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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Chanctonbury

East Preston, West Sussex.

Sleeps 10. This large detached cottage is less than 300 yds from a popular unspoilt beach and combines modern comforts with lots of character, including a big inglenook open fire. The private indoor swimming pool is open all year. Large enclosed garden. Cottage Code: PMMM.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 19th Century

Sandy Ridge

Holland-on-Sea, nr. Colchester, Essex.

Sleeps 8. Set opposite the beach in the seaside town of Holland-on-Sea, this spacious detached holiday property features a sunny lawned garden, complete with an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. The ideal setting for a traditional family seaside holiday. Cottage Code: 29127.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • 20th Century

Stokers Loft

West Mersea, nr. Colchester, Essex.

Sleeps 2. Ideally located for sailing enthusiasts, Stokers Loft is just 20 yards from the sea and offers fantastic views from its upstairs living area. It is also conveniently situated for two renowned fish restaurants, local shops and pubs. Cottage Code: BRY.

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