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South Downs Cottage

Eastbourne, Sussex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Romantic
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Romantic getaway for two at this traditional fishermen’s cottage
  • Pretty courtyard garden, an ideal space for al fresco drinks
  • Located just 200 yards from the seafront, with easy access to South Downs National Park
Property code: EHC45

200-year old traditional fishermen’s cottage located just 200 yards from the seafront in the Meads Village area of Eastbourne, within walking distance of South Downs National Park.

This traditional fisherman’s cottage is a perfect choice if you have a yearning for a romantic break for two (and the dog) beside the sea, and within walking distance of South Downs National Park. Just 200 yards away is the seafront of Meads Village, known as the Holywell Retreat with its laid-back cafes, bars and beach huts and a dog-friendly shingle beach. Around a 10-minute walk takes you into Eastbourne; perhaps visit the classic Victorian Pier with restaurants, bars and music venues, or the vibrant shopping centre for some holiday retail therapy.

 

You can relax into this classic English cottage and enjoy the light colour schemes, traditional furnishings and private courtyard garden with pretty outdoor seating. The whitewashed walls, stripped wooden floors and original fireplace surrounds all combine to give a sense of character, while the kitchen and bathroom offer every contemporary comfort to fuel and rejuvenate you. After a day of beachcombing, wind your way up the cottage-style staircase for a soak in the bath, then sink those weary souls into bed to wake refreshed and raring to go. Perhaps morning coffee in the courtyard garden would be a restful treat before the day's adventure begins again.

 

 

On the main beach at Eastbourne you will find the Lifeboat Museum and historic Wish Tower and, just 5 miles further along the coastline, is Pevensey Bay with its stunning beach. If you want an interesting and delightful day out, Pevensey Castle has history oozing from its ancient walls, or, further afield, explore the seaside towns of Hastings and Rye.

 

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

  • 1 king-size bedroom, plus sofa bed
  • Bathroom with bath, handheld shower and power shower over, and WC
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, and washing machine
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Roadside permit parking (subject to availability) with 1 permit supplied
  • Pubs, shops, and beach within walking distance

Jackie Hammond

This property is personally managed by Jackie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 31 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Pauline 9th October 2021

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Very good location for us. Village shops and South downs way on doorstep. Excellent pub too. Few more home comforts needed. Parking can be a problem, only had 5 permits for 7 day stay.

Reviewed by Janet 2nd October 2021

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Reviewed by Elaine 25th September 2021

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Reviewed by Kimberley 11th September 2021

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A perfectly located cottage with easy access to the beach and a stunning walk to Beachy Head. The village is well equipped and both coffee shops are lovely for a morning coffee before heading for a day exploring. You can walk from the beach directly into Eastbourne and its nice and flat so easy access for all. A really perfect week we will return

Reviewed by Katrina 4th September 2021

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Reviewed by stephanie 7th August 2021

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A lovely cottage situated in the Meads area of Eastbourne. Very close to walking on the South downs and a leisurely stroll along the sea front to get into town.

Reviewed by Bernard 31st July 2021

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We had a lovely week at the cottage, which we found perfect for a couple. We loved the location - close to open country at Beachy Head and South Downs, yet also within easy striking distance of town. Meads Village itself is charming. Highly recommend . . .

Reviewed by Andrew 24th July 2021

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A lovely clean cottage in a good location near the sea and two decent pubs. It is about a mile from the centre of Eastbourne. There are shops nearby for all essentials just up the road. The beach is pebbles and sand is only revealed when the tide is far out. On the down side the sofa was very uncomfortable. We were not provided with enough parking Read morepermits for our stay. Hide

Reviewed by David 3rd July 2021

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A nice property in a nice area of Eastbourne. Good local shops and the Ship Inn is very good value for food. A good base to explore the surrounding area.

Reviewed by Janet 26th June 2021

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Just returned from a week at South Downes Cottage where myself and my husband spent a lovely time. . The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing time away.. The South Downs are just round the corner.. The bed is very comfy with crisp white bedding.. The pilot pub next door and the ship just down the road serve excellent meals.. You dont get Read moreany noise from the pilot pub. The pub garden isnt used after 9 pm.. We had a lovely holiday.. Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 19th June 2021

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Reviewed by Margaret 15th May 2021

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Cosy well equipped cottage in an excellent location.

Reviewed by Alison 6th May 2021

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Lovely well specced and located cottage at a nice end of Eastbourne. Very comfortable bed. Good base for us as a middle aged couple. Nice walk down to Eastbourne along the front took about 45mins, and easy access to Beachy Head. Great pub next door - The Pilot which we enjoyed our visits to. Also chinese Xing Fu 5min walk was very good. Would stay Read morehere again! Hide

Reviewed by Lynne 21st April 2021

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Reviewed by Liam 18th December 2020

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Reviewed by Brian 3rd December 2020

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Cosy cottage in a pleasant area, with the Downs close by, a good pub a few doors away, and a selection of shops nearby too. Being a Winter break, the house needed the heating on practically all the time, to compensate for a draught through the front door. However, it is an ideal cottage for a couple looking for a quiet break.

Reviewed by Emma 31st October 2020

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If this property had been thoroughly cleaned I would have recommended it, however, due to the fact it was so dirty I would not recommend this property.

Reviewed by Robert 17th October 2020

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Hi Just to say that hubby and I have stayed in this cottage and the one next door for the past 10 years or so. Always loved no complaints However this year I dont know what happened but we were very disapointed 1st thing we noticed was the blind in the lounge window was broken we had to tie it up to keep open, one of the cushion covers on the setteRead moree the zip was broken, was no lighter for the gas cooker , no bin liner in the bin, the cooker had pastry crumbs in it, no j cloth scourer heat off Hide

Reviewed by Mary 10th October 2020

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Great location for the Downs and the beach. Good eating pub next door but you need to book. We stayed for a week in October when heat was needed and we spent many evenings in due to the weather and Covid restrictions.

Reviewed by Helen 26th September 2020

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if there was a better soffa yes i would recommend

Reviewed by Matthew 21st September 2020

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We had a great time at the South Downs cottage, perfectly located for walking to Beachy Head and beyond, also just three doors down is the Pilot Inn which is a pub that serves really good food. A quieter end of Eastbourne but still only around a 20 minute walk along the front to the town centre where there are all the usual shops and restaurants

Reviewed by Lynn 12th September 2020

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Tv was so hard to turn on 3 controls When you are not very technically gifted It was difficult to get a tv station on

Reviewed by Carol 5th September 2020

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Nice cottage, has everything you could need. A bit on the small side but perfectly located. Great pub next door, the pilot inn.

Reviewed by Chris 29th August 2020

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We had already packed so came home Friday.

Reviewed by Rick 22nd August 2020

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Lovely cottage but parking is a bit of a lottery but has a great pub ( The pilot ) next door Fantastic location and we found Eastbourne and the surrounding area offered us lots to do in our weeks stay

Reviewed by Michael 1st August 2020

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A charming little cottage which has been decorated and furnished very tastefully. The location is fantastic with the South Downs, seafront and town centre within walking distance. Local shops are just up the street. The Pilot and the Ship are great pubs too. I would definitely recommend South Downs Cottage.

Reviewed by Marina 21st July 2020

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Reviewed by Susan 29th February 2020

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A lovely cosy cottage which has been very thoughtfully furnished and decorated and so clean and welcoming

Reviewed by Rosemary 15th February 2020

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Very nice, clean and comfy cottage. At foot of Beachy Head so great for walks.

Reviewed by Jane 21st December 2019

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Wonderful position, so near the nicest bits of Eastbourne seaside. Everything one could wish for in a small cottage

Reviewed by Robert 19th October 2019

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We have stayed here a few times. but this year on arrival there were no parking permits ( usually left out for us) we spent a fair bit of time looking for them or any info on whether the rules had changed.Eventually I got thru to speak to a very helpful and apologetic chap and thankfully he had the permits with us soon. It was a very stressful starRead moret to our holiday tho worrying if we might get a ticket. The freezer section in the fridge was frozen up we had to chip away ice to close door. Hide

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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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