Pretty cottage garden to this front of this seaside property
Snug in front of the fire in this cosy lounge
Lovely attention to detail
Dresser in the front room
Everything to hand in the kitchen
View from the kitchen through to the lounge
Bright and airy bedroom with wrought iron bedstead
Spacious pretty bathroom
Perfect spot for your morning coffee
1 / 9  Pretty cottage garden to this front of this seaside property
2 / 9  Snug in front of the fire in this cosy lounge
3 / 9  Lovely attention to detail
4 / 9  Dresser in the front room
5 / 9  Everything to hand in the kitchen
6 / 9  View from the kitchen through to the lounge
7 / 9  Bright and airy bedroom with wrought iron bedstead
8 / 9  Spacious pretty bathroom
9 / 9  Perfect spot for your morning coffee

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
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
  • Electric and heating included
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Roadside permit parking (subject to availability) with 1 permit supplied
  • Pubs, shops, and beach within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Julie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 27 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Susan 29th February 2020

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

Reviewed by Rosemary 15th February 2020

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

Reviewed by Jane 21st December 2019

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

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

Reviewed by James 7th October 2019

The location of the cottage is great, on a quiet street with the Pilot Inn just on the corner, which serves excellent food. The cottage itself is very clean with a very comfortable bed, we slept like logs. A short walk and you have cafes, cake shop and a small Tesco. There is a park less than a five minute walk if you have a dog with you. Handy forRead more Eastbourne which you could walk to. The area is full of history which is good to research before you go. Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 14th September 2019

A wonderful location and pretty cottage.

Reviewed by Paul 7th September 2019

Cottage was lovely. Bed large and comfortable and bathroom clean and big. Just watch head at bottom of stairs a low lentil, my husband of 6ft hit his head a couple of times. Also watch the garden slabs some have sunk and stick up easy for you to trip. Cottage in a lovely area, plenty of parks and open spaces to stroll around plus the sea front. TheRead more only problem we had was parking, although we had resident parking permits was hard to find space outside at times. Hide

Reviewed by Kirstie 3rd August 2019

The cottage is small but very nicely furnished, clean and comfortable, and it has everything you need for your stay. The bed is amazingly comfy, and big!!! It is in a great location, close to the sea, to Beachy Head, and to several useful shops and cafes. It also has a nice pub next door which we had a good meal at. I would definitely recommend staRead moreying here, however the rear garden is not private, but is overlooked by neighbours on both sides. This didn't bother us though, as they were friendly! Hide

Reviewed by Roger 20th July 2019

Lovely location, comfortable but basic no-frills cottage.

Reviewed by Jacquelyn 13th July 2019

A small well presented cottage with a paved area out the back. Clean and pleasingly decorated. A pub next to the cottage means there was a cooking smell and at times noisy customers. However cottage situated in The Meads a very pleasant area of Eastbourne and not too far to walk into the main town if you are fit.

Reviewed by Michael 6th July 2019

We had a fab holiday.The cottage was ideal.It has everything you need.Parking was right outside with parking permits provided.The pilot inn is 20 yards away,but beware,the wall to the cottage garden is shared with the beer garden.It didn't bother us,we spent a few nights in there with our dog.They sell real ale and do pub grub.The shops are close bRead morey,but it is quite a walk to Eastbourne,(about 25mins)and were disappointed that the beach bars/cafes closed at 6pm,and no dogs in pubs. Hide

Reviewed by Anna 25th May 2019

The cottage is wonderful and I cannot wait to get back there !!! The pre holiday and post holiday service from holidaycottages.co.uk was brilliant.

Reviewed by Debbie 11th May 2019

Perfect for a seaside break with a dog. It had everything we needed. Including a small enclosed private garden. It was very close to the pub, shops and sea front and beach walks while being quiet and peaceful. We would recommend this cottage.

Reviewed by Brian 27th April 2019

The Cottage was in a ideal quiete location . Near the Sea and some shops . A very good base for touring around the area .

Reviewed by Michele 16th February 2019

A beautiful quaint little cottage, excellent facilities, wi- fi, freesat and BT tv. Everything provided for a comfortable stay. Excellent shower and very comfortable bed. Modern kitchen and fully equipped. Close to Meads Village shops and cafes and right next door to a friendly comfortable pub/ restaurant with a fab menu. Parking was not a problem Read moreas permits were issued to us and it is within walking distance to the beach, the town,recreation parks and garden and the South Downs. Hide

Reviewed by Philippa 18th November 2018


Reviewed by Yvonne 27th October 2018

Brilliant location, cosy cottage & good heating. Comfortable bed. Clean bed linen & towels provided for our second week and the bed was made up for us.

Reviewed by Stephen 1st September 2018

Great place and location due to a good pub a door away and local shops a short walk away. very good location for starting your walks on the cliffs to beachy head, birling gap and seven sisters to Cuckmere and further on the south downs way. local transport to Brighton and other areas very good too. Cottage not far from the promenade along the sea fRead moreront to Eastbourne beach and bandstand and pier. over all a fantastic break. many thanks kind regard's Steve. Hide

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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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