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Great stays on the Sussex Downs

Where to stay in the South Downs National Park

Take a break on the Downs

Fancy a relaxing break in the scenic South Downs but still be within easy access of the bustling seaside town of Brighton? Here’s our round-up of great places to stay, from a cosy apartment to a cottage with extensive grounds. All rated by VisitEngland.

Newtimber Holiday Cottages - Moatside 1&2, Hassocks

Just seven miles from Brighton, Newtimber Holiday Cottages are located in the grounds of Newtimber Place, a beautiful 17th-century house. The two Moatside Cottages overlook the moat that surrounds the manor house, and have a shared garden with a pergoda.

Newtimber Holiday Cottages - Orchard, Hassocks

Also within the grounds of Newtimber Place, Orchard Cottage is situated in a pretty walled garden. Ideal for families, it also benefits from a downstairs bedroom and its own separate private garden.

The Old Flowerfield, Hurstpierpoint

On the edge of the National Park, a short walk from the village of Hurstpierpoint, these luxury lodges have direct access to the South Downs Way. It’s a popular base for hikers who can relax on the terrace afterwards.

The Old Surgery, Ditchling

In the heart of Ditchling village, at the foot of the South Downs, this former doctor’s surgery is now spacious accommodation for two. A short walk from the village pub, visitors also have access to the owners’ tranquil cottage garden.

Swallowfield Cottage, Keymer

On the edge of picturesque Keymer village, this charming detached cottage for four people offers easy access to the South Downs Way. It’s also a short and scenic hop to Brighton via Ditchling Beacon.

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