About This Listing
FIRST FLOOR one bedroom apartment in St Leonards - Hastings. Situated in Victorian (1852) Conservation Area, with views across Decimus Burton designed Warrior Square Gardens, to the sea - a five minute walk away.
A charming one bedroom first floor apartment in this historic Victorian Seaside Garden Square ............
The apartment is up two short flights of stairs from the front door and has been recently decorated throughout in tranquil colours. It is kept warm and cosy in winter, with full modern gas-fired central heating. In summer, fans are supplied, although the apartment has the advantage that it is not subject to the full glare of the midday sun.
There is a very light and airy lounge / dining room, with a full height bay window, and a large comfy chaise sofa which can convert into a good sized double bed which is off the floor. This is where the third and fourth person would sleep. There is a small extra charge of £5 per person for more than two people. This includes babies and children.
Alternatively, a single fold up Z bed can be provided on request before arrival.
A large Smart TV is wall mounted in the lounge. Cosy up to watch a film on Netflix, or catch up on those missed programmes with the BBC iPlayer. If listening to music is more your style, all the DAB radio channels can be accessed as well.
Free secure Wi-Fi throughout is included. Forgot to bring your tablet? - no problem - use the Smart TV instead for full internet access.
Four people can be seated comfortably round the oak dining table.
A well - equipped modern kitchen, from which a small balcony can be accessed, is conveniently located off the living room and overlooks the Square, and Gardens. Fold up chairs and a low level coffee table are provided so that you can soak up the afternoon sunshine from the balcony, whilst gazing down the Square and out to sea. In the kitchen there is a good range of equipment, including fridge / freezer, microwave oven, washing machine, slow cooker, vegetable steamer and plenty of saucepans and a frying pan.
The double bedroom, which has ample storage space, boasts a super king size bed, which can be arranged as two separate singles if requested prior to arrival. There is also a hairdryer, steam iron and ironing board in here. All towels and linen are provided.
The fully tiled bathroom has a rainfall shower over the bath and thermostatically controlled taps. There is an unlimited supply of hot water available.
For your protection, the building is fitted throughout with a modern, dedicated, fire detection / alarm system and the apartment is also fitted with a Carbon Monoxide gas detector alarm, which are all subjected to a routine planned inspection and maintenance programme.
You are recommended to familiarise yourselves with the Fire Safety Procedures which are posted in the main entrance foyer to the building.
A comprehensive First Aid Kit is also located in the kitchen area.
A pretty and secluded communal garden is available for the use of guests.
The apartment is suitable for children, and a cot and high chair can be requested, although you are asked to bring your own cot bedding. The entire building, including the balcony, is strictly non - smoking for your comfort and safety.
There is ample free, 24/7 unrestricted on-street parking available, both in the Square and surrounding streets, so you will never be more than a minute or two walk from the apartment, and usually much closer.
Cyclists who wish to bring bicycles are welcome to do so by arrangement. The storage area is under cover, but does involve some steps. You are recommended to use a cycle lock.
We have an optional Traditional Beach Hut which can be booked by the day at extra cost. It is a 30 minute walk, or 5 to 10 minute car ride along the seafront, and is fully equipped for day use, with stove, kettle, crockery, glasses, deckchairs and much more. Full details can be found in the apartment.
Guests have exclusive use of the whole apartment during their stay and are given their own set of keys, as well as a key to the peaceful rear garden area, so are completely free to come and go as they please.
Interaction with Guests
I live with my husband, Tony, and Monty the Terrier, in another apartment in the building, and look forward with pleasure to personally greeting guests, and helping them to get the most from their visit to this beautiful, vibrant, and exciting seaside town, by being readily available for any queries or problems that may arise, whilst respecting their privacy.
Very occasionally we may be away, in which case a simple key safe system is used, but we are still easily contactable by phone, text, e-mail or via the Airbnb posting.
Warrior Square Garden was designed and built by the famous nineteenth century architect Decimus Burton, who also designed many of London's fashionable Squares. It is the largest garden square open to the sea in Europe and marks the Eastern boundary of St Leonards on Sea, which merges into busier, more commercialised Hastings at the bottom of the road.
The St Leonards local beach - which is never crowded - has the Marine Conservation Society's highest level award for cleanliness and water quality and has just been given a Seaside award 2015 from Keep Britain Tidy. Part of the beach has life guards stationed during the summer months, making it very popular with families.
West St Leonards beach, with its colourful Beach Huts, and Bulverhythe Beach are both further to the West. They can only be accessed by foot or bicycle and although there are a few places to park the car before walking, are tranquil and uncommercialised. At low tide there is plenty of sand, and sometimes the outline of the wreck of the Amsterdam, protected by English Heritage and dating from 1749, can be seen. There is a noticeboard on the cycleway explaining the history. Bits of medieval forest, and dinasaur prints are also featured on this beach.
If you want the hustle and bustle of busy beaches, fish and chips, amusement arcades and rides, then head West to Pelham Beach which has a large car park adjacent.
Trendy St Leonards is undergoing a renaissance and has a separate less touristy and more relaxed atmosphere to Hastings, which is where you will find the amusement arcades, bucket and spade, and rock shops. Many artists, photographers and musicians have made their homes here. There are boutique shops, art galleries, antiques shops, pubs, and many independent restaurants and cafes, including the 2014 Cafe of the year - Love Cafe (closed Tues and Weds) and the 2014 Pub of the Year - The St Leonards (Open Weds to Sun). All cafes and restaurants serve fresh locally sourced food, and are within a few minutes walk from the apartment. They are open all year round, as well as the individual shops providing a full range of every day provisions. Graze, on the seafront, and Wine Shack in Kings Road, are popular wine and light bite venues. It always pays to check opening times as our slight eccentricity does extend to some odd opening hours sometimes!
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is also located in St Leonards, and can be found in Bohemia Road, a ten minutes walk from the apartment.
Walking to the west from the apartment soon brings you to historic Burton St Leonards with its beautiful Georgian architecture, much of which is now being restored. The recently restored St Leonards Gardens, is a very tranquil space and leads down to the sea behind the gracious Royal Victoria Hotel. Many carp can be seen swimming in the pond in the Gardens, to the great delight of children.
Around St Leonards, Hastings town you will find a number of town guide information stations that clearly show the main shopping / eating areas and local points of interest.
There is plenty to keep children of all ages occupied, with the gardens opposite, play equipment on the seafront, the Pirates crazy golf & adventure playground, Clambers indoor play centre and the Laser Outdoor Combat Battle Zone adventure, which are again all a short walking distance away.
Our pier is in the process of being rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010, and the new pier visitor centre on the promenade will tell you all about this amazing project. The pier is only a 10 minute walk from the apartment and will reopen in March 2016.
The Blue Reef Aquarium, Jerwood Gallery, Smugglers Caves, East and West Funicular Cliff railways, Shipwreck Centre, and Fisherman's Museum at Rock-a-Nore are all well worth visiting, especially as the latter two are free! These are all a 30 to 40 minute stroll along the promenade past the pier, or a short taxi ride away.
Summerfields Leisure Centre, a ten minute walk away, boasts a wide range of sports facilities including indoor swimming pool and fitness gyms / classes etc.
Hastings main town, with its colourful fishing boats, 1066 historic connections, castle, coastal country park and Old Town is a pleasant stroll along the promenade. The main Hastings shopping areas are all just a 15-20 minutes walk away, with Old Town a little further.
Battle Abbey, with its 1066 Battle of Hastings connections is ten minutes train ride away, or twenty minutes by car.
Hastings and St Leonards are renowned for their events throughout the year, including Mardi Gras in February, Jack in the Green in May, Fish Fest in June, St Leonards Festival / Opera and Pirates Day in July, Carnival Week in August, Coastal Currents Art and the Seafood and Wine festivals in September and Bonfire Week and the Herring Festival in October. And late November St Leonards hosts a Frost Fair as a build up to the Christmas festivities.
Details of all that is happening locally during your stay will be found in the apartment, along with a comprehensive range of tourist guides, area maps and local menus.
Should you wish to bring your car, there is a plethora of local National Trust properties to visit, including Batemans , Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens and Scotney Castle.
Public transport links are very good, with the mainline 'St Leonards Warrior Square' rail station only a five minute walk away. Trains go to either London Victoria via Gatwick Airport or to Charing Cross via Tunbridge wells and London Bridge. Eastbourne, Bexhill, Lewes and Brighton are all easily reached without changing trains, as are Rye, Ashford, Battle, Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury. France, via Eurostar, can be reached with a change at Ashford International station.
Local buses run from the bottom of Warrior
Square to all the major areas and local towns, as do many day and longer trips by coach. It is worth noting that buses go as far as Hastings Town Railway Station. The Stade and Old Town are a short walk further on. Discounted Dayrider tickets are available for unlimited daily travel within the Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea towns.
This all means that a car is not necessary, but there is plenty of free on street parking in the Square and surrounding roads, so you will never be parked more than a minute or two's walk away from the apartment.
Cyclists are well catered for, with a dedicated cycle track along the promenade and beyond to Bexhill-on-Sea. Cycle shops such as High Tides in Marine Court are on hand to mend them if necessary, or you can hire a bike if you don't want to bring your own.
Walking is a great option, with St Leonards shops and businesses only a five minute walk away, and Hastings Town a gentle half hour stroll along the lovely promenade past the famous pier. Allow a little longer to reach the Stade and Old Town Hastings.
Other Things to Note
Our apartment is on the boundary of Hastings and St Leonards, and offers the variety of both areas within easy reach.
There is a strict non - smoking policy throughout the building including the balcony. Please supervise children carefully.
Whilst we clean the apartment thoroughly between lets, you are asked to leave the property as it was. This includes washing and drying up, replacing all items where you found them, and disposing of all rubbish.
Please respect other residents in the building, especially as far as noise levels are concerned.
As part of the building fire safety procedures all belongings, including buggies, must be kept in the apartment. Any items left in communal areas are liable to be removed by the managing agents for safety reasons.
The large lounge sofa also converts into a very comfy double bed in no time for 3rd and 4th quests ............
Great flat, exactly as described. Caroline met us when we arrived and showed us around. She has lots of information about restaurants and things to do in the area. The kitchen is very well-equipped and even has olive oil, salt, pepper, etc. The TV is set up with netflix and amazon prime, which was great for watching movies in the evening. The wifi worked perfectly. Great shower, too!
The back bedroom is very quiet. It's a bit nosier if you are sleeping on the sofa bed, as it faces the street directly. (Still, nothing compared to big city noise!)
We did make it hard for our host, changing arrival times several times, but she never bothered and made sure the extra bed was in place. The apartment immediately makes you feel at home and it had everything we needed for a pleasant stay in Hastings.
L'appartement de Caroline est charmant, tel qu'il apparaît sur les photos. Il est également très bien situé à deux pas du front de mer. Toutes les informations pratiques sont rassemblées dans un carnet pour faciliter le séjour des visiteurs.
Caroline's delightful apartment was perfect for our visit, clean and comfortable ,with every necessary convenience provided.The location couldn't be better- moments from station shopping and beach in the grandeur of Warrior Square, yet peaceful , even the seagulls were just a distant murmur ! Communication was prompt and thorough from the first, and Caroline a charming host, giving us local background and suggestions as she tended the pretty sun trap garden . In fact , thoroughly recommended !
My husband Ben and I had a wonderful two-night stay at Caroline and Tony's apartment in St Leonards-on-Sea. The flat is absolutely gorgeous with high ceilings, modern and comfortable decor and beautiful big windows in the living room with views of the sea. And the bed was the comfiest we've slept on so far!
We were lucky enough to meet both Caroline and Tony and we really appreciated how flexible they were with our check-in time, as we arrived later than expected at the last minute. Caroline was a very helpful host and gave us lots of suggestions for local eateries. She also responded very quickly to our questions.
We would definitely recommend this beautiful apartment and wish we had stayed longer! Thank you both. :)
We were made to feel very welcome and everything had been done to ensure we had a enjoyable and comfortable stay. The flat was perfect and entirely as advertised. Only wish we could have stayed longer.
About the Host, Caroline
I love living in St Leonards, and look forward to welcoming guests to share our beautiful area. There are so many things to do here that it is difficult going away as you feel you are missing something. Things I can't live without are my lovely hubby, Tony, our dog Monty, and all our lovely friends. If I can tear myself away from St Leonards, we love to travel with our touring caravan, both in this country and Europe, visit our daughter, Lou in London, or our son Adrian, who is a chef. My hobbies include walking, knitting, reading, swimming, and anything else I get the chance to have a go at! As our first grandchild, Holly Beatrice, arrived late February, I now have a really exciting new favourite hobby!
Good quality wines at reasonable prices. Buy an empty bottle and have it filled from one of their barrels. When you have finished, have it refilled! Or you can just buy a bottle of wine.Kings Rd St Leonards TN37 6EA
Another new addition to St Leonards. Great wine and light bites.Kings Rd Hastings TN37
Good basic Italian Restaurant .Very informal. Good for kids. Owners are very friendly and welcoming. Five minutes walk from the apartment. Also do takeaway.Eversfield Place Saint Leonards-on-sea East Sussex County TN37 6BZ
A lovely location on the seafront. Good quality food in smart informal surroundings. Great terraced rear gardens for summer dining. Does breakfast as well. Approx 8 minutes walk from the apartment.Eversfield Place Hastings East Sussex TN37 6BY
Great new seafront wine bar venue, with light snacks available.Grand Parade Saint Leonards East Sussex TN37 6DN
Lovely sea views, great coffee and light food. Outside tables available for when the weather is fine. In typical St Leonards style, you can also get your eyes tested here!Grand Parade Saint Leonards TN37 6DN
Good Home cooked food and coffee. Open on days when Love Cafe is closed, but it is indeed Little!Norman Road Hastings East Sussex TN38 0EG
Winner - Cafe of the Year 2014. Freshly cooked food. Excellent coffee and tea. Five minute walk from apartment Rosie and Ed will give you a warm welcome. Closed Tues and Weds. Open late on Fridays.Norman Road St Leonards on Sea East Sussex TN38 0EJ
Seafront location and air conditioned. Good basic menu and quiet dining in alcoves. Draft Cobra Beers. Very attentive and friendly staff. Takeaway or delivery if required _ good food with good prices.Grand Parade St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN38 0DD
Good Italian food in seafront location. Very good coffee. Approx 10 minutes walk from apartment. Sit outside on a summers day to see the sea. Under new management and well worth a visit.Grand Parade Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0DD
The oldest pub in St Leonards. No food as next door to the excellent St Clements restaurant, so good for a drink first. Excellent Real Ales selection available. Ten minutes walk from the apartment.Mercatoria St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN38 0EB
Relaxed bistro style dining with superb local fish and meat dishes, and delicious vegetarian options. Save room for dessert. Booking advised. 10 minutes walk from apartment. Next to the Horse GroomMercatoria St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN38 0EB
Relaxed dining over looking the sea in a modern venue with views along the coast to Eastbourne. 1066 Jazz Night every Friday at 8.00pm . Friendly staff and live music every Wed and Sat evenings.Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BU
Sea Front location with Non Smoking Terrace. Very dog and kid friendly. Real Ales, good coffee, breakfast, light lunches. Only a 10 minutes walk from apartment and over looks the pier reconstruction.White Rock Hastings East Sussex TN34 1JU
Busy drinking pub with light snacks. Great quiz nights and Bingo nights! Voted Best Hastings pub for 2014.London Rd St Leonards TN37 6AN