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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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  • 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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  • Knowle Croft Cottage

    Fairlight, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Oast House

    Westfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Railway Cottage

    St Leonards-on-Sea, nr. Hastings

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41892

    Close to the beach

    Accessed via a small slope and situated within 500 yards from the beach, this terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring the East Sussex Coast or the beautiful countryside inland. There is a field just 2 minutes from the property, ideal for football and games, also a nature reserve and children’s play area. Whilst exploring Hastings, visit the pier, Clambers indoor play centre, the Lifeboat Station, explore the Labyrinth of tunnels at the Smugglers Adventure, see the fish beneath the wave at Underwater World and explore the remains of Hastings Castle. Battle, Rye, Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay are all within a car ride. Rail connections to London are also close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with single bunk above.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bay House

    Hastings

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: PPPX

    Commanding rooftop views of the one time smuggling town of Hastings, and far reaching views out to sea, this character holiday home, one of a row, is located on a very quiet street with houses on only one side. Visit Hastings Castle, Blue Reef Underwater World, St Clements Caves or explore the old town with its art galleries, quirky restaurants and shops within 5-10 minutes’ walk. For BMX and skate boarders visit the state of the art underground park in the one time home of the Victorian swimming baths complex located beneath Hastings’ prom. Camber Sands and the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye are a short drive, and there are local beaches at Hastings and St Leonards. There are also good rail connections to London. Shop 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Seven steps to entrance. Living/dining room, open fire, sea view, wooden floor and French door to terrace. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with sea views. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom with sea views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small courtyard with barbecue
    • Rear terrace with furniture
    • On road parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two flights of steps to terraced sitting-out area

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  • Whyte Cottage

    Hastings

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 26784

    This comfortable holiday cottage, situated in the grounds of and adjoining the owner’s home, is approx 1½ miles from the beach at Hastings. After exploring Hastings, the Norman Castle and the Shipwreck Museum, relax in the garden with a glass of wine from a local vineyard. Stroll through Hastings Country Park, with ancient woodland, dramatic cliffs and coastline. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single bed, French doors and low beams. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors, additional single, and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (payable to SNS). Enclosed lawned garden, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Fenced pond in adjacent garden.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Hastings

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC238


    Situated just 500 yards from the beach and within the heart of the Old Town in Hastings, this delightful, Grade II listed, detached period cottage is set over three levels and boasts a cosy woodburner and sea glimpses from the first floor bedrooms. Cafés, restaurants, pubs and an award-winning bakery are all just a stone’s throw away. Browse the old high street in search of that unusual antique or one-off vintage suit or dress. If the past fascinates you, then take a step back in time when smugglers landed their contraband under cover of darkness, and no doubt stored some of it in the infamous St. Clements Caves deep in the West Hill, where the story of smuggling along the South Coast is revealed. Stroll around the ruins of the first Norman castle built in England, or for fans of the TV drama ’Foyles War’, a 3-minute walk takes you to the steps of Foyles House. Watch the fishermen land their catch from the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe, marvel at the iconic net huts and taste the fresh fish and chips. The medieval town of Rye, historic Battle, numerous gardens including Sissinghurst, National Trust properties, Batemans award-winning vineyards and the golden sands at Camber are all just a short drive away. For further sightseeing opportunities, there are good train connections to London. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Snug with sofa bed (for child under 12 years). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two 26" Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Small garden with terrace and furniture. Permit parking included. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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