Dog-friendly Hotels East Sussex
Home to rolling rills, picture-perfect landscapes, family beaches and a number of historic towns, it's no surprise East Sussex is a popular pick when it comes to dog-friendly holidays. Whether you explore the coastal delights of Eastbourne, discover ancient history at Hastings, or indulge in the cultural wonders of Brighton, you and your four-legged friend are bound to have a fabulous time.
- Beddingham, EnglandBuilt to a good standard, these adjoining holiday cottages in the owners’ grounds are situated in the tiny village of Beddingham, which lies in the South Downs just off the Lewes to Eastbourne road (which although convenient, can be busy). The view to one side of the cottage is that of Mount Caburn, which is one of the highest landmarks in East Sussex and is the home of an Iron Age fort! Both cottages have wheelchair access to the ground floor rooms. Lewes, 2½ miles, is dominated by the ruins of a great Norman castle and boasts twisting medieval streets and tiny twittens. The port of Newhaven lies on the land with the shortest sea route between London and Paris and Seaford is a quiet, informal holiday resort from where Seaford Head, The Seven Sisters Country Park, Beachy Head and the village of Alfriston can all be visited. Glyndebourne and the outdoor opera, 2 miles. Drusillas Zoo Park, Charleston - the home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and rural bolt hole for the Bloomsbury group, Firle Place and Newhaven Fort are all a short drive. Eastbourne, 12 miles, Brighton 10 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.£55From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Rye, EnglandFollow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I and spend some time exploring the beautiful Cinque port market town of Rye. In 1573 she bestowed the title Rye Royale. Stay in this well thought out and stylish holiday cottage which is just a 6 minute walk from the centre of the town, with its large selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes. You could discover for yourself why many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have chosen to settle here. Rye is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, despite being the haunt of the notorious smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang. Visit The Mermaid Inn, their famous hideout, where the cellars date back to 1156. Visit the Rye Museum and climb St Mary’s Tower for breathtaking views across to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Winchelsea. See Lamb House, the home of Henry James and later E. F. Benson, and where they filmed the recent production of ’Mapp and Lucia’. Another great film location is Camber Sands and going in the other direction towards Hastings where ’Foyles War’ was filmed. There are also connections by train to London. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£41From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Battle, EnglandThe Challoners is nestled in the heart of the East Sussex Weald and redefines what to expect from a premium glamping holiday experience. As you enter through the gate, your two wood-clad cabins greet you unassumingly, but step inside and the lavish attention to detail can really be appreciated. The shepherd’s hut houses the bedroom which offers a sumptuous Hypnos double bed, while delicate finishing touches include softly painted cladding, ornate furnishings, and an antique electric stove heater. Through double sliding doors is a gorgeous en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath. In a separate lodge, just a couple of metres away, are your living quarters. Adorned with chic rustic style, this too is exclusively yours and features an open plan living space complete with large corner sofa and a selection of books, games, and puzzles. For ultimate comfort and convenience there is also a walk-in shower room here along with another washbasin and toilet in addition to those in the en-suite. Both cabins feature underfloor heating throughout for cosy winter evenings in this wonderful self-catering retreat.
Throw open the French doors to enjoy views over the Wealden countryside and your private garden with curved stone loveseat, a covered picnic table, BBQ, and a fire pit where you can gaze at the stars The garden is fully enclosed at this dog friendly accommodation near Bodiam and Battle, making it a perfect rural spot.
The Challoners is a place to enjoy some peace and quiet, so the owners have deliberately left out a TV - the perfect excuse to create your own intimate environment away from the outside world and take some time for you. You may come with good intentions to explore the area and find yourself not wanting to leave this haven all weekend! If you can pull yourself away there are 300 acres of foot and cycle paths to explore in the surrounding area, including access to the owners private 50 acres of woodland with one of the largest badger sets in Europe. A unique boutique countryside retreat for romantic short breaks and pure indulgent escapism.
The pretty village of Robertsbridge is just a mile away and offers a general store, local pub, and award-winning Indian restaurant. Both the local pubs are also dog friendly and the Salehurst Halt has a large dog-friendly garden. Bewl Water is 7 miles away and offers various water sports and the Bodiam Boating Station is 10 miles away which offers river cruises and boat hire for a more relaxed day out or kayaking for the more adventurous. You can also explore Bodiam Castle 3 miles away and a little further afield are Battle, the Cinque Ports town of Rye and the coastal town of Hastings. The area between Robertsbridge, Rye and Pevensey is called ‘1066 Country’ and boasts a host of tourist and leisure attractions, including Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle and Smallhythe Place. For those wanting to venture back to the time of steam trains, visit the Kent and East Sussex Railway and take a trip from Bodiam to Tenterden in one of the lovely old carriages. Visit the moated castle at Bodiam built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, only a 10-minute drive.£192From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Sedlescombe, EnglandThese two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, also known as ’The Jewel of the Weald’, through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (National Trust), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Properties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.£48From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Rye, EnglandIn an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the village of Beckley and above the River Rother, are these three stylish holiday properties. The Little Lodge (ref W43703) is situated down a quiet lane overlooking fields and adjoining the owners’ home, it sits in 3½ acres of grounds, surrounded by forestry and woodland, where a small orchard is set aside for the guests’ sole use. The Lodge (ref UK11986) is a beautifully appointed property in a gorgeous rural setting, perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway. You will find a home from home in this single-storey lodge with its wonderful spot in this countryside location with even a beauty room with bookable treatments on site, including manicures, pedicures and more. Being a pet friendly property located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy cycling and scenic walks with their dog. The Little Abbey (ref UK12598) is perfectly finished for that cosy couples getaway. The beautiful décor is of a very good quality throughout and poses the best spot in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This single-storey property adjoins the owners property, yet has its own parking and entrance. The Little Abbey comfortably sleeps two guests in the large super kingsize bedroom and benefits from its own private garden section which overlooks the owners beautiful horses. You will find the home from home modcons here with 2 televisions both with built-in DVD and free Wi-Fi for guests to use.
Located in this gorgeous spot in the countryside and teeming with wildlife, you can enjoy horse riding at the stables just 15 minutes’ drive away (at cost) and a nearby fishing lake is available at Iden Wood Fishery (at cost, license required). To truly indulge in relaxation, you can treat yourself to the on-site medical beauty clinic appointments by arrangement only (at cost).
The village of Beckley is nearby with an array of local amenities, and exploring the small town of Rye is easily accessible with it being only 8 miles away. Rye is famous for its 18th-century smuggling activities and boasts a stunning port area with cobble lined streets with restaurants and shops. The beach can be reached at Winchelsea, and has associations with Spike Milligan and Camber Sands, as the name suggests there are miles of golden sand dunes. It is home to various film locations including ‘The Monuments Men’ with George Clooney, and ‘The Invisible Woman’ with Ralph Fiennes. Take a boat trip from Northiam and arrive at the fairytale Bodiam Castle, which is 4 miles away, or catch the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which travels to Tenterden, described by many as ’The Jewel of the Weald’. Beach is 8.5 miles away, shop 1 mile away, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles away.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.£69From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Bodle Street Green, EnglandEnjoying peaceful, rural vistas overlooking fields, Half Moon has its own private entrance through a 5 bar gate, parking and a garden. It adjoins the owners’ home and is situated on the edge of the South Downs, where walks and cycle paths are on the doorstep. Just along the lane is one of the largest post windmills in the country - an ideal windmill location as it’s built on some of the highest ground in the area, overlooking the Pevensey Levels and English Channel. Herstmonceux Castle with grounds and gardens is nearby, and is home to the Observatory Science Centre, providing spectacular hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory. Explore 7 acres of grounds and gardens at Michelham Priory, with the longest water-filled moat in England, 9 miles. Also, visit Pevensey Bay and Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, Burwash with Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury set and decorated by Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf, which are all within a short drive. Eastbourne is approximately 10 miles away, with its award-winning beaches and train connections to London. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.£53From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Rye, EnglandFull of character, this well thought out, quirky, beamed, first and second floor apartment is situated in the middle of Rye and offers ideal holiday accommodation. This is an excellent base from which to discover the cobbled streets, medieval buildings, delightful coffee shops, tea rooms and galleries, plus a plethora of antique shops and great restaurants. Rye was granted Cinque Port status in the 13th century, and during the 18th century was regarded as the smuggling capital of England. You can still see the old vaulted cellars where the smugglers’ contraband was stored. For centuries, Rye was an island with only one land connection at high tide to the mainland through the Landgate. Well known folk have lived in Rye over the years, including Henry James and E.F. Benson, who both dwelt at Lamb House (NT), albeit at different times! Mapp and Lucia, E.F. Benson’s series of comical stories set in the 1920s and 30s, was filmed by the BBC here in Rye. Further afield, explore the beautiful nature reserve at Rye Harbour, stroll amongst the sand dunes at Camber, another popular film location, hire bikes or play golf on the links. Rail connections from Rye via Ashford International to London Bridge. Beach 4
1/2miles. Shop and restaurant 10 yards, pub 25 yards.£44From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Battle, EnglandLittle London House, a stylishly presented semi-detached holiday home, is part of a 17th-century house adjoining the owner’s residence in the village of Ninfield, just 3.5 miles (10 minutes by car) from the sea. Originally serving as the village cobblers and later the local post office, it now offers welcoming accommodation. The property features an attractive enclosed terrace at the rear, providing an ideal spot for al fresco breakfasts or enjoying the late afternoon sun with a good book.
Perched on a ridge, Ninfield has historical significance, with tales suggesting that William the Conqueror planted his standard on the highest point during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The village’s history is marked by smuggling, evident in the iron stocks and whipping posts that still stand. Nearby, Battle Abbey and Battlefield commemorate the famous confrontation of the Battle of Hastings. The market town of Battle, with its charming appeal, is perfect for afternoon tea. Known for its 17th-century gunpowder industry, the town celebrates the gunpowder plot each November with a spectacular firework display.
Explore the beaches at Bexhill, where the Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion hosts shows. Eastbourne, the heart of ’The Sunshine Coast,’ and Hastings, with its fascinating old town, pier, and castle ruins, are easily accessible. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy Herstmonceux Brick Farm Lakes with the required licence and day tickets. Visit Pevensey, Herstmonceux, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, or stroll through the antique shops in the historical settings of Rye or Royal Tunbridge Wells. Wine enthusiasts can book a tasting at a local award-winning vineyard. Convenient rail connections to London from Battle provide further sightseeing opportunities in the capital city. The beach is 5 miles away, with a shop at half a mile, and a pub and restaurant within 250 yards.£79From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Eastbourne, EnglandBell cottage is a pretty two bed terraced cottage in the beautiful village of Alfriston east Sussex. Delicately styled with contemporary and traditional furnishings Bell Cottage fits perfectly in this wonderfully preserved medieval village in the South Downs.
The cosy living room, with its ornamental fireplace is a calming peaceful room in which to read a good book or gaze out of the large bay window. Next door, the modern kitchen and dining area makes the most of the space with a gorgeous farmhouse table. Upstairs the large master kingsize bedroom is bright and sunny and looks over the street below. The second bedroom is smaller but still offers a double bed and writing desk. Also on the first floor is the family bathroom with shower over bath. Outside is an enclosed rear garden, overlooked by the kitchen diner.
Alfriston was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. It is wonderfully preserved, and strolling along the ancient streets flanked by a charming variety of crooked buildings can feel like stepping back in time. There is a wonderful choice of pubs, cafés and tea rooms in the village. Alfriston is also home to a host of independent shops including an antiques shop, a vintage clothing store and award-winning independent book shop, ‘Much Ado’ which stocks both antiquarian and new books.
The award-winning Drusillas Park is a mile from the cottage. A great family day out that includes a small zoo and a multitude of rides and experiences. Other nearby attractions include Glyndebourne Opera with performances running from early May to late August (tickets must be applied for well in advance), Firle Place, a privately owned country house that dates from the time of Henry VIII, Pevensey Castle, the pebble beaches at Seaford, and the Long Man of Wilmington.
Lewes is also only 10 miles away, nestled amongst the South Downs. This impressive county town is steeped in history and heritage with a thriving cultural scene. Climb to the top of the 1000-year-old Norman castle to behold the panoramic views and explore the Museum of Sussex Archaeology next door. Shopping is also a pleasure, browse the antique shops of the Cliffe, visit the Farmers market on the first Saturday every month to pick up some delicious local produce or just relax and watch the world go by in one of the many tea rooms. Lewes Bonfire celebrations in early November lead into the festive season and a stay in this traditional holiday cottage during November and December will get you in the mood for a Dickensian Christmas.£84From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Brighton, EnglandTucked away on the owner’s historic farm estate, The Old Dairy has buckets of charm. A farm building renovated in February 2020, it has been finished to a very good standard with oak floors and a beamed ceiling.
The main room has a breakfast bar and a well-equipped kitchen, with everything you’ll need for a short break away or longer. With a boot room/porch area and washer/dryer, as well as storage close-by for bikes, the property is perfect for active weekends away exploring the South Downs. The cosmopolitan city of Brighton is a 20-minute drive, with an eclectic mix of numerous independent shops and boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants, not forgetting the famous pier with traditional fun fair rides. For families, both the Bluebell Steam Railway and Drusillas Park are within 30 minutes’ drive and offer a really special day out for all.
This property can be booked together with The Old Parlour (UK39217) to accommodate up to 4 guests.£68From price per night based on 7 night stay