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.
- Hastings, England
Set in 38 acres of formal gardens and woodland, dog-friendly Bannatyne Spa Hotel Hastings makes for a great doggie getaway in this ultra dog-friendly resort town on the South Coast.£125Price per night from
- Brighton, England
With parts dating back as far as 1559, The Old Ship in East Sussex is a superb dog-friendly destination and Brighton’s most historic hotel located just a stone’s throw from the iconic seafront.£112Price per night from
- Ticehurst, England
Dog-friendly The Bell in Ticehurst located in East Sussex is a fantastic base from which to explore the gems of the South East with Fido in tow.£145Price per night from
- Battle, EnglandCowbeech Farm Cottage is situated in the beautiful grounds of the owner’s farmhouse on the edge of the village which bears the same name. Originally part of the old dairy and very much a working dairy farm back in the 1950s, it has its own enclosed garden off the original farmyard. The stunning farmhouse grounds have featured in the National Garden Scheme, and other magazines, and guests can stroll around the lake and marvel at the unusual Japanese garden. On the boundary of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within strolling distance of the local hostelry, which dates back to the early 1600s. A walkers and cyclists paradise, try the Cuckoo Trail, 19 miles of walkways and lanes that follows the old Cuckoo Line Railway from Heathfield to Eastbourne, and gained its name from the releasing of a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair.
Michelham Priory, Herstmonceux Castle and its gardens, Drusillas Zoo and the Bluebell Railway are great days out, or spend a Saturday evening stargazing at Herstmonceux Science Observatory. Eastbourne with its beaches and pier is a 30-minute drive, and Battle is 8 miles with good rail connections to London. Should the weather be inclement, there is a leisure centre at Hailsham with flumes, inflatables and ten pin bowling. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 175 yards.£76Price per night from
- Rye, EnglandA majestic, detached family home complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, The Orchard sits in an acre of land which includes a private paddock for outdoor pursuits. Sitting in a picturesque location in Northiam, adjacent to the last rolling meadow of East Sussex as it joins the Kent border, The Orchard is perfectly located for exploring the many treasures of Kent and East Sussex. There is a steam train just a few hundred yards away serving the Rother Valley with stops at Tenterden and Bodiam. Alternatively, Bodiam Castle can be visited by taking a gentle boat trip or, more traditionally, by car. The village features the Church of St Mary’s which dates back to 1090, and the Great Dixter Tudor House and Gardens are just 0.25 miles away. There are many places to explore including Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Beckley and a little further afield are Hastings, Tenterden and Camber Sands.£788Price per night from
- 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.£62Price per night from
- Hastings, EnglandIn the heart of Hastings Old Town, this attractive, cosily furnished Grade II listed fisherman’s cottage is 150 yards from the beach. Built c.1841, it retains many period features, exposed beams, brickwork. Relax in the secluded west-facing decked courtyard before trying one of many delightful seafood restaurants. Take the Funicular Railways to the country park, castle, smugglers caves. Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium, shipwreck/fisherman’s museums, boating lake, crazy golf. Shops, restaurants 200 yards, pub 25 yards.£87Price per night from
- Battle, EnglandLittle London House is a stylishly presented semi-detached holiday home which is part of a 17th-century house adjoining the owner’s home in the village of Ninfield, just 3½ miles (10 minutes by car) from the sea. Originally the village cobblers, it then became the local post office and now provides very welcoming accommodation. The attractive enclosed terrace at the rear of the property is a great place for an al fresco breakfast or catching the late afternoon sun with a good book.
The village sits on top of a ridge and it is said that William the Conqueror had his standard planted on the highest point during The Battle of Hastings in 1066. Smuggling was prevalent in the area and the village still has iron stocks and a whipping post! Visit Battle Abbey and Battlefield where the most celebrated confrontation to take place on English soil occurred. Battle itself is a delightful market town and an ideal destination for afternoon tea. During the 17th century, Battle was also the home of the gunpowder industry and the Battle Bonfire Boyes celebrate the gunpowder plot each November with a spectacular firework display. In fact, firework celebrations at different towns and villages in the area start as early as September.
There are beaches at Bexhill, where you can also take in a show at the art deco De La Warr Pavillion. Eastbourne, the heart of ’The Sunshine Coast’, and Hastings, with its fascinating old town, pier and castle ruins, are a short drive. Fishing is available at Herstmonceux Brick Farm Lakes, licence and day tickets are required. Visit Pevensey, Herstmonceux and the beautiful moated fairytale Bodiam Castle or stroll around antique shops in a historical setting in Rye or Royal Tunbridge Wells. The wine buff is also catered for, book a tasting at a local award-winning vineyard. There are good rail connections to London from Battle for further sightseeing opportunities in the capital city. Beach 5 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 250 yards.£108Price per night from
- Brighton, EnglandJust a quarter mile leisurely walk to the centre of the picturesque small town of Hurstpierpoint in Mid Sussex, this modern mews cottage is spacious and superbly equipped. It is set in a gated courtyard that is both private and peaceful.
Ladymead Mews House is the middle of three beautifully appointed mews cottages just north of the South Downs at Devils Dyke and only 8 miles from the coast at Brighton and Hove. The Mid Sussex area straddles the county boundary between West and East Sussex which is a popular holiday destination amongst guests. Picturesque towns and villages are dotted along the country roads with famous gardens including Borde Hill Wakehurst Place and Nymans all within the nearby High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This self-catering cottage is very nicely furnished and finished with a modern twist with a large through living/dining room opening out to a fully enclosed private rear wooded garden. The kitchen to the front is well equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm. Upstairs there are two good sized bedrooms. The huge master bedroom to the front offers a kingsize bed with pelny of natural light aided by the side-by-side windows capturing the morning sun. The second bedroom is a twin room overlooking the rear garden. The family bathroom has a bath with both a rainhead and hand-held shower above and twin sinks. There is also a separate cloakroom downstairs.
Ladymead Mews House is perfectly situated for a weekend break to the Sussex countryside. It is also ideal accommodation for longer stays and short lets for those needing a base close to the nearby towns of Burgess Hill Haywards Heath and Crawley or for parents of students studying at the beautiful Hurstpierpoint College located just up the road. Hurstpierpoint and beyond Hurstpierpoint is one of a line of towns and villages that sit close to the slopes of the South Downs. The main street runs west to east and is made up of buildings that date from the 18th century giving it that traditional English small market town appeal. The town is on the boundary of the South Downs National Park and is particularly close to Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke, two of the best known landmarks along the South Downs Way. Between these two landmarks are the famous Jack and Jill Windmills that sit atop the Downs at Clayton. Although Jack is now in private ownership Jill remains an operational mill and is open to the public on selective days through the year. The town is within two miles of the mainline rail service between Brighton and London so the capital is only one hour away.
Brighton is just eight miles to the south and of course it is lively and bustling with lots of culture, and many say it is quite unique. One of its most famous landmarks is the Royal Pavilion the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) and the Regency heritage of this period is much in evidence in the city. 7 miles east is the county town of Lewes in East Sussex and its castle overlooks the town and is open to visitors, as is the Barbican Museum opposite. In such an historic town with the older Cliffe Street across from the River Ouse there is much to see. Visiting on the first Saturday of the month is recommended when a thriving Farmers’ Market takes place with lots of delicious fare on offer. Beach 9¾. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile..
This property can be booked together with 2 Ladymead Cottage (AH573640) to accommodate up to 8 guests.£108Price per night from
- Herstmonceux, EnglandWhat a treat! This meticulous, detached barn conversion, originally built in the 1800’s, is set within the owner’s 37½ acres of lush greenery. You’ll have sole use of the orchard area, and will be surrounded by fields of sheep, geese, ducks and chickens. Chilsham Barn has been renovated to a remarkable standard, with travertine marble floor and eye-catching, exposed timber framework throughout. This property is filled with character and oozes charm, but also provides guests with fresh features to create a home from home feel. Boasting traditional features combined with a contemporary design, it creates something quite magnificent.
Natural light floods the open plan living/dining room through the floor-to-ceiling, full length windows. As the sun sets, and it becomes dark outside, the large chandelier will create a cushy ambience throughout. The property is equipped with underfloor heating and a wood burner to keep you toasty even in the bitter winter. With a stylish, out-of-the-way kitchen, you’ll have a perfect setting to put your culinary skills the test and cook up a delight. When snuggled up on the sofa, you can enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and a family film on the 52” Freeview TV with Netflix.
Once you’re ready to call it a night, let the impressive, open-tread, oak stairs lead you up to the bright, galleried landing. When upstairs, you’ll discover two beautifully, minimalistic bedrooms, with high vaulted ceilings, that sing of a blissful night’s sleep. Enjoy ultimate peace and quiet in the tasteful en-suite bathrooms, with contemporary furnishings.
In the summer months, the outdoor seating area is perfect for you to enjoy a morning coffee, or an al fresco evening meal. You can sit out and watch the children play in the large grassed area, whilst you take in the beautiful, far-reaching views. Chilsham Barn is a property you don’t want to miss, it is nothing short of remarkable!£75Price per night from