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“Wonderful!”
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The Old Rectory
Ranked #1 of 47 Hastings B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
East Sussex, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

On a rather dreary afternoon it was lovely to be greeted by Mary with home-made cake containing angelica from the garden and a cup of tea. The room was wonderfully comfortable – my husband was even moved to comment on the very fine Egyptian cotton sheets – and we enjoyed having two bathrooms at our disposal, one a wet room with shower and loo, the other an airy wooden-floored room with a big roll-top bath, hand-painted trompe l'oeil panels on the walls and a view over the beautiful garden. There were little vases of fresh flowers in all the rooms and a trio of antique cut-glass bottles in the bathroom containing home-made rosewater, shampoo and body lotion.

We wandered down to the seafront for supper and after a stroll through the old town enjoyed curling up on the big sofas in one of the public rooms with brandy and whisky from the honesty bar. Breakfast the next morning was spectacularly good: freshly squeezed orange juice and an enormous choice of hot and cold dishes that included Greek yoghurt with honey, French toast with maple syrup made from their own bread, poached eggs with hollandaise, grilled cherry tomatoes with basil on toast, and various fishy things as well as sausages, bacon and etc. So far as we could tell, you could have as much as you wanted. We didn't but still had to abandon our plan to go out for lunch as we were much too full.

Our friends snorted when we said we were going for a romantic night away in Hastings but it was wonderful: the Old Rectory is simply lovely and we had fun visiting the two (free) sea front museums the next day.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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lionlinds1, Manager at The Old Rectory, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback. We really appreciate that you have taken the time to write a review for us.

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Daniel
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed for one night, booking last minute. The house is beautiful, and garden stunning. Our room was lovely and the breakfast delicious. It is generally brilliant. The place and stay can't be faulted, great owner, great house, yummy breakfast. Would highly recommend.

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

You could nt wish for a more beautiful place for a stay. The room was lovely with everything you could wish for , breakfasts are excellent with any special requests (veggie sausages ) met immediately . The garden is a lovely place to while away an afternoon if you don t want to venture any further. We ll definitely be back .

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is, as the name states, an old rectory. Hence the rooms are all large and airy, all beautifully decorated in an understated way. The walled garden at the back is a delight. Seating areas are dotted around the garden in the midst of wonderful flower beds.... bluebells, tulips, etc. I could easily spend a day sitting in the garden with a good book! Within easy walking distance are several excellent pubs and restaurants I had a superb meal at Webbe's (see separate review). The welcome was really friendly... a pot of tea and home-made cake whilst checking-in. The bedroom (Ebenezer in my case) was one of the best I've experienced.... loads of space, calmly decorated and strong (free) wi-fi.
Then, this morning, the jewel in the crown... a world-class breakfast made from home-made and/or organic ingredients. I am still drooling at the thought of it... I'll be back as soon as possible!
The Old Rectory is, for me, the making of any visit to Hastings.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

A fairly random selection as I needed somewhere in Hastings for work - what a find! Lovely rooms, real milk, home-made shortbread, great welcome and service - stuff you hope you might get in 'boutique' hotel but, these days, rarely find. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We would like to thank Shaun,Tracy Ann and all the staff who worked so hard to make our daughter and son in laws wedding such a special day.Helen and Tim were delighted how you organised the occasion.We recommend this venue for small weddings.
We found the B&B very comfortable and the breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed for just one night last Saturday and had a great stay in the Crown room which is wonderfully comfortable and uniquely decorated. Shaun and Mary made us really welcome throughout our visit. Fabulous breakfast choice..a different class to most B&B's. Can't recommend highly enough and The Old Rectory is a short 10 minute walk to Hastings Old Town with its great selection of bars, restaurants and quirky shops.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Rectory
Address: The Old Rectory Harold Road, Hastings TN35 5ND, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of Hastings historic old town, our gorgeous contemporary house and beautiful walled garden provides relaxed yet luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation. The Old Rectory was developed out of our desire to provide a truly beautiful and relaxing atmosphere to help you unwind and enjoy your stay in Hastings. A bed & breakfast for grown-ups, we aim to provide you with a warm welcome, coupled with a thoughtful and friendly service. From the use of fabulous locally sourced produce for our breakfasts, to also providing a venue to showcase the work of local artists and designers, we actively work to promote the best of everything Hastings and hope you will fall in love with it, as we did. ... more   less 
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