Our woodland retreat is a place to renew creativity and rest. Great area for woodland walks right on the doorstep, yet within a short bus ride to the sea and town of Hastings. In winter you can see the sea from your window.
Free parking on lane.
A warm, south-facing house with central heating and wood stove in the kitchen, set in a large garden with lovely views & surrounded by community-owned woodland. Parking outside the house on private road or in the driveway.Double bed in artist's attic room overlooking garden & woodland, with double opening dormer window. Space for hanging clothes. Cosy corner with bookshelves full of art & gardening books next to sofa. Space for an extra small bed if necessary. If you are more than 2 people plus a child, you can also book our ground floor room downstairs through our other listing.
Shared bathroom & kitchen downstairs. Space available for you to store your food (fridge & shelf next to the kitchen table available) for you to do your own cooking (microwave, hob & oven).
In the sitting room are a varied selection of books, music (hi-fi) & games. DVDs available to watch. Pianists welcome to play the Bechstein piano. Breakfast in the dining room, overlooking the garden & woods or outside when fine weather.
Surrounded by preservation woodland, there are car-free walks right on the doorstep. You may want to bring walking boots as it can get muddy. Forty-five minutes to an hour's walk partly through the woods into the town of Hastings.
Within 15 mins walk are a few local shops & a pub.
Hastings has direct trainlines to London Charing Cross, London Victoria, Gatwick, Brighton & Ashford for Eurostar with easy access to Europe.
20 mins drive to the historic 1066 Battle site. Vibrant arts scene includes the newly opened Jerwood Gallery and many cultural festivals, theatre & alternative cinema all year round.
To visit nearby: vineyards, beaches (incl. a naturist one), historic coastal towns & 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 if it rains. We also have 2 adorable little cats, one black & one white, who are relaxing company.
Guest access: Upstairs bedroom, shared bathroom, living/dining room, kitchen, garden. Off limits: Our bedroom, the other listing's bedroom and en-suite shower room & Fiona's study.
Interaction with Guests
We live here & hope to create a sense of warmth to all who visit, letting our guests enjoy the ambiance here & receive what they need.
It's set in community-owned preservation woods - a touch of wild nature within the town boundary. Great for peace & quiet, walking & relaxing.
You can visit the area where Grey Owl used to roam, walk down into the town and visit stained glass windows which Alan made locally in public places.
Train & bus accessible. 10 mins walk to the nearest bus stop. Free parking right outside the house.
Direct train line to Gatwick Airport, about an hour away.
Key in safe by front door, so you can come & go as you please during the day.
You are welcome to use the kitchen to cook your own supper (fridge & microwave available)
The lane through the woods leading to the house can get muddy.. We usually take our shoes off when going into the sitting room.
No smoking in the house please, but plenty of lovely spots outside.
Nice and quite place to stay. The room is comfort and the breakfast is good. They are thinking in details and arranging everything well for their guests. We enjoy our stay for more than a week in Hastings.
Fiona and Alan were kind and hospitable hosts. We especially enjoyed the view from the breakfast room window (amazing woods all around) the coddled (fresh laid) eggs and the lovely luxury muesl and fruit. We were late arriving but Alan generously made us a tray of tea. Liked the powerful shower too!
We had a wonderful time. Fiona is both fun and a great listener and it was lovely to spend time with her, Alan and another guest. Their home is a beautiful eyrie in the woods, you are enclosed by green when you look out the window. We also enjoyed the stained glass, the garden, the hens and getting to know the two cats! Would love to visit again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a great welcome and Fiona even walked us through the woods to our friends party to ensure we didnt get lost. The house is in a fab spot right on the edge of a beautiful wood.
Breakfast was great, we particularly liked the coddled eggs- a new one on us.
I would highly recommend staying there.
If you want to stay in a homely, peaceful place with a lovely couple this is the place for you a great setting with parking, and beautiful walks. Just the right place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle but also have access for Hastings.
Meeting Fiona and Alan has been absolutely wonderful! The warm welcome I received, the beautiful house and its surroundings, the adorable cats Bella and Phoebe: everything was just absolutely amazing to experience. I felt at home immediately and their house just breathes peace and warmth. It was wonderful to play the piano that's there in the large hallway, the room was spacious and very relaxing and Fiona has been so wonderful to take me out to the centre for a great, great evening with live music and meeting nice people! I would highly recommend staying at Fiona and Alan's place, because they truly are very kind and caring, and very much interested in other people. The sense of humour was wonderful too! I hope to return soon again!
What a gorgeous weekend and what fantastic hosts!
From pick-up at the station to superb dinner prepared using home grown herbs and delicious fresh bantam eggs / smoked fish breakfast the following morning, everything was brilliant. Even lovely Bella (their gorgeous cat!) makes you feel very welcome! The room provided was super (thanks for the yummy tea!) and we spent ages sitting at the window taking in the serene view and doing some impromptu bird-watching!
Their lovely house in the woods is a great getaway from London for those looking for some nature based R&R away from the big city.And thanks to our hosts' clear directions we easily walked into Hasting's Old Town after breakfast and on to a scenic ramble along the cliffs in the country park, soaking in the sunshine.
Hope they will have us back!
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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'.