About this listing
A modern, bright, spacious room with rooftop views, only a few hundred metres from Brighton beach, and in the heart of trendy Kemp Town Village. This is a great location for discovering a side of Brighton most visitors never see.
Surrounded by great cafés, bars, restaurants and an endless supply of retro furniture shops and flea markets, you may decide never to venture into the centre of town at all! If you do, though, you'll find the Pier is only a 15 minute walk (along the seafront, or through the shops) or, if the weather is bad, there's a taxi rank across the road and plenty of buses.
Your room is at the top of the building, on the third floor. It's very peaceful and benefits from great light and lovely views of Brighton rooftops. Equipped with a comfy double bed, wardrobe, table and chairs, free wifi access and plenty of storage you should have everything you need, but don't hesitate to ask if you do find you're short of anything. The bathroom is right next to your room, towels and toiletries provided.
The kitchen is downstairs (on the 2nd floor) where you can enjoy a tasty breakfast to set you up for your day in Brighton, or help yourself to a reviving cup of tea.
There's one bathroom which is shared between guests and host (ie me).
You're welcome to use the kitchen to make tea/coffee etc or keep items in the fridge. If you want to eat in, please check with me first as I use the kitchen in the evenings.
The sitting room is my personal space and not generally for guest use.
Interaction with Guests
I always try to be at home when guests arrive, to welcome you and show you around. It's not always possible though, as I work during the day but I have several lovely friends who act as my stand-ins and will meet you if I can't. I'm usually around at breakfast and guests are always more than welcome to call me at other times if there's anything I can help with.
Kemp Town Village is just east of centre but far enough to be tourist-free and have its own distinct identity. It's known for its antique and vintage shops, has some really lovely pubs and cafes, and the beach at this end of town is much quieter.
Bus numbers 1, 7 and 37 go straight into the centre (or it's a 15min walk). The 7 and 37 continue to the mainline station, and the 1 continues through Hove. Parking is not included and not recommended - it's much easier to get here by public transport - but if you do need to drive let me know - I have a limited annual number of one-day parking permits which cost £2.60 each (9am-8pm). There is also metered parking.
If you're coming from Gatwick airport, the train takes 30 minutes direct to Brighton and you can get a taxi outside the station or the 7 or 37 bus.
Other Things to Note
There are lots of stairs! The building entrance is on street level, the entrance to the flat is on the 1st floor, living spaces are on the 2nd floor and bedrooms on the 3rd. Unfortunately, it's therefore not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
The other resident is a young cat who's very friendly and curious, and sometimes a little crazy. If you don't like cats or suffer with allergies, please bear this in mind!
Absolutely no smoking - you will have to go down to street level (2 floors down) if you want to smoke.
Guests are requested not to take a shower after 11.00pm
Guests are also asked to be reasonably quiet between 11.00pm and 7.00am
Please don't leave your bedroom door AND window open at the same time.
I'm an events manager and sometime EFL teacher who enjoys urban living and being by the sea, which is why I ended up in Brighton! I'm an experienced home-swapper, couch-surfing host and homestay 'family' - when I travel myself I feel part of the fun is seeking out somewhere more 'local' to stay than a standard hotel. A few of my favourite places besides Brighton are Rome, Venice, Marrakech and Amsterdam. I love to cook, run a local book group, and cycle everywhere.