Double bed (5ft) plus mezzanine with 2 single mattresses placed together - for those nimble enough to climb up to it. Bathroom and another separate loo across the landing. Situated in late Victorian former school on top of the West Hill (Jack-in-the-Green!) above Hastings Old Town. A busy, creative place, lived in and run by Judy, her sister and daughter.
There's nothing like the Beacon in Hastings (or anywhere else probably); an acre of countryside within a town, with plenty of space to sit and relax - and in which to have breakfast if the weather allows. There are artists studios in the un-manicured style gardens, and frequent drawing, painting and yoga sessions indoors.
The Old Town, with the Jerwood Gallery, fishing beach, pubs and eateries, is 5 minutes walk over the hill (uphill on the way back!) and the Country Park (miles of glorious walks) starts just 12 minutes walk away. The West Hill - the Castle and panoramic views of the English Channel - is at the top of our lane.
This room is on the main floor where there is also a kitchenette for making tea/coffee. The kitchen downstairs is where to find breakfast ( yoghurt, seasonal fruit, homemade granola, breads etc) - let us know if you would like a cooked breakfast (extra £5 per person). Sole use of shower and bathroom across the landing (ie not en-suite), with extra separate loo. There are often events, art activities, yoga classes downstairs, some free some need to be paid for. See website for details or ask me when you book.
Interaction with guests
I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world during the 3 years of being an Airbnb host.
I am available, though often on a mission, to chat or to tell you about the house history or things of interest locally. My room is on the same floor as this room. I have a friendly labrador, but her company for you is optional, not compulsary (ie I can keep her from you).
Other things to note
The Beacon is often described as 'bohemian', and is much-loved for its unique position and ambience, and for the friendly welcome we offer our guests and visitors.
Behave as you would like visitors to in your own home. We don't smoke, but its OK in the garden for visitors. We are friendly, relaxed - but also fairly quiet (or we think we are).
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I am a fashion designer again after being a painter since I moved to Hastings. I have lived at the Beacon for 24 years, moving from London with my family who have since left home...... and moved back again in my daughter's case (she's an artist too). I was co-owner of a fashion business (with 3 other ladies) in Camden Town (Swanky Modes) from the early seventies, closing in the early nineties and taught fashion design part-time all through my career.
I LOVE living in Hastings - the walks, the sea and the people; I felt immediately at home here.
The Beacon is a family home (my sister, also an artist, lives here too) where we make creative things happen - painting and drawing, yoga, supper talks, exhibitions, music. Its full-on sometimes running a large busy house with an acre of garden but its an enjoyable way to live.
We now do Sunday lunches and open our bar on Thursday evenings, since becoming licensed premises late in 2015.
You are very welcome to view the new styles for REAL Clothes for REAL Women during your stay - or to make an appointment to visit some other time.