Seaford for holidays and invigorating sea air

Seaford is a delightfully tranquil coastal town, rich in history and maritime connections, just 10 miles west of Eastbourn – often called the ‘best kept secret in Sussex’, nestling in the South Downs National Park.

As a thriving community with a population of just 27,000, Seaford provides a wonderful opportunity for a holiday to escape from busy, urban lives and to walk and run along the promenade, frollick in the waves or head along the cliffs of Seaford Head for invigorating hikes, panoramic views and lung-fulls of fresh air.

There is a traditional flavour to the town, with the ice cream parlour, Driftwood Garden to explore and the Nepolionic-era Martello tower and museum.

It’s a joy to wander through the town and to take in the wonderful selection of independent shops – there is hardly a ‘chain’ store in sight – no need for a Greggs when you have Burt’s Bakery, no over-priced Costas or Starbucks when you can enjoy The Grumpy Chef, with locally-roasted coffee and home-made cakes plus locally sourced seafood (my favourite is the braised squid with chilli) and local sausages. The Front Room makes for an unmissable spot for dinner, with their tapas and larger portions of homemade, delicious fishcakes, fresh pasta and killer chocolate cake.

Walk over Seaford head at the eastern end of town and down into Cuckmere Haven which provides a family-friendly mile-long meander to the estuary, surrounded by wildlife. From the Cuckmere river the walk heads up to the start of the Seven Sisters and the awesome cliff-top walks leading to Eastbourne and the end of the South Downs Way.

Seaford Accommodation for a coastal break

Seaford accommodationGolfers will enjoy the pay-and-play Seaford Head golf course with fabulous views, well-stocked pro shop and tasty breakfasts and coffees in the newly refurbished clubhouse.

There is fine fishing from the beach, with mackerel arriving in good numbers in late summer, bass a great target around Seaford Head or plaice, gurnard, dogfish and dabs offering good sport along the shallower beach towards Newhaven.

St Leonards church offers an imposing attraction in the centre of town and has sat in the heart of the community for over 900 years. Whilst on Church Street pop into The Plough for a pint and a sandwich.

For the chance of a dip in the colder months Seaford Head swimming pool is good value, whilst Seaford’s parks are perfect for families or those wanting to stop and enjoy a moment of peace.

There is free parking along the length of the unspoilt seafront and there is a train station in Seaford with easy links to Lewes, Brighton, London and Gatwick airport. Newhaven port is literally at the end of the long beach making it very accessible for European ferries.

Eastbourne, just a 20 minute drive away, provides more entertainment, with its iconic pier, several theatres, the re-developed Arndale Centre whilst for a truly metropolitan air head for Brighton, with a cosmopolitan collection of restaurants, museums and some serious retail therapy.

Why not check our availability and book online or contact us to help provide the right Seaford accommodation for you.

Check out Seahorse Villa, an impressive and spacious 6-bedroom property sleeping up to 11 – handily placed for walks ,th beach and easy access to the town.

Do you already own accommodation in Seaford? Or perhaps thinking about buying a second-home in the area for holidays? We’d be delighted to have an informal discussion with you about Seaford accommodation, either before you buy a property, with advice on locations or specific properties and on the best way to decorate and furnish it, or when you simply need help to let it. You should also check out our thoughts on starting a holiday let.

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