South Downs holiday cottages, sleeps 4
The flint and oak holiday Cottages are in the heart of the village of East Dean, East Sussex, and are the perfect place to stay for a relaxing holiday or short break for both families and friends.
Just a short walk from the Tiger Inn and Village Green Tea Rooms and Restaurant, in a beautiful part of the South Downs with lovely walks straight from the door. Situated in an elevated position the Cottages have stunning views over the village and the fields leading to the beach at Birling Gap, which is just a mile away.
The walking and cycling routes around Beachy Head which is a chalk headland of the South Coast are regarded as some of the best in England, some are more challenging than others but all provide breathtaking views.
Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters is an area of outstanding natural beauty on the south coast of England, between the towns of Eastbourne and Brighton. Now Part of the South Downs National Park, this area is famous for its stunning walks and impressive countryside. As well as the lovely beach at Birling Gap there are a number of activities, theatres, gardens and events to enjoy throughout the year.
There are many places to visit and activities to take part in, Beachy Head is a haven for those who like to walk or cycle. It is also a great place for bird watching, mountain biking through Friston Forest, flying a kite, taking a boat trip around the lighthouse or rockpooling at Birling Gap beach.
You may wish to view the Belle Toute Lighthouse. Visit the Sheep Centre, where there are over 40 different breeds of sheep. You can help feed the lambs, meet the animals and take a tractor trailer ride. Groups of 5 or more can arrange to have a Brewery Tour at the Beachyhead Brewery.
Fishing and sailing are popular with visitors and there are cycles for hire locally, whilst Beachy Head is a must for walkers. There are many pretty villages to explore with good pubs, including our own village pub, the Tiger Inn, other restaurants, antique shops and tearooms are approximately 4 miles away to the west.
The towns of Lewes and Brighton are a short distance away and London is only 90 minutes by the regular train service from Eastbourne, a town that is buzzing, with restaurants, shops, the wonderful art gallery, pier, gyms, golf, tennis and cinemas. The family attraction of Drusillas Zoo is 5 miles away to the East. Firle Place, Michelham Priory and the opera at Glyndebourne are 25 minutes away by car.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have eight cottages to choose from depending on the size of your party.
Giddy Cottage - Sleeps 4
1 large double bedroom, 1 small bed room with two single beds
Bathroom with bath and overhead shower, basin and toilet. Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, oven, electric hob, microwave
Utility cupboard with washing machine. Living room with French doors leading to terrace and garden.
Folly Cottage - Sleeps 4
Two bedrooms, one double with en-suite shower room and one twin room and further bathroom Open plan kitchen with dishwasher, cooker with electric hob and microwave/ living room with French doors leading to terrace and gardens.
Fig Cottage - Sleeps 4
Two bedrooms, one double with en-suite shower room and one twin room and further bathroom. Open plan kitchen with dishwasher, cooker with electric hob and microwave / living room with French doors leading to terrace.
(There is a Laundry room situated close to the Cottages for guests of Folly and Fig Cottage to use.)
How to find us
East Dean is located 3 miles from Eastbourne on the A259. Eastbourne has a mainline railway station to London Victoria, (1hr 20min) stopping at Lewes (20min) and Gatwick Airport (1 hr). Local buses run frequently from Eastbourne to Brighton via East Dean. The nearest bus stop is located 2 minutes from the Cottages.
We’re helping to make it easier for our guests to leave their car at home, or if they have driven to us, have car free days once here, by offering travel information and alternative transport services to get you to and around the South Downs National Park.
Reaching us by bus and train is simple and we can help you plan your car-free days, with many accessible key walking, cycling and horse-riding routes. You can read full details of what we can offer elsewhere on this page – or simply ask us! We’re happy to help you discover another way to explore the South Downs.
How this holiday makes a difference
Beachy Head is one of the most inspiring places in the World, created about 10,000 years ago when, at the end of the Ice Age, sea levels rose and created the English Channel. Since then it has been gradually eroding, exposing the brilliant whiteness of the cliff face.
The walking and cycling around Beachyhead are regarded as some of the best in England. It is a terrific spot for flora and fauna and it has a wide variety of bird life. Whether it's an energetic mountain bike ride through Friston Forest or a romantic stroll along the cliff tops, or a brisk walk along the Southdown Way one evening, Beachy Head has it all.
Some of the routes are more challenging than others, but all provide breathtaking views, within our books of knowledge at the Holiday Cottages we offer a few of the most popular routes, however they can all be found on our website.