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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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  • Rosedene

    St. Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    2
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    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. 1 double bedroom. 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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  • Gabrielle’s Apartment

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
    1
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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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  • 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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  • The Queens Apartment

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W43877

    If the sea is calling you, hop on a train or jump in the car and head towards 1066 country and Hastings, where you can stay in this elegant second floor apartment, with lift access. Feast your eyes on the ever-changing tabloid of the English Channel from your living room or bedroom window. The Queens Apartment was once part of the very fashionable Queen’s Hotel, a favourite haunt of the aristocrats during the late 1800s. It continues to offer stylish holiday accommodation with an attractive art deco theme and a TV in the double bedroom. Ideally located in the heart of Hastings, there is access to many shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, plus a nearby cinema. The pier, White Rock Theatre and St Leonard’s are to the west, while in the other direction, it’s just a gentle stroll away from the picturesque historic old town with its famous beach-launched fishing fleet, iconic black net huts and The Jerwood Centre, home to a collection of 20th and 21st century art and exhibitions showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art. Explore the bric-a-brac and vintage shops, and you just might find a treasure and spot the buildings that appeared in the TV drama, ‘Foyles War’. Eat arguably the freshest fish and chips you will ever taste and then take the East Hill lift, the steepest funicular railway in the UK up to Hastings Country Park for stunning views and, on a clear day, spot France. From George Street, you can take the West Hill lift, which retains its original Victorian coaches and spot Beachy Head from the top. There are year-round events including Jack-in-the-Green in May, food festivals in the autumn and check out the famous bonfire season. Historic Battle, Rye and the golden sands at Camber are a short drive away. Beach 30 yards. Shop 50 yards, pub 400 yards and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ramp or steps to entrance. Lift to second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only. Underground car park 30 yards (7 day permit included for 1 car, short term permits available for £20). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. No children under 12 years.

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  • Infield

    Pett

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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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  • All Saints

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    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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  • The Oast House

    Westfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
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    Ref: 7731


    Situated in peaceful countryside, alongside the owner’s home. These two delightfully converted properties have lovely views. With shared use of owner’s outdoor solar heated swimming pool, (which may be cold at times), hard tennis court and small private lake for fishing, all within the grounds. Ideally situated for a wine tasting tour of the area, visit Carr Taylor Vineyards, a wine lovers paradise and taste the delicious ’Gold Medal’ winning bubbly which beat many well known French wines! Flavourful fruit wines also available. Sedlescombe Vineyard is England’s premier organic vineyard offering sparkling wines, fruit wines, fruit juice and farmhouse ciders whilst Tenterden Vineyard enables you to stroll through 15 acres of peaceful vineyards, guided tours available during the summer months. Also explore the lovely Wealden town of Tenterden, home to the Kent and Sussex steam railway, pullman dining for special occasions, and offering a wealth of antique shops, tearooms and public house to enjoy. For beaches with golden sands try Camber or visit the cosmopolitan resort of Hastings with its large fishing fleet, why not take home a dressed crab for supper? And explore its higgledy-piggledy old town complete with art galleries and interesting shops to provide you with a souvenir of your holiday. Don’t miss Battle Abbey, Yesterdays World - opposite the Abbey an award winning social history museum, Rye Castle Museum, Bodiam Castle and slightly further afield the Roman fortress now, Pevensey Castle. For gardens try Pashley Manor, winner of the HHA/Christies Garden of the Year award and Herstmonceaux Castle grounds. Golf also available locally. The old towns of Battle, Rye and Hastings (with beaches) are all just a short drive. The Eurotunnel is 40 minutes away and Dover is 1 hours drive, for trips to France. Shop and pub 1/4 mile. Properties 2770 and 7731 can be booked together to accommodate 8 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. 2 steps up to kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 4 steps up to bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared garden area and chairs. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of solar heated outdoor swimming pool (15.2m, depth 0.9m to 2.4m) open mid April-mid September. Shared tennis court.

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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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  • 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 unheated 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 unheated swimming pool by arrangement (40ft x 20ft, max depth 6ft 6in), open end May-10th September, 9.30am-7pm
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: SteepMay-end drops in grounds

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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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  • Spider’s Light

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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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  • 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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