, and plenty of local exploring. Perfect for a romantic getaway. See More

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  • The Charm Brighton 25 rooms from £90

    City Style  -  An understated and elegant hotel situated in Brighton's fashionable Kempton, perfect for exploring the trendy seaside city.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the great walks in the nearby Seven Sisters Country Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both Brighton Pier and The Royal Pavilion.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    No pets

    A charming, luxury hotel in Brighton's fashionable Kemptown district. The plush rooms are elegantly decorated and house filled with tasteful art. A stones throw from some of Brighton's finest night spots, it's a great launchpad for a lively weekend in the seaside city. See More

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  • Griffin Inn Fletching, East Sussex 13 rooms from £90

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Lovely garden views over Sheffield Park
    Full of character
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    Very popular village gastropub with excellent food and 13 comfortable rooms, many with 4 posters, in picturesque Fletching, with fabulous views over the Ouse valley. Ideal for families. See More

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  • Port Hotel Eastbourne 19 rooms from £91

    Value chic  -  Despite the chic design, buzzy bar, and popular restaurant rooms are offered below £100 making it a stylish and reasonable stay
    Boutique  -  A hip 19 room hotel with cool pastel hues, pale woods, poured concrete sinks, and Haeckels bath products
    Foodies  -  The seasonal sharing plates paired with Sussex wines make the restaurant a real foodie's destination
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along some of the 100-mile long South Downs Way
    RestaurantPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A design-led boutique hotel set in a Victorian conversion on the seafront. Stylish rooms are decorated in pastel hues with pale wood furniture, poured cement sinks, and curated vinyl collections. The restaurant champions local produce and is worth travelling for alone. Great value and very chic. See More

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  • Buxted Park Hotel Buxted, East Sussex 44 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Hever Castle and Wakehurst Gardens
    Restaurant  -  Fine dining with a focus on modern British cuisine
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Traditional
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    Palladian mansion, now a luxury country house hotel close to Uckfield. Ideal for a relaxing country getaway and close to sights such as Hever Castle and Wakehurst Gardens. 2 AA Rosette standard modern British cuisine and cookery classes too. See More

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  • Brighton Harbour Hotel Brighton 79 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Harbour Hotel is ideally located to go see the Sea Life Aquarium and BA’s i360 Tower
    Great walks  -  Spend an hour or two wandering around Stanwer Park Woodland Garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Spa
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    A new addition to the Harbour Hotels stable, Brighton’s Georgian seafront version offers relaxed contemporary living for couples and families (with older children) seeking a central location with ocean views, delicious food and pampering spa - all within strolling distance of local amenities. See More

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  • Artist Residence Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 25 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Seafront strolling – both Hove and the Brighton Pier are under a 20-minute walk away
    Local markets  -  Atmospheric shopping area The Lanes is ten-minutes away on foot
    Close to nightlife  -  Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.
    Great walks  -  A stones throw from the beach front
    Restaurant
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Easily as cool as the city itself, this sea-facing Regency 25 bedroom townhouse is one of Brighton’s most stylish addresses – couples will love its clubby social spaces and chic rooms with lots of galleries and good restaurants just minutes away. Really great for weekend group getaways. See More

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  • Blue Door Barns Lewes BN8 6JY, East Sussex 4 rooms from £96

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is in a great location for exploring the sea and the South Downs, as well as being close to the buzz of Brighton
    Country Escape  -  Located in a tranquil setting in the Sussex countryside, this hotel makes a great escape from the city
    Families  -  Book a self-catering lodge for great living space for all the family
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the charming market town of Lewes, nearby Glyndebourne or Brighton, all within easy distance of the hotel
    SpaPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    This cottage hotel offers accommodation in converted barns in the Sussex countryside. Guestrooms are homely, with cosy throws and vintage-style furnishings; book the lodge for family-sized living space. Unwind with a massage before getting a barbecue going in the garden; an inviting country escape. See More

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  • Old Whyly Lewes, East Sussex 3 rooms from £98

    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Listed manor house set in beautiful gardens with heated pool and tennis court. Luxury B & B with antiques and a house party feel. Dinners can be arranged. Good base for Glyndebourne. See More

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  • The Driftwood East Sussex 6 rooms from £99

    Local exploring  -  A chic hotel minutes from the beach and a number of cultural sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Bexhill's main draw, the Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A small boutique hotel and restaurant in the seaside town of Bexhill. Chic rooms feature exposed brick walls, crisp white linen and bright pops of colour coming from the soft furnishings. A fantastic restaurant serves an Austrian-fusion menu which has become a hit with the locals. See More

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  • Flint Barns at Rathfinny Estate East Sussex 10 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  Expect all you could want from a country escape including great walks, cosy accomodation and a warm welcome.
    Great walks  -  The property lies just a short stroll from the beautiful South Downs Way.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    GardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A contemporary retreat situated on a stunning South Downs vineyard. The handful of rooms vary in size but all are cleanly designed with exposed stone sitting against white washed walls, cast iron beds and crisp white linen. With plenty of activities in the area this is the perfect rural escape. See More

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  • The Standard Inn Rye (Rye) 5 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  A great establishment from which to explore the local area.
    Great walks  -  There are several circular walks in and near Rye, as well as the 31-mile 1066 Country Walk.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Restaurant

    This 15th C inn in the centre of Rye is cozy and intimate. Rooms are full of character with beamed ceilings and pretty fabrics. Enjoy the warmth of the open fireplace after dining in the restaurant from a locally-inspired menu. There is lots to see and do in this Area of Natural Beauty. See More

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  • Ocklynge Manor Eastbourne 3 rooms from £100

    Tennis  -  The Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club is less than 2 miles away.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beachy Head, with panoramic views of the English Channel
    Views  -  Pretty garden views from each of the bedrooms
    Sailing  -  There are lots of sailing clubs in Eastbourne
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    This picture perfect 18th Century Georgian house sits in a glorious walled garden which maintains its beauty throughout the seasons. The bedrooms are bright and lovely sash windows make the most of the views. Delicious breakfasts with hand-made bread and marmalade can be enjoyed each morning. See More

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  • 27 Brighton Brighton 5 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion
    Value chic
    Close to nightlife
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16

    Stylish and sophisticated B&B just minutes from both seafront and city centre. Feel at home with large double beds, crisp Egyptian cotton, fluffy bathrobes and free WiFi. The perfect base for exploring everything this eclectic city has to offer and close to the vibrant nightlife. See More

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  • The Bell, East Sussex East Sussex 11 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  An utterly charming Inn set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the stunning Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A characterful Inn set in a beautiful area of East Sussex. Individually styled rooms are filled with antiques, artworks and playful slogans. The best feature a free standing copper bath. The atmospheric bar, very popular with locals, serves fabulous pub classics. See More

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  • The Ginger Pig Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £100

    Foodies  -  Hosting a highly acclaimed restaurant serving top-notch gastropub grub.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the unusual Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coastal promenade.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    Don't let the 'pub with rooms' title put you off, this is a seriously chic spot. Smart rooms mix traditional and modern styles with steel grey walls contrasting against the light parquet floors. The bathrooms are uber luxurious and the restaurant and bar serve exemplary food and cocktails. See More

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  • The Old Rectory, Hastings Hastings 8 rooms from £100

    Restrictions on children  -  Children from 10 and up only
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    GardenParking

    Elegant guest rooms provided in an eighteenth-century building. Guests can enjoy sitting rooms, beautiful gardens and the nearby town of Hastings. Freshly cooked breakfasts on offer, including locally caught fish and free-range eggs. See More

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  • White Lodge B&B East Sussex 3 rooms from £100

    Total relaxation  -  A small, yet luxurious, country property set in tranquil rural surrounds.
    Great walks  -  Situated right on the South Downs National Park, there are glorious walks starting straight from the house.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic castle town of Lewes.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A chic rural hideaway in a charming area of East Sussex. Contemporary rooms feature parquet flooring, dark wooden furniture and spacious bathrooms with walk-in rain showers. A stylish rooftop lounge is the perfect spot to sip an evening drink and indulgent breakfasts are served. Fabulous. See More

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  • Snooze Brighton 8 rooms from £102

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in upmarket Kemptown with the coast, Brighton Pier, and Laines shopping area all within walking distance
    Boutique  -  A vibrant boutique hotel packed with colour and character - a unique stay
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier - both walking distance from the hotel
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    A bright & vibrant boutique hotel well located in upmarket Kemptown. Rooms & suites are packed full of character with bold colours, reclaimed furniture, & kitsch canvases. Hearty breakfasts are served in an equally boldly designed breakfast room. Well positioned, well priced, and completely unique. See More

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  • Sea Spray Brighton (Kemptown) 15 rooms from £102

    Value chic  -  With chic design and a desirable Kemp Town postcode, this is a good option for an affordable city break
    Families  -  Family suites and a laidback feel make this a good option for families
    Sights nearby  -  Iconic attractions such as Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are easily accessible
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A small hotel with chic design in Brighton's desirable Kemptown. Eclectic rooms all boast top notch mattresses and luxury linens as standard. Breakfasts are served and dinners can be arranged in collaboration with a nearby restaurant. An affordable yet stylish base for a city break. See More

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  • A room with a view Brighton 9 rooms from £104

    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy stunning views of Brighton Pier, excellent walkable restaurants, wandering through the lanes and the peace inside hotel
    Local markets  -  Food and clothing markets through Brighton Lanes
    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pavilion and Pier
    Great walks  -  Along Brighton seafront
    ViewsParkingNo pets

    Contemporary B&B on the seafront. Rooms have cream furnishings, large bathrooms, big windows and 5* mattresses. Charming breakfast room and lounge area. Perfect location to explore this eclectic city from. See More

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  • Blanch House Brighton 12 rooms from £109

    Quirky  -  Individually designed bedrooms - all with a different theme.
    Downtown  -  A short walk from both the centre of town and seafront.
    Bar  -  Champagne, wine and cocktail bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    Refurbished townhouse hotel a stone's throw from Brighton's seafront - the town's original boutique hotel. Quirky, individually styled bedrooms, b+b plus Sunday lunch offered. See More

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  • Wingrove House Alfriston, East Sussex 12 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  Close to London find a luxury country house complete with excellent food, roaring fires and fabulous walks.
    Great walks  -  Find miles of walking trails through Cuckmere and the glorious South Downs.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    An impeccably designed boutique country house set right on the South Downs Way. Simply furnished rooms are elegant and spacious with soft hues, chandeliers and contemporary bathrooms. A cosy restaurant serves up excellent modern British fare and drinks are served in the fire lit lounge See More

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  • Hotel Pelirocco Brighton 19 rooms from £114

    Boutique  -  The original rock and roll boutique hotel.
    Romantic Break  -  Some very sexy rooms, if that's your mood.
    Quirky  -  The Pelirocco is a one-off!
    Theme hotel  -  The ultimate theme hotel.

    Brighton's original boutique hotel, with individually themed rock and roll bedrooms. Sumptuous colours, a choice of high ceilings or eaves, funky wallpaper and top cocktails make for a memorable stay. A great party venue. Best of all, arrive on a Vespa. See More

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  • Whitehouse Rye (Rye) 6 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on Rye's main street meaning that independent stores, restaurants, and attractions are nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby 13th-century Rye Castle or Lamb House (the former home of Henry James)
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coast and through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
    Full of character
    Pet friendly

    A small hotel set above a popular bakery on historic Rye's main street. Charming rooms are all named after a baked good. Expect wonky whitewashed walls, exposed beams, and simple modern furniture. Breakfasts are (unsurprisingly) a real treat. A friendly and laidback base. See More

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  • Black Rock House Hastings 5 rooms from £120

    Sights nearby  -  Visit historic properties of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey as well as their beautiful gardens
    Great walks  -  Travers Country or Alexandra Park or Britain's steepest East Hill funicular
    Local markets  -  Old Town and Norman Road have collection of independent and craft shops
    Restrictions on children  -  Above the age of ten accepted
    RestaurantGardenNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    A bijou property located on a residential road in the coastal market town of Hastings. Its contemporary decor and clean lines makes this hotel a refreshing place to stay. This manager owned property has a much talked about and locally sourced breakfast menu. A perfect coastal weekend break! See More

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  • Jeake's House Rye 11 rooms from £120

    Sights nearby  -  Situated bang in the centre of town.
    Traditional
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    An old favourite; quirky, old-fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B bang in the centre of Rye. Full of character, in a wonderful town for weekending. See More

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  • The Bull, East Sussex East Sussex 6 rooms from £120

    Local exploring  -  A great launchpad from which to explore East Sussex including nearby Brighton.
    Great walks  -  Drive to the nearby coastline and go for lovely walks along the beaches and headlands.
    Sights nearby  -  Go into Brighton for the day and explore Britain's most famous seaside town.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A smart 16th century pub with rooms, The Bull has long been a firm favourite for locals and travellers alike. Lively and vibrant, it features six chic bedrooms, an excellent restaurant and beer from their own brewery. The Bull is a great option for people looking to explore East Sussex. See More

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  • Knelle Dower Studio B&B East Sussex 1 rooms from £120

    Hideaway  -  A contemporary studio in a secluded rural setting. Ideal for getting away from it all.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Bodiam Castle a true fairytale castle and one of Britain's most romantic and picturesque.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along Camber Sands, a five mile stretch of beach.
    Tennis  -  The property has an outdoor court and coaching can be arranged.
    TennisGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A contemporary studio with far stretching views across the picturesque Sussex countryside. The studio is bright and airy with light wood and accents of red. A large secluded terrace provides the perfect spot for an evening tipple and indulgent breakfasts are taken in the owners thatched cottage. See More

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  • Wartling Place Wartling, East Sussex 4 rooms from £125

    Sights nearby  -  The historic sight of Hastings Castle, where the infamous battle was fought, is just a short drive away.
    Local markets  -  Open every Saturday, Hasting's Farmer's Market is popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
    Great walks  -  Beckley Walk Beckley walk takes flaneurs through the heart of 1066 country.
    Restaurant  -  Breakfast and dinner are served.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Located in the heart of 1066 country this B&B provides guests with a traditional Sussex stay. Set amidst three acres of manicured grounds, attention to detail continue within. Huge, plushly covered beds centre antique adorned rooms. Breakfast is fresh and locally sourced and dinner by arrangement. See More

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  • Malmaison, Brighton Brighton Marina Village 73 rooms from £125

    City Style  -  A contemporary spot with a lively feel - ideal for the young and hip
    Local markets  -  Discover Brighton's quirky independent shops and bustling markets
    Views  -  Sea views
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    A contemporary hotel set in Brighton's equally modern marina. Malmaison, Brighton is undeniably cool with bold patterns, sharp lines and plenty of glass offering wonderful sea views. Nice touches in the room include fine cotton sheets, Lavazza coffee-makers and minimalist bathrooms. A smart choice. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 201 rooms from £129

    Families  -  With its wide range of family friendly accommodations and proximity to the town's highlights, it's ideal for a family stay
    Close to nightlife
    Spa  -  Very wide range of ESPA treatments.
    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants to choose from
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A glorious Victorian hotel with sea views, traditionally elegant bedrooms and deluxe suites over 7 floors. Brighton's original "grand dame" offers an exceptional culinary experience with locally sourced ingredients and luxury spa. A perfect venue for weddings, conferences or a short seaside break. See More

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  • The Ram Inn Lewes, East Sussex 6 rooms from £130

    Country Escape  -  Cosy rooms, roaring fires, hearty cuisine, and good ales all within the South Downs National Park. Rural perfection
    Great walks  -  There's easy access to over 100 miles of walking trails along the South Down way
    Restaurant  -  Modern British served in the restaurant
    Minimum Stay  -  Two nights at the weekend
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A quaint traditional pub with a handful of comfortable rooms in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Modern British food is served in the firelit restaurant. Characterful rooms, located in the eves, have sloped beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls, and antiques. An ideal spot for a rural break. See More

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  • The Gallivant Rye, East Sussex 18 rooms from £135

    Views  -  Fantastic views over Camber Sands
    Cooking classes  -  Overnight packages available
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sea Views  -  From some rooms.
    RestaurantViews
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    1960s motel reborn as stylish New England beach hotel with good cafe and bistro dining, on Camber Beach. Driftwood style, retro detailing and a magnificent sandy beach. See More

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  • The Claremont, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a quiet location but Brighton is within easy reach.
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Brighton and visit the Royal Pavillion and the famed pier.
    Great walks  -  Take a coastal walk along the promenade.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A traditional hotel located in Brighton's quieter neighbour, Hove. Spacious rooms are individually styled with chintz fabrics, patterned wallpaper and the best have large four posters. A large garden offers the opportunity to catch some rays in the summer and the sea is just a short walk away. See More

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  • Paskins Brighton 19 rooms from £140

    Eco break  -  The B&B has long been renowned for its eco credentials with genuine care taken over sourcing food and bath products
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on pretty Charlotte Street in Kemptown with the pier and many of Brighton's attractions nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Make a stop by the impressive Royal Pavilion and stroll around the Pavilion Gardens
    Great walks  -  The hosts will happily recommend scenic coastal hiking routes
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky B&B with warm hosts and a sought-after position in Kemptown. Each individually styled room has its own charm but all have an Art Deco feel and a collection of antiques and vintage finds. The hosts take great care in sourcing produce for breakfast. A laidback, central stay. See More

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  • The Laindons Hastings 5 rooms from £150

    Local exploring  -  The Laindons is the perfect base from which to get to know quaint Hastings
    Great walks  -  Wander along Hastings Beach at sunset, just 200m from The Laindons, and take in the gorgeous views
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit Bodiam Castle or Herstmonceux Castle
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    ParkingNo pets

    The Laindons is located on Hastings High Street, just a short walk from the coast. Offers chic, boutique accommodation in light hues with the odd splash of colour. Tuck into splendid breakfasts in the conservatory. An unassuming yet charming coastal break! See More

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  • Saltmarsh West Dean, East Sussex 5 rooms from £150

    Groups  -  With its five rooms, atmospheric dining room, and secluded location — this is ideal to rent in its entirety with a group
    Country Escape  -  Set within the heart of the 700-acre Seven Sisters Country Park, this is a lovely rural hideaway
    Families  -  If you are looking for a laidback spot where the kids can run wild — this is it
    Great walks  -  There are a wide network of walking trails whether you want an amble or something a little more challenging
    RestaurantGardenParking

    A charming converted farmhouse set in the heart of the 700-acre Seven Sisters Country Park. Five rooms are simple yet stylish, with polished wood floors, cast iron beds, and nice touches like freshly cut flowers. Homemade food is served in a candlelit dining room. A gorgeous rural hideaway. See More

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  • Square Townhouse Brighton 10 rooms from £150

    Romantic Break  -  Opulent and indulgent rooms & suites offer a romantic hideaway. Book a suite for in room bath; one also boasts a private terrace
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located within walking distance to the beach and most of Brighton's main attractions
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the wonderful ornate Royal Pavillion
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A chic boutique property located in the heart of Kemp Town. Individually styled rooms are opulent and indulgent with chandeliers, plush leather headboards and spoiling bathrooms. An atmospheric lounge bar for cocktails and Pamper Room complete the picture. A luxe stay, ripe for romance and fun. See More

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  • Myhotel Brighton 79 rooms from £156

    City Style  -  Ultra hip hotel in the trendy North Laine area mixes the ancient principles of Feng Shui with cutting edge modern design.
    Great walks  -  A ten minute walk brings you to Brighton beach, perfect for an evening stroll to the famed pier.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to both Brighton Pavilion and The Dome, two of the towns main sights.
    Designer  -  Vibrant designs following Feng Shui principles
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Candles, artworks and funky beds create the personality of this colourful, feng-shui-aware MyHotel. Award winning cuisine, knockout cocktails, a cool rooftop suite and excellent location. Great rates on certain days. A chic choice. See More

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  • drakes Brighton 20 rooms from £171

    Romantic Break  -  Start with cocktails in the hip bar, a mouthwatering meal, a stroll along the pier and then back to your sumptuous handmade bed!
    City Style  -  Brighton's most happening hotel, interiors ooze style and confident elegance not to mention the unbeatable location and views.
    Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes
    RestaurantViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays, Michelin Travel

    Seafront boutique hotel with impressive sea and city views. Luxurious large light rooms all individually designed, some with window side free standing baths. A 24-hour bar will keep party seekers occupied. The modern European restaurant has been highly accoladed. Ideal for a stylish city stay. See More

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  • Una Brighton 19 rooms from £195

    Value chic  -  Great value central hotel, right on the beach with designer furnishings, gourmet breakfasts and plenty of charm.
    Great walks  -  Just off the shoreline, this hotel is ideally placed for those romantic strolls along Brighton beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Royal Pavillion, or take a turn around Regency Square.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Parking

    A stripped down contemporary refashioning of a Georgian townhouse. Individually styled rooms each featuring contemporary art. Some have in room free standing baths. Private terraces with great views of Regency Square. Well positioned and good value. Highly popular. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne Eastbourne 152 rooms from £199

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
    Views  -  Seaview rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Beachey Head
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    Overlooking the sea in Eastbourne, The Grand Hotel is one of the UK’s most historic, luxury coastal hotels; with highlights including its fantastic service, beautiful Grand Hall and spacious guest rooms. See More

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  • Ashdown Park Hotel East Grinstead, East Sussex 106 rooms from £199

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Traditional
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    TennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGarden
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    Country house hotel with excellent facilities for the whole family in Ashdown Forest. Acres of parkland, spa facilities, golf course, tennis courts. Award-winning restaurant with forest views. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin Brighton Brighton 49 rooms from £249

    City Style  -  Gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings, with funky chic interiors and only five minutes from Brighton's hopping beachfront.
    Foodies  -  Sample wines from around the world at Laroche tasting room and Bistro du vin serves local produce cooked to perfection.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sea Life Centre and Royal Pavillion, just a few minutes down the road.
    Great walks  -  Stroll along Brighton beach, or down to the lively pier.
    RestaurantPet friendlyViews
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel

    Breezy seaside feel to this stylish edition of the ever dependable boutique chain. Smart rooms with feature wallpaper, large modern bathrooms, some with in room free standing baths. Lucky rooms have sea views. A pub style brasserie with french cuisine. A comfortable choice in a lively city. See More

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