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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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  • Applewood Lodge

    St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30498


    Perched on the edge of the seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea and adjoining Hastings, Applewood Lodge was originally built in the 1920s and now offers an imposing holiday villa, with plenty of space, and an enclosed garden complete with terrace and fishpond. It lies 1½ miles from the pebbly beach offering sandy strolls at low tide, and is a great opportunity for exploring the rock pools. Situated in the heart of ’1066 country’, visit Battle Abbey and see the atmospheric ruins where visitors can walk in the footsteps of William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold. Experience the famous battlefield where the course of English history was forever changed with audio tours and interactive exhibits. The town of Battle also has some interesting galleries, tea shops and antique shops. The cosmopolitan town of Hastings, is not only the home to the first castle that William the Conqueror built, but also hosts many festivals and events including classic car and motor rallies, ’Jack in the Green’ in May, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival and bonfire night processions. Here guests can also visit the Whispering Dungeons, the once magnificent Eastern Gateway or see one of the richest displays of shipwrecks at low tide, where more can be discovered at the Shipwreck Heritage Centre. There is also a preserved Old Town, and where a strong arts community thrives, such as the Jerwood Art Gallery housing 20th and 21st century British art. Relive the dangers that faced the Hastings smugglers and tour the labyrinth of tunnels at St Clements Caves. Further afield and within a short drive is Rye, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Camber Sands. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    One step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with step down to breakfast room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms: one (5ft) with step up to en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steep drive to property. Open tread stairs to terrace. Netted pond in garden.

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  • Kittiwake House

    Hastings

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30323


    This semi-detached town house is just a short stroll from The West Hill, which offers some of Hastings’ most remarkable views, stretching round to Beachy Head in the west and out across the English Channel. Guests will be able to see Hastings Castle from the property and also view glimpses of the sea from the bedroom window. It was on this hilltop that Hastings’ resident, John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, made his first radar experiments. The West Hill Cliff funicular railway drops you straight into the old town, which has a mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways called ’twittens’ with cafés and vintage shops. Deep in the West Hill, explore Hastings’ smuggling heritage at St Clement’s Caves. Visit the Jerwood Gallery, housing 20th and 21st century British art. You could also take a short stroll down to the sea for a swim or a ride on the East Hill funicular railway to explore 660 acres of coastal country park. Rye, Camber Sands and Battle, not to mention Pevensey and Bodiam Castles, are all within a short driving distance or easy train ride from the nearby station (½ mile). There is parking for one car at the property and further free parking a couple of streets away across the green (3-5 minutes’ walk). Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Air source heat pump underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Cowshed

    Westfield

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29037

    Overlooking the tennis courts in the owner’s grounds, this detached holiday property began its life as a milking parlour and has now been thoughtfully converted to provide stylish holiday accommodation with glorious rural views. Walks abound from the doorstep, or relax in the sunshine and enjoy a BBQ on the Indian sandstone terrace. Light the chiminea and ward off the evening breeze, or if the weather is inclement, curl up in front of the roaring woodburner inside. Ideally placed for taking a wine tour of the East Sussex countryside, visit Carr Taylor Vineyards, almost next door, and sample their prize winning bubbly. Seddlescombe Vineyard is Britain’s premier organic vineyard, offering a selection of wines and ciders, and Chapel Down Winery, in Tenterden, also offers a medal-winning selection. The Kent and Sussex steam railway is an ideal way to explore the countryside, chug your way through 10½ miles of picturesque farmland between Bodiam Castle and Tenterden. If you are seeking the coast, Hastings is a short drive away, 5 miles, where you can watch the fishermen land their catch or explore the historic old town. Camber offers miles of golden sand dunes and makes a great spot for some kite surfing. The Cinque Port town of Rye provides antique shops, art galleries and delightful tea rooms. Visit Battle Abbey and see the spot where the course of history was changed forever. For garden lovers, visit Sissinghurst, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter. Golf is also available locally. The Eurotunnel is 40 minutes away and Dover is an hour, ideal for day trips to France. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with bi-folding doors/dining room/kitchen with oak floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: Step down to 1 double with en-suite wet room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (underfloor in some rooms), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared tennis court. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step to bath.

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  • Heart of the Old Town

    Hastings

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC695


    As the name suggests, this light and airy apartment, with a beautifully presented interior, is situated in one of the old fisherman style buildings in the heart of Hastings Old Town. This property is set on the 2nd and 3rd floors, reached via steep narrow stairs and positioned above a lively tapas and cocktail bar owned by the owner. George Street has an energetic weekend come holiday atmosphere, with its quirky vintage and antique shops and atmospheric beamed pubs dating back to the town’s smuggling heyday. Situated just a stone’s throw from the beach, where guests can hire bikes and cycle for miles along the seafront towards Bexhill, past the state of the art skate park, or simply enjoy a picnic with family on an afternoon. If you’re an early riser, head down to The Stade and see the largest beach launch fishing fleet in Europe, landing its catch amongst the iconic black wooden net huts. Stroll along to the Jerwood Gallery which showcases collections of 20th and 21st century British art. For stunning views across the old town roof tops and English Channel, take the West Cliff funicular railway. Slightly further afield, Battle, Rye and Camber Sands are enjoyable days out. Good rail connections to London for further sightseeing opportunities in the capital. Laundrette 100 yards. Beach 150 yards. Shop and pub 25 yards, restaurant 20 yards.

    Steep steps to entrance.
    Second Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With 22" Freesat TV, CD player, iPod dock, double sofa bed and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, 5 ring gas hob, microwave and fridge.
    Step to...
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
    Steep stairs to...
    Third Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed with single bunk over.
    Bedroom 2:
    With double bed.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot available on request. Welcome pack. Public car park, at cost, 100 yards away. No smoking.

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  • Northrise Lodge Cottage

    Hastings

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC356

    Enjoy both coast and country in this stylish holiday cottage which benefits from an elevated position offering sea glimpses and is approximately a 30-45 minute stroll, or a ten minute drive, from Hastings. On the doorstep within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are beautiful walks in the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve which covers 345 hectares of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland and also includes 3 miles of cliffs and coastline. Approached by a footpath from the Fairlight Road, North’s Seat is the highest point in Hastings – 575ft above sea level, offering superb views on a clear day for more than 60 miles across the Downs and Weald, and out to the English Channel. Hastings has a rich smuggling past, atmospheric castle ruins, and a fascinating Old Town to explore with a plethora of antique and vintage shops jostling for space with some excellent restaurants to suit all tastes. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the freshest fish and chips and take a stroll along the pier. Great days out include the medieval town of Rye, Battle and Bexhill. Coarse fishing available at Buckshole Reservoir in Hastings for £8 per day/£4 per child. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and double sofa bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Seperate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed, TV and en suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.
    Bathroom: With roll-top claw-foot bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Small enclosed, lawned garden with garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • White Rock Apartment

    Hastings

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42959

    Just yards from the beach, cafés and restaurants in Hastings is this 2nd floor duplex apartment with sea views from the living room and double bedroom. Stroll along the promenade and venture towards the old town and browse art galleries, vintage clothes shops and antique shops. See The Stade with its black weather boarded net huts and take a trip on the East Hill funicular railway to Hastings Country Park with views across the channel. The West Hill Cliff railway gives access to the ruins of Hastings Castle and the Smugglers Adventures at St Clements Caves. Take advantage of the theatre just a few yards along the road and enjoy some live entertainment. Battle, Bexhill and Rye are all a short journey by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Steep stairs to entrance. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to third floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. washing machine. Freezer. Car park 220 yards (£2.20per day). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Brede, nr. Rye

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: PUUI


    This lovingly restored former gamekeeper’s cottage in the owner’s grounds, built around 1850, was once part of the local estate and now residing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning views across the Brede Valley. This cottage for all seasons has two wood-burning stoves, ideal for curling up in front of after a stroll through the Brede High Woods where you are likely to spot deer, and see the carpet of bluebells unfurl in the spring. The French doors in the dining room open on to a terrace from where you can view the garden which brims over with exotic plants. Ideally placed for visiting the renowned gardens of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and the tulips at Pashley Manor. The area also produces great wines which can be sampled at Carr Taylor, Lamberhurst, Chapel Down in Tenterden and Biddenden. See the lovingly restored and fascinating steam engines, the ’Giants of Brede’. The market town of Battle is close by where you can walk across the famous battlefield of 1066. Visit Tenterden with its weather-boarded houses and tea shops, and see why it is called the ’Jewel in the Weald’. Take a boat trip from Newenden and explore the River Rother, or a ride on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway through the glorious countryside to Bodiam Castle. Enjoy a day on the beach at Hastings or Camber Sands. There are good rail connections to London from Battle which provide additional sightseeing opportunities in the capital. Shop 1½ miles, pub ½ mile and restaurant 1 mile.

    Beamed living room with two wood-burning stoves. Kitchen with double butler sink/dining room with French doors to garden. Utility/boot room. Separate toilet. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 36" Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Private patio terrace set in owner’s ½-acre garden
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond and covered well in grounds, 5 yards

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  • Holly Cottage

    Pett

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: PW7


    Peacefully situated and enjoying splendid views over the local countryside, this spacious detached house is placed back from the quiet village road. It has been skilfully refurbished to a good standard, and makes an ideal holiday destination for two families or one extended family. Pett is a charming village, with a post office/shop (open Monday to Friday), butchers’ and two pubs serving excellent food.

    The unspoilt shingle beach, about a mile away, is good for rock pooling and fossil hunting. It is also a haven for birds and there is a public hide at Pannel Valley Nature Reserve near Pett Level. The sandy beach and dunes at Camber are a short drive away. Also nearby are the picturesque village of Winchelsea and the medieval town of Rye with its many antique shops, tea rooms, historic inns, fine restaurants, and 12th-century tower. Here there is also a museum housing a number of relics from Rye’s past, and a lovely art gallery that houses temporary exhibitions by local artists as well as a small permanent collection of works by artists associated with Rye.

    This a popular holiday place all year round with plenty of sites to visit locally, including Battle with its abbey ruins, Hastings with its 1066 links and smugglers’ caves, and Tenterden with its steam railway. There are also many National Trust houses and beautiful gardens within easy reach, including Bodiam Castle, Smallhythe Place and Batemans. Ashford, 30 miles away, offers day trips to France by Eurostar. Alternatively there is a ferry crossing at Dover. There are many scenic walks in the area, both coastal and inland, and it is common to see ramblers in the village, mostly heading for the popular pub! Also locally, there is golf, riding, cycling, sea and freshwater fishing. Post office/shop opposite.

    Spacious open-plan living/dining room with ceramic floor tiles and underfloor heating. French windows to large garden. Modern, well-equipped kitchen with door to garden. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 4ft 9in bed and TV, one with additional single sofa-bed (for +1), one with French windows opening onto small balcony overlooking this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electricity, underfloor central heating (downstairs), full gas central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD (small library). Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture. Two decks. Barbecue. Parking (for 3 cars).

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  • Seaview

    Bexhill

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: UKC723

    Just a stone’s throw away from the seafront at Bexhill, with deck chairs and beach huts, lies this attractively restored Edwardian villa. Seaview provides accommodation for extended families and groups that are seeking a memorable break by the sea. This property is ideal all year round, as when the evenings turn cooler, guests can curl up in front of the welcoming wood burner after an evening stroll or cycle along the promenade. Bexhill appears to enjoy its own microclimate, and in surveys apparently achieves on average 4 hours more sunshine than other seaside towns on the south coast. Popular for its health giving air amongst the Victorians, Bexhill now boasts a well-equipped leisure centre with pools and flumes, good restaurants, continental style pavement cafés and shops. Take in a show or exhibition at the art deco, style De La Warr Pavillion. Visit the museum and discover the town’s motor racing past. Nestled between Hastings and Eastbourne in the heart of 1066 country make sure you visit Battle, Pevensey, Rye, Bodiam Castle and Beachy Head. Try your hand at tennis, which is situated opposite in Egerton Park, or head to two of the finest golf courses in Sussex which are both within easy reach. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    9 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
    Dining room: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With dual-fuel range, microwave and pantry.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Sun room.
    Shower room 1:
    With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    4 steps up to...
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and balcony with furniture.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, single bed and 32" Freeview TV.
    Shower room 2: With double walk in shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bathroom: With roll-top claw foot bath.
    Separate toilet.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 3:
    With double bed and 3 steps to walk in wardrobe.
    Bedroom 4:
    With twin beds.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars, additional on road parking available. No smoking.

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  • Saunders Oast Barn

    Guestling, near Hastings

    Grade
    9
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: PDDH

    This delightful barn dating from 1860 has a stormy history – in the great hurricane of 1987 it was totally demolished. Rebuilt two years later using many of the original beams, it was reborn into a luxurious and stylish property. For anyone wanting to enjoy a period property, with all the modern conveniences then Saunders Oast Barn is not to be missed.
    The stylish entrance hall with oak beam framing, leads to the open plan living room with its cool, contemporary decoration. Comfortable sofas look out over the patio/garden from French doors, perfect for relaxing of an evening in front of the flat screen TV. While the full size snooker table is excellent for keeping everyone amused of an evening or on inclement days.
    The large contemporary kitchen, in cool gleaming white, is well-equipped, with a dining table making it ideal for those lazy breakfasts. Or open the door to the patio/garden and enjoy an evening meal, while listening to the tranquil sounds of the countryside.
    The bedrooms are all large and luxuriously furnished, with sumptuous linen, soft fluffy, duvets and pillows, and all with exposed oak beams and oak furniture. With a calm and peaceful atmosphere which tempts you to enjoy a lazy morning or early night.
    On hot summer days enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside from the patio, which looks out over rolling countryside. Or enjoy an alfresco meal or BBQ of an evening, while watching the evening sun sink in the sky.
    If you can bear to leave this wonderful barn for a while, then historic Hastings with its castle ruins, and the coast are easily reached. While the medieval town of Rye with its impressive Norman church is nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Tiled entrance hall leading to living room with full-size snooker table, French door to patio/garden, and well-equipped kitchen/dining room with door to patio/garden. Twin bedroom (zip & link can be double bed on request) with en-suite shower room and toilet with tiled floor. First floor: Galleried landing area. Double bedroom (5ft) with two additional single separated by drapes (each for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. Double bedroom (5ft) with additional single separated by drapes (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access
    • NB: Unfenced pond on owners’ grounds

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