With lots of fabulously large beaches, some seriously good walks in both West and East Sussex, and all the charms (and smells) of the rolling countryside, it’s almost as if Sussex was meant to be explored on four legs.
Whether you fancy the variety of East Sussex or the quintessential beauty of the Western stretch, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful and welcoming county. Excited to explore this historic corner of the UK with your furry best friend? Here are some of our best dog-friendly cottages in Sussex to get the tails wagging.
Crowborough | Sleeps 4
Best for: A round of tennis
Packed with character and a ball’s throw from the beautiful Ashdown Forest, Medleys Barn in East Sussex is calling out for a fabulous dog-friendly stay. Enjoy many a relaxed hour on the terrace where the dog and family can stretch out in the sun before heading into the surrounding woods to explore every sight, smell, and trail. For the humans, you can even organise a game of tennis or a pottery lesson, making it a real holiday to remember.
Buxted | Sleeps 2
Best for: Quintessential countryside vibes
Nestled in the grounds of the owner’s home, you’ll have plenty of access to some beautiful countryside walkies, from woodland wanders to riverside strolls that lead you to the lovely Buxted Park. The cottage itself boasts cosy charm with outdoor seating for the summer months and a log fire for those wrapped up evenings where you just want to cuddle up with the pooch and a good book. There are plenty of fab dog-friendly pubs nearby for a post-walk-pint including The Hurstwood and The White Hart.
Battle | Sleeps 4
Best for: Historic wanderings
With the historic town of Battle nearby, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and places to eat. Walk around the incredible surrounding countryside or head to one of the many great vineyards in Sussex, Carr Taylor, for a self-guided tour with the dog in tow. After your jam-packed day, return home to this wonderfully converted stable block and relax with your favourite tipple (or dog bone).
Crowborough | Sleeps 2
Best for: Long walkies in the woods
Not only are dogs welcome at this cleverly converted studio, but they’ll be treated like the favourite members of the family they are with the oh-so-tempting underfloor heating. If you can tear them away from their favourite spot on the floor, you’ll soon find lots to see and do in the surrounding area from a traditional pub feast at The Hurstwood, which is less than a mile away and welcomes dogs, to the varying delights of the nearby Buxted Walk.
Battle | Sleeps 4
Best for: Farmyard visits
Whether running around the enclosed private garden or a well-behaved visit to see the chickens and pigs on the neighbouring farm, The Coach House is perfect for a holiday in Sussex with the dog. A short stroll will see you and your furry companion arrive at the pawfectly dog-friendly Ash Tree Inn, while the lovely Pevensey Bay beach is a short drive away and welcomes dogs during the off-season.
Alfriston | Sleeps 5
Best for: Exploring the South Downs Way
If you’re looking for somewhere to base yourself as you explore the iconic white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and the beautiful Wealdon South Downs National Park, then this lovely little traditional cottage is the one for you. Enjoy the 4-mile walk down to Cuckmere Haven, which is popular with dog walkers and marks the start of some great coastal walks or head into Alfriston to enjoy a pretty village setting with lots to see and do.
Turnbridge Wells | Sleeps 8
Best for: Trips with the whole family
This beautiful, red-bricked escape offers you and your family the chance to explore both the wilds of Sussex and Kent, making it perfect for short breaks from London with the dog in tow. On your doorstep, you’ll find the stunning slopes and idylls of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is often home to herds of deer and other such interesting wildlife – so we do recommend keeping the dogs on leads while you walk. Back on the farm, you can kick back and enjoy the afternoon sun on the beautiful terrace surrounded by the sounds of nature.
Chichester | Sleeps 4
Best for: Beach days and historic walks
With the scenic wonders of Chichester harbour a mere stone’s throw away, 3 Little London Mews is a great spot from which to explore the bogglingly beautiful area. Head to the popular West Wittering beach for sandy runs with the dogs (dogs are allowed between the end of September and the end of April) or head out onto the South Downs for plenty of countryside walks with an unbeatable view. The lovely Chichester Walls Walk is a mere 250 yards from your doorstep so walking boots should be on the top of your to-pack list!
Rye | Sleeps 3
Best for: A peaceful stay in the country
Escape to the historic 1066 countryside with a peaceful stay at 4 Roberts Row where a cosy wood burner and pretty cottage garden have you covered for every season. When it comes to keeping entertained during your stay you’ll have the pick of the litter to choose from, including dappled woodland walks and beach days at Winchelsea beach. You can also trot into the pretty village of Beckley or travel a little further to the bustling town of Rye, which boasts cobbled streets, tea rooms and lots of antique shops for that extra special holiday memento.
Excited to pack up the pup and explore this corner of coast and countryside? Take a look at our lovely cottages in Sussex and start planning your dog-friendly stay.