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Hastings

From ghost walks and galleries, to museums and medieval cellars; there''s plenty for the whole family to see and do in Hastings.

At the time of the Norman Conquests Hastings was a small fishing and trading port; today it consists of the Old Town with half-timbered houses and narrow passageways, a bustling town centre and the elegant St. Leonards district with its antique shops and galleries. To learn more about the town’s history visit The Fisherman’s Museum and the Maritime Museum.

There are numerous seafood restaurants in this seafaring town and a fantastic fish market, to see some more unusual marine life; pay a call at Blue Reef Aquarium. You can see Hastings'' heritage come to life at Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves and below, is Pelham Beach.

For a heathland hike, head for Hastings Country Park,which can be reached by the East Hill Lift, the steepest funicular railway in Britain. To glimpse Hastings past visit Yesterday''s World; this attraction is home to more than 10,000 genuine historical artefacts and you can wander through Victorian streets or revisit the psychedelic seventies. If history is your thing, you can visit the castle, the museum and even go on an Old Town Ghost Walk.

Just outside Hastings, you''ll find historic Winchelsea where you can book on a ''cellar tour''! There are 56 medieval cellars in Winchelsea, built in the 13th Century and used mainly to service the wine trade with Gascony. You might even be lucky enough to be in Hastings during the annual re-enactment of its famous Battle, where there''ll also be authentic period crafts and living history encampments.

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  • Gabrielle’s Apartment

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
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    Ref: 30990


    This stylish, high-ceilinged, first floor holiday apartment, set within a period property, is accessed via a flight of external stone steps and is within 500 yards of the beach. St Leonards-on-Sea is an original, seaside Regency New Town, just west of Hastings, and has a wonderful vintage feel to it. It has a mile long promenade and cycle track with magnificent coastal views. The town was purpose built in 1826 by the famous Regency architect and planner James Burton and his son Decimus who took over from him, alongside John Nash. There are many well laid out gardens, including Warrior Square. Norman Road, named as ’Portobello Road-on-Sea’ by The Times newspaper, offers a great collection of antique shops, vintage galleries, restaurants and cafes. Stroll further along the promenade to Hastings and explore the Old Town, with its weather-boarded cottages, junk shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit the ruins of Hastings Castle or take a trip along The Stade, the old fishing quarter, and indulge in some freshly caught shellfish straight from the boats. The village of Battle with its pretty tea rooms, Rye and its cobbled streets, or Camber Sands make for enjoyable days out. Warrior Square station is in easy walking distance, with good connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 500 yards. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rosedene

    St. Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43330

    This well-presented, semi-detached holiday bungalow, is an ideal base for exploring East Sussex. A 5-minute stroll leads to a bus stop that takes you directly into Hastings, or alternatively take a 30-minute walk via Alexandra Park with its boating lake and open air bandstand. Explore The Stade and iconic fishing net huts. Fresh fish is landed daily. Visit Battle Abbey, enjoy an exhibition or jazz evening at the De La Warr pavilion or head towards the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. 1 small step to dining room/conservatory with French doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Range with gas hobs and electric ovens. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Greenhouse in garden.

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  • Seagull’s Nest

    Hastings

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: W41938

    Wonderful sea views


    Boasting wonderful sea views and ideal for fans of Foyle’s War, the ITV World War ll detective drama series, Seagull’s Nest is ideally situated - right opposite Foyle’s house! Filming was done from the doorstep. Several guests look for how and where this iconic TV series was produced, with several other places in and around Hastings also featured in the show. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Old Town, Seagull’s Nest has sea views from every window and is within easy walking distance of the beach. Visit Smuggler’s Adventure, Underwater World, Hastings Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium, Shipwreck Centre and Fisherman’s Museum at Rock-a-Nore, or the prestigious Jerwood Gallery which is located just minutes away. To the east is the majestic cliff coastline and views across the English Channel - the East Hill Country Park is a 5 minute walk away, with miles of interesting, varied walks and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rare bird, plant and wildlife species can be found there as well as wonderful views, walks and places to explore. Fairlight Glen is a 2½ mile walk, each way along the clifftops, the coastal path then continues to Rye. 1066 Country is a holidaymakers delight with so much to see, do and discover. Visit Battle, Rye, Brighton, Lewes, Bexhill, Pevensey and Eastbourne, or take the train to London. Plenty of English Heritage and National Trust properties within driving distance - Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, and Batemans - Rudyard Kipling’s house. Alternatively, try Battle Abbey, Camber Sands and Herstmonceux Castle. The famous gardens at Great Dixter, and also those at Merriments and Pashley Manor are nearby, and not far from these, there is Bodiam Boating Station and the steam railway next door. Pett Level and Winchelsea are within a few miles. Or just wander about Hastings’ fishing beach, with its colourful boats and traditional beach-launched fleet. Hastings Old Town and St Leonards down the road both have art galleries, pubs, restaurants, cafes and quirky bric a brac and antique shops. There are many memorable events throughout the year, including Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Jack in the Green, Pirate Day, Old Town Week, Carnival Week, Seafood and Wine Festival, Coastal Currents Art Festival and the famous bonfire night in late October. Perfectly placed in the middle of the popular Old Town area, but also set in a quiet street, Seagull’s Nest gives you the best of both worlds! Interesting shops and even a small independent cinema, 150 yards away. So much to see and do! Many cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs in adjoining streets 100 yards away.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. On road parking 500 yards (uphill). No smoking.

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  • Spider’s Light

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30982

    Wonderful sea views from most rooms

    Wonderful sea views from most rooms


    Spider’s Light, as seen in Foyle’s War, is located in the heart of the old town and nestles in the east cliffs with access to Hastings Country Park, and enjoys stunning views of the beach and English Channel. Rumoured to be named after a fisherman who once dwelt in this pretty, converted, end terrace holiday cottage, Spider used to put a light in his window which would guide the fishermen home, and wives would look out from the window to watch for incoming boats. Hastings still has the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe and you can also see the iconic black weather-boarded net huts. Look the other way and Hastings old town twinkles at night in front of you and behind is East Hill country park with walks from the doorstep. This provides access to 660 acres of woodland, heath and 5 miles of cliff-tops, also accessible via the steepest funicular railway in Britain. In the summer enjoy a glass of wine on the enclosed decked terrace or after a brisk walk along the seafront in winter, nestle down on the comfortable sofa and batten down the hatches! Visit the remains of Hastings Castle, discover Hastings’ smuggling past deep in the West Hill at St Clement’s Caves and explore the narrow streets and passageways known as twittens in the old town. Jerwood gallery houses 20th and 21st century British Art, is located in the Stade area - the old fishing quarter. If you have time don’t miss Battle Abbey and Camber Sands, offering miles of golden rolling sand dunes, or the National Trust properties in the area. Hastings station has good connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 300 yards. Shop and restaurants 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Steep stairs to ground floor: Living room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed (for child), 1 single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked terrace. Car park 500 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Harbour Lodge

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29544


    On the outskirts of Hastings, just a short drive from the beach and in a quiet residential area overlooking leafy woodland is this holiday apartment, below the owner’s home, accessed via a flight of steps. An ideal base for relaxing and unwinding - guests have sole use of the hot tub which is situated inside a summer house, so can be enjoyed whatever the British weather holds. Visit Battle Abbey created by William the Conqueror. Battle is also home to the Battel Bonfire Boyes, the oldest Bonfire Society in Sussex, see one of the unique bonfire parades in the Autumn which remembers Guy Fawkes. In the opposite direction, visit Rye with its cobbled streets and in February experience Rye Bay scallop week. There are lots of walks and cycle trails in this 1066 country, plus good rail connections from Battle and Hastings to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    External, open-tread stairs to entrance. All on one level: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, (one 6ft zip and link), one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three satellite TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Seacrest View Cottage

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30961


    Residing on the outskirts of Hastings, one of the five Cinque Ports, and enjoying an elevated position, is this stylish, terraced holiday home. From the first floor bedroom window at the rear of the property, you can see the sea in the distance and on a good day Beachy Head. Ideally placed for heading into the historical Old Town of Hastings, just a 10-minute drive, or why not catch the bus which stops a couple of minutes away. The Old Town, with its half-timbered buildings and narrow passageways known as ’twittens’, offers restaurants, cafés and antique shops to browse. Visit the Shipwreck Museum and Blue Reef Aquarium, or see the iconic, black net huts and the caves deep in the West Hill, and discover Hastings’ smuggling past. In the other direction, don’t miss Battle Abbey, built by William the Conqueror as a penance, ordered by the Pope as a result of the battle fought between William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold, England’s would be rulers, on the 14th October 1066. Explore the golden sand dunes at Camber or the cobbled market town of Rye, featured in the television adaptation of E.F. Benson’s 1930s comedy drama, Mapp and Lucia. When you return to the property, soak up the last rays of sunshine on the decked terrace in your south-westerly facing garden, where you can plan another exciting day’s activities. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room with wooden floors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link). Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to garden.

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  • Breedsmoor Cottage

    Ore, Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: W42374

    Excellent touring base

    Situated in Ore village, a residential area on the outskirts of Hastings, this holiday property is just a 10 minute drive to the beach, with local shops, pubs and restaurants within walking distance. On the other side of Ore is access to the Hastings Country Park with 3 miles of cliffs and coastline to explore. Venture into the old town of Hastings where the drama ’Foyles War’ was filmed, and see the Stade and the famous black weather boarded net huts. Visit Hastings Castle, experience an undersea safari in a tropical ocean through a transparent underwater tunnel or join ’Hairy Jack’ through acres of underground caverns. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 mile, beach 2 miles

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Two steps down to garden.

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  • Flat 2 Clarence House

    St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC706


    Enjoying a balcony with glorious sea views, this delightful apartment is nestled in the middle of Saint Leonards-on-Sea. This was once an old fishing village and then catapulted to the centre of the tourist boom in the 19th century, when James Burton decided to create a smaller Brighton. This is an original seaside Regency new town, where there is a mile long promenade ideal for strolling or cycling along. Enjoy the vintage feel of the place with interesting antique shops, galleries and laid back cafes. Enjoy a walk into Hastings old town, where guests can see the iconic net huts, medieval cottages and enjoy fish and chips. You can hire bikes or take a bus to Battle Abbey and soak up the history. The station is also close by and will enable you to not only visit our splendid capital city, but nip across to France or Belgium via Ashford International. Bexhill, Camber Sands and Rye are very good day trips. Beach 500 yards. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With gas coal-effect fire, 43" TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors leading to balcony.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Balcony with furniture. Public car park. No smoking.

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  • All Saints

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC133


    Just yards from the beach, this Grade II listed timber cottage makes an ideal base for a holiday in East Sussex. Located in the heart of Hastings old town, with vintage and antique shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants all on the doorstep (many child and pet-friendly). Renowned for its smuggling past, explore the miles of caverns at Smugglers Adventure, deep within the West Hill. Indulge in some first-class fish and chips which couldn’t be fresher and stroll past the iconic net huts. Walk through the underwater tunnel at the Blue Reef Aquarium with snakes and bearded dragons in the reptile area. Hunt for the dinosaur fossils at low tide. Stroll along Hastings Pier and grab some ice cream. Visit the Seaside amusements and arcades or the Source Skate Park for the young and fearless – all within walking distance. Learn about the 1066 story at Hastings Castle, the first of many built by the Normans. Battle Abbey and Rye are both well worth a visit and for miles of golden sand, visit Camber. Good rail connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 150 yards. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    First floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 super kingsize bed, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42’’ Satellite TV. Bluray. DVD. Induction hobs. Electric oven. Microwave. Blender/Nutribullet. Nespresso machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Public car parks in close proximity at cost. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Infield

    Pett

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
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    Ref: 19582

    Nestling at the end of a sloping path, and down six shallow, wide steps, this holiday property has beautiful countryside views which can be enjoyed from the balcony, as well as its own enclosed garden with access to the owners grounds, which have won a Landscape and Gardens Award by the Sussex Heritage Trust. Surrounded by exceptional bird life and scenic walking country, just 2 miles from the sea. Easy access to Rye, with its quaint streets. Visit Battle and the abbey built by William the Conqueror. Shops 200 yards, pubs 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity wall heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed sloping garden with balcony, summerhouse and furniture. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond within owners grounds.

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  • High Kiln

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC355


    Stunning views await you as you walk into this beautifully thought out and tastefully furnished garden apartment. Throw open the French doors to reveal a wrap-around decked terrace and enclosed private lawn with a far reaching uninterrupted vista. The views stretch across the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and beyond to the English Channel. On a clear night the French coast twinkles across the inky water as the owls, badgers and foxes go about their nightly ventures!
    At the end of the lane is a viewing point so you can spot the wild Exmoor ponies that graze the area, and indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at the café. Ideally placed for exploring 1066 country. For the energetic a 45-minute walk brings you down into the cosmopolitan town of Hastings with its iconic black net huts and narrow ‘twittens’ (pathways), you can always take the bus or a taxi back! It’s worth the early start to see the beach launched fishing fleet returning with their catch ready for you to purchase your supper. Bring your passport and hop on the high speed train at Ashford and have an indulgent lunch in Paris or Bruges, or simply sample the award winning wines from the local vineyards in the area including Chapel Down, Sedlescombe and Carr Taylor. There are also good rail connections to London. Beach 3 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    Lift to entrance.
    All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space: With French doors to terrace.
    Living area: With 43" BT TV (sport and premier channels) and 3D Blu-ray player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, French doors to terrace and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and high speed fibre Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with decked terrace, garden furniture and barbecue. Private hot tub. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car, additional on road parking available. No smoking.

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  • The Base

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC283


    Aptly named, just yards from the beach, this cosy lower ground floor apartment makes an excellent ’base’ for exploring the Sussex coast. Benefiting from its own private gated access to an attractive enclosed suntrap courtyard, which is completely protected from the sea breezes making it ideal for alfresco dining. St-Leonards-on-Sea once an old fashioned fishing village, became the centre of a tourist boom in the 19th century when James Burton, father of Decimus, the famous architect and garden designer, decided to build a mini Brighton. Building elegant regency villas and little terraces. Stroll along the mile long promenade or hire bikes and use the cycle track. St Leonards-on-Sea now has a distinctive vintage feel and the interesting shops are well worth a browse. Head towards Hastings and the old town where you can see Victorian and medieval houses jostle side by side. The TV series ’Foyles War’ was filmed in Hastings. Visit the castle ruins perched high up on the hill and discover Hastings infamous smuggling past. In the other direction is Bexhill-on-Sea, the birthplace of British motor racing and the Grade I listed De La Warr Pavilion, a national centre for contemporary arts. Inland, don’t miss Battle and visit the site where the course of English history was changed forever, and good rail links to London provide additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    12 steps to the entrance:
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, shower cubicle and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Bike store. On road parking; public car park 250 yards. No smoking. Please note: The sea front is 150 yards away.

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