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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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  • All Saints

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. Bike store. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Netted fish pond 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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