Local Sussex Tips

Meet Carol

Brand Manager

♥ Hove

Carol's tip

I am lucky enough to live close to the beach in Hove and in particular, Hove Lagoon. Hove Lagoon is a sheltered lagoon right by the sea and is one of the best watersports venues in the country for beginners and experts. My children learned to paddle board here and often attended watersports parties and kids activity weeks in the school holidays. Next to the lagoon there is the Big Beach Café surrounded by even more activities such as a skate park, paddling pool, trampolines, paddle boats and a children’s play area. We have spent many long sunny days here with friends and a picnic enjoying the back drop of the beach and Brighton Pier.

Meet Ingrid

New Business Consultant

♥ Kemp Town

Ingrid's tip

Kemp Town is an area of Brighton that I have lived in for over four years and I love it! For many years it has been known as an actors' and artists' quarter, Kemp Town stretches from lively St. James’s Street, where there are many bars, clubs, cafes, and B&Bs to Lewes Crescent and Sussex Square home to Rev. Charles Dogran (Lewis Carol) from 1874-1887. The Crescent and Square boasts attractive grand Regency-style architecture and residential gardens that apparently were the inspiration for Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland book. Regency-style houses make up most of the architecture in Kemp Town and there is a well-established and thriving LGTB community. It is home to the annual Brighton Pride street party as well as the Kemp Town Carnival. I like living in Kemp Town as I can walk up to the South Downs within minutes, relax on Kemp Town beach or grab a coffee and a bite to eat in one of the cafes. One café I really like is Zona Rosa serving Latin American food, English cooked breakfasts and lovely coffee. There are plenty of pubs such as the cosy Hand In Hand which serves ales and fruity beers. Kemp Town also has Madeira Drive on the seafront where many events come to town, such as the Brighton Marathon and most London to Brighton car, cycle and motorcycle events. I love the fact that I can walk out of my house and within minutes be spectating a large outdoor event. I really enjoy taking a long stroll beside the water’s edge on Kemp Town beach. The beach is pebble which is great as I can walk along it on my way to work and not get covered in sand! In Kemp Town everything I want is only a short walk away. When friends come to visit there is always something for us to do. In the summer it is like living on holiday all of the time! Discover our Kemp Town cottages here

Meet Abi

Marketing Coordinator

♥ Rottingdean

Abi's tip

I am a true Brightonian and have lived in the vibrant city my whole life. I currently live in Rottingdean, a pretty seaside village just four miles east of Brighton’s city centre, and absolutely love it! Bursting with charm and character it is a lovely friendly place to be all year round. I love spending summer evenings down the beach with my friends - with a fish and chips supper from Smuggler’s of course - and in the winter there’s nothing better than settling in The Queen Vic with a board game and G&T. Having a fantastic bus link with Brighton gives me the best of both worlds too! You can browse all our properties in Rottingdean here

Meet Rachel

Quality Assessor

♥ Rye

Rachel's tip

Rye has long been one of my favourite places to visit in East Sussex. I have fond memories of regularly travelling down from London for the day with my parents, wandering around the cobbled lanes of the historic medieval town and, now that I live in East Sussex, I visit even more frequently! One shop I enjoy visiting in Rye is Glass Etc., an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of vintage and antique glass, owned by Andy McConnell (Antiques Roadshow glass specialist). I love to browse and rarely leave empty-handed. Andy is often on hand to share his enthusiastic knowledge and expertise. Apart from antiques, Rye has a great selection of interesting independent shops and art galleries. The town also has an abundance of eateries, restaurants, gastro pubs, and cafes that cater for all tastes and budgets. Top of my list for a bite to eat is The Globe Inn Marsh, be it for brunch, lunch or dinner. It is just a short walk from the main town centre and serves a wide and interesting choice of ales, ciders, wine and spirits and locally sourced produce. The pub has a quirky, relaxed atmosphere, is dog-friendly and great for kids. Just a short drive from Rye is Pett Level beach, where you can park for free and tends to be much quieter than nearby Camber Sands. My dog enjoys chasing seagulls and my daughter loves exploring the rock pools that run along the beach. At low tide miles of sand banks are exposed as well as the remains of an ancient sunken forest. Take a look at our cottages in Rye here

Meet Ellie

Admin Assistant

♥ North Laines

Ellie's tip

When the sun is shining in Brighton be sure to take a stroll through the Pavilion gardens and learn all about the city’s history. Enjoy my favourite picturesque picnic spot overlooking the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum. Don’t forget to stock up on all the delicious food and coffee the North Laine’s has to offer before you go - my ultimate picnic would be a fresh baguette from The Laine Deli and a coffee from the Black Mocha! If you’re looking for the best Italian style ice cream check out Boho Gelato. They have plenty of the traditional flavours as well as more quirky additions such as, ‘tea and biscuits’ and ‘almond croissant’, carrot cake is definitely my go to! Want to find more about Brighton? Take a look at our Brighton guide here