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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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  • Seagull’s Nest

    Hastings

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    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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  • 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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  • Mouse House

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PNNA

    In the heart of Hastings Old Town, this attractive, cosily furnished Grade II listed fisherman’s cottage is 150 yards from the beach. Built c.1841, it retains many period features, exposed beams, brickwork. Relax in the secluded west-facing decked courtyard before trying one of many delightful seafood restaurants. In winter walk along the seafront, returning to a blazing log fire. Take the Funicular Railways to the country park, castle, smugglers caves. Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium, shipwreck/fisherman’s museums, boating lake, crazy golf. Shops, restaurants 200 yards, pub 25 yards.

    Beamed living/dining room with open fire, oakstrip flooring, bay window, and stained glass window to kitchen. Desk area with wi-fi. Kitchen with breakfast area, door to lit outdoor space with BBQ. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with views of East Hill Funicular. Character twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath power shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Travel cot, high chair on request
    • TV
    • CD/iPod dock
    • DVD (small library)
    • Playstation 2 (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Small dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Laptop, internet
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking 500 yards; public car parks
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • The Coach House

    Fairlight, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PTTQ


    The Coach House resides in the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the village of Fairlight with views across to the sea from the shared grounds. This detached holiday property has retained many original beams and features, and is set adjacent to the owner’s medieval hall house, which dates back to around 1340. Guests have shared use of the owner’s swimming pool by arrangement. The Coach House is ideally placed for leisurely walks, as Hastings Country Park borders the property and offers 660 acres of dramatic headland and cliff-tops with most of the park designated as a Special Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Areas of the park are also known as ‘The Firehills’ which date back to the days of smuggling when contraband was landed and brought inland via a series of tunnels to local cottages! The views from here are stunning; enjoy views east over the Dungeness marshes to Hythe, and looking south on a sunny day, guests can enjoy views of the French coast. The closest beach is just 2 miles away, offering several miles of walking or cycling along the sea defence walls. The surrounding lowlands attract wildfowl and waterbirds providing an opportunity for some excellent bird watching. The cosmopolitan town of Hastings is approximately 5 miles away, home to Europes largest beach launched fishing fleet and the filming of the TV series Foyles War. Rye, 5 miles, is a maze of cobbled streets that have been a haven for artists and writers, its illustrious former residents include Henry James and H.G Wells. Camber offers miles of golden sand dunes, and Battle, not only the site of one of the most famous encounters in history but also home to a large gunpowder works, which kept British ships loaded throughout the Napoleonic Wars and most likely supplied the powder used in the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot! Beach 2 miles. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area. Two beamed double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Full gas central heating included (November-March £25)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • 32’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service by arrangement
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Shared outdoor kidney-shaped swimming pool by arrangement (40ft x 20ft, max depth 6ft 6in), open end May-end September, 9.30am-7pm
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep drops in grounds

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  • Rosedene

    St. Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    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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  • Breedsmoor Cottage

    Ore, Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    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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  • Knowle Croft Cottage

    Fairlight, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W40513

    Stunning sea views


    This is a splendid 3-storey holiday apartment on the side of the owner’s property, yet totally private. It boasts the most stunning views across the garden and picturesque coastline sea views. The property is with an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guests are invited to enjoy the grounds which extend for some 2-acres including woodland. Hastings is just a few miles away with walks along the 1066 routes. There are theatres, sports/golf facilities, walking, cycling, shooting and horse riding are all within close proximity. For antique lovers, George Street in Hastings has old books and bric-a-brac, and many exhibitions and museums nearby. Other places to visit include Rye, Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Kent and East Sussex Railway. Shop 0.25 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 2 miles.

    3 external steps to entrance. Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-sided stairs to ground floor: Living room with patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There are 3 ponds close to the house.

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  • Mariners Corner

    Bexhill-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42130

    Close to the beach

    This well thought out, detached holiday bungalow is accessed via several wide, shallow steps and arranged all on one floor with the advantage of a wet-room with walk-in shower. Bexhill has a number of attractions and gives easy access to Eastbourne and Hastings. Just 530 yards from the beach and Bexhill’s leisure centre, with indoor swimming pool, wave machine and ’beach area’. Stroll along the seafront to the famous De La Warr Pavilion. Explore Battle and see the very spot where King Harold fell in 1066. Egerton Park offers picnic areas, boating lake and tennis. Golf courses at Highwoods, 3 miles, and Cooden Beach, 4 miles. A shopping centre beckons, just 10 minutes away, with major high street chains. Shops, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in the garden to terrace.

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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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  • Sea View

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29944


    A well-thought-out, semi-detached holiday bungalow offering good-sized living accommodation in an elevated position on the edge of Hastings. It has a greenhouse in the garden, and from the terrace you can actually glimpse the sea as you stand up to reposition your deckchair! Situated on bus routes for easy access to the centre of this medieval Cinque Port and you can experience for yourself the relationship that the town has with the ocean and see the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe, despite the decline in the fishing industry. The old town offers interesting book shops, vintage clothes, tea rooms and antiques. Although The Battle of Hastings in 1066 took place a few miles down the road at Battle Abbey, the ruins of William the Conqueror’s first English Castle still stands on the cliffs overlooking the sea in Hastings. Just along the coast is the Cinque Port of Rye; here you can explore where E. F. Benson’s ’Mapp and Lucia’ was filmed. Visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and then continue to Camber and stroll along the glorious miles of sand dunes. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room with French doors/kitchen. Conservatory/utility room. 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft zip and link adjustable bed, controls available on request), can be twin). Wet room with raised toilet and hand rails. Separate toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-emergency and incoming calls only. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Netted fish pond in garden.

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  • The Nook

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29988


    Just yards from the beach in the historic old fishing town of Hastings, this little terraced holiday cottage is ideally placed for exploring George Street and the High Street with their colourful pubs and restaurants. Explore the vintage clothes shop, antique shops and award-winning bakery, and buy the freshest fish you’ll ever taste, having watched the fisherman land their catch. Delightful in winter or summer, have a picnic on the beach or ’cosy up’ in front of the woodburner after a bracing walk along the seafront or having visited St Clements Caves and discovered Hastings’ smuggling past. An ideal base, see Hastings Castle built by the Duke of Normandy. Take a trip to Battle and observe the very spot that changed the course of history forever in 1066. The surrounding area offers glorious countryside, National Trust properties, gardens and several vineyards where you can sample the local wines. Rye and Camber Sands are a short drive away. Good train connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Beach 150 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. All rooms with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 kingsize bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom. 1 step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Car park 100 yards (at cost). 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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