About This Listing
Spacious flat with 2 bedrooms. It's close to shops, beach and train station. Quirky & comfy it has woodburners & sleeps 6 (in proper beds). It's perfect for families but the master bedroom makes it great for couples, too with or without a car!
Welcome to our retreat in St Leonard's. Our place reflects the eclectic nature of St Leonard's very well, beautiful if a little run down in places. It is in a large, rambling Victorian house, but has its own charm and we have made sure it is cosy.
You have an entire 2 bedroom flat at your disposal with its own private entrance.The master room has a double bed and the second room has 2 bunk beds sleeping 4 singles, so the flat can accommodate 6 in total without compromise. We also have a travel cot available if you need one (though not a high chair). All bedding is pure cotton and the towels are good quality too. The rooms are furnished with retro pieces and knick knacks which we have picked up in the local area providing plenty of character throughout. To the rear is a private terrace, for evening BBQs or you can drink tea (or G&T) in the sunny front garden. There is a wood burning stove in the lounge and another stove which takes smokeless fuel in the rear room, so this is a cosy retreat all year round. We are continuing to work on the interiors and have plans for the kitchen which we have not been able to realise yet. We also respond to feedback - so if there is anything guests think can improve the experience we will act on that as soon as we reasonably can. We can now even boast a recently refurbished bathroom. However this is our holiday home too so the suggestion would have to be something we like! We don't currently have wifi but you can rent it form our neighbour.
The flat is a 7 minute walk from St Leonard's Warrior Square station (which has a direct line to London) and a 7 minute downhill stroll to the beach (you can see the sea from the front gate). There is also free on-street parking right outside if coming by (website hidden) Leonard's is renowned for it's artists, artisans and quirky shops full of vintage and retro fare, antiques, haberdashery, art galleries, cafes........ all of these are a short walk from the flat. Don't forget to stop off at the Saint Leonard on London Road for a drink and bar snack (dogs and children welcome) or visit St Leonard's oldest pub, the Horse and Groom (known locally as the Doom and Gloom, but don't let that put you off) for a more traditional pub experience. Along the seafront is Hastings and a little further is the Old Town with its bustling vintage shops and fishing huts, cafes, restaurants and the newly opened Jerwood Gallery.
Year round there is plenty to do: Springtime walks through the bluebell woods at Battle or Brede.
Beach in the summer.
Every September Hastings hosts "Coastal Currents' a festival of visual arts that infiltrates most cafes, shops and galleries as well as less likely sites such as the seafront - anything is possible.
The Seafood Festival is also held mid-September every year.
October - Hasting's has its own Bonfire night (a procession, a giant bonfire and firework finale).
Autumnal walks in Hastings Country Park (amazing cliff top views across the channel).
If the blustery walks are not for you there are plenty of shops cafes and amusements to retreat to as well as galleries, including the Jerwood Hastings and De La Warr Pavillion Bexhill.
We like to be as flexible as possible about checking in and out times, but if guests are checking out the same day you arrive then check in will be after 3pm. If guests are checking in the same day you are checking out then check out will be by 11am.
Please note that for most of the year the minimum stay is 2 nights. However, during the summer holidays the minimum stay is 1 week, and at other peak times we do give preference to longer stays. Though if at short notice the apartment is still available we will consider shorter bookings.
We do not have wifi ourselves, but if you have need our neighbours are happy to rent you theirs for a small charge (£10 for the weekend and £15 for 3 nights or more, £20 for a week or more). The charge is payable directly to them.
We live in London so will arrange keys to be left for you in the keysafe - this takes the pressure off arrivals as you do not have to get there at a specific time to meet someone. However, if you do prefer, we are blessed with lovely neighbours who will be happy to show you the ropes, just let me know and I'll arrange it. I am contactable throughout and happy to offer advice or tips!
St Leonard's itself is a rough diamond - it is full of beautiful Regency and Victorian buildings - many looking ravaged by time but just as many being restored to glory. Artists and artisans have made their homes here so the town has a rich mix of creatives, locals and some abandoned souls. Our house is near the top of a hill and what we like about this area is the scale of the houses and the streets - it is all very sumptuous, though neglected in places. We love that we can see the sea from our front gate and that we can walk easily to the station, the shops and the beach. And we looove the range of shops and galleries that are just down the road from us selling all kinds of handmade, craft and retro (website hidden) Leonard's / Hastings is of a walkable scale. We do often walk along the seafront to the main town or the Old Town - though with young children this might be challenging. There are lots of buses (though you will need to buy a pass or it gets pricy), the taxi's are reasonably priced and so is the parking. Parking is free on the street outside our place. The station is very close by and can take you to Hastings and Rye in one direction or Bexhill, Eastbourne and Brighton in the other.
We have a small dog who comes with us when we are at the property (she stays in the kitchen and main space, not the bedrooms). We also welcome dogs of guests. Please bear this in mind when booking if you have allergies.
You have your own private entrance, front garden and rear terrace (complete with BBQ, table, chairs). You'll find a supply of wood for the stove, space outside front door (undercover) for dirty wellies and free parking on the street.
Interaction with Guests
You will have the place to yourself - keys will be left for you to let yourself in. I am contactable throughout by message/phone. Happy to have as much or as little contact as guests would like.
• Dogs are welcome but do not leave them alone in the flat.
• No smoking! There is plenty of space outdoors for this.
• When you leave please put out rubbish and recycling in the bins down the hill (except glass which we will recycle - but please rinse your empties).
• if you use extra bedding please wash it yourselves where possible or let me know (my cleaner charges me extra for more washing which I may need to charge on to you!).
• Turn the thermostat back down to 13 when you go.
We have just got back from our first airbnb stay and we are hooked. The flat was homely and cosy in a fun retro style. Communication with Julie was straightforward and efficient and the suggestions in the visitors manual useful. We drove to the flat and parking was easy but didn't use our car after that. We loved St Leonard's, the independent shops and lovely cafes.
We did not see Julie, but the contact and handling over of the keys was easy and we were in contact during the stay. It's a really cosy house, we felt really at home. Everything what you need is there.
The double bed is of a rather small size, so if you are very tall, it's beter to sleep in the other room.
Thank you Julie the pleasant stay!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in St Leonard's on Sea. Communication with Julie ahead of our visit was friendly and efficient. The flat was well equipped and handy for the train station in Warrior Square. I'd thoroughly recommend a meal at St Clements and a visit to the De La Warr pavilion.
Julie's place was most welcoming and felt like a home from home as soon as we stepped in. It was spacious and clean and the home decor had an overall stylish feel about it. Everything in the flat felt like it had been hand picked and thought about, and you had a sense of the adventures this family had been on. We wanted to do home cooking whilst we were there and were glad to find things like salt, pepper and dried herbs in the cupboard, which made it much easier to make food away from home. Everything had been thought about and we were not lacking in anything. It was great being so close to the sea and it was a treat to come home when the spring evening chill set in, and make a fire in the living room. A delightful weekend overall.
Our family enjoyed its stay at Julie's house, the place is great with its unique decor. The house has a warm welcoming wow, a true home from home! The bonus is how it accommodated our entire family of 6 people! We would definitely recommend to others, especially large families
We had a lovely weekend break at Julie's with plenty of fireside suppers and blustery beach walks. Hastings and St Leonards were charming and with plenty to do. The Jerwood and The East Hill Lift funicular up to the country park were a perfect sunny day out - we also managed to see some live music as part of the Fat Tuesday festival too which was great.
Julie was speedy to respond to my questions and her profile suggestions of places to visit and eat etc were thorough and helpful.
The flat was well equipped and excellently located. Great little place.
About the Host, Julie
I live in central London with my family and we depend on breaks to the the Sussex coast to revive our souls! I love London and I love the outdoors. Our youngest especially loves the outdoors (and animals) so this is how we get the balance. I work for graphic designers some of the week, my family all of the week and whenever possible I write songs. You will have our flat to yourselves - myself or our lovely neighbours will help you settle in, but once in, that's it, the place is yours! We hope you love it as much as we do.
Lovely flower/plant shop if you need to buy a gift (or treat yourself!).
Our nearest station with trains direct to London.
Good for basic provisions - open late.
Fabulous traditional pub. Warm atmosphere, reasonable prices.
Patron Chef Nick Hales (The Ivy / Caprice restaurants in London) sources meat and fish locally to produce a Michelin-acclaimed men(phone number hidden)355.
Good for basic provisions.
Traditional English breakfasts, crepes, sandwiches and cakes, hot lunches and beach boxes. Menus cater for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegan diets. Child and dog friendly. Open Fri eves for dinner.
The serve great coffee and breakfasts. They also have a sunny little outdoor courtyard for outside eating on fair weather days.
Vintage clothing....lots of of it, in a very small shop.
Cute museum where you can learn about the history of Hastings (but not the battle) with changing temporary exhibitions in the art gallery. Always something new to see, worth a visit and it is free.
You couldn't tell from the outside but it is a warm, lively bar that pays good attention to serving drinks properly in a unique atmosphere. A good range of bar snacks Children and dogs welcome.
This is a great spot - when the sun is out there is no better place to order a drink or coffee. They serve food all day: breakfast /lunch / evening meal. They also welcome children and dogs.
Closest superstore selling just about everything!
For rainy days and the films you have to see.
Perfect for families. Decent food, reasonably priced with good service.
There is not much left of it now so not so much too see but this is where Norman the Conqueror built his first castle.
Excellent home made burgers served in a retro environment.
Great bar also serving food - DJs in the evening. It is always buzzing here.
Serves a traditional roast on a Sunday. And don't be fooled, the restaurant is bigger than it looks!
All organic baking from the founder of Green and Blacks chocolate. Fresh bread, cakes and snacks such as sausage rolls and pasties, all made with good ingredients.
Vintage clothing and cosmetic jewellery as well as unique lampshades and other bits and pieces.
Children and dogs welcome this pub has the warm and welcoming atmosphere of an old fashioned inn. The food is great or you can just stop for a drink after a walk on Hastings Country Park.
Hastings own culture spot. This is not free-entry unfortunately.
Famous fish and chip restaurant used by the fisherman too who come here for breakfast. Only serving lunch until 3pm. So popular you have to book(phone number hidden)24 430205
Charming stables in superb hill-top location. Happy horses, friendly staff and reasonably priced lessons or private ride(phone number hidden)416
A famously restored Art Deco Pavillion. It always has an interesting exhibition (or 2) on plus that essential cafe with a view across the sea. Free admission.
The site of the famous Battle of Hastings.