About this listing
FIRST FLOOR one bedroom apartment in St Leonards - Hastings. Quietly situated in Victorian (1852) Decimus Burton designed Warrior Square, with side Sea and Garden views from the lounge window and balcony. 300m from seafront. Free on street parking.
A charming one bedroom first floor apartment in this historic Victorian Seaside Garden Square ............
One Bedroom - Super Kingsize bed or twin bed option.
Lounge/diner - with double sofabed - up to two extra guests at small extra charge.
Cot/High Chair/ single folding bed on request for child. Children UNDER TWO YEARS are free unless any of these are requested.
Beach Hut - supplement payable.
Free (secure) WiFi
Free 24/7 on-street parking
The apartment is quietly situated in a sheltered location, a very short distance up the road from the entrance to Warrior Square Gardens. It 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 giving side Sea views, and a large comfy chaise sofa which can convert into a double bed.
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. Forgotten to bring your tablet? - no problem - use the Smart TV instead for full internet access.
The oak dining table seats four people comfortably.
A well - equipped modern kitchen, from which a small balcony can be accessed, is conveniently located off the living room and overlooks the Square, just above the 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 diagonally across the Gardens 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.
Children are welcome. A cot ( in the bedroom) and high chair can be provided by arrangement for a baby up to three years in age, or a folding bed for an older child, again by request at time of booking. Children under two are free of charge unless the cot or highchair are requested, in which case they should be booked as an extra person. Aged two and older, they need to be booked as extra people.
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 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, 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 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 east to Seaside Award 2015 winning Pelham Beach which has a large car park close by.
Adjoining St Leonards is undergoing a renaissance and has a separate, less touristy and more relaxed atmosphere to Hastings which has amusement arcades, bucket and spade, and rock shops. Many artists, photographers, writers and musicians have made their homes in St Leonards. 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 Grand, on the seafront, and Wine Shed in Kings Road, are popular wine and light bite venues, as is the Beach Bistro and Bar, on the seafront which is at the bottom of the Square and also serves breakfast. Newly opened in Marine Court, and already popular, is gourmet burger bar, Half Man Half Burger.
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 Regency architecture, much of which is now being renovated. 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 small 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.
Our pier is in the process of being rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010. Display boards 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.
Clambers indoor play centre in White Rock Gardens opposite the Pier is popular with our younger visitors.
Summerfields Leisure Centre, a ten minute walk away, boasts a wide range of sports facilities including indoor swimming pools 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 reached in around 35 minutes.
The apartment makes a good base for touring as there are lots of interesting places to visit in the area. The Hastings Country Park offers walks and fine coastal views.
Battle Abbey, with its 1066 Battle of Hastings connections is ten minutes train ride away, or twenty minutes by car.
Picturesque Rye can be reached by train or car in half an hour or so. Camber, with its lovely beaches and sand dunes is about 45 mins by car.
Bexhill , with the De La Warr Pavilion, and Eastbourne, with the Towner Art Gallery, are easily reached by train within 30 mins, whilst Brighton, with its Pavilion, is an hour away.
Tunbridge Wells, with its famous Pantiles, can be reached within 45 mins by train or an hour by car.
London is reached by train in around 1 hour 40 minutes.
Dover (Castle and White Cliffs Experience) , and Canterbury, are both around 1 hour 30 minutes drive away.
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 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. In 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' railway 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 , well placed to travel anywhere in the area.
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.
Die Unterkunft ist äußerst gemütlich, gut gelegen und ruhig. Es ist alles vorhanden, was man braucht ( und noch mehr) und die Gastgeber sind wunerbar.
Caroline gave us a lovely warm welcome which is great when you are tired from a long day and are not thinking clearly. Caroline's flat was absolutley lovely and there wasn't anything that you could think of that hadn't been provided. The flat was spoltless and there was a wealth of information provided. The flat also contained one of the most comfortable beds that we have ever slept on.
We met Tony to collect the keys, a little earlier than arranged as Caroline had very helpfully notified us that morning that the apartment was ready early. He made us feel very welcome and took the time to show us around the apartment, which was exactly as described -- spotlessly clean, beautifully maintained and fully equipped with everything we might need for our stay, including very thoughtful extras such as milk, orange juice, croissants and jam for the next morning's breakfast. Gigantic and fabulously comfortable bed, high ceilings, huge windows. Free Wifi and Netflix were much appreciated by our two boys, 14 and 11. The Warrior Square location is really convenient, -- we were able to walk to Hastings in 20 minutes along the sea front (and on another day, along the beach itself), although there is no need to leave St. Leonards as there are plenty of interesting shops and cafes to explore in the town, plus a very beautiful park, St. Leonards Gardens. We had a fantastic breakfast at Smith's and post-lunch cakes at the Love Cafe and lovely pizza at Forte's -sssss- we would have investigated more options if we'd had more time but only there for two nights. We'll be back!
L'appartement est conforme aux photos, bien situé, fonctionnel et propre.
La région est agréable lorsque la météo est clémente.
Caroline met us personally and guided us in the flat. This very nice flat was furnished in a nice way, the kitchen was fully equipped, and Caroline provided us with bread, juice etc for the first breakfast!
There were also lots of material about the surroundings including bars, restaurants and more.
In total: A very nice host and a nice flat with stylish furnishings.
We had a fantastic time at this lovely sea side apartment, spotlessly clean both in the apartment, hallways and garden. Welcome pack of tea coffee and, milk and croissants we're every much appreciated. It's a great location, just a couple of minute walk (with young children!) to the beach, shops, cafés etc and even the station.
Hosts were a pleasure to great to deal with, and would highly recommend staying here if you're in the area.
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!