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West Dean Gardens, nr Chichester

Muddy says: This arts and crafts-focused college has plenty of short courses plus award-winning gardens to explore. There's also a popular annual Chilli Fiesta.

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The Hawthorns Retirement Village

Muddy says: if you've a loved-one seeking a retirement home, check out the smart, hotel-like feel and pioneering rental model at The Hawthorns.

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CrabShack, Worthing

Muddy says: Get stuck into top seafood, from casual crispy squid to fish platters and chowders (plus cocktails and takeaway ice-cream) right opposite the beach

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Herstmonceux Castle

Muddy says: Explore themed gardens with a castle backdrop, hire a unique wedding venue, or join in the annual Medieval Festival or other fun events

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The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea

Muddy says: There are plenty of reasons to make a trip to this recently refurbished hotel, pub, tea rooms and charming secret gardens rolled into one

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Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton

Muddy says: History has never been such fun! Step into real homes and workplaces of bygone centuries transported to one gorgeous setting - great for family days out, even weddings.

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Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures

Muddy says: A fun and original indoor adventure with great themed sets, this is perfect for parties from kids' birthdays to stags and hens

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Wingrove House

Muddy says: This striking, colonial-style house hides a smart restaurant and rooms, while its gorgeous lawn and terrace are perfect for relaxed lingering in warm months

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Canvas & Stars

Muddy says: family glamping... with gin and a hot tub? A chilled weekender with partner or friends? This just might be the comfiest you can get under canvas.

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Lingfield Park Resort

Muddy says: Lingfield Park is more than just a racecourse – it is a leisure resort offering racing, a 4* Marriott Hotel and spa and a championship 18-hole golf course.

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Cabins and Castles, Sussex

Muddy says: Inspiring interiors and great locations are the hallmark of the gorgeous handpicked holiday rental properties in this collection

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Brooklands Barn, Arundel

Muddy says: Plan a big family gathering or join a wellness retreat for some restorative ‘me time’ at this perfectly placed property with 10 bedrooms and a pool.

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The Crown Inn, Dial Post, nr Horsham

Muddy says: Locally-sourced food is the key at this village green pub with rooms near Horsham

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The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

Muddy Says: Oozing character and with great food and drink, this friendly village pub also has smart bedrooms for a weekend break

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Borde Hill Garden

Muddy says: historic plants, sweeping views and frequent family events mean there's always a reason to return to this special place

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Arundel Wetland Centre

Muddy says: Varied ways to get close to wildlife on land and water and a busy programme of children's activities make this a natural winner for a day out

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The Ship Inn, Rye

Muddy says: In Insta-worthy Rye, this family- and dog-friendly pub with rooms is a good choice for dedicated foodies or those seeking a weekend break.

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The Dorset Arms, Withyham

Muddy says: Organically-reared meat and game and a Winnie the Pooh connection are part of the Dorset Arms' appeal. You can also stay over in the pub's cottage.

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The Bell in Ticehurst

Muddy says: Humorous decorative touches meet historic charm at this gastro pub with rooms and lodges and a wedding licence.

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Charleston

Muddy says: be inspired in the former home of Bloomsbury Group pioneers, hear from notable authors at key literary festivals and produce your own art in a workshop

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Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Muddy says: Find year-round indoor and outdoor family fun at Fishers, with animal encounters, play zones, rides and much more to keep you and yours amused

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Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton

Muddy says: Is this the most fun place to lay your head in Brighton? Probably. Book into a themed room or drop in for bands, comedy and cocktails.

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Great British Wine Tours

Muddy says: A brilliant way to discover more about Sussex's vineyards with tours, tastings and lunch in lovely surrounds

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Brighton Food Tours

Muddy says: Get a tasty behind-the-scenes introduction to Brighton's booming indie food scene with these unique walking tours

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The Lodges at New House Farm, Etchingham

Muddy says: A hot tub with a knockout view, a big communal barn and a choice of luxury lodges make this flexible High Weald country retreat perfect for couples, friends and families.

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Rathfinny Wine Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston

Muddy Says: This lofty vineyard at Alfriston boasts beautiful views, wildlife walks, pop-up dining and gorgeous accommodation in its Flint Barns.

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Plumpton Racecourse

Muddy says: This compact racecourse backed by the South Downs is a hidden gem. Make a day of it with a meal on site or hire a venue with a view for a big bash.

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Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

Muddy says: Bang on the seafront, this stylish hotel has a quirky basement spa and is a top spot for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.

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The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

Muddy says: An award-winning country retreat where you can learn to bake bread and cakes, walk off your indulgence and stay over in cottages. Or, simply stop in for lunch or tea.

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The Beauty Bar, Wadhurst

Muddy says: This smart Muddy Award-winning salon in lovely premises offers a wide range of treatments besides its popular nail bar.

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Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa, Midhurst

Muddy says: Indulge in spa treatments, fine dining, perhaps even a spot of croquet, at this country house-style retreat in the South Downs.

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Chilli Ski

Muddy says: choose new or pre-loved ski clothing and accessories in the relaxed environment of this appointment-only barn shop.

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The Gallivant, Camber

Muddy Says: A little taste of California right here in Sussex. This restaurant with rooms opposite Camber Sands and near historic Rye is a gem for fine dining or a cheeky getaway.

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