Where to stay: Sussex hotels and accommodation

Sussex Modern Stories  |  4 minutes read

From West Sussex to Brighton, the High Weald to Camber Sands, our wild and wonderful county boasts an endless range of landscapes and destinations to explore. Here’s our ultimate guide to the best places to stay the night in Sussex, including hotels, vineyard stays, B&Bs, quirky camping, glamping and luxury self-catering. 

Places to stay in West Sussex 

Ashling Park Estate (main image)

Stay overnight in a luxurious vineyard lodge, designed by Will Hardie of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces. Ashling Park Estate

Woodfire Camping 

Sustainable gastro campsites in two rural South Downs locations – Westerlands and Firle. woodfire.co.uk

The Pig in the South Downs

Contemporary country house hotel, kitchen garden and greenhouse restaurant with a variety of luxe accommodation. thepighotel.com/in-the-south-downs

Tinwood Estate 

Luxury self-catering lodges with barrel sauna and private terraces overlook the vineyard and setting sun. Tinwood Estate.

The Crab & Lobster

Cosy 16th-century coastal inn overlooking pagham harbour. crab-lobster.co.uk

Cowdray Estate

Gorgeous self-catering hideaways for a range of group sizes, in this country estate with acclaimed farm shop. cowdray.co.uk/stay


The Pig in the South Downs

Eastbourne area boutique hotels and B&Bs

Port Hotel

Cool, calm and contemporary boutique hotel with restaurant and bar on Eastbourne’s seafront. porthotel.co.uk

The Star, Alfriston

Converted 15th-century inn with stylish rooms and buzzy restaurant in a mediaeval village centre. thepolizzicollection.com/the-star

The Relais Cooden Beach

Bexhill beachfront hotel with mid-century design, restaurant and beach club. therelaisretreats.com/coodenbeach

The Tack Barn at Upper Lodge

Historic home with artists’ retreat and eco-holiday home in a converted woodland barn near Lewes.  upperlodgesussex.com

Rathfinny Wine Estate

Stay in one of 10 beautifully-appointed bedrooms at the Flint Barns B&B, located amongst the vineyards at the heart of the estate. rathfinnyestate.com

The Ram Inn, Firle

Cosy country pub with rooms and walled garden, in an historic Bloomsbury Heartland village. raminn.co.uk

The Star at Alfriston

Places to stay in the High Weald and inland Sussex

The Bell in Ticehurst

Quirky rooms and rustic lodges await at this kooky 16th-century inn. thebellinticehurst.com

WOWO Campsite

Get back to nature in wild and wonderful glamping pods. wowo.co.uk

Sackville House

Sensitively restored tudor townhouse with historic portland garden. Sleeps 8. landmarktrust.org.uk

Bluebell Camp

Secluded woodland and meadow camping near Bluebell Railway. yampcamp.co.uk

WOWO campsite. Photo: Karolina Krasuka

East Sussex accommodation

Oxney Organic Estate

Snuggle down in a charming cottage, converted barns or cosy shepherd’s hut, surrounded by scenic vineyards and the rolling hills of the High Weald. Oxney Organic Estate


Choose from 11 delightful B&B rooms in a converted hop barn or — in summer— a luxury bell tent complete with king-size bed and cosy fire pit. Tillingham

Oastbrook Estate

Stay overnight in a choice of luxurious vineyard accommodation which includes luxury bell tents, a lakeside lodge and even a one-of-a-kind hobbit house. Oastbrook Estate

The Laindons

Boutique B&B in a Georgian coach house in Hastings old town, with five luxurious rooms and views across the rooftops. laindons.com

The George in Rye

Individually designed rooms in this recently renovated boutique hotel at the cobbled heart of Rye. thegeorgeinrye.com

Swallowtail Hill Glamping 

Get close to nature in enchanting wildflower meadows and woodland near Rye. swallowtailhill.com

The Gallivant

Coastal Cali-cool boutique hotel overlooking Camber Sands, with exceptional, unfussy restaurant. thegallivant.co.uk


The 'Hobbit House' at Oastbrook Estate. Photo: Daniel Alford

Where to stay in and around Brighton

The Bull, Ditchling

Six beautiful rooms at the inn, in a 16th-century building in the heart of Ditchling. thebullditchling.com

The Ginger Pig, Hove

Steps from the beach, 11 stylish bedrooms sit above this highly-acclaimed restaurant. thegingerpigpub.com

Artist Residence Brighton

Quirky seafront hotel with eclectic decor and lively social hub. artistresidence.co.uk

Blackberry Wood Glamping

Get back to nature with a range of higgledy-piggledy glamping options at the foot of the South Downs. blackberrywood.com

Artist Residence Brighton

Self-catering accommodation in Sussex

For the best luxury cottages, cabins and unusual places to stay by the sea, in the South Downs or in Sussex’s prettiest towns, look no further than Cabins and Castles‘ hand-picked collection of stylish hideaways.


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