The Sweet Shop
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 14
This turn-of-the-century house used to be…you’ve guessed it- an old sweet shop! Designed to a high standard it has a wonderful quirky vintage theme, a real home from home it's ideal for gatherings of friends, family and hen-do's who want to make the most of everything Brighton has to offer.
Brighton is the ultimate destination for a vibrant city break by the sea, world famous for stylish shopping, the best night spots, bars and restaurants and a colourful Arts scene. The city is buzzing all year round so a great spot for a weekend break away any time, any season. The Sweet shop is situated in a central location and within a short walk to the fashionable North Laines area and the vibrant sea front attractions.
With four-double bedrooms the house can accommodate up to 14 with the use of sofa beds. The property benefits from free on-street parking, and a central location: around a ten minute walk to the shops and cafes and fifteen minutes to the Pier and the seafront.
The interiors exude easy elegance with an original mix of flea market finds, trendy fifties florals and rustic touches. It has a relaxed home-from-home vibe while feeling a little bit extra special too. Each room is packed with charming details; original antique French chandeliers, fifties fabrics, reclaimed wood, mirrored furniture, crystal lamps and floral wallpapers. The slate paved garden offers a secluded sun spot for quiet relaxation. The kitchen is fully equipped for suppers at home, and the kitchen table can be extended to larger groups up to 14.
All in all this is the perfect house for parties and social gatherings, while also being close enough to the cities best attractions. Please note that the house is situated in a residential area so there is a curfew on noise after 11pm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brighton 900 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 38 km, Nearest railway: Brighton 800 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12|
|Further details indoors|
Arranged over three storeys, the house has a wonderfully quirky cottage feel. The lower ground floor has an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, which is a great space for a large gathering, opening out to a small garden. The are 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms- all with high end fixtures and fittings.
Two of the bedrooms have twin beds which can be arranged as doubles.
There are a further 2 double bedrooms, one with a sofa bed.
There are two additional sofa beds in the living room.
|Further details outdoors|
The delightfully secluded garden is surrounded by a creeper covered flint wall, rose trees, and flowerbeds. However please note the house is in a residential area so any noise in the garden has to be monitored and kept to a minimum.
There are three steps up to the front door making it unsuitable for disabled access.
With regret NO STAG DO's
The house is in a residential area so there is a 11pm noise curfew to be obeyed.
The house is NON SMOKING
The South East England region
Bursting with beach-front sports and events, tranquil green spaces within the city limits, plus Brighton tourist attractions and activities for all the family, there's so much in store just waiting to be explored.
You'll also find a world of beautiful Sussex countryside, castles, country houses, parks, forts and gardens just moments from the city too!
Brighton and Hove
From iconic Brighton tourist attractions to beach-front cool, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea. It really is unique.
From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the traditional seaside fun of the famous Brighton Pier and pebble beach, Brighton offers something for every walk of life.
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12 Sep 2014
"Open the door and a lovely surprise awaits you"
I stayed here with 6 very good friends celebrating our reunion.The house is surprisingly roomy and decorated to a high standard. We really enjoyed our stay here. Tina the housekeeper was really helpf… More
27 Aug 2014
"perfect cute and quirky stay for hen party"
As the name suggests, this house is super sweet with floral and quirky decor and a real homely feel. With 4 proper bedrooms and sofa beds it easily accommodated 14 people, although with only two show… More
17 Apr 2014
"Beautiful Boutique Brighton"
We stayed at the Sweet Shop for my hen do in April. There were 12 of us girls and we couldnt have asked for a better weekend. The house is lovely and full of character, with everything we needed for the weekend including all the crockery and facilities we needed for afternoon tea. The rooms are beautiful, especially the ones on the top floor and the house is in easy walking distance of the seafront and pretty cheap in taxis for those wearing heels :) It simply had everything we needed and more.
My only comments apart from how fantastic the house was were that due to the house being an old house, obviously 12 girls will make it quite noisy and you do have to take care with the neighbours. Also the plumbing does struggle a little for that amount of people but not to the point where anyone went without a hot shower. The only thing i would say might be a nice to have would be a WIFI connection.
Otherwise would definitely recommend the Sweet Shop
14 Apr 2014
"Fabulous house for a hen party!"
We were looking for somewhere that a group of hens could use as a base for lots of exciting adventures and this was perfect! The location was ideal for walking into town which was an easy walk which we did often. The only thing to remember is that the roads around are very skinny for cars so once parked we just left ours there. The rooms were just what we needed for a big group of friends and all beautifully decorated. Our favourite room was the lounge and kitchen which was very social and used at all times of the day. Well done Sweet Shop you did exactly what it said on the tin and thank you for hosting lovely hen do!
17 Jul 2012
12 Girls arrived at the house with great anticipation, it was a rare treat to get away from the hustle & bustle of daily lives back home, so we all wanted to make the most of it. We were not disappointed, the house is a little treasure trove, with lots of feminine & cute aspects to it and rooms to explore. With 3 floors and a back yard there was plenty of space for us to gather together.. or to get away from each other if required. The house had plenty of facilities, home from home, we had a food shop delivered straight to our door and were able to put on a big buffet.
Regarding serivce, we couldn't get the ipod player working but within just 5 minutes our housekeeper Tina had sent someone round to show us. I'm not going to say the house was perfect for anyone that is fussy, the odd door handle came off in your hand but no-one got stuck in a room, a light didn't work but we had lamps, it's not pristine or a minimalist house if thats what you like, but its very comfortable, you don't feel on edge like you can't touch anything, its an older property with a homely feel, everyone settled very quickly and it was perfect for us.
A couple of notes to point out, you might not get parked immediately outside the house but we had 3 cars between us that all managed to find a space within 300metres or less. Also, you are on the top of a hill, it's a nice walk into town or the beach with flat shoes, but its not for those with high heels where taxi's are a must but are in ample & prompt supply. It's about £5 to get a taxi to the station.
The area is very picturesque, the houses are all multicoloured and you can hear the seagulls giving you a real beach holiday feel.
For our purposes we had a wonderful weekend, of course it is what you make it but I'd give it 10/10.
4 Jul 2012
"Just perfect for our hen do"
There were 14 of us staying in The Sweet Shop for our friend's hen do and it was absolutely brilliant. Sophie and co were all really helpful throughout and we wanted for nothing. Even when one of the showers stopped working it was fixed immediately so there weren't any problems. The only tiny downside is that if you are the full 14 then some people will have to sleep in the living room but it's very comfortable even then. The house is decorated beautifully throughout and definately isn't run of the mill. We would all highly recommend a the Sweet Shop for a fun stay. It's an easy walk into Brighton as well.
13 Mar 2012
"Vintage heaven in chocolate-box perfect pink cottage"
I stayed at the Sweet Shop with a group of nine girls for a posh Brighton hen weekend, with a vintage theme. Upon arrival, I knew we'd picked the right place. The photos of the cottage are great but the impact on entering it is quite another thing. We all had a great time exploring the property and all its charming details. Everyone said that it felt like home instantly. Quite simply, if you are booking accommodation for a hen weekend or girl's break in Brighton, book the Sweet Shop!
The downstairs kitchen/lounge is the real centrepiece of the place, with its large comfy sofas and kitsch cushions and paintings. It lends a great vibe to a low key house party, though you need to be mindful of noise due to it being on a road of close-knit cottages in a residential neighbourhood.
In terms of AV equipment, the place is kitted out with a decent sized plasma TV, iPod dock with surround speakers and DVD player. It has WiFi though I had some trouble getting connectivity in certain areas of the house at times. No big deal.
The kitchen is beautifully decorated in vintage flower panels and the large table seats 10 at a squeeze. We did afternoon tea with proper cups and tiers etc from a local hire company (Vintage Tea Leaves) and that combined with the gorgeous crockery already in the cottage (lots of interesting vintage china etc) made for a perfect champagne afternoon tea. The cottage is very well kitted out with kitchen items. You could probably make quite an elaborate feast there!
We had nice weather so were able to enjoy the cute garden and its little roofed seating area. It gets a nice spot of sun during the day.
Walking to central Brighton and The Lanes etc is no problem and do-able in 15 minutes. Perhaps another 10 to the seafront. Cabs to the front were about a fiver (double that at night). We all found free on-street parking really close to the cottage and getting there is a synch by car. It's about 10 minutes off the A23, if that.
There are a couple of shops locally but it is mainly a residential area so probably best to either stock up before going or take the owner's recommendation and order a home delivery. That said, there is a great butchers just around the corner and also Fanny's Deli, which I'd recommend.
The owners, property manager and maintenance people were all efficient, professional and amiable. The property manager met me when I arrived, even though I was about two hours early and showed me around. When there were TV issues, which turned out to be me not being able to navigate the remote control (!) a maintenance man arrived as soon as I contacted them about it.
The owners have a lovely manner, from their emails to the very helpful welcome pack you receive with the cottage suggesting everything from great local fish n' chips to companies that deliver you breakfast boxes (Bonjour Breakfast?). Decadent!
It's difficult to think of anything that could have been improved. Perhaps it is worth mentioning that the twin rooms are quite small with teenie single beds. This is mainly, I think, due to the age and architecture of the property and still the main thing was being able to fit us all in. In that way, the bedrooms did the job perfectly but just maybe put your tiny people in those beds is all!
The beds are all very comfy and sleep quality was excellent, though once the sun was up the bedrooms filled with gorgeous light. I say this for a balanced review and not because it was in any way a deal breaker. If you are sensitive to light, maybe take a sleep mask.
There are two gorgeous bathrooms with showers with a big bath on the top floor. Both provided enough hot water for 9 girls to all take hot showers when getting ready to go out all at the same time.
In conclusion, everyone in my group was in love with the place. It is cosy, quirky and comfortable. It is also wonderfully managed, spotless and efficiently run. It provides a perfect base for a Brighton holiday, while also offering a gorgeous temporary home. If you book the Sweet Shop (and do!) make sure to plan time just to be in the cottage and garden. It has a great atmosphere and lots of curious and wonderful object d'art. We'll definitely return.
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