Holiday cottage, Hooe, East Sussex
"Great location for visiting Eastbourne, Hastings and beyond. Accommodation was great with everything you needed for your stay. Host was very friendly and helpful. Peaceful location with great pub within a short driving distance."
lovely place to stay
"We spent 3 nights while visiting relatives in the area. Ian was wonderful host and the accommodation was excellent. "
Smugglers Keep is a snug cottage for two, with open plan living. A cosy lounge area with flat screen TV, books on local places to visit and board games for evenings spent unwinding.
A well equipped kitchen area and a dining space to comfortably seat four, for relaxing evening meals or casual breakfasts, planning your days out.
There is a modern bathroom with bath and overhead shower and a delightful bedroom which has a feature wall, with flint discovered from the renovation. French doors open out on to your own private patio, with rural views and the chance to stroll amongst the owner's small orchard.
Smugglers Keep is nestled in an area known for its smuggling past and the 'Hooe Company' who operated from the local Red Lion Pub. The leader of the gang, James Blackman had links with the notorious 'Hawkhurst and Groombridge Gangs'. Numerous places close by were known to have been used by the smugglers to conceal their contraband, even in the table-tombs at Herstmonceux churchyard. So a stay at the cottage, is the perfect base for exploring all the history that 1066 Country has to offer. Battle is a short drive away and here you can relive the Battle of Hastings and discover the quaint tea rooms and boutique shopping, alongside the history.
Pevensey Bay is close by and the unspoilt pebble beach is an excellent spot for a stroll or summer picnic. The castle at Pevensey is worth a visit with 2/3 of its towering castle walls still standing and the chance to spot 'The Pale Lady of Pevensey' who is supposed to haunt the grounds. Pevensey is only five miles from Eastbourne and a short distance from Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour. It is one of the premier marinas in England with a lot of prestigious yachts moored there.
There is good reason why Eastbourne is known as the sunshine coast, since it attracts some of the best weather in England. Everything is within easy reach, the lower slopes of the South Downs drop down from Beachy Head on to the magnificent promenade that stretches for almost two miles to Eastbourne’s Victorian Pier. It is a town of tradition yet it has very much a modern feel with plentiful restaurants and bars. In the summer, Eastbourne comes alive with the very popular Airbourne, together with the AEGON International Tennis Tournament in Devonshire Park which attracts many of the world’s top tennis players prior to Wimbledon.
With its sheltered setting next to Beachy Head, Eastbourne also has some of the best Blue Flag beaches along the south coast. Beachy Head is a magnificent backdrop, with its dramatic chalk cliffs, lighthouse and gently undulating Downs. It is within the South Downs National Park and also marks the start of the 100 mile South Downs Way to Winchester.
East of Pevensey is Bexhill-on-Sea, which has retained the qualities of a traditional Victorian seaside town and English life at the start of the last century. Like Eastbourne it benefits from some of the best sunshine in the UK and is rightfully known as being part of the sunshine coast. It is filled with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and is possibly most famous for the De La Warr Pavilion located right on the promenade.
For those who want to visit further afield, the historic, cobbled medieval town of Rye is twenty miles away and is a great day out.
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