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The Fisherman's Rest

Hastings, Sussex (Ref. 943185)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Great cottage, great location and a great holiday."

    Parking information: 24 hour Parking is now £9.50 Maximum stay in the Bourne car park is 2 hours (?) however with a permit you can stay longer. Weekly permit is now £35. Not obtainable form Tourist Information near the Hastings Station. Only Council Offices on seafront. I parked my car in Rock a Nore car park and this was fine with a permit. Almost impossible to park unrestricted else where.

    We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the feedback. Re the parking, we will ensure those details are updated ASAP. Simon and Lin. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JennyApr 2022

  • "Brilliant cottage, furnished with thought and flair."

    Great welcome pack ie wine! Good to be in touch with you AND the owners. We were fine with the parking but some people might not want the extra hassle of unloading/taking cases down steps to cottage. Maybe the 2 flights of steep stairs inside the cottage should be stressed a bit more. We're 69 and 73 and managed fine but some people might not. We just enjoyed the sense of history in the house and the brilliant location.

    Reviewed by PamelaMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely week and totally fell for the many charms of Hastings Old Town."

    The cottage is extremely cosy and warm. Our teen daughters loved the mini arm chair nook in their room. It was a joy to wake up every morning to the sound of sea birds and walk to Judges Bakery for croissants. We joined in Park Run (actually in St Leonards), took part in a Valentines event at the Electric Palace and dined at Boulevard Books and Maggie's (all highly recommended). We also did a long hike to Winchelsea and a shorter one to Alexandra Park. Also loved the Old Town shops, especially the vintage clothes. We came by train and certainly had no need of a car - the little shop at the bottom of the hill kept us in basic groceries along with M&S by the train station. Recommend booking ahead for The Crown which looks lovely but was fully booked for our stay.

    Reviewed by LeonieFeb 2022

  • "A wonderful cosy warm cottage in a perfect location."

    It was very clean, had everything you would need for a weeks holiday, the double bed was very comfortable. The log burner made for a perfect end to the day during our November stay. Would recommend for a family (2 adults 2 children) rather than 2 adult couples as it is cosy. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2021

  • "All description and directions very clear and accurate."

    Clean cottage and welcoming touches. Good contact with the owner.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "Parking is about the only thing we found a little awkward."

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2021

  • "Door height to main bedroom very low which we were aware of when booking."

    As hubby is 6ft3 it took 4 bumps of the head before he learned to duck down. It would be ideal if the bedroom door could be changed to be like the bathroom door. This would not take from the quaintness and homely feeling of the property. We loved our stay and appreciated the gift and starter pack when we arrived.

    Reviewed by BernadetteJun 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent; quirky, cosy and old fashioned, but with excellent modern facilities."

    Just a short walk up the (steep!) hill from the old town and the beaches. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by TristanAug 2020

  • "Absolutely glorious week at The Fisherman’s Rest."

    Couldn’t wish for more in a cottage - regarding style, comfort, facilities and location. From the Dawn Chorus of seagulls to walking back up the hill after cocktails at The Crown, this was a truly memorable break. Bought scallops at the Net Huts, and ate them on the patio with a cold glass of white. And felt perfectly safe and relaxed as we ease out of Lockdown. The English staycation at its best. Thank you Simon and Lin, thank you Hastings! I’ll be back. X

    Reviewed by HayleyJul 2020

  • "We loved our stay at Fishermans Rest in Hastings."

    Its location in the heart of the old town is perfect and the views from the third floor were great. Our two children loved it. The court yard is ideal to sit out and is very quiet and private. The cottage had everything we needed and we hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2020

  • "Owners were very friendly and accommodating - all via email and text."

    Four page info sheet sent before arrival and it was very informative. Happy to recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2019

  • "The fisherman's rest was a lovely place to have as a base in Hastings."

    Tastefully fitted out and cosy it was very well equipped in terms of both furnishings and equipment. The owners made contact before we went with a comprehensive information pack about the cottage as well as other practicalities such as parking. The fisherman's rest is ideally located for exploring the old town and buying fresh fish from the numerous stalls by the harbour.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2019

  • "Fisherman's Rest is a wonderful cottage, well kitted out with lots of thoughtful touches."

    It is quiet, warm and cosy with a lovely wood burning stove, perfect for winter evenings! The location is excellent, nestled on the east hill side of the old town, a short distance from excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants. Just down the road are steps leading down to the beach or up to the coastal cliff-top walk. The owners were really responsive to our requests and on hand for any help or information. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by DarenDec 2018

  • "A problem I have had with lettings via Sykes Cottages in the past consists with the owner being based hundreds of miles from the property and not having a local agent available to help with queries."

    None of this applies to The Fisherman's Rest. Simon Greenfield, the owner, lives locally and made himself available to my wife and myself in order to explain the idiosyncracies of the local television reception and, more importantly, to sort out problems we were having with the heating. Our arrival coincided with the coldest weekend for many months. One of the most abiding memories of the stay consists of being able to walk back, up the hill, from the local pub, The Crown, with vision largely unencumbered by street lighting and thus able to see the stars in a pitch black sky.

    Reviewed by GlennOct 2018

  • "Fishermans cottage is a lovely holiday home, very comfortable for 2 people, good location, but if you struggle with steps and hilly streets it might not be for you."

    We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2018

  • "A very charmoimg character cottage which makes on feel at home immediately."

    Beautifully furnished with many creative and quirky details to boot, and all the appliances and practical facilities in perfect working order. To top it all, a superb view of the West Hill with the sunrise lighting it up very morning. Cottage in perfect location for walks in the olld town, along the fishing harbour, up the East Hill to the country park. A quiet and beautiful part of the old town. I don't think we have ever stayed in a holiday place so beautiful and inviting. The owners had thoughtfully provided a trug with bread, wine, crisps, and butter and milk in the fridge. What a welcoming place!

    Reviewed by UlrikeMay 2018

  • "The good cheer of my hosts and the generosity, beauty and precision of all that ..."

    The good cheer of my hosts and the generosity, beauty and precision of all that was provided made Fisherman's Rest an exceptional place to stay,

    Reviewed by ShirleyApr 2018

  • "The cottage is lovely- really cosy with everything you need, including an open fire and just a short walk to the sea."

    We will definitely be back ☺☺☺

    Reviewed by VivienApr 2018

  • "This is a wonderful cottage."

    Beautifully sited on the very edge of town with a great walk behind and old Hastings before. Generously appointed and well maintained. Loved it. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by WendyMar 2018

  • "We had a great break at this cottage."

    Lovely place very cosy and perfect for a visit to Hastings. Owners had made sure we had everything to make our stay very comfortable.

    Reviewed by MaryFeb 2018

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at The Fishermans Rest."

    Very beautiful little cottage and well equipped. We loved the cosy feel of it. And the location is perfect for exploring Hastings Old Town. We'll be back for sure!!

    Reviewed by UffeJul 2017

  • "The Fishers Rest was enchanting, Full of old worlde charm and just about the right amount of mod."

    cons. The welcome pack was much appreciated. Very comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

    Reviewed by PamelaJun 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage in a fantastic location."

    Great holiday.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2017

  • "Fisherman's Rest is ideally situated in the old town of Hastings , a short stroll to everywhere you want to be."

    Very well equipped, lovely cottage, quirky and rustic character. Beautifully clean. Nature reserve just out back- in fact spotted a bushy-tailed fox having a stroll on a night. Seagulls are well- behaved too. After a long days travel, Simon picked us up from the station. Thoroughly felt at home. Highly recommended. Will certainly return, good memories. Hastings is well worth the visit

    Reviewed by ChristianMar 2017

  • "This cottage was perfectly situated right in the heart of the old town of Hastings."

    It was cosy and just great for my mother and her friend last week. They both loved it's charming quirky layout ( mum had to be a little careful with the stairs - she's 77!) but overall had a wonderful time. I would thoroughly recommend it in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by DFeb 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x second floor twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate on request
  • Load/unload outside cottage only
  • Free roadside parking available outside property from 8pm to 9am (not available 9am to 8pm), plus free roadside parking all day between 6 to 8 minutes? walk away
  • Parking in council owned car park approx 4 mins walk away, prices are £9 for 24 hours
  • Weekly season tickets for the council car parks are available for £30 and can be purchased from the council offices at Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place,TN34 3UY Courtyard patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Due to age and period of the property there are some uneven floors, low doorways, sloping ceilings and steep, narrow stairs in the cottage, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: The cottage is accessed from the front or rear via several stone steps
  • Note: Access to the patio is via 6 stone steps.

The property

This fabulous Grade ll listed cottage sits in a prime position right in the heart of Hastings Old Town.

Oozing character both inside and out, this beautiful cottage is one of just a few that has the Hastings Country Park to one side and steps and twittens leading to fishing huts and welcoming pubs serving excellent meals on the other.

Access to this lovely cottage is down stone steps, and is well worth the descent.

Open the door and you will fall in love with The Fisherman's Rest as soon as you step inside.

Warm and welcoming the cosy sitting room has a woodburner and ample comfy seating for everyone to enjoy time together, whatever time of year you holiday on this part of the Sussex coast.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and here you can prepare fish caught daily and sold from huts on the beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the cottage door.

Gather around the table and enjoy scrumptious meals accompanied with a bottle or two of wine from one of the three wineries that this part of the county can boast of.

On a summer evening why not dine alfresco in the courtyard garden, lit by soft lighting to enhance the air of romance?

After a day exploring this historic and amazing part of Sussex you can climb the stairs and settle down for a well-earned sleep in one of the two charming bedrooms, after a long hot shower.

The quaint, quirky cottage is perfect for a romantic weekend with somebody special in your life, but also has so much to offer a family looking for somewhere central where they can have a traditional, seaside holiday with funfairs and crazy golf just moments away.

Alternatively, perhaps you are someone who's idea of the perfect holiday is eating out in a different restaurant every night of the week, with so many varied cuisines to sample you may have to stay for longer!

Ideally placed, comfortably furnished, with stunning views, this is a holiday home that comes top of the list.

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About the location


Battle 6 miles; Rye 12 miles.

The large historic town of Hastings offers a great mix of interesting places to visit, and is comprised of three parts, joined by the promenade. On one side is the Old Town, with narrow streets or 'twittens', attractive houses, Shipwreck and Fisherman's museums, wonderful tall black net huts, a fresh fish market, seafood restaurants and cafés. In the middle there is a contemporary shopping centre and on the other side is St Leonards on Sea with its fashionable Norman Road with antique and vintage shops, art galleries, examples of Burton's architecture (of Kew Gardens and London Zoo fame), Marine Court Art Deco flats designed in the shape of the HMS Queen Mary, and the remains of the Amsterdam, which is visible at low tide at Bulverhythe. West Hill in Hastings is home to the Smugglers Adventure and Pelham Beach, and East Hill offers the Hastings Country Park, 660 acres of ancient woodlands, grasslands and heathlands crossing five miles over cliffs and rugged terrain, plus East Hill can also be reached by taking the 'lift', the steepest funicular railway in Britain. Whilst exploring Hastings, visit The Stade and watch fishermen land their catch, plus why not take a trip to Blue Reef Aquarium and the remains of Hastings Castle? Pevensey Castle, dating from the 4th century, and the first Norman Church are twelve miles away. Further afield enjoy the NT properties of Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle, the cinque port of Rye, the abbey at Battle or the beach and dunes at Camber Sands.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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