East and West Sussex and Kent all have some great seaside resorts
...The most popular of course being Brighton, with its vibrant metropolitan culture and quirky independent shops, cafes and bars. Brighton is the perfect location in which to take a luxury break. Walk along the pier, taking in the sights and smells of the British seaside, then enjoy oysters at Brighton Shellfish & Oyster Bar. Culture vultures must see the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, too. Worthing, Bognor Regis, Margate and Herne Bay are all charming beach towns which are worth a full day’s exploration.
Kent for Special Breaks Away
Kent, or the ‘Garden of England,’ is a beautiful part of the country with lots to recommend it for a luxury cottage holiday. Visit Hever Castle and Gardens, the stunning 13th Century childhood home of Anne Boleyn, or simply lose yourself in the expansive countryside Kent has to offer. The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has masses of lush green land which is perfect for walking, cycling and horseriding and the unmissable and iconic White Cliffs of Dover make for dramatic Cliffside walks.
Hampshire: a Haven for Luxury Breaks
Hampshire is a fantastic place to take a luxury self catering break, with miles of unspoilt countryside and many National Trust country houses and gardens to explore. Hampshire’s Solent coastline provides a retreat for nature lovers, and there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches if you have a canine family member. Being just an hour away from London means that Hampshire is perfect for a last-minute luxury break as it’s so easy to reach. There are two National Parks in Hampshire: The New Forest and The South Downs; both are beautiful places to spend a day or two exploring. The New Forest is particularly great if you want to see wild deer roaming the ancient woodland.
Recommended attractions and days out on the South Coast:
• Don’t miss Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty dotted with quaint seaside villages.
• The Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire is a nature-lover’s paradise, with 1,400 acres of downland and woodland, many rural walks and cycle paths and opportunities to enjoy a picnic or hire a BBQ.
• Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, makes for a fantastic day out for history lovers.
When taking a special self-catering break on the South Coast, you may find yourself staying in a sprawling country mansion, cosy chocolate box thatched cottage or a luxury log cabin.