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Regional Guide to South East England

Lying close to the nations capital, the south east of England is an affluent and highly populated region of the UK but don’t let that fool you in to thinking that it’s all built up and urban.

From the famous white cliffs of Dover to the South Downs National Park, Kent the 'garden of England', Surrey’s North Downs and Hampshire’s New Forest National Park, the south east is full of relaxing and peaceful rolling countryside with some great seaside family resorts thrown in.

South East England Cottage Holiday Guide

With fully intact Castles and Cathedrals to see and country houses and estates to explore, the region is rich in history.  The regions strategic importance as a gateway to and from Europe can also be seen from the 1066 Battlefields to War Tunnels at Dover (and of course now the Channel Tunnel!). The south east also represents England’s religious centre with Canterbury Cathedral at its heart.

The warm south east climate has made it a popular holiday destination for couples, families and groups whether you are looking for a lively break or some peace and relaxation.  Popular resorts include Brighton, Bognor Regis, Eastbourne and Whitstable.

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The south east has a wealth of arts and culture, particularly as London is a short trip from across the region, giving you great access to museums, theatre, galleries and lots more.

Seeing the South East in all its Glory

There really isn't a bad time to visit the south east as so many of the resorts, attractions and activities are open all year round. If you want to see the National Parks at their most vibrant or see the vineyards in full production, then head to the region between May and October.

 

Top of your South East Holiday Itinerary

There is not shortage of things to see and do in the south east of England but here are a few things that should be on every holiday itinerary.

  • Outstanding castles to visit - Leeds Castle in Kent and Arundel Castle, home to the Duke of Norfolk, in Sussex
  • The Royal Pavilion at Brighton is truly awe inspiring and don’t forget to check out the nearby Laines
  • Canterbury Cathedral is one of England's most important religious sites
  • Explore the South Downs and the New Forest, two outstanding National Parks in the south of England
  • Encounter ponies in the New Forest
  • Seaside fun and Party nights in the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Brighton & Hove
  • Explore the picture postcard villages of Kent including Lenham, Brenchley, Benenden, Hawkhurst and Sevenoaks.
  • Try out some of the latest vintages at some of England's finest vineyards
  • Beachy Head is where the rolling chalk South Downs finally meets the English Channel producing the wonderful white cliffs

 

The south east has lots of attractions and activities to keep everyone in your family or group entertained. Whether you are looking for wildlife and zoos, theme parks and excitement or simply gardens and castles to visit you will find it in the south west. 

Check out our South East England activities and attraction guide to East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

 

Cycling in the South East

lots of activities and attractions in South East England, check out our attraction guide to see more

Whether you are looking for a day out on your bike or wish to explore the south east on a bicycle holiday there are some great routes to get you going.  You will find that the road networks in the south east are very busy so it is worth seeking out safe cycling routes that take you away from the main traffic.  A great place to start is the National Cycle Network routes, a number of which cross the region including:

  • Downs and Weald Cycle Route. London to Brighton and Hastings
  • Garden of England Cycle Route. London to Dover and Hastings

 

There is also plenty of great cycling off road cycling around the New Forest and the South Downs National Parks and other popular cycle routes include the Cuckoo Trail. You can find lots more great trails to cycle via the Sustrans website.

 

Walking in the South East

The 2 well known long distance walks in the region are the South Downs Way National Trail and the North Downs Way which you can join at various points and do as much as you have the energy for.  The Downs are undulating and can be tiring walks so if you fancy something less challenging there are plenty of other walks across the region including those through the beautiful New Forest.

Walk the South Downs Way or have family fun on the south east's family friendly Blue Flag beaches

 

Blue Flag beaches in the Westcountry and South West

If you are looking for a clean and safe beach for family or friends then it is worth looking out for the Blue Flag beaches (reviewed annually against tough standards, only the best beaches get the Blue Flag Award). The south east has a number of Blue Flag beaches in West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and the Isle of Wight. Check out our Blue Flag beach list.

 

Golfing in the South East of England

There are a number of English Championship Golf Courses in the South East of England including Sandwich in Kent, Wentworth in Surrey and the East Sussex National at Uckfield. If you want something slightly less challenging than a Championship Golf Course there are plenty of other good golf courses in the south east of England to choose from.

 

Start your South East of England Cottage search

Hucking Court Stables in Hucking, Kent, South East England

Hucking Court Stables, Hucking

Self catering in KentSouth East England

Hucking Court Stables in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 6. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Hucking Court Stables does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Hucking Court Stables start from £395 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Hucking Court Stables customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Hucking Court Stables


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Hucking Court Stables Customer Feedback and Reviews

Old Curteis Oast in Biddenden, Kent, South East England

Old Curteis Oast, Biddenden

Self catering in KentSouth East England

Old Curteis Oast in South East England has a 3 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . It also has Internet access. Prices at Old Curteis Oast start from £404 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Old Curteis Oast customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Old Curteis Oast


Sleeps 4 Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Old Curteis Oast Customer Feedback and Reviews

Country Lodge Four in Guildford, Surrey, South East England

Country Lodge Four, Guildford

Self catering in SurreySouth East England

Country Lodge Four self catering accommodation in Guildford, Surrey sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool . Country Lodge Four does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Country Lodge Four start from £236 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Country Lodge Four

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Pet friendly

Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse in Steyning, West Sussex, South East England

Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse, Steyning

Self catering in West SussexSouth East England

Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Garden . Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse start from £339 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Garden Easy walking close by Games room Luxury self catering Spithandle Nursery Barn - The Old Carthouse Customer Feedback and Reviews

Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn in Clanfield, Hampshire, South East England

Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn, Clanfield

Self catering in HampshireSouth East England

Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 2. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf . Prices at Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn start from £354 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn


Sleeps 2 Golf close by Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn Customer Feedback and Reviews

Gladices Barn in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, South East England

Gladices Barn, Ventnor

Self catering in Isle of WightSouth East England

Gladices Barn in South East England has a 5 star rating and can sleep up to 14. This 7 bedroom luxury House is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Hot Tub . It also has Internet access. It is listed as wheelchair accessible but please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Gladices Barn start from £1366 3 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Gladices Barn customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Gladices Barn

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 10 or more Disabled/Wheelchair Access Garden Internet WIFI available Hot tub Luxury self catering Gladices Barn Customer Feedback and Reviews

Little Gate House in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, South East England

Little Gate House, Fordingbridge

Self catering in HampshireSouth East England

Little Gate House in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 2. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Garden . It also has Internet access. Little Gate House does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Little Gate House start from £354 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Little Gate House customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Little Gate House


Sleeps 2 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Little Gate House Customer Feedback and Reviews

Grooms Cottage in Uckfield, East Sussex, South East England

Grooms Cottage, Uckfield

Self catering in East SussexSouth East England

Grooms Cottage self catering accommodation in Uckfield, East Sussex sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . Grooms Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. It is listed as wheelchair accessible but please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Grooms Cottage start from £357 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Grooms Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Grooms Cottage

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Disabled/Wheelchair Access Pet friendly Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by Grooms Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Brooks Lodge in Piddinghoe, East Sussex, South East England

Brooks Lodge, Piddinghoe

Self catering in East SussexSouth East England

Brooks Lodge self catering accommodation in Piddinghoe, East Sussex sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Prices at Brooks Lodge start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Brooks Lodge


Sleeps 4 Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner

Thatch Cottage in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, South East England

Thatch Cottage, Shanklin

Self catering in Isle of WightSouth East England

Thatch Cottage in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 2. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Thatch Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Thatch Cottage start from £320 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Thatch Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Thatch Cottage


Sleeps 2 Pet friendly Garden Open fire or wood burner Games room Luxury self catering Thatch Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

 

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We have 1134 cottages, apartments, lodges and bungalows listed in South East England which is a huge choice. So if that is feeling a little overwhelming, why not narrow down your search.

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