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Old Town Bolthole

The Sussex Coast
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Old Town Bolthole

Hastings
  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • No pets
  • Adults only
  • Linen and towels included
  • Real fire- woodburner
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Old Town Bolthole is real romantic gem in the heart of Hastings Old Town, perfect for exploring all the town has to offer.

To reach Old Town Bolthole, you have to walk through a narrow twitten that runs between the properties. I’m sure in days gone by, it would have been used by smugglers to hide and move contraband. Through the twitten and turn right then head up the stairs, the bottom stone steps thought to be used as mounting stones for climbing on to your horse back in the day.

You enter the cottage into the kitchen, which is quaint, quirky and perfectly formed. Although small, there is a two ring hob and a combination oven/microwave provided should you wish to stay in and cook. From the kitchen you head into the lounge, with its woodburning stove, Freeview TV and DVD, WiFi and comfy armchairs. A dining table and chairs are positioned in front of the window, the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of East Cliff Hill.

Head up the stairs and you have your modern shower room and a cosy bedroom with White Company bed linen and towels to provide that touch of luxury.

If you book a stay in the cottage, you have everything on your doorstep, from lovely delis, restaurants and cafes, so no need to cook if you do not wish to.

A stay in the Old Town Bolthole is a chance to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the working week. Easy to reach by road or train, so the perfect weekend retreat.

As the property was built back in the 1400’s, it does have some quaint traits - narrow, steep staircase and low ceilings in places, so care is needed in order to avoid bumping heads, but I’m sure you will agree it's all worth it, to stay in such a unique property in the heart of Hastings Old Town.

Hastings and beyond

Located on the bustling, thriving High Street you are spoilt for choice when staying in the Old Town Bolthole. The Old Town is an eclectic mix of bric-a-brac shops, galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. It is hard to pass the window of the award winning Judges Bakery, without being tempted to go in, you have been warned. If you are looking for evening entertainment then take in a film at the Electric Palace Cinema, an independent community based cinema which aims to bring you a wide choice of alternative films and film related events. Sign up for a Foyle’s War trail and visit all the locations used in the Old Town for the popular TV series. Looking to explore the Country Park then why not take the funicular up to the top or, if feeling fit, the many steps. The view is worth the effort and you can walk for miles taking in the cliff views. Hastings Pier is located a pleasant walk along the seafront and throughout the year holds music events, so worth seeing if there is something that takes your fancy as tickets sell fast. The town is famous for the biggest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain and much of the tradition has been kept. The net drying huts and fishing fleet can be found on the beach today, along with the many fresh fish stalls. The Jerwood Gallery is found close by and The Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Museum is worth a visit.

Old Town Bolthole is real romantic gem in the heart of Hastings Old Town, perfect for exploring all the town has to offer.

To reach Old Town Bolthole, you have to walk through a narrow twitten that runs between the properties. I’m sure in days gone by, it would have been used by smugglers to hide and move contraband. Through the twitten and turn right then head up the stairs, the bottom stone steps thought to be used as mounting stones for climbing on to your horse back in the day.

You enter the cottage into the kitchen, which is quaint, quirky and perfectly formed. Although small, there is a two ring hob and a combination oven/microwave provided should you wish to stay in and cook. From the kitchen you head into the lounge, with its woodburning stove, Freeview TV and DVD, WiFi and comfy armchairs. A dining table and chairs are positioned in front of the window, the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of East Cliff Hill.

Head up the stairs and you have your modern shower room and a cosy bedroom with White Company bed linen and towels to provide that touch of luxury.

If you book a stay in the cottage, you have everything on your doorstep, from lovely delis, restaurants and cafes, so no need to cook if you do not wish to.

A stay in the Old Town Bolthole is a chance to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the working week. Easy to reach by road or train, so the perfect weekend retreat.

As the property was built back in the 1400’s, it does have some quaint traits - narrow, steep staircase and low ceilings in places, so care is needed in order to avoid bumping heads, but I’m sure you will agree it's all worth it, to stay in such a unique property in the heart of Hastings Old Town.

Hastings and beyond

Located on the bustling, thriving High Street you are spoilt for choice when staying in the Old Town Bolthole. The Old Town is an eclectic mix of bric-a-brac shops, galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. It is hard to pass the window of the award winning Judges Bakery, without being tempted to go in, you have been warned. If you are looking for evening entertainment then take in a film at the Electric Palace Cinema, an independent community based cinema which aims to bring you a wide choice of alternative films and film related events. Sign up for a Foyle’s War trail and visit all the locations used in the Old Town for the popular TV series. Looking to explore the Country Park then why not take the funicular up to the top or, if feeling fit, the many steps. The view is worth the effort and you can walk for miles taking in the cliff views. Hastings Pier is located a pleasant walk along the seafront and throughout the year holds music events, so worth seeing if there is something that takes your fancy as tickets sell fast. The town is famous for the biggest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain and much of the tradition has been kept. The net drying huts and fishing fleet can be found on the beach today, along with the many fresh fish stalls. The Jerwood Gallery is found close by and The Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Museum is worth a visit.

You are of course in 1066 Country and with that comes, Castles, National Trust Gardens and Grand Houses, plenty to visit during your stay but too many for me to list.

Places to visit

Hastings Castle

Jerwood Gallery

De La Warr Pavillion — Bexhill

Hastings Country Park

What’s on

Jack in the Green — May bank holiday

Hastings Old Town Carnival — August

Hastings Wine and Seafood Festival — September

Hastings Bonfire Celebrations — October/November

  • Local shop — 50 yds
  • Nearest supermarket — 1/4 mile
  • Nearest restaurant — 50 yds
  • Local pub — 25 yds
  • Mainline rail service 1.5 miles — Hastings for services to Rye, Brighton, Ashford and London
  • Gatwick Airport — 50 miles
  • Channel Tunnel Folkestone — 40 miles
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Old Town Bolthole - 486963 Old Town Bolthole. Cosy, romantic period cottage in the heart of Hastings Old Town, East Sussex, perfect for couples looking to escape & explore 1066 country

Reviews

Cleanliness 
4.0
Service and Staff 
5.0
Comfort 
4.0
Condition 
4.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
4.0
4.3 OUT OF 5

February 2019

Repeat visit

"This is the second time we have stayed at the Old Town Bolthole. It IS in an ideal location as said previously. It was very cold this time (January). The heaters are good, but all grouped together meaning one end of the room is always cold. This is really going to be down to the age of the property. We decided against using the log burner as it's literally a few feet from the radiators and we didn't want the mess to clean up. The living room really is too dark for us, with 2 lamps, with low watt bulbs, we weren't able to read easily. This is part of our holiday relaxation. Please let us know if you are ever able to alter this. Finally Amberley House charge a '30 booking fee, which is unavoidable. I believe many holiday agents are changing the way this is displayed. Also not sure why they need to retain my card details for TWO months! I would still recommend staying here (when it's warmer)."

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you found the accommodation cold in parts but I see you accept the reason why this is likely to be the case especially as the building is of a certain period in the Old Town. We have passed on your comments to the owner with regards to better reading lights so thank you for drawing this to our attention. If I may just clarify as part of the security deposit in line with our booking terms, we hold your card details for a period of up to 28 days and not two months. We are pleased that you otherwise enjoyed your stay and would happily stay here at a warmer time in the year.


Cleanliness 
4.0
Service and Staff 
4.0
Comfort 
5.0
Condition 
5.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
5.0
4.7 OUT OF 5

November 2018

Lives up to its name

"Ideally located for the Old Town, which we love. We are huge fans of Hastings Old Town, there is nowhere else quite like it! Very small, but priced accordingly. Limited kitchen facilities are fine - there are LOTS of excellent places to eat nearby, and I didn't want to spend my holiday cooking a 3 course meal (you can get that at Caf' Maroc just down the road - '25). The shower room was adequate, but it's not really possible to use the pretty knobs on the door to hang up anything (just falls off). Lovely to overlook the high street while eating. We stayed nearby previously and the seagulls early in the morning were a pain, but didn't hear them here. Slept very well. Be aware that the stairs,both from twitten to accommodation and again up to bedroom and shower room are very steep. The only reason I downgraded cleanliness to 'good' was the state of the hob when we arrived. Also with customer service, I emailed to ask agents a question re heating, and received no response. There were no logs during our visit, but it became unusually warm for Oct and the heaters were fine. Owners emailed with local info though, which was nice. You can get a weekly parking permit from the council offices on the front. This is not well advertised and parking in Hastings is both scarce and expensive. The Bourne car park is very useful as an alleyway (twitten) comes out almost opposite by the First In Last Out. Wifi worked well and there is lots of info on the area. We were lucky enough to view the Bonfire procession from our window while there. It would be really nice to have more lighting in the living room to read by and a mirror downstairs, both for more light, and to save going back upstairs for lippy and hair combing! "

Thank you firstly for taking the time to provide feedback, which is always appreciated by ourselves and the owners. Sorry that your email regarding heating was overlooked, please accept our apologises. The owners noticed very early on after the hob was installed that there were marks on the surface that couldn't be cleaned, by themselves or the housekeeper. They have looked into this type of hob and apparently it is not uncommon for this to happen. Please rest assured that despite its appearance it is thoroughly cleaned each time between guests. Thank you for your suggestion of more lighting in the lounge, the owners are looking into providing this and likewise with the hanging hooks in the shower room. We do provide a link on the direction document that takes you to the local council car park page, where you can purchase a weekly ticket. Obviously the Old Town was not designed for cars and so that is the price you pay for such a lovely location. We were glad that you managed to enjoy the spectacle that is 'Hastings Bonfire Procession' from such a fabulous advantage point & hope that you choose to visit again in the future.


Cleanliness 
5.0
Service and Staff 
5.0
Comfort 
5.0
Condition 
5.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
5.0
5.0 OUT OF 5

October 2018

Small can be beautiful.

"A perfect haven for us in the heart of one of the loveliest of old towns. A tremendously enjoyable experience."

Cleanliness 
5.0
Service and Staff 
5.0
Comfort 
5.0
Condition 
5.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
5.0
5.0 OUT OF 5

January 2018

A unique & quirky, snug & comfortable retreat. I was looking for a 'Bolthole' & found a 'real gem'!

"I really enjoyed my stay at 'The old town Bolthole'. It was perfect for what I wanted- a cosy, warm & comfortable place to unwind. Everything was spotlessly clean & I slept like a log! ( the mattress & bed linen was so comfortable!) I lit the woodburning stove every evening & just relaxed. I didn't bring a car & the Station was only a 20 min walk away & just a short walk to the sea. Shops, cafes, restaurants etc were all close by & I bought my provisions locally. Everything else I needed was provided. I am looking forward to my next visit!"

Cleanliness 
5.0
Service and Staff 
5.0
Comfort 
4.0
Condition 
5.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
4.0
4.7 OUT OF 5

August 2017

In the heart of Hastings and its history

"We enjoyed our holidays in the old and very nice little house in the heart of Hastings Old Town just at the time of Old Town Carnival Week (we didn't know before) with a lot of opportunities to learn about Hastings history. There was a short walk to the rail-station, so we went for sightseeing also to Brighton, The Seven Sisters near Eastbourne, Rye, Canterbury. Returning home in the evening we relaxed at Old Town Bolthole. We didn't miss a car at all. Lovely place! "

Cleanliness 
4.0
Service and Staff 
4.0
Comfort 
4.0
Condition 
4.0
Location 
5.0
Value For Money 
3.0
4.0 OUT OF 5

May 2017

a lovely slice of the Old Town

"A real bolt hole - just right for a weekend away. Lovely decor and facilities. Parking is what you would expect for the narrow streets of Hastings Old Town - limited and the car park charges between 7am-9pm and is often full. Niggles really - over all a great weekend retreat."

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