The Old Rectory

Hastings, Sussex

An elegant B&B with delightful design throughout – climb the hill for cliff-top walks or follow the lanes down to the beach


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 - 4


This is one of those lovely places where everything hits the spot: friendly owners, beautiful interiors, delicious breakfasts, a great position at the top of the old town, with lanes winding down to the sea. As for this Georgian rectory, it sits in the shadow of its church and comes with a delightful garden, a great spot for drinks in summer. Interiors are pristine: hand-printed wallpapers, painted wood floors, busts and sculpture to add colour and flair. Rooms at the front flood with light, an open fire waits in the sitting room, as does an honesty bar. Much is the work of Lionel Copley, once design director for Katharine Hamnett. Bedrooms are hard to fault: crisp linen on smart beds, sumptuous fabrics and old style radiators, robes in beautiful bathrooms. A couple have claw-foot baths, one has a tromp l’oeil mural in its bathroom. Breakfast is a feast: home-baked bread, mixed fruit smoothies, house sausages and home-cured bacon. Cliff walks, sandy beaches and the excellent Jerwood Gallery wait as does a castle built by William the Conqueror. Excellent restaurants are on your doorstep. A treat.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
2 weeks in January, 1 week at Christmas.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from £110
Singles from £90.
6 Doubles
From £110
1 Twin/double
From £155
1 Suite for 4
From £190


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tracey-Anne Cook & Helen Styles

  • Looking for hidden treasures?Why not explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, with its charming mix of antique, vintage and independent shops, restaurants and cafes.
  • Wander along Rockanore with its iconic tall black net shops, built for the harbours fishermen to traditionally dry their nets. Home, also to the Jerwood Gallery, which houses a fabulous permanent collection of 20th and 21st century British art.
  • Climb aboard Britains steepest funicular railway, which ascends up to the Country Park and its breathetaking views of the East Sussex and the south coast.
  • Stroll along the prom, stop and play crazy golf where the world champions fight for the trophy each year, ride the caterpillar at the funfair or spend a 'penny' to win a fortune at one of the amusement arcades.
  • With the historic properties of Battle Abbey, Bodiam Castle, Charleston and Rudyard Kiplings family home of Batemans amongst many others all a short drive away, there is a wealth of things to do if you want to spend a day exploring East Sussex.
  • The World famous gardens of Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Pashley Manor are wonderful to explore and for those who like a glass or two, why not try the award winning vineyards of Sedlescombe, Carr Taylor and Chapel Down, which are also nearby.