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On the Map: 25 of the Most Stunning Sussex Stays

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Published 28/10/2020 On the Map: 25 of the Most Stunning Sussex Stays


Packed with scenic drama and steeped in heritage, Sussex represents a perfect blend of coast, country, and commotion!

The 90-mile South Downs Way has to be a must-visit, marked by the famous Beachy Head at the start, while the soaring cliffs of the Seven Sisters are ideal for adventurous spirits.

Meanwhile, Brighton Beach is well-known for its laid-back, contemporary feel, but if soaking up history is more your thing, the Dickensian shops and ancient inns of Alfriston will be your idea of personal heaven... as will a tour of Henry VIII's artillery fort at Camber Castle, or a wander through 1066 country at Hastings.

With so much uniqueness to experience in Sussex, it's only right that your accommodation is just as unusual. So, why not browse our list to discover some of the very best?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Old St John Ambulance Station | Airbnb

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

A historic Lighthouse B&B perched on the white cliffs of Beachy Head, with show-stopping panoramic views and many original features.   Picture this - a former working lighthouse, steeped in history, which has in its time been a home, a teashop and a filming location for a cult TV classic. Standing proudly atop the stunning white cliffs of Beachy Head, it's surrounded by…

Vista Point

Vista Point

Listed beachside holiday home, designed by architect Patrick Gwynne, located on quiet estate in East Preston, West Sussex. It's rare to find a beautiful holiday home with such unspoiled views of the West Sussex coast and direct access to the beach.  It's even more rare for that home to be a significant piece of architectural history.  Welcome to Vista Point. Designed by…

Fair Oak Farm

Fair Oak Farm

A private 12-acre country estate in East Sussex, offering stylish self-catering accommodation in historic farm buildings, treehouses and Shepherd huts for large groups of 15 - 32 guests. If you're after the perfect retreat venue for a family gathering or special occasion, or looking for your own private estate to escape to for a corporate or wellness retreat, you'll not find better than…

Secret Shelters

Secret Shelters

Blessed with a meadow setting rich in biodiversity and wildlife surrounded by ancient woodland, Secret Shelters offers one of Sussex's hidden gems and authentic glamping experiences. Embark on an adventure of discovery and a chance to learn about the natural world that is so often on our doorstep yet unappreciated.  A stay in the Secret Shelters at The Secret Campsite is one that…

The Original Hut Company

The Original Hut Company

Heavenly hand-built huts in magically secluded Bodiam woodland, the perfect setting for a unique and refreshingly sustainable stay on a friendly family farm. The Original Huts are very aptly named, with each one providing an enchanting setting for a delightfully unusual glamping experience in the heart of East Sussex.  Your lovingly hand-built hut is surrounded by…

Blackberry Wood

Blackberry Wood

You may think you know glamping, but you haven't seen anything like Blackberry Wood - the only place a helicopter, a London bus, a cabin and a caravan sit in the shadow of fairytale treehouses. Blackberry Wood is just as enchanting as the name suggests. With a range of wonderfully imaginative glamping options - all set around a red telephone box and old-fashioned lamppost - you'll feel like…

Tinkers Treehouse

Tinkers Treehouse

Retreat to Tinkers Treehouse, a luxuriously romantic treetop hideaway, privately nestled in the rustling East Sussex leaves. Located in the peaceful East Sussex village of Ticehurst - Tinkers Lane, to be exact! - Tinkers Treehouse is privately set within five gloriously secluded acres of leafy woodland, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Full of wildlife and with…

Forest Garden

Forest Garden

Escape to an enchanting new way of life and learn woodland crafts, in a luxury glamping & eco retreat nestled in ancient Sussex woodland. A perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in nature, this is far more than a traditional camping holiday. You're sure to feel inspired by your stay at Forest Garden, six beautiful acres of woodland and gardens set close to the ancient Ashdown Forest…

1944 Ammunition Wagon

1944 Ammunition Wagon

Wartime-style romance in a cosy Ammunition Wagon hideaway on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway line. From the moment you arrive, you're sure to feel that Northiam Steam Railway Station, beautifully bordered by country greenery, is the perfect setting for a converted wartime ammunition wagon.  Not only will the peaceful scenery instantly captivate, but you'll feel transported to…

The Big Green Bus

The Big Green Bus

A characterful Amazing Space on wheels, creatively converted and perfectly nestled in lush Sussex countryside. Sleeping up to six guests, and secluded amongst flourishing woodland just ten minutes from historic Lewes, The Big Green Bus represents a genuine labour of love. Featured on the TV series George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, the classic 1982 Metro bus was rescued from the…

Hobbit House

Hobbit House

A luxuriously cheery, lovingly crafted woodland escape complete with hot tub, dreamily nestled in the heart of rural Sussex. Once you arrive at Hobbit House, magically crafted into a woodland hill in the heart of Sussex countryside, it would be easy to feel as though you're blissfully miles away from anywhere at all. Yet with Bodiam Castle in easy walking distance, you've got this amazing part…

Shooting Box Tower

Shooting Box Tower

A characterful and imposing lodge on an historic Sussex estate, with far-reaching countryside views and plenty to explore. Once the Shooting Lodge for Sussex's famed Ashburnham Estate, the Shooting Box Tower cuts an incredibly striking dash, even before you've entered. With four stunning bedrooms, this impressive tower sleeps up to eight guests in idyllic comfort, with magnificent views from the…

Rye Windmill

Rye Windmill

A friendly, family-run B&B in an iconic Grade II-listed landmark, perfectly nestled on the banks of a picturesque river. An ideal setting for awakening your creative spirit, Rye Windmill is perfectly positioned on the banks of the river Tillingham. This much-loved local landmark is an ideal base for you to explore the romantic cobbled lanes of the town that has inspired artists and writers…

The Buzzardry

The Buzzardry

A seriously sumptuous Sussex treehouse, perched above soothing woodland close to the South Downs National Park. If you thought treehouse living was the stuff of childhood escapades, get ready to upgrade your expectations with a stay at The Buzzardry. Sleeping four guests in two en-suite bedrooms, this is rustic luxury taken to a whole new level. Perfectly perched on the edge of Sussex's High…

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Upgrade the traditional seaside break to a luxury beach hut suite-on-the-beach, perfectly set in family-friendly Bognor Regis. Forming part of Felpham Village's award-winning Beachcroft Hotel (which means all its deluxe facilities are at your disposal!), the Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites are perfect for families in search of seaside luxury. Located right on Felpham Beach, Bognor Regis, you can…

Petworth Lodge

Petworth Lodge

Explore an award-winning, architect-designed retreat, exquisitely positioned in the grounds of a West Sussex private estate.Winner of the prestigious RIBA award, Petworth Lodge boasts some serious design credentials. Surrounded by West Sussex countryside, and sleeping up to 10 guests in perfect comfort, it's also the ideal setting for ‘get away from it all' group breaks.Featuring spectacular…

AirShip 1

AirShip 1

An eco-friendly architect-designed pod, rich in comfort and secluded in West Sussex woodland for an out-of-this-world escape. AirShip 1 is a creatively-designed, contemporary pod for up to three guests. Secluded in magical West Sussex woodland, it's the perfect excuse to grab two of your best friends (or just your loved one, if you prefer) and make your escape from hectic daily life. You'll…

Willow the Wisp Cabin

Willow the Wisp Cabin

Willow the Wisp is a sumptuous couples' retreat, secluded amongst a lush meadow in an East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Ideally positioned just an hour away from London, a stay at Willow the Wisp is the perfect excuse to escape from city life!Situated at Downash Wood (which is also home to the luxurious Tinkers and Oakey Koakey treehouses, plus the new Coddiwomple Cabin), and…

The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Travel back in time to the beautifully restored station house and Pullman carriages at Petworth, first class all the way! Surrounded by the soothing natural beauty of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, the former Petworth Railway Station is an exquisite sight to behold. Originally built in 1892, the striking building has been immaculately and lovingly restored to provide sumptuous…

Driftwood Beach House

Driftwood Beach House

A soothing coastal retreat with a Victorian railway carriage at its heart, perfect for families and friends and opening straight onto Pagham Beach.   Light, bright and cheerful, Driftwood Beach House is an idyllic, dog-friendly retreat for up to seven lucky guests.   Set directly on the beach in the historic West Sussex village of Pagham, shingle slopes will lead you straight to the…

The Long View

The Long View

The beauty of Sussex nature is effortlessly brought to your door, in a relaxing retreat with endless, far-reaching green views. There's a timelessly magical feeling about Swallowtail Hill, and it's a feeling that friendly owners Sarah and Christopher have worked hard to perfect over the years. A 40-acre Sussex farm that's run purely for conservation and biodiversity, you can relax amongst a…

The Sea House

The Sea House

An award-winning, architect-designed haven, expertly crafted from natural materials and set right on the magnificent beach at Camber Sands. The proud winner of a Sunday Times British Homes Award, and a 2019 design award from the Sussex Heritage Trust, The Sea House cuts an incredibly striking dash along the iconic Camber Sands coastline. Inspiration for the four-bedroom, cedar-clad haven came…

The Raft

The Raft

A romantic and light-filled ‘floating' home for two, exquisitely hand-crafted and nestled within a bustling houseboat community in West Sussex. Beautifully positioned amongst a parade of houseboats, on a nature reserve close to Shoreham-by-Sea, The Raft is an idyllic, imaginative, and impossibly scenic sanctuary for two. The characterful, gently curved haven was lovingly designed and built by…

The Art Deco Apartment

The Art Deco Apartment

An elegant, light-filled apartment that's dripping with old school glamour, perfectly located in a chic Brighton house that faces the sea.The moment you descend the Art Deco Apartment's double-width, red-carpeted, LED-lit stairs, you'll know you've arrived somewhere very special indeed.(The Brighton house itself sports a blue plaque, as the famed playwright Sir Terence Rattigan once lived there…

Old St John Ambulance Station

Old St John Ambulance Station

A magnificent, award-winning conversion in the heart of Rye, master architect created and perfect for stylish group breaks. Winner of the coveted Architects' Journal Retro Fit Award, shortlisted for the World Architect Awards, and featured in high-end magazines from Grand Designs to Dezeen, Old St. John's Ambulance Station is a jaw-dropping conversion for memorable group breaks in the heart of…

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