The perfect place to relax
Relax in the elegant and sumptuous lounge
Snuggle in after a busy day at the beach
Patio doors lead from the lounge to the courtyard
Everything to hand in the kitchen
Beautifully equipped kitchen
Room for all in the dining area
Perfect for entertaining
Sumptuous super-king-size zip-and-link bedroom
Feature wallpaper in the master bedroom
Breakfast in bed?
Super-king-size zip-and-link set up as a twin
Stylish touches throughout the cottage
Stylish and elegant master bedroom
Pretty detailing
Snug into the double bedroom
Enjoy eating al fresco in the secluded courtyard
View towards the front of the cottage
1 / 18  The perfect place to relax
2 / 18  Relax in the elegant and sumptuous lounge
3 / 18  Snuggle in after a busy day at the beach
4 / 18  Patio doors lead from the lounge to the courtyard
5 / 18  Everything to hand in the kitchen
6 / 18  Beautifully equipped kitchen
7 / 18  Room for all in the dining area
8 / 18  Perfect for entertaining
9 / 18  Sumptuous super-king-size zip-and-link bedroom
10 / 18  Feature wallpaper in the master bedroom
11 / 18  Breakfast in bed?
12 / 18  Super-king-size zip-and-link set up as a twin
13 / 18  Stylish touches throughout the cottage
14 / 18  Stylish and elegant master bedroom
15 / 18  Pretty detailing
16 / 18  Snug into the double bedroom
17 / 18  Enjoy eating al fresco in the secluded courtyard
18 / 18  View towards the front of the cottage

Fortress House

Eastbourne, Sussex
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Attractive Georgian cottage previously home to the Chief Officer of the Redoubt Fortress
  • Completely refurbished in December 2018 with thoughtful styling and attention to detail
  • Dog sitting service available by arrangement with the owner
  • Within walking distance to the seafront, beach and Redoubt Fortress, now a fascinating attraction
  • Located 1 mile to the east of Eastbourne town centre, with its Victorian Pier
  • Just moments from Princes Park, with its lake, tennis courts, play areas, and formal gardens
Property code: 66953

Attractively styled cottage located just one mile to the east of Eastbourne town centre, and just one hundred yards from the seafront and its expansive beach, ideal for families and couples.

This pretty Georgian cottage makes the perfect place for a seaside break. Eastbourne shingle beach is just a short walk from the property, as is the Redoubt Fortress, previously an important defence against invasion, but now a wonderful family attraction. A fantastic water sports centre at this end of the beach offers visitors the chance to try their hand at paddle boarding, kayaking, powerboating, and even raft building. The town centre has a wide range of shops, an interesting lifeboat museum, and the wonderfully restored Victorian pier which offers a range of food outlets and evening entertainment venues. Nearby Princes Park is a fun place to spend an afternoon with its boating lake, formal gardens, play areas, a splashpad, and tennis courts.

On arrival at this stylish cottage, guests are welcomed into a small hallway with space for dropping off coats and shoes, and then through into the wonderfully light and airy lounge with patio doors out to the garden and two comfy sofas, perfect for snuggling up on in front of the wood burner and catching up on your favourite programmes on the Smart TV or watch a film on the Blu ray player. Across the hallway is the kitchen/diner, where guests will find a cosy dining area, with seating for four. The kitchen area is well-equipped with an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher/dryer, coffee machine and washing machine. Character steep wooden turned stairs lead to the first floor of the property where there are two bedrooms. The master bedroom is a super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request) where you can catch a glimpse of the sea, whilst the second bedroom is a delightful double. The property is completed by a bathroom, also on the first floor, which offers a drencher-head shower over bath, a hand-held shower, heated towel rail and WC.

Outside, there is a patio garden to the side of the property, with a charcoal BBQ and patio table and chairs, perfect for listening to the waves crashing on the nearby beach at high tide, and watching the sunset whilst enjoying al fresco meals and drinks. There is unrestricted roadside parking just outside the property, subject to availability.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 Bedrooms - 1 super-king-size zip-and-link (which can be made into a twin on request) and 1 double
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine and washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Unrestricted roadside parking subject to availability
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome; dog sitting service available by arrangement direct with the owner
  • Beach, shop, pub and restaurant within walking distance
  • Smart TV and Blu-Ray player in lounge

This property is personally managed by Julie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 10 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
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Reviewed by Arne 3rd August 2019

Thanks for making this holiday a unique pleasure. We never experienced such a warm welcome on our arrival. Being prepared on what to come by a lovely-designed welcomebook (was sent in advance) reality looked even better. What a beatiful house, equooed with everything and evn more. We made some short hiking-trips through the South Downs and enjoyed Read morethe local pub(s). It all ended with a breath-taking afternoon at the Eastbourne Airshow. Highly recommended!!! Hide

Reviewed by Caroline 27th July 2019

Lovely house, well equipped. tastefully decorated with attention to detail. We loved the sunny patio. Near the beach and shops. Cally and Nic are excellent hosts.

Reviewed by Sean 22nd June 2019

Loved this place, very tastefully furnished with no expense spared. After a long days walk it was so nice to go back to the cottage and relax in the garden. No complaints whatsoever, owners very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed by Tim June 2019

This is a sumptuous and lovely cottage with everything youd ever need in a holiday home (and more). The property has been tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard with a fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely sunny secluded courtyard garden. The beds and pillows are most comfortable with quality cotton sheets, linens, towels etc.

Reviewed by Rosi 25th May 2019

Wonderful stay, Friendly and helpful owners who are very thoughtful and responsive to any questions you may have about the property or the area. The house has quality fittings and furniture and beautifully decor and I have pinched some ideas for my own home . The beds are wonderful and comfortable the kitchen although small has everything you couldRead more possibly need.Suntrap garden, 2 mins to beach. Fabulous. Hide

Reviewed by Nobel 17th May 2019

Wonderfully furnished, superb, dog friendly location. Great garden. Carly and Nicky are lovely people and came by car to pick us up and take us to the house. Which was extremely kind of them. Carly has a real talent for design. Many thoughtful touches. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Diana 10th May 2019

We had a wonderful break at Fortress House and Eastbourne. The owners couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating, and the property was very well equipped, comfortable and well placed for exploring. We would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Julie 24th April 2019

We had a lovely break. The owners were very welcoming, their love for the property is clearly evident and they have made it a really wonderful place to stay. The house has everything you would want for a holiday home. We hope to return.

Reviewed by Keith 13th April 2019

We really enjoyed our stay at Fortress House the property was great, tasteful decorated and with the most comfortable beds we have every had and the garden is a great sun trap. The ambiance of the house really set the tone for a great seaside holiday. Fortress House is well located not only from the beach and promenade (150 metres) but Eastbourne tRead moreown centre which is only a nice stroll along the promenade to the centre of town. There are several parks close to the property which are dog friendly Hide

Reviewed by Polly 20th February 2019

Amazing cottage just off the seafront. Really well laid out with some great extra touches. Very responsive and helpful owners

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The perfect place to relax
Relax in the elegant and sumptuous lounge
Snuggle in after a busy day at the beach
Patio doors lead from the lounge to the courtyard
Everything to hand in the kitchen
Beautifully equipped kitchen
Room for all in the dining area
Perfect for entertaining
Sumptuous super-king-size zip-and-link bedroom
Feature wallpaper in the master bedroom
Breakfast in bed?
Show 6 moreSuper-king-size zip-and-link set up as a twin


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Eastbourne is a bustling seaside resort on the south coast of England. It has been a popular British holiday destination since Victorian times. The town’s attractive pier and promenade is still a major draw for visitors in search of a traditional seaside experience – you can enjoy a long, level stroll along the sea front whilst enjoying an ice cream or some fish and chips. The pebble beach is a good place to park a deckchair and take in the sun, or paddle in the sea. Great for family breaks and as a romantic getaway, the town has much to offer all visitors. The South Downs Way starts in town and extends 100 miles eastwards to Winchester – one of the first stops on the National Trail are the imposing chalk cliffs of the iconic Beachy Head, a few miles to the east of town. Eastbourne is a big hit with train enthusiasts as it’s home to the Spa Valley Railway and the Miniature Steam Railway. Historians may like Redoubt Fort and The Observatory Science Museum (in nearby Herstmonceux). For all-weather attractions for children why not investigate Fort Fun or the indoor Motcombe Swimming Pool? Further afield, and within a one-hour drive to the west is Brighton, with its own pier, wonderful array of shops and eateries. To the west is Bexhill-on-Sea with its impressive art gallery, the De La Warr Pavillion, and long seafront. Just beyond is the old fishing town of Hastings with its new award-winning designer pier, ancient castle and fishing shanty town.

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