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Discover a haven of fun and relaxation at Camber Sands Holiday Park, beautifully located in the charming county of Sussex.
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Chestnut Meadow is situated just two miles from the beach at Bexhill-on-Sea and within easy reach of the historic sites of 1066 Country, so called after the 11th-century Battle of Hastings and the introduction of Norman rule into the land.
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Crowhurst Park Lodges is an exclusive award winning development of pine lodges has been tastefully landscaped in the magnificent grounds of Crowhurst Park, a 17th Century country estate.
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Golden Cross Park is ideally located should you want a romantic hideaway or a base to use whilst you explore the many wonderful attractions East Sussex has to offer.
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Set in the idyllic High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park of East Sussex, Juniper Country Park is located perfectly for you to experience everything the vibrant county has to offer.
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Within the Hoseasons Bouja collection, Missing Link Glamping is a wonderful independent quirky holiday location that has a collection of holiday pods and is part of the Missing Link Brewery in West Sussex.
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Visit Pevensey Bay Holiday Park in Sussex for a fantastic holiday destination. Come and enjoy the relaxed environment and invigorating sea air.
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Set into the stunning scenery of the South Downs National Park and perfectly placed on the River Arun, Riverside Holiday Park is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
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Ideally located on the edge of Hastings with stunning sea views and just 15 minute walk from the towns long shingle beach, Shear Barn Holiday Park offers the perfect retreat for exploring the popular South Coast with its rich history and quaint villages.
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Swanborough Lakes is nestled in the folds of the South Downs National Park in farmland overlooking the lakes and views across to historic Lewes and its famous castle, Swanborough Lakes Lodges provides the perfect location from which to discover the stunning South Downs and the South Coast.
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Warren Wood Country Park is a stunning cluster of exclusive boutique lodges nestled in a haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart of East Sussex.
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East Sussex Visitor's Guide

Embark on a Sussex escape and discover a blend of vibrant coastline, rolling countryside, and spirited towns. Savour the fresh seafood in Rye, or indulge in Brighton's eclectic food scene. Thrill-seekers can surf at Eastbourne, while the South Downs beckon hikers with their undulating trails. Art enthusiasts will revel in the creative vibe of Hastings. Sussex also boasts the world's oldest working post office, in operation since 1712. For those craving a cosy retreat or an action-packed group jaunt, opting for a lodge or cabin in Sussex offers the perfect base to explore this diverse county.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Sussex?

Sussex is a gem on the English coast, offering a blend of stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and a touch of royal history with the likes of Pevensey Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066. If you're after something fresh, Sussex doesn't disappoint. This year, the county is buzzing with events, including the Brighton Festival and Lewes Bonfire Night. Lodges here give you a slice of the countryside with all the comforts of home, plus they're a unique base for exploring compared to the usual hotel stay. Sussex stands out for its rolling South Downs, dramatic cliffs at Beachy Head, and the cultural hotspot that is Brighton.

If you're visiting Sussex with kids

Absolutely, Sussex is a playground for the little ones. From the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings to the adventure-filled Drusillas Park, there's no shortage of excitement. Lodges offer space and freedom that hotels can't match, making them ideal for families. Kids can run around, explore nature, and you've got a peaceful retreat at the end of a busy day.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes – for all those adventure trails.
  2. Swimwear – for the beach or any lodge pools.
  3. Rain gear – because UK weather can be unpredictable.
  4. Binoculars – for wildlife spotting in the South Downs.
  5. First-aid kit – for those little scrapes and scratches.
  6. Snacks – to keep energy levels up during outings.
  7. Board games or cards – perfect for cosy evenings in.
  8. Sunscreen – yes, even in the UK!
  9. Camera – to capture those precious family moments.
  10. Travel cot or high chair if your lodge doesn't provide them.

Pet Friendly Sussex Adventures

Sussex is a treat for pets, with many places welcoming your furry friends. You'll find dog-friendly spots like The Lamb Inn in Eastbourne and The Cricketers in Brighton. When booking your lodge, look for those with enclosed gardens to keep your pooch safe. Always bring your pet's bed and favourite toys to make them feel at home. And remember, some beaches have restrictions during peak seasons, so it's worth checking in advance.

Dog walking ideas in Sussex

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Seven Sisters Country Park Varies Coastal cliffs, river valley BN25 4AD
Ashdown Forest Up to 10 Woodland, heath RH18 5JP
High Weald Landscape Trail Varies Rural, woodland Varies
St Leonards Forest Up to 6 Forest, lake RH13 6PP
West Wittering Beach Varies Beach, dunes PO20 8AJ

Remember, Sussex is more than just a destination; it's an experience. Whether you're with family, pets, or on a solo adventure, it's a place that invites you to relax, explore, and create memories. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable lodge break in the heart of the English countryside.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're aiming for a getaway that'll score you some serious romance points, consider booking a lodge in Sussex. With its rolling hills and coastal views, it's a no-brainer for lovebirds. Some lodges even throw in pamper packs to sweeten your stay – think scented candles, chocolates, and maybe a bottle of bubbly on ice.

For the ultimate relaxation, pick a lodge that partners with local spas. Imagine unwinding with a couples' massage before heading back to your own private retreat. And let's not forget the lodges with hot tubs – perfect for a steamy soak under the stars. As for dining, Sussex is dotted with cozy eateries that are ideal for two. Whether it's a seafront meal or a countryside inn, you'll find the perfect spot to clink glasses and share a meal.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Sussex is a treasure trove of culinary experiences, with a penchant for fresh seafood and traditional English fare. The county's signature dish? You can't go past Sussex Pond Pudding – a suet pastry filled with butter and sugar, hiding a whole lemon inside.

For a top-notch meal, check out The Gingerman in Brighton, known for its innovative dishes. Families will love Bill's for its welcoming atmosphere and hearty meals. And for couples, Etch by Steven Edwards in Hove offers a fine dining experience with a tasting menu that's sure to impress.

For a good night out

Sussex's nightlife has something for everyone. If you're into live music, The Brunswick in Hove is a hit with locals and visitors alike. For a classic pub vibe, The Cricketers in Brighton is one of the oldest pubs in the city and a solid choice for a pint and some pub grub.

For something a bit more upscale, head to Plateau in Brighton. It's not just a wine bar – it's an experience, with an impressive list of natural wines and small plates to match. And for those who love a good cocktail, The Cocktail Shack in Brighton is a quirky spot with a menu that'll keep you intrigued all night.

Fishing

Sussex offers some great spots for fishing enthusiasts. Here's a quick list of where you can cast your line:

  • Weir Wood Reservoir - RH18 5HT
  • Arlington Reservoir - BN26 6TF
  • Chichester Canal - PO19 8DT
  • Bury Hill Fisheries - RH20 1LP
  • Swanborough Fishing Lakes - BN7 3PF

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Sussex is your playground. Hatt Adventures in Brighton offers kayaking and rock climbing, with prices starting around £50 per person. Seasonal opening times vary, so check ahead.

Another hot spot is Blackland Farm near East Grinstead, where you can try your hand at archery or zip-lining. Expect to pay from £10 for activities here. And don't miss out on Buzz Active in Eastbourne, where windsurfing and paddleboarding are the order of the day, with sessions from £20.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
The LanesShopping AreaBoutiques & JewelleryBN1 1HJ
Churchill SquareShopping CentreHigh Street BrandsBN1 2RG
Drusillas ParkZoo & Gift ShopUnique Gifts & ToysBN26 5QS
Gunwharf QuaysOutlet ShoppingDesigner DiscountsPO1 3TZ
Country MarketLocal ProduceFood & CraftsGU35 0QP

Whether you're after designer gear at a discount or unique local crafts, Sussex has you covered. Don't leave without grabbing a souvenir to remember your lodge break by!


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Sussex

Riverside Holiday Park, West Sussex

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (6.35 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Riverside Holiday Park is a serene escape nestled in the South Downs National Park, offering well-appointed accommodations with spacious living areas, contemporary kitchens, and stunning views of the River Arun, ensuring a relaxing stay.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families and couples seeking a tranquil retreat, Riverside Holiday Park caters to those who appreciate the blend of countryside charm and modern amenities. The park's proximity to the historic town of Arundel makes it a unique spot for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can hire bikes or boats to explore the surroundings, or simply enjoy the café. The nearest place to eat and drink would be in the quaint market town of Arundel, offering a variety of dining options and local entertainment.

What's nearby? Arundel Castle and Cathedral are just a 4-mile drive away, offering a glimpse into medieval history. The South Downs National Park itself provides numerous walking and cycling routes. Entry to Arundel Castle starts from around £20 for adults, with varying prices for concessions and family tickets.

Accommodation options: Riverside Holiday Park offers the Countryside Lodge and Riverside Lodge, both accommodating up to 4 guests and pet friendly, making it a suitable choice for small families or groups, as well as couples looking for a cosy getaway.


Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park, West Sussex

Driving Distance: About 27 minutes (18.56 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park is a water-lover's paradise, boasting large fishing lakes and a new entertainment and leisure venue complete with an arcade, bar, restaurant, and a heated indoor swimming pool for 2024.

Who will love these lodges? This park is perfect for families and fishing aficionados, offering a plethora of water-based activities and a new splash zone for kids. Golfers will also find the nearby Chichester Golf Club appealing.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Aside from fishing and swimming, guests can dine al fresco on the new outdoor decking area. The park's facilities ensure entertainment for all ages.

What's nearby? The Blue Flag beach at West Wittering and Brighton's vibrant seafront are within driving distance, offering beach activities and seaside fun. Historic Arundel Castle and Harbour Park Amusements are also nearby, with entry fees varying based on the attraction.

Accommodation options: Chichester Lakeside offers the luxurious Platinum Lodge 2, which sleeps up to 4 guests. It's equipped with modern amenities but is not pet friendly, making it ideal for families or couples seeking a high-end lodge experience without pets.


Swanborough Lakes, East Sussex

Driving Distance: About 33 minutes (24.78 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Swanborough Lakes offers bespoke lodges with breathtaking views over private fishing lakes and the valley towards Lewes Castle, providing an idyllic setting for a romantic or exclusive small group retreat.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and small groups looking for a luxurious and intimate setting will adore these lodges. The central living layout and contemporary finish are perfect for those seeking a stylish and private escape.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy private fishing, or take in the panoramic views from their lodge. The historic town of Lewes is nearby for dining and cultural experiences.

What's nearby? The South Downs National Park offers extensive walking and cycling opportunities, while the medieval town of Lewes provides cultural attractions. Prices for activities vary, but the natural beauty of the area is priceless.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from the Caburn View Retreat to the Panorama Retreat, each sleeping up to 4 guests, with pet-friendly options and some featuring hot tubs, catering to couples or families seeking luxury and relaxation.


Medmerry Park, West Sussex

Driving Distance: About 46 minutes (26.62 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Medmerry Park is a tranquil retreat set within a conservation area, offering recently refurbished chalets that blend modern comforts with the natural beauty of the West Sussex coastline and nearby nature reserve.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples seeking a peaceful getaway will find Medmerry Park ideal. The park's setting within a conservation area and proximity to sandy beaches and nature reserves make it a haven for nature lovers.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, and adventure playground, among other amenities. It's also pet-friendly, with a designated dog exercise area and agility course.

What's nearby? The historic city of Chichester and the stunning West Witterings beach are just moments away, offering cultural and seaside activities for all ages. The South Downs are also within easy reach for outdoor enthusiasts.

Accommodation options: Medmerry Park offers a range of chalets, from the Standard to the Luxury Plus Chalet, all sleeping up to 4 guests and pet-friendly. Some chalets feature outdoor hot tubs, making them perfect for a luxurious family holiday or a romantic escape.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Sussex

South Downs National Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: BN25 4AD
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Various locations, check website

South Downs National Park is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With its rolling hills and scenic walks, it's perfect for a family outing or a peaceful solo adventure. The park is always evolving, offering new trails and conservation projects. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn when the landscape is especially picturesque. To get the most out of your visit, bring a picnic and wear comfy walking shoes. Check out local events before you go; there might be guided walks or workshops happening.

Phone number: 0300 303 1053 | Web: southdowns.gov.uk


Brighton Palace Pier

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check website
  • Prices: Free entry, pay for rides/games
  • Postcode: BN2 1TW
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site and nearby options

Brighton Palace Pier is a classic British seaside experience with a modern twist. It's a hit with families and anyone looking for a fun day out. The pier boasts a mix of traditional and contemporary rides, arcade games, and food stalls. Don't miss the Turbo Coaster or the Horror Hotel. To avoid crowds, try a weekday visit. Save money by grabbing a wristband for unlimited rides, and don't forget to try the famous fish and chips!

Phone number: 01273 609361 | Web: brightonpier.co.uk


Arundel Castle

  • Opening Times: Seasonal, check website
  • Prices: Varies, check website
  • Postcode: BN18 9AB
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Mill Road car park

Arundel Castle is a stunner, offering a mix of medieval history and stunning gardens. It's a treat for anyone who loves architecture or English heritage. The castle hosts events like jousting tournaments and historical reenactments. The gardens are a highlight, especially the Collector Earl's Garden. Visit in spring for the tulips or summer for the roses. To enhance your visit, check out the themed tours and consider an audio guide.

Phone number: 01903 882173 | Web: arundelcastle.org


Drusillas Park

  • Opening Times: Daily, check website for times
  • Prices: Varies, check website
  • Postcode: BN26 5QS
  • Est. time required: 4-6 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Drusillas Park is a family favourite, combining a zoo, playgrounds, and rides. It's ideal for kids and animal lovers. The park is constantly updating its attractions, with new animals and interactive exhibits. Highlights include the Lemurland and the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Visit mid-week to avoid the crowds, and don't miss the animal feeding sessions. Book tickets online in advance to save time and money.

Phone number: 01323 874100 | Web: drusillas.co.uk


Seven Sisters Country Park

  • Opening Times: Open daily, daylight hours
  • Prices: Free entry, parking charges apply
  • Postcode: BN25 4AD
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Seven Sisters Country Park is a coastal gem with breathtaking views of the white chalk cliffs. It's a hit with photographers, hikers, and families. The park offers canoeing, cycling, and birdwatching opportunities. The best time to visit is on a clear day for the views. Wear good walking shoes and bring a camera. If you're up for it, take the hike to Beachy Head for an unforgettable vista.

Phone number: 0345 60 80 193 | Web: sevensisters.org.uk


The Royal Pavilion

  • Opening Times: Varies, check website
  • Prices: Varies, check website
  • Postcode: BN1 1EE
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: High Street car park

The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the heart of Brighton with a rich history. It's perfect for those interested in art, culture, and history. The Pavilion has undergone restoration, so there's always something new to see. The audio tour is highly recommended. Visit during the week to avoid weekend crowds. Check out the tea room for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea in regal surroundings.

Phone number: 03000 290900 | Web: brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion


Remember, when you're planning your Sussex adventure, consider staying in one of the many lodges in Sussex. They offer a cosy retreat after a day of exploring and are often situated in some of the most beautiful parts of the county. Whether you're after a romantic getaway or a family-friendly base, there's a lodge to suit your needs. Enjoy your Sussex days out!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in Sussex offer spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and sometimes a private hot tub. They're a great base for exploring the countryside or just unwinding.

What should I pack when visiting Sussex?

Pack for the season, but always bring layers as the weather can be unpredictable. Don't forget walking boots for the South Downs and a camera for those stunning coastal shots. Essentials include swimwear for hot tub lodges and a good book for relaxed evenings.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Sussex have dedicated parking spots nearby. Some, like those at Swandown Lodges, offer parking right outside your door. It's super convenient for unloading luggage or returning from a day out exploring.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are perfect for visiting local attractions like Drusillas Park or the Bluebell Railway. Many lodges come with board games or on-site facilities like indoor pools, so there's always something to do.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Local supermarkets and takeaway services often deliver to lodges. Some places, like Herons Folly Garden, even offer hampers or have on-site restaurants, so you can enjoy local Sussex fare without leaving your cosy nook.

Is Sussex a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Sussex is charming year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at hotspots like Brighton Pier or Seven Sisters Cliffs. Plus, off-peak rates for lodges can be a steal, making it a savvy time to travel.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are cleaned and maintained between guests. Places like Woodside Coastal Retreat ensure a pristine soak upon arrival. It's all part of the service to make your stay relaxing and worry-free.

Are there any dog-friendly lodges in Sussex?

Definitely! Sussex is a treat for pet owners. Many lodges, including those at White Horse Holiday Park, welcome furry friends. Just check in advance as some may charge a small extra fee.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip the historic Lewes Castle, or the vibrant Brighton Lanes for shopping. For nature lovers, the Seven Sisters Country Park is a must-visit. There's something for everyone in Sussex.

Can I find eco-friendly lodges in Sussex?

Eco-conscious travellers can find sustainable options like Blackberry Wood, which offers quirky, eco-friendly accommodations. They're committed to preserving the stunning natural beauty of Sussex, so you can enjoy your break guilt-free.

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