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Hastings : Swanhouse the best B+B in town

Hastings is a trek to get to from London. To make it for a 9 am conference you have to leave at silly o’clock and the round trip each day, of 5 -6 hours, can get exhausting. Not to mention that the Hastings service isn’t the most frequent and it departs from a number of stations; Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Victoria and St Pancras, often within minutes of each other. so if you miss one train there isn’t time to get across to one of the other stations to catch another one.

A serene early evening in Hastings

If you have a hearing at Hastings courts which is listed for more than two days, my advice is stay over.

The Swan house B+B Hill Street in the old town is one of the best bed and breakfast places you’ll find anywhere. It was first recommended to me by a Children’s Guardian I was working with and I’ve not stayed anywhere else in the town since.

A quick taxi ride (for about £5) or a 10-15 minute walk along the beachfront from the court, the elegant  beamed property dates back to 1490 but has all mod cons including free wifi, it’s a minute away from the restaurants on George Street, a 5-minute walk from Jerwood Gallery, the less from the beach and is close to the steps which lead up west hill from where you can look over the old town and the sea.

The  en suite rooms offer every comfort and the owners are both wonderfully welcoming and kind. (They remember you too when you return as you inevitably will once you’ve had the Swan treatment).

The  lounge with its log fireplace and library is a delight to relax in after dinner and in the morning the delicious range of home cooked breakfasts are also served there.

 

Free parking permits are available.

www.swanhousehastings.co.uk