East Sussex, located on the southeast coast, is a county Rudyard Kipling famously referred to as “beloved over all,” and you can see why. The little villages have a humble cobblestone charm and a rustic friendliness and the scenic coastline gives Instagram-worthy views over the Channel. Stay in one of our hotels in East Sussex and wander the coastline for chalky downlands and shingly shores, or take in the coast life with tea shops and flip-flops. Estate Agent Fact: East Sussex receives 400 hours more sunshine than the UK average.

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Book one of our hotels in East Sussex, and it’s time to explore the coast. Sand dunes and salty air are scientifically proven (sort of) to put a smile on anyone’s face, so make your way to Camber Sands. After some bucket-and-spade time, try kitesurfing or kite landboarding. After your busy day, make your way back to our Hastings Hotel. It’s just a half-hour drive. For something more cosmopolitan, visit Brighton. The seaside town is evidence that a close proximity to the big city is infectious. The town has plenty to see, from cultural offerings, delicious restaurants and trendy nightlife. Our Brighton Seafront Hotel is less than half a mile away from the Royal Pavilion, a former royal residence, so start there.

Things to do in East Sussex

In summer, the beaches draw huge crowds. For peace, visit market town Rye. A handful of great walks start here, so choose accordingly. One option is the Spike Milligan walk, during which you’ll pass the famous ‘I told you I was ill’ epitaph on his grave. Or opt for the 1066 trail if you’re more into your history. Our Hastings Hotel is a half-hour drive away. Detour on your way back via a cosy country pub. With kids? Visit the miniature steam railway at Eastbourne and enjoy the one-eighth scale trains as they chug around the park. Our Eastbourne Willingdon Drove Hotel is just a mile away.