Popular for a quick weekend holiday, East Sussex is the tranquil corner of England we've been looking for. It helps that East Sussex, like most southern counties, gets more the sun per year than the UK average by a long, long stretch. This means a beach-front, lighthouse adorned, sunny break is more than feasible. What's more, you could be there sooner than you think with Big Cottages' deals and choice of properties.
If you like your movie trivia (or just like spectacular English views), get down to the Seven Sisters Cliffs across the River Cuckmere to see the coastguard cottages used in Joe Wright's 2007 film 'Atonement' and the dazzling white, chalk cliffs in the background. If you want some history - East Sussex is the place to be. Check out Battle, the appropriately named town where William the Conqueror first engaged the Saxons in 1066, or take a walk down the medieval streets of Rye.