About this listing
A quiet retreat home on the edge of the town of Hastings (2 miles to the sea) & surrounded by woods. Park your car on Grange Road to enjoy the 10 min walk through the woods, or if you are happy to drive over bumps, park on lane by the house.
Ideal for walkers, cyclists & nature lovers, set in preservation woodland, yet within the town boundary. Discounts offered to walkers cyclists, public transport users & go-slow.
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 a lovely view of the garden and woods.
Shared kitchen with space for your food (fridge available) & to heat up your own evening meal (microwave & dishwasher).
Pianists are welcome to play the Bechstein piano. No TV. but films can be watched on TV screen in sitting room and wifi available in bedroom. Sitting room is homely & also 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 woodland, there are car-free walks right on the doorstep. Visit Grey Owl's haunts, enjoy spring flowers and birdsong. 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 from where you can catch buses to Battle, Rye, Hastings & St Leonards. Hastings has direct trainlines to London Charing Cross, London Victoria, Brighton, Gatwick & Ashford for Eurostar with easy access to Europe.
Beautiful area of vineyards, beaches (incl. a naturist one), historic coastal towns and cliffs, stained glass windows and art designed & made by Alan & other local professional artists.
Take time to relax in 5 secret spots around the garden. Our yew crescent is a favourite for morning Yoga in the sun or inside in the sitting room. We keep hens for fresh eggs at breakfast and also have 2 adorable cats. one black & one white, who are relaxing company.
Make yourselves at home in the sitting room & dining room. You can also prepare food in the kitchen in the evening if you let us know beforehand.
Welcome to sit in the garden!
Interaction with Guests
We live here & hope to create a sense of warmth to all who visit, letting our guests enjoy the ambiance & receive what you need. Fiona speaks French & German and we enjoy helping you make the most of your cultural visits.
We love walking in the woods and watching the sunset and the view to Beachy Head from the fields above the house. On a wet evening, it can be cosy to light a fire in the wood stove and enjoy a peaceful time inside.
There is space for parking outside the house, but the lane is bumpy, so if you prefer you can park on Grange Road and walk down through the woods (5 min walk). We are walkers and cyclists locally and also drive a car longer distance.
The nearest bus stop to go into town is a 10 minute walk away. The railway station is an hour's walk away.
Other Things to Note
Alan's stained glass studio is nearby for those interested in glass and art generally.
No smoking inside, but plenty of pretty spots outside & shelter under trees. As the lane gets muddy, we usually take boots off before going into the sitting room. Suggest bringing slippers & a torch if you like late night walks!
You are welcome to use the kitchen, with fridge & microwave - to make evening meals.
Fiona and Alan made us feel at home right away. Little touches, like the scones and flapjack on arrival, and the care in preparing our breakfast, are treats in themselves, and chatting to our hosts added to the experience.
The location is sublimely peaceful, with birdsong and trees all around. We walked in the woods both days and thoroughly recommend doing so.
We would certainly return.
Fiona was a very kind thoughtful and helpful host. we particularly appreciated the tea and scones she gave us on arrival. the house is in a beautiful and peaceful setting and the room was clean and comfortable.
We had a wonderful 1 night break at Fiona and Alan's calm and quiet home. Our daughter loved collecting fresh eggs and exploring the garden, and I loved sharing yoga practice with Fiona in the morning. We left relaxed, reflective and revived. Warm, welcoming hosts, a lovely room and positive energy. Very highly recommended.
My second time here in Hastings and sleeping in the middle of a natural reserve recharged my battery in full.
Fiona and his husband have been two fantastic hosts and cuddled us in all manners.
Great pleace to stay at - retreat describes it very well! Fiona and Alan are very welcoming and easy going. I loved the house, great colours and flowers in every room. I hope we will stay there again but next time a bit longer! Many thanks Fiona and Alan!
What a lovely experience! We only got to spend one night with Fiona and Alan and we definitely wish we had stayed longer. They are the most welcoming and friendly people, it's clear that they love having people around!
Our bedroom was amazing. It has a huge window with views to the garden, two beds (a king size plus a single one as there was 3 of us) and an ensuite bathroom. Alan kindly provided us with wood to start our own fire as there is also a fireplace in the bedroom. There is also a little table with a kettle and mugs, and Fiona gave us all different kinds of lovely tea.
Both Fiona and Alan have a great knowledge of the area. They even put together a folder with information in case the guests need ideas or suggestions.
We would definitely recommend anyone to stay at this lovely house and get to know Fiona and Alan! (and also Bella and Phoebe, their two cute cats!)
We had a very good time at the secret garden, in spite of the bad weather. The rom is very comfortable. Fiona is a very sensitive lady, who knows exactly what is comfortable for you. For instance, there is a green woodstove in the room. When we were there it was raining and cold. Fiona offered us wood for the stove. That turned a rainy evening in a great experience. And we have to mention the breakfast. It was a quick course in English chicken eggs. And Alan makes fantastic granola. We enjoyed every minute.
Petra and Peet
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About the Host, Fiona
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 17 years together. Our life motto: 'Walk cheerfully over the earth...' Alan's motto: 'I would rather be gardening'.