Secret garden retreat in woodland

House - Private room · St Helens Wood Rd, Hastings, TN34 2QR, United Kingdom

The Space

Parking outside the house on private road or in the driveway. Slow-walking zig-zag entrance to the house or down the steps. Our home is ideal for people who enjoy walking & exploring, in a natural quiet setting yet within the town boundary.
Super-king bed (can sleep 3!) plus a single bed, with artistic en-suite shower room: individually designed mosaic floor, Italian-tiled shower, toilet and wash basin. This large bedroom is quiet and airy, newly decorated with natural wood floors & a wood-burning stove. Excellent facilities for hanging clothes, making tea & coffee & sitting to enjoy the view.

Also a shared bathroom to enjoy a hot bath. Shared kitchen with space for your food (fridge & wooden shelf made available) & to cook your own supper (microwave, hob & oven).

Pianists are welcome to play the Bechstein piano. No TV. but radio and wifi available in bedroom. Sitting room has hi-fi, books and games. Breakfast in the dining room overlooking the garden and woods or out on the patio at tree canopy level.
Surrounded by preservation woodland, there are car-free walks right on the doorstep. You may want to bring walking boots as the lane can get muddy. 45 mins to an hour's walk, partly through the woods, into Hastings & the sea.
Within 15 mins walk are a few local shops, pub and the Conquest Hospital with a cafe, from where you can catch buses to Hastings, St Leonards, Battle, Rye & Dover. Hastings has direct trainlines to London Charing Cross, London Victoria, Brighton, Gatwick & Ashford for Eurostar with easy access to Europe.
20 mins to the historic 1066 Battle site. Vibrant arts scene includes the newly opened Jerwood Gallery and many cultural festivals, theatre and alternative cinema all year round. Beautiful area of vineyards, beaches (incl. a naturist one), historic coastal towns and cliffs, stained glass windows designed & made by Alan in churches & museum.

Take time to relax in 5 secret spots around the garden. Our yew crescent is a favourite for morning Yoga in the sun or in the garden room when it rains. We also have 2 adorable little cats. one black & one white, who are relaxing company.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: $26 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $517 /week
Monthly Price: $1636 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Thank-you Fiona and Alan, we had a really lovely stay. The house is in a gorgeous location in a very private lane surrounded by trees. The room is spacious and comfortable with a lovely view of the garden. Fiona and Alan are wonderful hosts and made us feel completely at home, and we loved interesting, quirky, old town Hastings!

    November 2013
    Response from Fiona:

    It was lovely to meet you both. Do come and visit again!

  • We cannot recommend the secret garden retreat enough. Calm, laid back and very welcoming atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Fiona and Alan were so lovely, accommodating and perfect hosts. We felt comfortable immediately. The breakfast was delicious and made with love and care. My son (4.5) wanted to know why we could not stay another night and why Fiona and Alan didn't eat breakfast with us. It was a relaxing and cool retreat from London and we would absolutely return. Highly recommended.

    July 2013
    Response from Fiona:

    We so enjoyed having a small family visit us again. Maybe you will stay another night next time?!

  • We stayed with Alan and Fiona in their lovely woodland home for two nights
    with our two year old daughter. The room was very nice, spacious and
    tastefully decorated and they were most welcoming and accommodating of our
    needs. We had a pleasant sleep and awoke to the sound of birdsong.
    Breakfast was varied with toast, cereal, fruit and pancakes, and an even
    more varied selection of teas. Our daughter loved their chickens and we all
    enjoyed the beautiful hillside gardens and winding path down to the front
    door. Alan and Fiona could not have been nicer to us and we had a really
    lovely stay. Highly recommended.

    March 2013
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University of Warwick & Stained Glass University of Swansea
self-employed artist & teacher
Fiona: happy to teach Yoga/share spiritual practices with those interested, and Alan: a stained glass artist and keen gardener. Meeting people from other cultures and developing friendships is important to us. We have been hosting & travelling in many different ways during our 15 years together. Our life motto: 'Walk cheerfully over the earth...' Alan's motto: 'I would rather be gardening'.
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