About this listing
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).
at sunset, looking south. Alternative layout of room on request with 2 single beds plus double on mezzanine.
The Beacon is a really lovely and friendly environment. It is a place where things are going on: when we were there a party was being set up the on the Saturday, artists have studios, there are interesting people around. But it was also very peaceful.
It is a lovely place and I really hope that next time we are in Hastings we can stay there.
The breakfast was really delicious- the garden is a fab place to sit- a real haven.
Judy is a very accommodating host. Beautiful big garden, perfect for sunny breakfasts :). It was amazing break for us as we just needed to get out of Brighton and just to be somewhere quiet. Amazing green trees and grassy areas around, perfect for walks. We were very pleased to find this place! We found it really last minute and Judy's responses were really quick, so it was really easy to arrange our break. Thank you Judy :)
Very unique place to sleep.
It is not a normal household. It was more like a place various artists gather and host family lives upstairs.
Room was spacious and clean.
Overall very good.
We had a fab stay at the beacon last weekend. The room was perfect and the loft bed was amazing! The kids loved it. The whole place was just our 'cup of tea' and judy was a fantastic host. Hope to return in the future. Thank you x
"Do you know Fawlty Towers?" Judy asked when we arrived. And this is maybe the best way to present this atypical and charming B&B. It's not like the others, that's for sure. The Beacon is a historically loaded place and Judy created an episode of her own in the history of the Beacon. Besides that, it is perfectly situated (walking distance to the old city center of Hastings, the railway station and the sea), the room has a view on the sea and is nicely decorated… Judy has great recommendations what to do. And breakfast in the garden is really enjoyable (self made granola was definitely a plus). We'll definitely try to come back!
Walking into Judy's house felt like entering the house of an old friend. The house has a very warm and homely atmosphere and Judy greeted us with the kind offer of tea, which as weary travellers was just what we needed. For the next couple of days we enjoyed Judy's hospitality and the comfort of the room and the absolutely beautiful view outside the bedroom window. We had lovely fresh fruit and breakfast in the garden, often accompanied by Judy's very sweet dog Bonnie. We were in and out a lot but every time we returned to the Beacon we were happy come back to a welcoming room and quiet space. The house, The Beacon, has a wonderful history, and it seems to have a very vibrant and interesting life of its own today. It was a pleasure to stay there and we hope to return there very soon.
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About the Host, Judy
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.