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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.

 

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Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges in Littlehampton, West Sussex, South East England

Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges, Littlehampton

Self catering in West SussexSouth East England

Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges self catering accommodation in Littlehampton, West Sussex sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays . Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges is close to the beach. Prices at Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges start from £439 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Orchard Lodge at Jaybelle Grange Lodges

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach

The Courtyard in Barnham, West Sussex, South East England

The Courtyard, Barnham

Self catering in West SussexSouth East England

The Courtyard in South East England has a 5 star rating and can sleep up to 6. This 3 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include horse riding . The Courtyard does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Courtyard start from £486 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Courtyard customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Courtyard


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Internet WIFI available Easy walking close by Games room Luxury self catering The Courtyard Customer Feedback and Reviews

Little Midge Barn in Ashburnham, East Sussex, South East England

Little Midge Barn, Ashburnham

Self catering in East SussexSouth East England

Little Midge Barn in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 2. This 1 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached . Prices at Little Midge Barn start from £304 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Little Midge Barn customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Little Midge Barn


Sleeps 2 Games room Little Midge Barn Customer Feedback and Reviews

The Cottage in St Margarets Bay, Kent, South East England

The Cottage, St Margarets Bay

Self catering in KentSouth East England

The Cottage in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 12. This 6 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf horse riding . The Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Cottage start from £1078 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Cottage


Sleeps 10 or more Pet friendly Golf close by Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering The Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Spring Cottage in Chilbolton, Hampshire, South East England

Spring Cottage, Chilbolton

Self catering in HampshireSouth East England

Spring Cottage self catering accommodation in Chilbolton, Hampshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf . Prices at Spring Cottage start from £397 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Spring Cottage


Sleeps 4 Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available

Holly Cottage in Steyning, West Sussex, South East England

Holly Cottage, Steyning

Self catering in West SussexSouth East England

Holly Cottage in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Holly Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Holly Cottage start from £367 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Holly Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Holly Cottage


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Games room Luxury self catering Holly Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Bright Sands in Ryde, Isle of Wight, South East England

Bright Sands, Ryde

Self catering in Isle of WightSouth East England

Bright Sands in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 6. This 3 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Bright Sands does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Bright Sands start from £320 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Bright Sands customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Bright Sands


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Bright Sands Customer Feedback and Reviews

Rookwood Lodge in Bethersden, Kent, South East England

Rookwood Lodge, Bethersden

Self catering in KentSouth East England

Rookwood Lodge in South East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 3. This 1 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Garden Swimming Pool . It also has Internet access. Prices at Rookwood Lodge start from £277 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Rookwood Lodge customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Rookwood Lodge


Sleeps 2 Indoor pool Garden Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Rookwood Lodge Customer Feedback and Reviews

The Well House, Golden Hill Fort in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, South East England

The Well House, Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater

Self catering in Isle of WightSouth East England

The Well House, Golden Hill Fort self catering accommodation in Freshwater, Isle of Wight sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom House is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Prices at The Well House, Golden Hill Fort start from £488 3 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Well House, Golden Hill Fort

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 8 Garden Internet WIFI available

The Cottage in Haslemere, Surrey, South East England

The Cottage, Haslemere

Self catering in SurreySouth East England

The Cottage in South East England has a 5 star rating and can sleep up to 10. This 4 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf . Prices at The Cottage start from £1114 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected The Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about The Cottage


Sleeps 10 or more Golf close by Internet WIFI available Easy walking close by Games room Luxury self catering The Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

 

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