Eat, Explore and Experience
Only the best make the list.
Links and Recommendations
Because of its location in the Hastings Country Park, the cottage is ideal for walkers, nature lovers, bird watchers, trail runners and mountain bikers. You may not even want to move from this little haven.
The South East of England offers so much to the short or long stay visitor. 20 minutes drive from the cottage are Rye and Winchelsea, medieval citadel towns and ancient Cinque Ports full of historic and picturesque buildings. Hastings with its Jerwood Gallery is the epicentre of the cultural trail from the Turner Gallery in Margate, the De la Ware Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. In the nearby town of Battle you can see the site of the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Hastings, Rye and Battle have excellent dining options. Being food lovers ourselves we provide an information pack with our recommendations. Alternatively there are excellent fresh food options. See below who is on our list.
Walk across the Countryside
Some of the most stunning views of the south east coast can be experienced from the cliff tops. On clear days there are spectacular views overlooking the coastline from Beachy Head to Dungeness and as far afield as Folkestone and the coast of France. Enjoy over 600 acres of beautiful parkland and coast on this circular route around Hastings. Most of the park, which is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and a Local Nature Reserve. Peregrines, black redstarts and fulmars can be seen on the coastal cliffs, while Dartford warblers, stonechats and yellowhammers can be seen on the gorse covered hills.
Fishing, Sea and Waves
Find kite surfing on the beaches to the east of Camber, also a wind surfing school on the way to Rye. Boat trips available for both fishing and sightseeing from Rye Harbour.
Trail Running and Cycling
A hilly path through Hastings Country Park with great sea views. The route follows the 1066 Country Path with views across the English Channel and returning along the coast path with a challenging uphill climb.
Alternatively there is a 7km beachside traffic-free cycling route which is the perfect way to discover the extensive Hastings and St Leonards seafront – with plenty of places to shop, eat and explore along the way.
Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. Almost suspended in time, Rye’s unhurried atmosphere and enchanting streets draw visitors with their warm welcome.
Hastings Old Town and St Leonards-on-Sea are an antiques browser’s mecca. You will find everything from upmarket and quirky art galleries, antique and junk shops, unique jewellers and vintage clothing.
Castles and Estates
East Sussex and Kent have a list of famous and beautiful castles rich in history and architecture.
The historic sites range from Norman and medieval ruins to grand and spectacular estates surrounded by moats and stunning gardens.
Old Custom House
The Old Custom House is a small seafood restaurant and oyster bar, run by the team from St Clements. Their aim is to serve responsibly caught seafood and local, seasonal produce in a relaxed bar atmosphere. They have a seated dining area as well as a bar, and ample outside seating space for warmer days.
Nestled between the beach and East Hill Country Park, they serve delicious food and drink in the heart of Hastings Old Town.
This fine establishment, minutes from the sea and surrounded by miles of beautiful countryside, opened its doors in early summer 2010. It continues to sail with a fine crew servicing both locals and visitors alike. Be sure to visit The Ship’s Store, open daily, where you’ll find a butchers and food hall brimming with the best of local and continental produce.
Delicatessen selling regional, British and international artisan food. Stockists of Monmouth coffee, olives etc, Kent and Sussex Tea and the produce of the Chichester Biltong Company.
Rock-a-Nore Fisheries is a family run business which has been in Hastings for the last 30 years. They are a traditional family smokehouse offering best quality fresh and smoked fish.
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