Holiday cottage, Hastings, East Sussex
"Great location friendly atmosphere very welcoming touches such as milk tea and biscuits...and high standard of facilities...would love to return soon and stay for longer"
Lovely apartment in a great location
"The location was perfect for exploring the old town area and walking down to the sea front - in a quiet road and you can just about see the sea from the lounge. The apartment was tastefully decorated in every room, with some nice rustic style wooden furniture. The lounge was very spacious with a large television. Large dining table and very comfortable dining chairs with padded seats and high backs. The kitchen was very well equipped with plenty of cups and plates etc, an excellent kettle, and a generous amount of tea and biscuits etc were provided, including a whole litre of fresh milk in the fridge. Both kitchen and bathroom had very good plumbing and efficient hot water heater. A generous amount of toiletries and cleaning equipment, and although we didn't cook a meal on this trip, there was a proper oven and a gas stove and plenty of saucepans etc and worktop space, so it would be a fine place to cook a big meal. All our communications were via email, and the staff at Amberley House Cottage Holidays were very helpful, sending useful information regarding parking, and instructions for getting the door keys from a lock box, so we didn't have to wait to be let in when we arrived. Although there was an error on our initial debit, they resolved it very swiftly, and in a most satisfactory manner. All in all, there are vastly more positives than negatives in this apartment, but there are a few things which could be changed to take it from 'very good' to 'superb' - although the bed was reasonably comfortable, with very good pillows and duvet, the mattress sagged slightly towards the middle, and the metal bed frame was rather noisy when climbing in and out. The overhead shower was wonderfully lush, with easy controls, but the shower screen didn't extend all the way across the cubicle, so the water splashes onto the floor and has to be regularly mopped during a shower to prevent a huge puddle from forming. The sofas were comfortable for sitting upright but not comfortable for reclining or snuggling in the corner."
Location and outlook very good
"A charming and enjoyable situation,lie an eyrie looking towards the sea.The flat was in good order although some what difficult to find at first as the road was not named from the high street onwards. Hastings old town is intriguing and interesting be prepared for steps and inclines.Would recommend to friends."
Super location in Hastings Old Town
"A super location in the Old Town with bakeries, restaurants and easy walking up to East and West Hill on the doorstep. There is a lovely sunny patio at the front of the apartment where we had breakfast, and the apartment was clean and comfortable. It's on a very quiet street, and the owner was very quick and courteous at responding to queries. Highly recommended."
Great break away!
"It was fine for a short break, the kitchen is very well equipped, the lounge is very spacious for an apartment and outside area has been nicely done. I would stay here again as the location is really great not far from some nice little shops and restaurants"
"Thank you for having us. Accomodation is placed very close to town, kitchen is extremely well designed and thought out, very nice to find biccies and water and milk provided for us. C;ean and comfortable accomodation in a lovely spot. Parking is a pain though - be aware if you have poor mobility - pot luck up a steep hill or running the gamut of parking wardens - we totaled ?35 in parking fees over 4 days and had to set alarms to remember to move the car every 2-4 hours. Wardens are out there every day! "
We are so glad you had a lovely stay & found Sea Valley clean, comfortable and in a lovely spot to enjoy all that Hastings Old Town has to offer. We are sorry you struggled with the parking, we did email a document explaining the parking situation and provide links to local council car parks only 5 minutes away. You can purchase a weekly parking ticket, which would have cost a lot less than daily tickets and avoided the need to keep moving the car. We do hope you will visit again.
"Perfectly located in the Old Town, this is a wonderful place to stay. It has everything you need, including a wonderful outdoor space. We had a lovey time here."
You climb the well worn steps up from the road to the front door of Sea Valley. You enter straight into the long hallway with original Georgian panelling and tasteful decor. The first door leads to the large lounge/diner with its Georgian bay window looking out to the front. Here you can catch a good glimpse of the sea in the distance, as well as the rooftops of Hastings Old Town. The dining table has been positioned in front of the window, so you can enjoy the view over breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two large leather sofas, a large TV with DVD and Bluetooth speakers so you can pair your own devices to enjoy your music.
From the lounge you have the double bedroom, tastefully decorated and cosy. Next door is the modern shower room, with walk in shower.
The hallway leads to the galley style kitchen, narrow but plenty of work surfaces if you wish to cook a big meal. One of the apartment's best features is the outside, partly covered courtyard garden. With the cliff as your backdrop, superb outside lighting, a dining area in situ, it is the perfect quirky outside dining room and with the wind in a certain direction, you occasionally hear the chanting in the tunnels behind the cliff of the smugglers tales.
Although there is no parking available outside the apartment, 300 metres up the hill past the property, there is free un- restricted parking which may be available or alternatively there are a couple of council car parks close by, where you can purchase a daily or weekly ticket for a minimal fee.
Within minutes of the thriving High Street you are spoilt for choice. The Old Town is an eclectic mix of bric a brac shops, galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants, pubs and coffee stops. 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. 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 before your visit, 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.
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