Cottages by the Sea in the South of England

Welcome to our favourite selection of holiday cottages to rent by the sea in the south of England and the Isle of Wight. Take in the Victorian heritage of bustling Brighton and its famous pier, discover the relaxed charm of the Isle of Wight, home to the eponymous festival and its younger sister Bestival or visit the more traditional seaside resorts of Bognor Regis and Margate.

If you fancy a break from the beach, head to the picturesque New Forest. Created as a royal forest by William I in approximately 1079, the New Forest still retains its rural charm with wild horses and other wildlife roaming freely through the protected woodlands. Enjoy a leisurely ramble or cycle ride before tucking into a well-earned afternoon tea in one of many charming local teashops.

Featured Accommodation

The Bow

Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex.

Sleeps 4. Situated just 60 yards from the beach, this unique holiday cottage has been made to resemble the bow of a boat and adjoins the owner’s house. It features portholes and a curved wall in the entrance/dining area. Shop, pub, restaurant 50yards. Cottage Code: 27373.

  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

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Cockle Warren

Hayling Island, nr. Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Sleeps 14. Boasting its very own large, heated outdoor swimming pool and games room, this spacious, detached holiday cottage occupies a highly prized sea front location. Hayling Island is well known for its watersports activities and windsurfing events. Cottage Code: 28926.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Apple Tree Cottage

West Wittering, West Sussex.

Sleeps 8. Dating from the 17th century, this well presented property enjoys the advantage of being only 10 minutes’ walk from the beach at West Wittering. Boasting many period features, it provides the ideal base for exploring picturesque Chichester. Cottage Code: PGW.

  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 17th Century

Mulberry Cottage

Keyhaven, nr. Lymington, Hampshire.

Sleeps 4. Just ¼ mile from the sea, this attractively converted wing of a large listed Georgian country house, stands amid its own formal gardens. A 5 minute stroll through a wild flower meadow leads to a 17th century smugglers’ inn serving good food. Cottage Code: PQ1.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century

Spice Cottage

Kingsdown, Kent.

Sleeps 6. With beach and cliff top walks from the door, this delightful, terraced fishermans holiday cottage, is bright and airy in summer, cosy and snug in winter. Just 80 yards from the sea, historic Canterbury is a short drive away. Cottage Code: 18047.

  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Seaspray

Camber Sands, Rye, East Sussex.

Sleeps 4. An ideal base for a beach holiday, this holiday cottage is situated on an award winning Blue Flag Beach with a decked area facing seven miles of sandy beach. The first floor sun lounge makes the most of the views. Shops and pubs 50 yards. Cottage Code: 40019.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

Candlelight Cottage

Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Sleeps 6. With a wealth of character and original features, this beautifully presented Victorian house offers spacious and well-equipped holiday accommodation. Located opposite Ventnor’s attractive park, the cottage is a short stroll from the esplanade. Cottage Code: PAAK.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Boat House

Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Sleeps 4. Blending the traditional with modern interior design, this former coastguard’s cottage is set on the waterfront with views across to West Cowes. One of a pair, the Boat House lies just metres away from a public slipway into the Solent. Cottage Code: PTTG.

  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Debourne Lodge

Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Sleeps 6. Set in its own enclosed grounds, this attractive listed property features its own private outdoor heated swimming pool (avail Jun-Sep). Retaining many character features including exposed stone walls, it makes the ideal holiday location. Cottage Code: 26436.

  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Lower Dairy Barn

Climping, Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Sleeps 5. With its vaulted beamed living room and cosy wood-burning stove, this former barn has been carefully converted to provide spacious holiday accommodation. Found along an unmade lane, the large games room includes badminton and table tennis. Cottage Code: PQQH.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 19th Century

Captains Row

Lymington, New Forest, Hampshire.

Sleeps 6. Enjoy glimpses of the pretty marina from this charming listed holiday property. Standing at the end of a row, it lies just a stone’s throw from the restaurants and shops of this popular New Forest town …a day trip to the Isle of Wight? Cottage Code: PY4.

  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century