Double bed and two singles + seating, with bathroom across the landing, 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, toast and light snacks. The kitchen downstairs is where to find breakfast (orange juice, yoghurt, seasonal fruit, granola, breads etc) - let us know if you would like a cooked breakfast but this does cost an 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 first 9 months 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).
The Beacon sits below St Mary's Terrace - 'the artists' quarter' - one of the sought-after residential areas in Hastings, and part of the Old Town Conservation area. We face west, benefitting from spectacular sunsets and views towards Beachy Head.
Walking is the best way to see Hastings. Park your car here on the hill (there is parking at the Beacon, down an un-made lane) and head off; all twittens and paths will lead you downhill and eventually to the seafront. Or take the West Hill lift (closes at 5.30pm though), or no 28 bus. The train station is 15 minutes walk with regular services to London, Brighton, Rye/Ashford.
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).
Judy is a great hostess... always smiling... making sure we have everything we need. Place was clean and felt like staying at home.
Judy was lovely. She greeted us at the front door and showed us everything we needed to know about the place. The Beacon is huge and the room we were in (not shown here) was perfect for one night, with your own ensuite and tea making facilities. Breakfast was also offered but we had to dash off. I really wish we could have stayed a few more nights. The bed was very comfortable and the rooms was light and airy. Great place to stay in Hastings!
This place was tailor-made for visiting Hastings & surroundings. Judy, the most flexible & compassionate hostess there is, was ever so friendly. I would choose the Beacon over an anonymous hotel room. The amenities were up-to-date. Highly recommended.
Lovely house, lovely location and lovely host....thank you Judy and Sarah. The family room was bright and spacious, and our little daughter especially liked her own "space-shuttle" bed. Nice creative touches everywhere. Always good to be surrounded by such joie de vivre. Not forgetting, good breakfast too.
My girlfriend and I stayed one night at Richard's. He has a very lovely house.
He welcomed us with a cup of tea and showed us our room - it's big and cozy!
On the evening we had a nice talk with Richard and he asked us about our trip and told us some destinations we could visit.
The next day started with a delicious and comprehensive breakfast.
We really enjoyed our stay and I can recommend Richard to everyone!
Mark and I very much enjoyed our one night stay in The Beacon's family room. Hastings' old town is wonderful, and The Beacon was the perfect place from which to explore it. The views on the short walk down the hill were beautiful, and the park at the top of the hill was a fabulous place to relax and enjoy the view. Judy is a wonderful host, who made us both feel very welcome. We enjoyed her company, eclectic accommodation, and breakfast. We would definitely stay here again if in Hastings.
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I am a painter. I have lived at the Beacon for 22 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 (phone number hidden) (Swanky Modes) and taught fashion design part-time from (phone number hidden).
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.