My husband and I (we are in our 50s) had tickets to a comedy gig in Bexhill-on-Sea last night. We left work early on Friday (we live in Greater London) and had a leisurely drive down. We had decided to spend the night in Bexhill and - based upon the recommendations here - booked a room at Arden House.
If you ever have occasion to spend a night (or longer) in Bexhill-on-Sea, you absolutely must stay here.
Our perfect experience began even before we arrived thanks to timely and friendly email communications between myself and Peter with regard to reservations, etc.
We arrived about 4.30pm and were met at the door by Peter – a most friendly, welcoming and authentic host. We unloaded the couple of things we had in the car, and Peter asked if we’d like a cup of tea. We certainly did! But instead of a quick cuppa in our room, he suggested we come back to the conservatory once we were unpacked and he’d have a cuppa waiting for us. Well, that thought was good enough for us, but once seated in the conservatory, he brought in the most charming tea tray (see photos) with homemade tea breads and a pot of perfectly brewed tea. Sigh. We knew Arden House was going to be a treat. (I have to mention here the GORGEOUS back garden you see from the conservatory! See photos.)
Previous reviews about this place being immaculate are not exaggerated at all. Now, I will admit that I am a cleanliness-obsessed traveller and not long ago we actually left a B&B in the Midlands because I was just not comfortable with the hygiene. This certainly wasn’t the case here. Everything was supremely clean, tidy, and organised. When I say clean, I mean *clean* - not just masked with good smells.
Our room (No. 4) was superb. Light and airy. Very comfortable mattress and linens. (We both slept like lambs.) Tastefully decorated. A good and varied selection of books were available. There was a digital radio on the bedside table and I thought it was an exceptionally nice touch that about half-a-dozen channels had been pre-set and the information printed onto an information sheet for you. Free wi-fi is accessible as well.
Bottled water was in the room, and tea and coffee making equipment – including a thermos of fresh milk which is of course the ultimate necessity for a true tea drinker! Wrapped biscuits were also on the dresser.
I loved the proper [wooden] clothes hangers in the wardrobe. (My pet peeve are those ‘security’ hangers that most places use.) And by the way, the clothes hangers were in an old, vintage wardrobe. This wardrobe was clean and nice-smelling but, again, not just a nice-smelling ‘mask-over’. Clean.
The ensuite bathroom was bright, roomy, sparkling and spotless. There is a beautiful curved glass shower in the corner and there was not a watermark to be found on either the taps or any of the glass – and there was a lot of glass! It was the little ‘extra’ touches at Arden House that really caught my attention, such as the excellent quality, embossed loo roll – and a small selection of reading material sitting atop the wicker clothes hamper.
After an excellent night’s sleep, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us at breakfast and we were not disappointed. The table setting was charming: fresh flowers, classic white crockery, and substantial-weight flatware that gleamed (no cheap, pressed metal knives/forks/spoons. Not a water spot on anything.
My husband had the English Breakfast; I had a bowl of porridge followed by a cheese omelette (see photos). I wish I could come up with a better word than ‘perfect’ … but perfect is what it was. Peter is an extraordinary cook. I would describe this breakfast as being made with a ‘light hand’ – nothing was over-done. The eggs, the mushrooms, the bacon, the fried bread: everything had spent precisely the right amount of time in the frying pan and came out (on warmed plates) as not only a visual feast for the eyes but for the stomach as well.
I don’t think I’ve ever had an omelette so light and fluffy. It was delicious. Oh yes … another one of those ‘extra’ touches that, to us, make a difference: No hard, cold pats of butter here; the rack of warm toast was accompanied by softened butter in its own little china pot.
Without a shadow of a doubt, we have no hesitation at all with recommending Arden House. And to Peter: You are an absolute delight – your friendliness and attention to detail is second-to-none. Thank you for what must be a tremendous, tremendous labour of love that you put into making Arden House the success that it is. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Bexhill Old Town, Arden House offers a warm welcome and relaxing ambience. The sea front with its famous De La Warr Pavilion, and the town centre are a few minutes walk. Breakfast is served in the conservatory overlooking the peaceful and mature garden. Ample street parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arden House Bed & Breakfast Bexhill Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex