Period fireplace with woodburning stove in living spaceDining space - there are enough chairs for 6 people.
St Leonard's 2 bedroom Garden Flat
St Leonard's 2 bedroom Garden Flat
6 guests
2 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bath
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Come stay in our quirky flat situated in an ample Victorian pile. Perfect for those seeking an alternative to the uniformity of hotels. We are rigorous about cleaning but this is an old building with burners so expect a bit of grit.

The space

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 can provide a travel cot if you need one 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. For example - we will never get a microwave!
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 driving. St 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.

Guest access

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

We live in London so you will have the place to yourself. Keys will be left for you to let yourself in. - 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! I can be reached by message/phone. Happy to have as much or as little contact as guests would like.

Other things to note

Our children are now grown so although we welcome small children (and indeed people of all ages ) we only have a travel cot to offer (no highchair or microwave!) and we may be out of touch the needs of tiny people! We have a small dog who comes with us when we are at the property. We also welcome dogs of guests. Please bear this in mind when booking.
Wifi is included in the price - we share it with our neighbour and at some points in the second bedroom it can be intermittent. However my husband carries out his work while we are there (as have plenty of other guests too) which involves the transfer of large files and we have never had any issues. My children also seem to happily stream films in the other room too.

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Free parking on premises

Extra people $14 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $47
Security Deposit $136
Weekly Discount: 14%
Weekend Price $115 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
4 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

• Dogs are welcome but do not leave them alone in the flat.
•Young children are welcome but ours our grown and other than having a travel cot to offer we do not specifically cater for tots!
• 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).
• Please strip the beds before you leave.
• 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 12 when you go.

Thank you


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

1 night minimum stay.
From Dec 21, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

121 Reviews

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Vicky User Profile
October 2017
Great relaxed style flat with so many interesting pieces of furniture and trickets. We had a great weekend exploring Hastings old town and the flat was the perfect base to return to via a beach side walk. Wonderful contact with host Julie.

Philip User ProfilePhilip is a superhost.
September 2017
This is simply the most delightful, homely, quiet and peace flat in a suburban area you can imagine. There is nothing pretentious about it at all; from the eclectic collection of crockery, cutlery, glasses, pictures, games and books to the wonderful log burning stove in the lounge and the "nearly ready to be used" one in the bedroom: wonderful. Hastings is hilly, but even so the flat is very well placed for easy access to the sea front and the town. Even the Old Town is only a short bus ride away. We didn't use the car all week. We really should keep this place a secret so it doesn't get spoiled and is available next time we get a chance for a break.

Alex User Profile
September 2017
Julie's apartment is great value - tons of room, feels really private - downstairs with the little garden view. Would be great for a big family with the 4 bunk beds. Lots of character - really nice having the wood burner too. The area is great - just down the hill is a strew with a bunch of lovely cafes and antique shops and the sea so all round a good pick.

Nick User Profile
September 2017
We loved the location of the flat; very close to the beach, station and nice independent shops. The decor of the flat is really interesting and our son loved sleeping in the bunk beds. The outdoor space is also nice.

Jo User Profile
August 2017
This quirkily furnished flat is ideal for vintage lovers! It is ideally situated around 5-10 minutes walk from local shops and cafes, and around 10-15 minutes walk from the sea front. It also makes a good base for exploring further afield - we visited Rye and Dungeness in the couple of days we stayed, as well as pottering around the numerous second-hand shops in both St Leonards and Hastings. Although we didn't meet Julie in person, she responded really quickly to our booking request and check-in was very straightforward. She had also left a very helpful guide in the flat, with some great restaurant recoomendations.

Warren User Profile
July 2017
We had to unfortunately cancel at short notice, Julie's attitude was extremely understanding and helpful and we won't hesitate to re book in the future

Joost User Profile
July 2017
Nice place - due to the personal touch with many little artefacts. Enough room for the five of us. Is a perfect stop between Dover and the west. The house is a little dark as it is located in the basements - no sun inside.

London, United KingdomJoined in August 2012
Julie User ProfileJulie is a superhost.

I live in central London with my family and we depend on breaks to the Sussex coast to revive our souls! We love London but we also love the outdoors so this is how we get the balance. I work for lighting and graphic designers some of the week, my family all of the week and whenever possible I write and perform my songs. Rental income from Airbnb allows me to spend less time working in an office and more time working on music!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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