House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
This exquisite 1830s villa set back from the road behind a pretty little paved garden is central enough to be opposite Marks and Spencers yet secluded from the murmur of the town at the bottom of the hill.
You can be on the beach in a 2 minute walk through the neighbouring square, walk up the hill behind to see the best coastal views for miles and then wander to the Old Town via the funicular railway for dinner or a drink.
Or you can get on a train or drive to any one of a dozen great days out to steep yourselves in history, gardens, architecture, castles, golf, boating, sports, villages, country parks and coastal walking. Or London!
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hastings 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Gatwick 92 km, Nearest railway: Hastings 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Further details outdoors|
Lovely private courtyard garden at the rear.
First bag of logs supplied free thereafter at cost - £3.50 by honesty box.
Gas, electricity and bedlinen/towels supplied free of charge.
There is a steep narrow staircase to the attic bedrooms so, although a stairgate is provided, small children need supervision.
Parking is available outside the house at 40p per hour in vouchers of 2 or 5 hours. Also in town centre car parks close by.
Extra guests can be accommodated by folding bed and kids readybeds.
The South East England region
William the Conqueror chose the sunny south-east to visit, and so should you! Loads of battle events, castles, and the small town of Battle where it all happened. October is the month to experience its re-enactment. It was Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's favourite hunting ground too and they've left their mark in castles, hunting lodges and the greatest Royal hunting ground, Ashdown Forest.
As well as being officially the warmest and driest area of the UK, this part of Sussex is packed with beautiful countryside for walking, nature reserves, architecture, gardens, live music, artistic and sporting interest, and it's the birthplace of motor racing.
There is unique birdwatching in the shingle habitats of Rye Harbour and Dungeness. Walking on the 1066 coastal walkway, the glorious clifftop Country Park, Brede Valley, the Cuckoo Trail, water sports on Bewl Water, the best modernist architecture in Britain and the full range of live music from classical at the De La Warr Pavilion to blues, jazz, bluegrass, Cajun, country and western, folk and tribute bands in most of the old fishing pubs.
Then there's Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, the homes of Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Anne Boleyn, Henry James, William Logie Baird, John Martyn...........everybody loves it here!
Within walking distance nestles the beautiful, intriguing and ancient Hastings Old Town where the last remaining beached commercial fishing fleet in Europe squats on the shingle among the famous net huts. Here you can wander the quaint twittens and the irresistible shops, and buy fish fresh from the boats.
This town has so many artists, writers and musicians per square yard that you cannot help running into art galleries, live music and the commemorative blue plaques of historic resident authors wherever you look. The Jerwood gallery opens soon to add the modern to the traditional.
There are festivals here every month from July to December. September is my favourite with the Coastal Currents Arts Festival in Hastings and St Leonards and a great one in Rye; the famous Hastings Seafood and Wine festival as well. October is the month to re-experience all the aspects of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
And not forgetting the kids, the fabulous seaside fairground, Crazy Golf, Sea Life, museums, the Clambers in and outdoor Total Child Experience, Smugglers Caves, the home of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, and so much more.