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Kemptown Holiday Homes & Management

Taking the coast road east of Brighton Pier and City Centre, you will find yourself amongst the diverse and stylish mix of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars of Kemptown and Kemp Town Village. 

Kemptown is renowned for its creative, colourful and friendly community spirit. It has a central road lined with every type of eatery you can imagine; serving exquisite food from around the globe, to suit all tastes and budgets. There are bars and traditional pubs – all vying for the best Sunday Roast, and during summer you may well come across a street party or carnival to enjoy. 

Independent and artisan shops are a plenty in Kemptown, yet Brighton’s city centre is also just a 5-10-minute stroll along the promenade. Here you will find Brighton Pier, night clubs, theatres, and the cultural North Laine Shopping District. If you don’t fancy the walk there are several busses which take you into the city, or along the coast and beyond to the rolling hills of The South Downs National Park.

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History

During the early 19th Century, Brighton was transformed from a quiet fishing village into the fashionable, stylish and vibrant city we see here today. Construction the east of Brighton Town began during the early 1820s when the uniquely beautiful squares and terraces rose up along the seafront with their stuccoed facades and manicured garden enclosures. The area was eponymously named after the development’s brainchild: Thomas Read Kemp, who hoped to create a new ‘mini-town’ to echo the distinguished Nash townhouses and squares in London. He sought the expertise of esteemed 19th Century architects Busby & Wilds to begin the design and construction of these elegant homes and gardens which have come to characterise Kemptown Seafront. 

The arrival of the London to Brighton trainline in 1846 saw the mass influx of holiday makers and residents to the city, instigating a huge building boom which closed the gap between Brighton and the new ‘Kemp Town’. This expansion included holiday lodgings, residential homes and leisure attractions which put Brighton firmly on the map as the most exciting holiday resort in the country.

Living Room | The Artists Retreat | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Food & Drink

Eat, drink and be merry in this foodie haven where you can find anything from loaded fries and Brighton Rock, to award winning a la carte dining and everything in between. 

Amarillo @ Drakes 

Amarillo at Drakes is the coming together of one of Brighton’s finest boutique hotels and the star-studded career of Chef Ian Swainson. This is a gastronomic delight that brings a foodie spotlight to Kemptown. Amarillo serves a tasting menu, with meat and vegetarian options. Swainson’s love of Spanish food means you’ll find a mix of influences in his ingredient-led, flavoursome creations. This is fine dining by the sea at its best. 

The Bronze

Behind the crushed velvet curtains hides a beautifully cozy hideaway full of whiskey and wonderment. The Bronze pride themselves on their ever-growing world whiskey and cocktail lists, whilst also boasting 14 taps of the best craft beer from around the world. The resident kitchen at The Bronze, Slow and Low Smokehouse, is well placed among the creative, playful and progressive nature of the venue. Guests can expect an exceptional culinary experience. Here the dishes champion the rich and smokey flavours of American barbeque and further elevate them with the best ingredients Sussex has to offer. The result is magnetic aromas and seriously delicious cuisine. 

Lucky Khao

Lucky Khao Thai BBQ use only seasonal local Sussex farm produce, local organic meat and quality Asian ingredients to prepare north-eastern and regional Thai food. Food here is big on barbecued meats over a charcoal fire with spicy sharing curries and zingy fresh salads. Their signature dish may well now be the barbecue corn spare ribs – often imitated, never matched. The great thing about the small sharing plates here, is you get to try a lot of amazing, unforgettable flavours. Also renowned for their cocktails, music, and their neon-nightlife decor – Lucky Khao sits perfectly with the Kemptown vibe. 

The Thomas Kemp

If you’re feeling the effects of Saturday night on Sunday morning, there is no better place to relax and unwind with the Sunday papers and a hearty lunch than the Thomas Kemp Pub on St Georges Road. Their roasts are legendary, while their menu caters for vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and flexitarians alike, and their children’s portions are generous too! Sit on their comfortable furnishings by the open fire or outside in the courtyard garden depending on the time of year – but I would definitely book for a table if you’re more than a party of two! 

Marmalade

A treasure trove of delights awaits in the Marmalade takeaway kiosk on Edward Street. Homemade cakes and bakes, fresh salad boxes and quiches of the day fill their counter with colour and scents to tantalise the taste buds. Wash them down with a sweet chai latte, a freshly ground coffee or a bottle of pink, locally made lemonade – and while you can sit outside to eat, you may prefer to take your lunch to the nearby gardens of Sussex Square or down onto the beach where you can eat alfresco along the prom.  

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Festival & Culture

Kemptown has become synonymous with festival time as it is host to the original and most popular Pride Festival in the country. 

Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride Carnival Parade is one of the biggest and brightest events in Brighton & Hove’s calendar, with over 300,000 people thronging the city’s streets to participate in and watch the parade with its all-singing, all-dancing carnival of colour as it wends its way from Hove Lawns to Preston Park for the ‘We Are Fabuloso’ party. 

The Pride Village Party in Kemptown continues the weekend with entertainment zones within bars and cafes, live performances & cabaret, DJs, drag artists, singers, performers and musicians, all coming together for an unforgettable weekend of fundraising celebrations. THIS IS A VERY BUSY WEEKEND – so if you’re after the quiet life, avoid August 4th-8th and book well in advance if you want to join in the festivities!! 

Art Scene

Since 1987, Brighton has hosted its own ‘Brighton Festival’ to celebrate its many artists, performers, poets, designers, dancers and creatives who have made the city their home for decades. 

Kemptown has its own trail on the Artists’ Open House map, where artists open their homes as galleries to be explored by the public each weekend in May. There are treasures to behold from jewellery to greetings cards, original paintings and prints to sculptures – with art and crafts to suit all styles and budgets. Their homes are often as wonderful to explore as the art itself, and it’s always a pleasure to take a unique and bespoke souvenir or gift home with you. 

Beach hut | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Exploring

From Kemptown Seafront you can potter through the ‘Village’ where you’ll find everything from delicatessens, organic butchers and bakeries, to antique emporiums and gift shops, so you have plenty to explore in your immediate environment.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, you can walk the undercliff pass to the east, passing Ovingdean Café (amazing cake and tea in a proper china mug to take onto the beach) towards Rottingdean, a picturesque village with plenty to explore of its own, where there is access to the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. This is also a great route for cycling, where you can hire a SoBi Smartbike from many locations – there are several along the seafront, and a map of them can be found on their website. They are very low cost and a fun way of exploring the coast where we have an excellent cycle path system too!

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Brighton Marina

Just five minutes to the east of Kemp Town Village is Brighton’s Marina. Taking a stroll along the boardwalk, you can look out over the boats as they come in and out of the harbour or while dining at one of the many family-friendly restaurants. Take the family bowling or to the cinema, or bungee jumping if you’re brave enough. Enjoy a night out at the renowned Rendezvous Casino after a meal and cocktails on the balcony of Malmaison. For fishing and boating enthusiasts there are several boat trips every day, plus yachting, sailing and water sport lessons available (weather and season permitting). Get pampered and any one of the spas, hairdressers and beauty salons, and for shopping there are several boutiques within the inner harbour. There’s almost too much to do here in one stay! 

Bedroom | The Artists Retreat | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Kemptown Beach

Kemptown Beach is far quieter than Central Brighton, lining Madeira Drive which hosts weekend events – from car rallies to marathons. Grab some fish & chips from below the arches, take a seat on the pebbles (they are more comfortable than you think), and watch the world go by for a truly authentic Brighton experience!

Recent regeneration to the seafront includes several new restaurants and eateries opening, including Soho House’s Little Beach House Brighton, all opening in spring 2022. 

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Volks Electric Railway

The Volks Electric Railway is the world’s oldest working electric railway. It was built in 1883 but has been extended and modernised over the years. It now runs for one and a quarter miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina and back again. For holiday makers staying in Kemptown, it is the fun way to travel between your lodgings and the city, and there is a half way station where you’ll find Yellow Wave Café and volleyball courts plus a large crazy golf course ideal for adults and kids.

It is a novelty train with open carriages, so it only operates from Easter to the first Sunday in November, but it offers a unique experience to all ages and is not to be missed when visiting the city. No need to book. Just turn up and ride.

Kitchen | Bristol Gardens | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Holiday Homes to Rent in Kemptown

Whether you’re here for a cheeky seaside weekend, a walking or cycling holiday or taking your family away for a summer break; Kemptown has something for every age and personality.

Give Simple Getaway a call and find out which Kemptown Holiday Home will suit you and your family.

Already ready to book your holiday rental? Book direct with Simple Getaway and save the unnecessary fees on Airbnb and VRBO, we offer the cheapest rate every time, guaranteed!

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Hove Holiday Homes & Management

Brighton & Hove is a city of two halves which were joined as one in 2000 when they gained city status. Hove has an identity of its own, however, and is often considered quieter and more refined than its busier Brighton half which entertains more seaside revellers and party weekenders. 

Hove is renowned for its clean and quiet beaches, its green seafront lawns and gardens, the glorious Regency architecture and fine dining restaurants which line Church Road; the main thoroughfare running through its centre. These elements give Hove an air of sophistication which have seen it become the most desirable place to live outside of London. 

Kemptown Arches | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

History

During the early 19th Century, Brighton was transformed from a quiet fishing village into the fashionable, stylish and vibrant city we see here today. Construction the east of Brighton Town began during the early 1820s when the uniquely beautiful squares and terraces rose up along the seafront with their stuccoed facades and manicured garden enclosures. The area was eponymously named after the development’s brainchild: Thomas Read Kemp, who hoped to create a new ‘mini-town’ to echo the distinguished Nash townhouses and squares in London. He sought the expertise of esteemed 19th Century architects Busby & Wilds to begin the design and construction of these elegant homes and gardens which have come to characterise Kemptown Seafront. 

The arrival of the London to Brighton trainline in 1846 saw the mass influx of holiday makers and residents to the city, instigating a huge building boom which closed the gap between Brighton and the new ‘Kemp Town’. This expansion included holiday lodgings, residential homes and leisure attractions which put Brighton firmly on the map as the most exciting holiday resort in the country.

Living Room | The Artists Retreat | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Food & Drink

Eat, drink and be merry in this foodie haven where you can find anything from loaded fries and Brighton Rock, to award winning a la carte dining and everything in between. 

Amarillo @ Drakes 

Amarillo at Drakes is the coming together of one of Brighton’s finest boutique hotels and the star-studded career of Chef Ian Swainson. This is a gastronomic delight that brings a foodie spotlight to Kemptown. Amarillo serves a tasting menu, with meat and vegetarian options. Swainson’s love of Spanish food means you’ll find a mix of influences in his ingredient-led, flavoursome creations. This is fine dining by the sea at its best. 

The Bronze

Behind the crushed velvet curtains hides a beautifully cozy hideaway full of whiskey and wonderment. The Bronze pride themselves on their ever-growing world whiskey and cocktail lists, whilst also boasting 14 taps of the best craft beer from around the world. The resident kitchen at The Bronze, Slow and Low Smokehouse, is well placed among the creative, playful and progressive nature of the venue. Guests can expect an exceptional culinary experience. Here the dishes champion the rich and smokey flavours of American barbeque and further elevate them with the best ingredients Sussex has to offer. The result is magnetic aromas and seriously delicious cuisine. 

Lucky Khao

Lucky Khao Thai BBQ use only seasonal local Sussex farm produce, local organic meat and quality Asian ingredients to prepare north-eastern and regional Thai food. Food here is big on barbecued meats over a charcoal fire with spicy sharing curries and zingy fresh salads. Their signature dish may well now be the barbecue corn spare ribs – often imitated, never matched. The great thing about the small sharing plates here, is you get to try a lot of amazing, unforgettable flavours. Also renowned for their cocktails, music, and their neon-nightlife decor – Lucky Khao sits perfectly with the Kemptown vibe. 

The Thomas Kemp

If you’re feeling the effects of Saturday night on Sunday morning, there is no better place to relax and unwind with the Sunday papers and a hearty lunch than the Thomas Kemp Pub on St Georges Road. Their roasts are legendary, while their menu caters for vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and flexitarians alike, and their children’s portions are generous too! Sit on their comfortable furnishings by the open fire or outside in the courtyard garden depending on the time of year – but I would definitely book for a table if you’re more than a party of two! 

Marmalade

A treasure trove of delights awaits in the Marmalade takeaway kiosk on Edward Street. Homemade cakes and bakes, fresh salad boxes and quiches of the day fill their counter with colour and scents to tantalise the taste buds. Wash them down with a sweet chai latte, a freshly ground coffee or a bottle of pink, locally made lemonade – and while you can sit outside to eat, you may prefer to take your lunch to the nearby gardens of Sussex Square or down onto the beach where you can eat alfresco along the prom.  

Brighton Pride | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Festival & Culture

Kemptown has become synonymous with festival time as it is host to the original and most popular Pride Festival in the country. 

Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride Carnival Parade is one of the biggest and brightest events in Brighton & Hove’s calendar, with over 300,000 people thronging the city’s streets to participate in and watch the parade with its all-singing, all-dancing carnival of colour as it wends its way from Hove Lawns to Preston Park for the ‘We Are Fabuloso’ party. 

The Pride Village Party in Kemptown continues the weekend with entertainment zones within bars and cafes, live performances & cabaret, DJs, drag artists, singers, performers and musicians, all coming together for an unforgettable weekend of fundraising celebrations. THIS IS A VERY BUSY WEEKEND – so if you’re after the quiet life, avoid August 4th-8th and book well in advance if you want to join in the festivities!! 

Art Scene

Since 1987, Brighton has hosted its own ‘Brighton Festival’ to celebrate its many artists, performers, poets, designers, dancers and creatives who have made the city their home for decades. 

Kemptown has its own trail on the Artists’ Open House map, where artists open their homes as galleries to be explored by the public each weekend in May. There are treasures to behold from jewellery to greetings cards, original paintings and prints to sculptures – with art and crafts to suit all styles and budgets. Their homes are often as wonderful to explore as the art itself, and it’s always a pleasure to take a unique and bespoke souvenir or gift home with you. 

Beach hut | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Exploring

From Kemptown Seafront you can potter through the ‘Village’ where you’ll find everything from delicatessens, organic butchers and bakeries, to antique emporiums and gift shops, so you have plenty to explore in your immediate environment.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, you can walk the undercliff pass to the east, passing Ovingdean Café (amazing cake and tea in a proper china mug to take onto the beach) towards Rottingdean, a picturesque village with plenty to explore of its own, where there is access to the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. This is also a great route for cycling, where you can hire a SoBi Smartbike from many locations – there are several along the seafront, and a map of them can be found on their website. They are very low cost and a fun way of exploring the coast where we have an excellent cycle path system too!

Brighton Marina | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Brighton Marina

Just five minutes to the east of Kemp Town Village is Brighton’s Marina. Taking a stroll along the boardwalk, you can look out over the boats as they come in and out of the harbour or while dining at one of the many family-friendly restaurants. Take the family bowling or to the cinema, or bungee jumping if you’re brave enough. Enjoy a night out at the renowned Rendezvous Casino after a meal and cocktails on the balcony of Malmaison. For fishing and boating enthusiasts there are several boat trips every day, plus yachting, sailing and water sport lessons available (weather and season permitting). Get pampered and any one of the spas, hairdressers and beauty salons, and for shopping there are several boutiques within the inner harbour. There’s almost too much to do here in one stay! 

Bedroom | The Artists Retreat | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Kemptown Beach

Kemptown Beach is far quieter than Central Brighton, lining Madeira Drive which hosts weekend events – from car rallies to marathons. Grab some fish & chips from below the arches, take a seat on the pebbles (they are more comfortable than you think), and watch the world go by for a truly authentic Brighton experience!

Recent regeneration to the seafront includes several new restaurants and eateries opening, including Soho House’s Little Beach House Brighton, all opening in spring 2022. 

Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Volks Electric Railway

The Volks Electric Railway is the world’s oldest working electric railway. It was built in 1883 but has been extended and modernised over the years. It now runs for one and a quarter miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina and back again. For holiday makers staying in Kemptown, it is the fun way to travel between your lodgings and the city, and there is a half way station where you’ll find Yellow Wave Café and volleyball courts plus a large crazy golf course ideal for adults and kids.

It is a novelty train with open carriages, so it only operates from Easter to the first Sunday in November, but it offers a unique experience to all ages and is not to be missed when visiting the city. No need to book. Just turn up and ride.

Kitchen | Bristol Gardens | Kemptown Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Holiday Homes to Rent in Kemptown

Whether you’re here for a cheeky seaside weekend, a walking or cycling holiday or taking your family away for a summer break; Kemptown has something for every age and personality.

Give Simple Getaway a call and find out which Kemptown Holiday Home will suit you and your family.

Already ready to book your holiday rental? Book direct with Simple Getaway and save the unnecessary fees on Airbnb and VRBO, we offer the cheapest rate every time, guaranteed!

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Ditchling Holiday Homes & Management

Nestled in behind the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, just 10-minutes by car from Brighton & Hove, sits the historic village of Ditchling. Characterised by beamed and flint cottages with picturesque gardens surrounded by beautiful countryside; Ditchling offers its visitors a feast for the eyes… but it is more than just a pretty face. 

There is plenty to entertain you in Ditchling with art galleries, museums, vineyards and many cafes, local pubs and boutique shops, all serving and selling artisan produce made with love by local businesses and residents. 

Take a walk or a cycle along any number of woodland or Downland public foot paths, drinking in the views over Sussex for miles around (and stopping off at one of the many pubs en route). There are festivals and the famous London to Brighton bike ride which passes through the village to where competitors brave the steep incline of the beacon before the final leg, rolling downhill into Brighton! 

It is a wonderful place to stay at any time of year as it changes so beautifully with the seasons. There are bluebells in spring, champagne picnics during summer, the russet tones of autumnal trees as the weather cools, and the pull of the roaring pub fire during winter. It is easy to fill a weekend or a fortnight here as Ditchling offers the perfect rural escape to all who visit. 

Ditchling | Ditchling Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

History

Ditchling has a rich historical past dating back to the Anglo-Saxon Period. It was first mentioned in text in 765AD so it offers a unique insight to over 1000 years of Sussex heritage.

Over the centuries, Ditchling passed through many notable hands, with Ditchling Garden Manor being awarded to Anne of Cleaves as part of her divorce from King Henry VIII. The house – now known as ‘Wings Place’ remains one of the village’s most iconic landmarks and is considered one of the best examples of a complete Tudor house in the country.

It was the 20th Century, however, which brought Arts & Crafts to Ditchling. The arrival of sculptor and letter cutter Eric Gill in 1907 attracted a wealth of artists and creatives who were inspired by the incredible landscape and natural materials within the area. There burgeoned a creative community who continue to produce artworks and crafts which can be seen in the Ditchling Museum and Gallery of Art & Craft.

Ditchling | Ditchling Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Food & Drink

Surrounded by Vineyards, farms and independent food producers, the eateries of Ditchling serve nothing but the finest, locally sourced produce. From Sunday Roasts to al la carte menus, or a sausage roll from the café – the cuisine of Ditchling is mouth-wateringly delicious. 

The Green Welly

The Green Welly sits in the heart of the village serving breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea to happy cyclists, walkers and residents alike – also welcoming their four-legged friends. Everything in the café is home baked and can be served with a selection of individually roasted coffees, a variety of teas, or cold drinks. They are also a licensed premises serving wine, beers, cider and prosecco which can be enjoyed during the summer in their courtyard garden – bliss. 

The Nutmeg Tree

Step back in time to the 1940s when popping into The Nutmeg Tree. It’s a colourful and quaint tearoom styled in the era, complete with uniformed waiters & waitresses and with the light sounds of period appropriate music. It is the perfect place to fuel up for a walk or bike ride, or for an indulgent, old-school lunch. Breakfasts are fantastic – from full fry-ups (with good veggie options) to hot buttered crumpets, and if you’re after a picnic there are fresh pasties and sausage rolls to take away.

The Bull Hotel & Restaurant

If you’re after something special, celebratory or indulgent – look no further than The Bull Restaurant. Showcasing the best of British, the Bull’s menu highlights the finest produce of the season. Hearty, luxurious and quintessentially English, their dishes bring elegance and majesty to the table.

Choose from their famous grazing food, small plates – ideal for sharing, and their bigger plates for when you arrive with an appetite! Their Sunday Roasts are also legendary, with options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans – but definitely book to avoid disappointment. 

Ridgeview Vineyard and Wine Estate

Ridgeview has pioneered English sparkling wine and has been producing world class wines for over 20-years from their vineyard and winery at the base of the South Downs. Sip a selection of their wares in the tasting room with Downland views or take a tour of the vineyards. During the summer you can make a day of it by reserving a hamper and soaking up the Sussex sunshine in the Wine Garden. 

Ditchling | Ditchling Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Walking & Cycling

From strolling around the village to walking the South Downs Way, Ditchling Village is the perfect base from which to start a rural adventure. There are several mapped footpaths leading through the patchwork fields at the base of the Downs, or leading up to the ridge where the panoramic views over the county are breath-taking. The ridge links Devil’s Dyke with the Jack & Jill windmills and Ditchling Beacon where there is often an ice cream van waiting for refreshments, or there are some fantastic pubs in nearby villages of Plumpton and East Chiltington, both of which are accessible on foot. 

For cyclists, Ditchling Beacon is one of the great cycling challenges in the south-east, and every weekend the village sees dozens of cyclists gliding through the streets. Bikes can be hired at Hassocks Community Cycle Hire, for an afternoon, day or longer, and they offer guided rides as well as route suggestions and advice.

Within easy walking distance of the village, Stonywish Nature reserve offers 50-acres of natural parkland, home to a wide variety of wildlife including several species of birds, foxes, deer and owls. Ditchling Common is just a mile or two further but has free parking and 188-acres of beautiful grassland, woodlands and fishing ponds where you can spend the day exploring, climbing trees and picnicking during the warmer seasons. 

Ditchling | Ditchling Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Art & Culture

Many artists and craftspeople came to live and work in Ditchling from the beginning of the 20th Century onwards established this village as one of the most important places for the visual arts and crafts in Britain.

Visit the nationally renowned Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft which is host to a lively programme of events and exhibitions held throughout the year. Likewise, The Turner Dumbrell workshops are home to many resident artists and craftspeople who open their doors during the Artists’ Open House Trail during the May Brighton Festival. For beautiful bespoke jewellery, look no further than Pruden & Smith Goldsmiths which also provide tours of their workshop and an insight into the Pruden family history within the village. 

Biannually, a fair has been held in the village for the last since 1312, bringing the whole village together – both residents and visitors alike, to celebrate the rich traditions and keep the stories of Ditchling alive. During autumn, don’t miss the annual apple fair where residents and businesses celebrate the all things appley! From freshly pressed apple juice to cider and smoothies – there is something to drink for everyone, plus ‘welly wanging’ and dancing the night away to live music in the orchard. 

Front Door | Beacon Cottage | Ditchling Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Holiday Homes to Rent in Ditchling

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or cyclist, or looking for a romantic rural getaway for two, Ditchling is full of places to enjoy, from history, to dining, to walks and shopping. Ditchling really is the quintessential Sussex village with a wonderfully welcoming community. Give Simple Getaway a call and find out which Ditchling Holiday Home will suit you and your family.

Already ready to book your holiday rental? Book direct with Simple Getaway and save the unnecessary fees on Airbnb and VRBO, we offer the cheapest rate every time, guaranteed!

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Holiday Home Management Ditchling

Do you have a holiday home or serviced accommodation in Sussex but don’t have the time to manage your bookings and maintenance? At Simple Getaway we excel in Property Management, managing some of the best performing properties in Sussex!

Each of our holiday rentals goes through a projection review to determine exactly what your property should rent for based upon real time data on your competition. By using this process, we can ensure that your property starts producing rental income from the start and performs at the top of the market year after year.

We also ensure your holiday home is showcased to its finest using professional property photographers, property copywriters and cutting-edge technology to give your property the star-treatment it deserves.

Not only that, but our Holiday Let Management Company comes well recommended with an excellent track record on online listing sites. Our consistent 5* reviews are a result of the beautiful homes that we manage and our friendly, professional and dedicated property management team that look after them.

Are you a property owner looking for a fresh and ‘simple’ approach to property management, and want to benefit from our expertise? Give Simple Getaway a call today and find out what we can do for you.

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Holiday Home Guest FAQ

Bedroom | The Bakery | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Every holiday let management company operates a little differently. Below we have highlighted some of our most frequently asked questions from both owners and guests and the answers as to what we do.

If you are an owner or a guest and cannot find an answer below, please get in touch. You can call us at 01273 640281 or write to us at contact.us@simplegetaway.com. We aim to get back to you as soon as possible!

FAQ’s for Guests

What hours are you open and how can we contact you?

We are open 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm on Saturdays. Our office number is 01273 640281 and we can also be reached via email at contact.us@simplegetaway.com.

Do we have to bring our own sheets and towels?

All of our homes come with a full set of sheets and towels for you to use so you do not need to bring your own. If you are staying near the beach, we do recommend that you pack a beach towel as these are not always available in our holiday lets.

Do we have to bring our own amenities?

We do provide a starter pack of amenities so that you don’t have to worry about heading to the shops upon arrival. This pack includes toilet paper, dish soap, hand soap, bin liner, shampoo and conditioner. If you are staying longer than a couple of days, we have located the nearest shop to your holiday let. These locations can be found in the tablet provided at the property. 

Can we check in early or check out late?

We will do what we can to accommodate you for an early check-in or check-out though this may not always be available. If you would like to make a request for an early check-in or a late check-out then you can do so by sending us an email at contact.us@simplegetaway.com or submit the late check-out request through the tablet at the property.

What do we need to do before check out?

We want to make your check out process as simple as we can. Before you check out, please make sure that all the windows and doors are closed and locked, furniture is moved back to its original position and the rubbish is taken to the designated bins.

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Holiday Home Locations

Arundel Holiday Homes

Arundel Castle | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

As you drive near Arundel it is hard to ignore its enormous beauty. Two structures catch your eye as they gaze at one another on the hillside. Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral are two of the most monumental buildings in Sussex and they stand just a few hundred metres from one another on the hillside, overlooking the charming village of Arundel just below.

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Brighton Holiday Homes

Brighton South Laines | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The City of Brighton is often referred to as eclectic, cosmopolitan, bohemian and ‘artsy’ and we could not agree more. Brighton has maintained its popular destination city status for many years drawing visitors from across the country.

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Chichester Holiday Homes

Chichester Shopping | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Often mentioned as one of the sunniest cities in the UK, the city of Chichester is full of history and charm and a place definitely worth exploring on a visit to Sussex. Originally known as Noviomagus Reginorum, the City of Chichester dates back as far as Roman times, over 1900 years ago. Much of its Roman heritage can be seen on a visit to Chichester.

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Goodwood Holiday Homes

Goodwood Racecourse | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

When you think of an estate you’re likely to picture an impressively large home, surrounded by fields upon fields of beautiful countryside. A tranquil and peaceful place, typically only available to the public to view from a distance. Usually you would be right, but not when talking about Goodwood Estate. Goodwood Estate is very very different and in the best way possible.

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Holiday Home Technology

Holiday Home Technology | Smart Home Control | Holiday Home Technology | Simple Getaway

We use technology in our holiday lets to keep things running smoothly and safely throughout the year. At Simple Getaway, we are constantly searching for the latest technology to streamline your holiday let and make it safer and more efficient for you and your guests enjoyment. Below are a few of the technologies that we make available for our owners, some of which are included when you list your holiday let with us. Give us a call to find out more!

Smart Locks

Smart Locks are by far, one of the most useful technologies on the market for holiday lets. Having a Smart Lock installed at your holiday let will be well worth it and here is why. 

Guest Safety

Above all, is safety. Smart locks are the market leader in safety, both for holiday lets and for your own home. The system can automatically generate unique codes for guests to use which only work from the time of check in, and will cease working once a guest checks out. 

Owner Safety

Smart Locks remove the necessity of a physical key. Your guests will be able to arrive at the property any time after check-in, key in a code, and let themselves inside. This removes the chances of losing a key and having to change out the locks at your property, or re-cut new keys. With Smart Locks, this simply isn’t a problem. Furthermore, Smart Locks have the ability to keep a log of which codes are used to arrive and leave from your holiday let at any given time, just in case of any issues. 

Maintenance and Cleaning Teams

This technology allows us to generate unique codes for cleaning and maintenance teams to enter your holiday let. If these team members stop working with us, we can simply delete their access codes and they will no longer be able to access the property. 

Owner Guests

If you have your own guests staying at the property, either give them your own master code (at your discretion), or we can generate an additional code for them. 

Smart Tablets

Our holiday lets each offer tablets for guests to use. These tablets contain information on your home and how to operate appliances, sofa beds, heating etc. They can also provide guests with wifi codes and recommendations on local sites, activities and restaurant recommendations so they can be well equipped with things to do from a locals perspective. 

If you have any information you’d like to add on your specific property, we can add that into the tablet and provide it for guest use! 

Smart Lighting

Switch on

Smart Lighting is a great way of adding smart home technology to your home at a lower price. Using smart lighting in our holiday lets, we are able to remotely turn on lights if your guests arrive in the evening so that they arrive at a modestly lit home. In addition, if your property is left vacant for a longer stretch of time, we are able to periodically turn on the lights to protect your holiday let from any potential break ins. 

Switch off

We can both switch on and switch off the lights in your holiday let remotely should a guest leave them on. This ultimately reduces the energy costs in your holiday let and ensures you have no unnecessary costs. Smart lights have advantages in safety and costs making them well worth their initial investment!

Smart Lighting | Holiday Home Technology | Simple Getaway

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Holiday Home Management – For Owners

Holiday Home Management | Kitchen | The Bakery | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Every holiday let management company operates a little differently. Below we have highlighted some of our most frequently asked questions and the answers as to what we do.

If you are an owner and cannot find an answer below, please get in touch. You can call us at 01273 640281 or write to us at contact.us@simplegetaway.com. We aim to get back to you as soon as possible!

FAQ’s for Owners

Who pays for the cleaning?

At Simple Getaway, we do not charge our owners a cleaning fee for our guest stays. The cleaning fee we charge is a pass-through cost from the guest directly to our cleaning team. We will arrange for your property to be cleaned thoroughly after each guest and will pay our cleaning team directly. As an owner, you are not responsible for the cleaning unless you stay at your holiday let.

If my property needs maintenance, who takes care of that?

We have a regular maintenance service to ensure your property is taken care of regularly throughout the year. However, when maintenance issues arise outside of these times, we will employ our maintenance service on an hourly basis. Should you have any additional requests for maintenance, we would be happy to take care of this on your behalf.

Who takes care of the laundry?

We will launder the sheets and towels used by guests at your property after each stay so they will be clean for each new arrival.

Can you help me furnish my property?

Absolutely! Our team is qualified in interior design and would be happy to help in furnishing your property. We have had some excellent experience in furnishing many holiday lets for our clients in the past and know exactly what works best for a holiday let. 

Who pays for photography?

We are particular about our photography and hire professionals to get the very best shots of your holiday let. We appreciate that photography can be expensive which is why we cover this cost. If your home is listed with us, you can rest assured that we will take the best possible images of your home – for free! 

How can I book the property for my family and friends?

We will provide you with an owner login where you will be able to book your holiday let for your friends and family. Should you need anything for your stay, just let us know and we will do our best to arrange it for you.

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Holiday Home Marketing in Sussex

Holiday Home Marketing | The Bakery | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Your holiday let is an important investment and it should be treated as such. We have years of experience marketing holiday homes and will follow the right steps to make sure your holiday let is in the best position possible. 

Our marketing strategy is not passive, instead, we make the right moves to ensure success. Using excellent photography, dynamic pricing and ensuring widespread visibility of your home, we are confident that you will receive maximum returns on your holiday let investment. 

Holiday Home Marketing | Reading Room | The Bakery | Arundel Holiday Home | Simple Getaway

Dynamic Pricing

At Simple Getaway, we understand that fixed and seasonal pricing should only be used as a guide. In the Sussex market, there is strong seasonality with busy seasons during the Spring and Summer and national holidays but much slower during the colder autumn and winter months. Given that, it would not work to list your property for the same rate throughout the year, or even at the same rate within seasons. Instead we choose to make our pricing adaptable year round.

There is so much historical data available to us in the holiday let industry that we would be foolish to ignore it and make up our own pricing structure. Instead, we utilize the best in industry data to ensure that we are marketing your holiday let at the optimum price, depending on multiple factors including location, property size, property condition and the previous 12 months of historical data.

Markets fluctuate considerably year on year and pricing that worked 12 months ago, may today be too high or too low to really be effective in optimising your holiday let.

This software allows us to know EXACTLY what the nightly price of your holiday let should be advertised for at any given time and the dynamic pricing system means we are able to automatically update holiday let pricing dependent upon local market dynamics, demand, supply and local events that are occurring in the vicinity.

Curious to know exactly what you should be making on your holiday let investment? Call Simple Getaway today and we will provide you with a review and report of your holiday property and its potential.


Utility Room | New Park Terrace | Chichester Holiday Home | Simple Getaway

Photography/Staging

Your holiday let may look incredible in real life, which will encourage repeat bookings, but if your photos don’t match that, then your holiday let has very little chance of getting booked in the first place.

Attracting guests to your property is the first step to success. In this regard, photography is by far, the most crucial factor. Good photography can not only show a guest what your holiday let looks like, but also how it feels.

Photography for holiday lets has two basic tasks:

  1. Task one is to attract a potential guest to your listing. There is an abundance of holiday lets in Sussex and you have seconds to capture a potential guest in their search and one image with which to do it. Your number one picture needs to be eye catching and not the sort of picture that you browse straight past.
  2. Task two is to convince a potential guest that your listing is the one they want. This is where it is important to show how a property feels and really immerse that potential guest into the property. Highlighting the best rooms and features in your holiday let is so crucial to keep them engaged and convince them to enquire and book.

At Simple Getaway, we are very particular when it comes to photography. Our interior design team will ensure that your property is in peak condition ready to be photographed. We may even add some of our own staging items to really make the most of your property before the photoshoot.

We don’t cut costs and take the pictures ourselves, we hire professional interior photographers to get the very best shots of your home. Our photographers capture images of your holiday let, highlight key and unique areas of your home and create lifestyle shots to really get across the feel of your property.

It is so important to get this right, which is why, at Simple Getaway, the cost of photography is included in your management fee when you list your holiday let with us. We promise to get this right, and ultimately to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your holiday let investment.


Holiday Home Marketing | Kitchen | The Bakery | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Listing Sites

Airbnb has become synonymous with the holiday let industry in recent years.

However, Airbnb is not the only site that is available as a listing site for holiday lets. Home Away, Booking.com, FlipKey and a host of smaller niche websites are also available as listing sites for your holiday let.

Whilst Airbnb is undoubtedly the most popular site that travellers use in the UK, guests still inquire via numerous channels and its good practice to make sure you are listed on as many sites as possible to spread your market reach.

At Simple Getaway, our management software enables us to seamlessly list your holiday let on more than just Airbnb so that your holiday let can be found in many different places by your target audience. What’s more, unlike some of our competitors, we actually list your property on our website so that any repeat guests can book direct with us, saving both you and the guest money!

Remarkably, less than 15% of holiday lets in Sussex are listed on more than one platform leaving a huge amount of potential. On average, at Simple Getaway, we receive 30% of our bookings through channels other than Airbnb. If we didn’t list our homes on these sites, we could miss out on those additional bookings which is crucial to your success. Speak to us at Simple Getaway to see how we can maximise your reach and holiday let success by advertising your property across the board and work with you long term, to provide a holiday home management service you can count on.


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Goodwood Holiday Homes & Management

Goodwood Racetrack | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

When you think of an estate you’re likely to picture an impressively large home, surrounded by fields upon fields of beautiful countryside. A tranquil and peaceful place, typically only available to the public to view from a distance. Usually you would be right, but not when talking about Goodwood Estate. Goodwood Estate is very different and in the best way possible. And what better way to enjoy this beautiful estate than to rent a holiday property.

Goodwood House | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Goodwood House

Goodwood House dates back to 1697 when it was bought by the first Duke of Richmond.  Since then it has been through numerous structural changes and ownership and now boasts one of the most exciting summer event calendars on the South Coast. For a day at Goodwood, you can play golf, go clay shooting, learn to fly, ride your car on the track or just relax in the spa for an afternoon. There are dining options available throughout, with many farm to table options, and an afternoon tea with a tour for those interested in exploring Goodwood House on the inside. 

But what Goodwood is most famous for, and why the vast majority of people visit, is for their summer events – horse racing and car racing. 

Goodwood Racecourse | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Racecourse

Goodwood Racecourse sits in the South Downs, neighbouring the city of Chichester. In the Summer, the racecourse hosts a number of events, most notably ‘Glorious Goodwood’ an event that runs over 5 days in late July. On a bright summer day, this is one of the best racecourse events in the UK with jockeys from around the world, battling it out on the racecourse to reach the top spot with their expert horses. Visitors can expect 5 days packed with excitement from Sussex Stakes Day to the glamorous Ladies Day.

Goodwood Revival | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Racetrack

In addition to horse racing, Goodwood offers events for car enthusiasts, from speed seekers, to vintage car admirers, or both! Goodwood racetrack offers both the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.

Goodwood Festival of Speed | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed is what Goodwood terms the ‘ultimate motorsport garden party’, with four days of motorsport events from race car drivers and car manufacturers from around the world. Formula 1 supercars from Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull and Renault set the racecourse alight, with pre-war car races, NASCAR rallies and bike battles gracing the tracks over the 4-day festival of speed event. It is one of the greatest events in motorsport, all available to the public in the county we call home, West Sussex.

Goodwood Revival | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The Revival

Goodwood Revival differs from its speed fueled counterpart, and celebrates the history of motorcars and motorsport. This event has a dress code, that of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, allowing the perfect opportunity for some fancy dress in the sunshine. There are three days of motorsport during the revival, with Sunday culminating in the most renowned events including the Whitsun Trophy, the fastest event of the weekend and the Royal Automobile TT Celebration Race. 

Goodwood Off the Tracks | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Off the Tracks

Off the racecourse and the racetrack there are plenty of places to take bets on the races, grab drinks in the sunshine or find a bite to eat from one of the food trucks. For those with kids, the family race day provides free entry to those under 18 and fairground rides for some family friendly activity.

There is plenty to see and do in Goodwood and it is easy to see why this is such a popular place to visit year-round, and particularly during the summer months.

Do you need property management services for your Goodwood holiday let? Or do you need to find a place to stay nearby to explore? We can help with both!

For accommodation options, we have holiday lets in both Chichester and Arundel, each only a short drive from Goodwood. Give us a call and find out which suits you best!

Living Room | Bristol Gardens | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Goodwood Holiday Home Management

Each of the holiday homes we manage brings its own charm, whether that be an old historic property, a seaside retreat or a modern city centre location, we make sure there is something interesting and that each home is meticulously taken care of. If you are a property owner and have a holiday property that you are looking to rent, Simple Getaway are here to help.

 

Not only do we provide our daily property management service, but we also ensure that your home is enabled with holiday let technology to ensure each guest stay at your holiday rental is seamless and your holiday cottage gets 5* reviews, each and every time.

 

Speak to us today to find out more.

Brighton Holiday Homes & Management

Brighton Pier | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The City of Brighton is often referred to as eclectic, cosmopolitan, and ‘artsy’, the perfect place for a getaway! Contact us for all your holiday let needs!

Brighton Beach | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Brighton Beach

Brighton has maintained its popular destination city status for many years drawing visitors from across the country. Brighton is world famous for its long, pebbled beach, frequented by locals year round and popular amongst visitors during the hot summer months. There are enough activities surrounding the beach to keep anyone entertained on a visit to this seaside resort.

The 200-year-old Brighton pier offers rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy including fan favourites, the teacups and the waltz. Kids enjoy heading to the sweetshop on the pier and purchasing their Brighton souvenir in the form of Brighton Rock – a stick shaped boiled sugar sweet famous in the UK’s seaside towns.

Opposite the pier is the world’s oldest aquarium, the Sea Life Centre, filled with an array of underwater creatures. Below the pier and along the seafront are plenty of options to delight beachgoers. If you head East, you’ll have a more relaxing walk along the coast, however there are still bars and ice cream stalls to stop off at, a zip line if you’re brave enough and a beach volleyball club, Yellowave, at the end. If you head West, you’ll find the ever changing restaurant and bars along the waterfront so if you frequent Brighton often, you’ll be sure to find something new. During the summer, the West side of the pier has plenty of live music coming from the seafront bars, along with many street performers.

Slightly further along towards the West you will notice the British Airways i360 tower. The tower was built in 2016 to showcase the city from a height. The trip takes around 25 minutes lifting the observation pod up 450ft to see a birds eye view of the city and the shoreline. Some amazing views can be seen from the top with a few buildings having decorated their roofs for visitors.

With so much available on and around Brighton’s seafront, it is easy to see why this is such a popular place to visit and enjoy a family holiday.

Brighton Laines | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Brighton Lanes

Another of Brighton’s famous attractions that should never be missed are The Brighton Lanes, divided into the North and South Lanes.

Brighton North Laines | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The North Lanes

As you meander your way through the narrow streets you will notice that the North lanes are bright, effervescent and quirky. There is an eclectic mix of boutiques selling clothing, antiques and vintage goods, restaurants, known for providing vegan/vegetarian staples and a number of great pubs scattered along the way. During summer months, the restaurants bring their tables outside into the street for a fun but busy dining experience!

In the evenings, the Krater Comedy Club provides guests with plenty of entertainment with stand-up comedy and live music to enjoy – we highly recommend a visit if you have a free evening!

Brighton South Laines | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The South Lanes

The South Lanes are more discreet in their appearance and more maze like in their location. They comprise a number of antique jewellery shops, quaint tea rooms and excellent restaurants gathered along the winding alleyways.

The atmosphere is quieter amongst the South Lanes and visitors can easily get lost with all the twists, turns and tunnels that delight passers by. The South Lanes is just a few steps away from the beachfront and Brighton Pier. It is definitely worth the scenic walk through the South Lanes if you are making your way to Brighton’s seafront.

The Royal Pavilion | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

The Royal Pavilion

If you walk East from the South Lanes, you will eventually come across the Royal Pavilion.

Originally built as a pleasure palace for King George IV, the Royal Pavilion is now a famous Landmark in Brighton’s City Centre. The palace was built in 1780 and was extended in 1815 to the Royal Pavilion that stands today. It passed down through a number of Royals and was eventually sold by Queen Victoria to the City of Brighton in 1850 for £50,000.

There have been a number of setbacks in the restoration of the building throughout the years which will inevitably continue, however, the City of Brighton has worked hard to restore the building to the original grandeur envisioned by King George IV back in the 1800’s.

The building is now a popular tourist attraction where visitors can walk through a number of rooms, including the royal bedrooms, the grand kitchen and the banqueting rooms.

South Downs | Chichester Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

South Downs

Not only does Brighton have inner city beauty, its outskirts are just as picturesque.

The South Downs National Park is just a short distance from the city centre and a great place to go and wander around particularly if you are staying at a pet-friendly property and they need to play! Visitors to Brighton can get to the downs quickly and explore east or west along the rolling hills. When it is a good weather day, it is common for people to pitch up for an afternoon picnic at the top of Devils Dyke and enjoy the unobstructed views of this city’s natural landscape. On clearer nights, you can head up as the sun starts to set and witness some phenomenal views as the sun lowers and glows over in the West.

London | Brighton Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

Accessibility to London

As noted earlier, Brighton is just a short train ride away from London so for those guests staying for a longer trip, why not make a day trip to London to see the big city? In fact, our holiday let, The Preston, is located just 2 minutes away from Preston Park station and just an hour away from London!

Brighton is packed full of things to see and do and will certainly keep you busy on a trip to this bustling seaside city. Whatever you have planned, we are here to help you and make sure your holiday in Brighton is the best it can be.

Maste Bedroom | Number 42 | Arundel Holiday Home | Simple Getaway

Holiday Home Management Service in Brighton

When you first list a property online, there will be no reviews which could deter some guests from booking your home. Typically our property management team would expect your home to become established after 12-18 months. As such, it is our intention to develop a long term relationship with our clients, where your holiday let goes from strength to strength over time.

Marketing is crucial in making sure that your holiday let is attractive to guests, particularly during the first year when the listing is in its infancy. We have three main steps to our marketing procedure:

First, we make sure that your photos outshine the competition. High quality photos will attract a potential guest to your listing instead of others on the page. Second, we make sure that your listing is located on multiple listing sites for maximum exposure to increase your potential guest pool. Third, we utilize a dynamic pricing structure meaning that your price adjusts according to the time of year, local events or weekday vs weekend. It takes a lot of work but it means you’re your listing remains competitive throughout the year.

Master Bedroom Tile | Number 42 | Arundel Holiday Homes | Simple Getaway

To read more about our three stage process, read our marketing page:

Simple Getaway Marketing

Once your property is listed and bookings start coming through, it is vital to ensure your holiday let remains at the same standard for repeat bookings. We have a Property Maintenance team locally that can access your home and fix issues at your holiday let in and around bookings.

Whether you are searching for the perfect getaway property in Brighton or wish to enquire about our holiday home management services, give us a call today!

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