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About East Sussex

Our East Sussex Collections:

The countryside rolls greenly, and the views are expansive - up to the medieval hamlets, ancient churches and the beautiful, varied coastline. You can see why East Sussex is a major destination for Londoners escaping to the coast. Colourful Brighton, genteel Eastbourne and historic Hastings are the county’s seaside headliners, but they’re just a few of the best places to stay in East Sussex. Battle and Rye don’t have the sea views, but there are plenty of beautiful sights to see, and then there’s the coastal walking and the South Downs Way to be getting on with.

Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters and Ashdown Forest are also within the borders of East Sussex. As is the Bluebell Railway, Great Dixter Gardens, Glyndebourne, Lewes, Leeds Castle and Bodiam Castle. So you’ll probably need to consult a map when you’re choosing where to book, to make sure you’re closest to the attractions you’re most interested in - or else select two or three of the best places to stay in East Sussex and travel around this pretty countryside.

What not to Miss

  • Buzzy Brighton is packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, it’s got a traditional old pier, a pebbly seafront, the beautiful Royal Pavilion, an aquarium and plenty going on. Plus the new addition: the i360 Tower, a moving lookout pod brought to you by the people behind the London Eye.
  • Hastings offers nostalgic charm and the coast. Best known for the battle in 1066, this fashionable Victorian holiday hotspot has reinvented itself as an arty destination for seaside weekenders. Hastings’ now ruined castle, which you reach via funicular, was built by William the Conqueror, and there's an excellent exhibition in the grounds which will supply you with plenty of information and begin to tell you the story of 1066. The opening of the Jerwood Gallery, home of contemporary British art, has hipped the town up.
  • You’ll find out more about 1066 in nearby Battle, the highlight of which is definitely Battle Abbey.
  • On the edge of charming Rye, fringed by dunes, is the long, white sweep of Camber Beach, and the landscape just welcomes strolling, cycling and picnicking. Rye has some great restaurants and cafes, and there are some interesting historical secrets to uncover.
  • And Eastbourne is close to Beachy Head, Pevensey Castle and the South Downs National Park.

All of these centres have great options when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in East Sussex, but our Gurus have also come up with some remote country house hotels, perfect for a rural escape if you need one.

For a Beach Break

  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton is a glorious Victorian hotel right on the Brighton’s front. There are 200-odd elegant rooms and suites over seven floors - some with amazing views. Everything is luxurious, from the spa to the piano bar to the afternoon tea.
  • The Zanzibar International Hotel in St. Leonards on Sea, is a stylish, modern refuge right on the seafront. There are just eight rooms, impeccably, and individually, decorated in whites and nudes - some with double spa baths. Plus you'll find a great seafood restaurant and complimentary champagne with your breakfast!
  • The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is a contender if your idea of a weekend getaway includes time spent in a luxurious spa. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, an award-winning restaurant, a putting green and a children’s playroom. Pets are welcome too. The Victorian stucco exterior and five stars help make for a memorable stay.
  • Ticking, stripes, white painted floorboards and driftwood tones are very much in evidence at the New England-style Gallivant at Camber Beach. The Beach Bistro and the Beach Cafe will keep you well fed while you enjoy the American retro touches and glorious beach.

Rural Escape

  • The Griffin Inn in Fletching is a very popular village gastropub with 12 comfortable rooms offering expansive views over the peaceful Ouse Valley. Rooms start from just £90 and are very family friendly.
  • Stone House is an antique-filled country house B&B which has been in the same family since 1495. Just outside the village of Rushlake Green, if you stay in one of the eight rooms you’re offered an excellent dinner, cooking classes, and pheasant shooting in season.
  • Ashdown Park Hotel is a country house hotel with excellent facilities for the whole family. The hotel has direct access to Ashdown Forest, with acres of parkland, plus a golf course, tennis courts, an award-winning restaurant with forest views and a beautiful spa.

Most Romantic

  • Buxted Park Hotel is a Palladian mansion turned 44 room country house hotel close to Uckfield, Wakehurst Place and Hever Castle. The modern, British restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes, and offers cookery classes, and the hotel is set amidst three hundred acres of stunning grounds, which includes three lakes, a deer park and a walled garden.
  • For under a hundred pounds a night you and your loved one can stay at Old Whyly, a listed manor house set amongst charming gardens. There are just three bedrooms, decorated with some beautiful antiques, plus an outdoor pool. Well located for Glyndebourne, there’s also a heated pool and tennis courts.

Brighton Chic

  • Probably the best-known hotel in Brighton on our list is drakes. Occupying a great position overlooking the pier this boutique property has a 24 hour bar, decent restaurant and freestanding baths in some rooms. Well designed rooms with huge beds.
  • Brighton’s original boutique hotel, Blanch House, in Kemp Town, has individually designed rooms including the Snowstorm, which houses a collection of snow globes. Home made biscuits on arrival are a popular touch.
  • The feng shui aware Myhotel is a decked out with karmic artwork and futuristic furniture and has an informal deli which serves richly delicious ice cream as well as a pleasant restaurant.
  • The Hotel du Vin in Brighton is as dependable here as its sister establishments all over the UK. There is a wine bar and brasserie and the loft suites have telescopes.

Fantastic Inns

  • The Mermaid Inn is an historic inn in the centre of Rye, dating back to the 13th century. There are 31 rooms, oozing with charm and original features: think carved four-poster beds, sloping, beamed ceilings and a vast fireplace in the bar. The restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes.
  • The George in Rye is historic, but very newly refurbished, so now you can expect all the modern, stylish trims inside a charming Georgian building. Each room is individual, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
  • Close to the South Downs, Wakehurst Place, and Gatwick Airport, the Old House Inn has been converted from a farmhouse, and has six spacious, quirky rooms. The dining has an AA Rosette award and a full English breakfast is included in the room rate.
  • The Ship Inn in Rye, is a laid back pub with a Michelin recommendation and ten simple rooms. It’s a traditional pub with all the best kind of details: exposed beams, wooden floors and solid, but weathered, furniture. Rooms start from £110 per night including fabulous breakfast.

Perfect Mini-Break

  • If you’re looking for a lively mini-break, Brighton is always a good choice, and the Artist Residence Brighton, is an arty, centrally located place to stay with great views and a cool cocktail bar. The 23 rooms and suites have been individually decorated and you’re close to the beach and everything else in Brighton.
  • The Printworks occupies a fabulous Victorian building in Hastings, once home to the local newspaper, and it's been decked out very stylishly by the owners. There are only two rooms, but both of them are packed with detail and original-features-loveliness. Rooms start from just £100 per night.
  • Swan House occupies an even older building in the heart of medieval Hastings - built in the 15th Century, this was originally the local bakery. Part timbered, this four room B&B has been tastefully decorated to make the most of the wonderful original features - including an old pulley used to move bags of flour.

Best B&Bs

  • The Rye Windmill B&B has been converted from a Grade II listed windmill. Importantly, only two of the ten rooms are in the windmill itself, and these are the ones to book. You’re right next to the river and within a short walking distance of Rye. The decor is simple and the breakfasts generous.
  • Jeake’s House is a quirky, old fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B in the centre of characterful Rye. The 11 bedrooms and public spaces have some great antiques, including beautiful four-poster beds, and they do a truly epic breakfast.
  • The Old Rectory, Hastings is a great choice for walkers and history buffs. The eight elegant rooms are in an 18th century building, complete with sitting rooms and beautiful gardens. The fresh cooked breakfasts include locally caught fish.
  • Una in Brighton is a B&B with 19 rooms all named after rivers. Excellent breakfasts and a bar where you can plan or reflect on dinner.
  • The Kemp Townhouse in one of the most popular parts of Brighton is another B&B where you can also have afternoon tea and there is an honesty bar.
  • Hastings House is right on the promenade in Hastings, a Victorian stucco charmer on the outside, turned funky B&B on the inside.

Great Value

  • A romantic option for under a hundred pounds a night is Pelham Hall, a gorgeous little B&B in picturesque Burwash in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are just three elegant bedrooms, decorated with plenty of character, plus a fantastic breakfast. You’re well positioned for National Trust properties, local market towns and beautiful scenery.
  • Ocklynge Manor is a picture perfect 18th century Georgian charmer in a beautiful walled garden. The three bright bedrooms make the most of the views and there are delicious breakfasts with home-made bread and marmalade each morning. And all starting from around £100 per night.

For a holiday cottage or apartment

  • If you think that self catering is a better option for you, then check out the wide range with our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Gatwick Airport is your closest airport, but Heathrow is quite convenient as well. Brighton has its own airport, which is connected to other UK destinations.
  • You can also arrive in East Sussex by sea, docking at Newhaven - the ferries here cross from Dieppe, France.
  • The county is also easily accessible by train from elsewhere in the UK.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in East Sussex, there's a lot to see - we suggest 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’.

    Still not sure which to book?

    Best Hotels in East Sussex

    • The Cloudesley 5 rooms from AU$186

      Hastings

      An excellent, eco-friendly guesthouse in the East Sussex town of Hastings. The rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed with stylish furnishings and tasteful artwork. Indulge in a range of spa treatments including reiki, deep tissue massage, Thai hot compresses and reflexology. A seaside charmer.

      Local exploring  -  Just a ten minute walk from the beach, it's perfect for exploring Hastings and the surrounding East Sussex countryside.
      Total relaxation  -  The ideal relaxing country escape with comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast as well as massages, shiatsu and reiki!
      Sights nearby  -  History enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the nearby site of Englands most famous battle.
      Birdwatching  -  East Sussex is a great area for watching seabirds.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Cavalaire 9 rooms from AU$110

      Brighton (East Sussex)

      A welcoming Victorian townhouse B&B in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas of this beautiful coastal city. Rooms are decorated with character; iPod docking stations, wonderful bed linen and the occasional four poster bed. A homely B&B, walking distance from all the top Brighton sights.

      Close to nightlife  -  Brighton Seafront Night Clubs.
      Sights nearby  -  Volks Railway and the Royal Pavillion
      Great walks  -  Brighton Pier, promenade and beach
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Twenty Seven 5 rooms from AU$110

      Brighton

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion
      Close to nightlife
      Value chic
      Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16
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    • A room with a view 9 rooms from AU$134

      Brighton

      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.

      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
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    • Boreham House 3 rooms from AU$136

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Rye Windmill B&B 10 rooms from AU$136

      Rye, East Sussex

      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.

      Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.
      Traditional
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    • The Bell 11 rooms from AU$139

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Blanch House 12 rooms from AU$142

      Brighton

      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.

      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.
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    • Brighton Harbour Hotel 79 rooms from AU$144

      Brighton

      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.

      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
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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    • Pelham Hall 3 rooms from AU$152

      Burwash, East Sussex

      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.

      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.
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    • Artist Residence Brighton 24 rooms from AU$152

      Brighton (East Sussex)

      This arty 23 bedroom hotel, cocktail bar and restaurant is centrally located in Regency Square, with sea views over the iconic West Pier. Cool, contemporary decor in the middle of Brighton with lots of galleries and good restaurants just minutes away. Really great for weekend group getaways.

      Close to nightlife  -  Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.
      Great walks  -  A stones throw from the beach front
      Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to Brighton Pier
      Other Activities  -  Visit The Theatre Royal
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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    • Griffin Inn 13 rooms from AU$152

      Fletching, East Sussex

      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.

      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Views  -  Lovely garden views over Sheffield Park
      Full of character
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    • Buxted Park Hotel 44 rooms from AU$161

      Buxted, East Sussex

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Close to Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Hever Castle and Wakehurst Gardens
      Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Traditional
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    • Kemp Townhouse 9 rooms from AU$161

      Brighton

      A charming townhouse hotel in the vibrant sea shore area of Kemp Town. The nine elegant rooms are thoughtfully put together featuring original art, large windows and incredibly comfy Indonesian beds. Though there is no restaurant the breakfast is sensational! Understated and utterly heavenly.

      Local markets  -  Wander through The Lanes, a pedestrianised enclave lined with jewellery shops, arty boutiques and funky clothes stores.
      Sights nearby  -  Check out the former pleasure palace of King George IV, the Islamist Indian inspired Brighton Pavilion.
      Great walks  -  Just 500m down the road is Brighton Pier, perfect for people watching and candy floss eating.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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    • Nineteen 7 rooms from AU$161

      Brighton

      A small boutique B&B located in the heart of Brighton. Cleanly styled rooms are all white on white with shutters covering the bay windows and pops of colour coming from contemporary art and soft furnishings. Indulgent breakfasts are served (complete with complimentary Blood Mary on the weekend).

      Local exploring  -  Ideally positioned just a short walk from most of the city's major attractions.
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the beach front promenade stopping at a fish and chip shop on the way.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the ill-fitting (yet fabulous) Indian styled Royal Pavillion
      Traditional
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    • Old Whyly 3 rooms from AU$166

      Lewes, East Sussex

      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.

      Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • The Driftwood 6 rooms from AU$168

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Hastings House 8 rooms from AU$168

      Hastings, East Sussex

      Newly renovated victorian townhouse B&B in the centre of town. Modern bedrooms with vivid colours. Breakfast included and snacks on demand.

      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • Flint Barns at Rathfinny Estate 10 rooms from AU$169

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • The Printworks 2 rooms from AU$169

      Hastings, East Sussex

      Hip seaside haven housed in an old printworks once home to the local rag. The property combines cosy comfort with loft style interiors to provide an upmarket bohemian sleepery an hour from London

      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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    • The Standard Inn 5 rooms from AU$169

      Rye (Rye)

      This 15th C inn in the centre of Rye is cozy and intimate. Rooms are full of character with beamed ceilings, pretty fabrics and deep baths. 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.

      Local exploring  -  A great establishment from which to explore the local area.
      Great walks  -  The Cotswold Way National Trail covers 102 miles of the gentle landscape.
      Full of character
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    • Ocklynge Manor 3 rooms from AU$169

      East Sussex

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Visit Beachy Head, with panoramic views of the English Channel
      Sailing  -  There are lots of sailing clubs in Eastbourne
      Views  -  Pretty garden views from each of the bedrooms
      Great walks  -  Walk the South Downs Way
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • The Ginger Pig 11 rooms from AU$169

      Brighton (East Sussex)

      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 green walls contrasting against the light parquet floors. The bathrooms are uber luxurious and the restaurant and bar serve exemplary food and cocktails.

      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.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • The Old Rectory, Hastings 8 rooms from AU$169

      Hastings

      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.

      Restrictions on children  -  Children from 10 and up only
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    • White Lodge B&B 3 rooms from AU$169

      East Sussex

      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.

      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
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    • One Broad Street 8 rooms from AU$186

      Brighton

      A great B&B just seconds from the beach and only 5 minutes from The Lanes. All white rooms with bright cushions and throws for a splash of colour, excellent breakfasts and great local knowledge for a homely stay. Perfect for weekends away or local exploring.

      Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and The Lanes
      Walking distance restaurants  -  Owners can recommend plenty of local eateries
      Restrictions on children  -  No children allowed
      Great walks  -  Brighton Beach
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    • The Ship Inn 10 rooms from AU$186

      Rye, East Sussex

      Michelin recommended laid back pub with rooms in the centre of Rye. Old beams, wooden floors, pine tables. Simple and comfortable rooms.

      Traditional
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • Wingrove House 12 rooms from AU$186

      Alfriston, East Sussex

      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

      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.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Zanzibar International Hotel 8 rooms from AU$195

      St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

      Contemporary and stylish romantic refuge on the seafront. Impeccably decorated in whites and nudes, large light rooms, sea views. Fish restaurant.

      Restrictions on children  -  No children under 5 years.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • Bewl Rookery 3 rooms from AU$195

      Wadhurst, East Sussex

      In the heart of the High Weald, Bewl Rookery is a charming B&B. Set in a 16th century house, the elegant rooms are comfortable and spacious. Perfect for a relaxing break in rural Sussex.

      Great walks  -  The High Weald is full of lovely walking routes.
      Sights nearby  -  Two miles from Scotney Castle Garden and Estate.
      Full of character
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    • Swan House 4 rooms from AU$195

      Hastings, East Sussex

      Former 15th century bakery. Stylish B&B in the heart of mediaeval Hastings. Tasteful interiors - original features complement contemporary designs. Guest lounge, breakfast room, courtyard.

      Traditional
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • The Laindons 4 rooms from AU$203

      Hastings

      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!

      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.
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    • Black Rock House 5 rooms from AU$203

      Hastings

      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!

      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
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • The Charm 25 rooms from AU$203

      Brighton

      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.

      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.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Jeake's House 11 rooms from AU$203

      Rye

      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.

      Sights nearby  -  Situated bang in the centre of town.
      Full of character
      Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
      Traditional
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • The Bull 6 rooms from AU$203

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
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    • Knelle Dower Studio B&B 1 rooms from AU$203

      East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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    • Wartling Place 4 rooms from AU$212

      Wartling, East Sussex

      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.

      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.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • The Grand Hotel, Brighton 201 rooms from AU$219

      Brighton (East Sussex)

      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.

      Close to nightlife
      Spa  -  Wide range of ESPA treatments for men and women.
      Great walks  -  Stroll the promenade, pier and beach
      Sights nearby  -  The Royal Pavillion
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    • Longbourn 1895 3 rooms from AU$220

      Heathfield, East Sussex

      Brimming with personality and character, Longbourn 1895 is a charming B&B just outside Heathfield in East Sussex. The individually decorated rooms are tastefully furnished with ornate beds and antique furnishings and the garden is a great place to relax in the summer sun.

      Great walks  -  Wonderful walking routes in the nearby South Downs and Ashdown Forest.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby National Trust sights at Bodiam Castle and Batemans.
      Local markets  -  Take a trip to Battle Farmers Market.
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    • The George in Rye 34 rooms from AU$229

      Rye

      'Rye’s most luxurious hotel,’ they claim, and we think that is fair: newly renovated historic inn with plenty of special touches. Great seafood, sumptuous rooms with chic styling.

      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
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    • The Gallivant 18 rooms from AU$229

      Rye, East Sussex

      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.

      Views  -  Fantastic views over Camber Sands
      Cooking classes  -  Overnight packages available
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
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    • The Square 10 rooms from AU$229

      Brighton

      A chic boutique property located in the heart of Brighton. Individually styled rooms are elegant and contemporary with chandeliers, plush leather headboards and indulgent bathrooms. Fantastic breakfasts are served and you'll find yourself just a short stroll from the city's major attractions.

      Local exploring  -  Perfectly located within walking distance to the beach and most of Brighton's main attractions.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the wonderfully out of place Indian Royal Pavillion.
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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    • The Claremont 11 rooms from AU$237

      Brighton (East Sussex)

      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.

      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
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    • The Mermaid Inn 31 rooms from AU$254

      Rye

      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.

      Historic  -  The cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420. It's a genuine piece of Tudor architecture
      Full of character
      Traditional
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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    • Myhotel 80 rooms from AU$264

      Brighton

      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.

      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
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    • drakes 20 rooms from AU$290

      Brighton

      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.

      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.
      Great walks  -  Watch the sunset whilst strolling along Brighton Beach, or head down to the pier for a piece of Brighton Rock.
      Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
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    • Una 19 rooms from AU$330

      Brighton

      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.

      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.
      Full of character
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    • The Grand Hotel, East Sussex 152 rooms from AU$337

      Eastbourne, East Sussex

      Eastbourne's 'White Palace' - a luxurious English seaside hotel. A host of facilities - spa, indoor and outdoor pools, award-winning restaurant, children's playroom.

      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
      Traditional
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Recommended by  -  Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels
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    • Ashdown Park Hotel 106 rooms from AU$337

      East Grinstead, East Sussex

      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.

      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
      Traditional
      Spa
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Recommended by  -  Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels
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    • Hotel du Vin Brighton 49 rooms from AU$422

      Brighton

      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.

      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.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
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