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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Old Rectory Hotel Hastings