The Tudor House Hastings
To close shutters at night, sleep tucked-up in an oak box-bed, and to bathe in a metal tub, are all out-of-this-world, yet part of your daily experiences at our Tudor house. This is a totally unique home and one of the most atmospheric Grade II Listed Tudor buildings in England. Simply furnished, candle lit and with log fires, it provides the perfect retreat for those in search of a house that is different to anything they have ever experienced before. Here you can unwind and draw fresh inspiration from around you, in an exclusive unforgettable environment that is totally yours for your stay. With just a three-minute walk to the beach and Hastings’ fishing fleet, the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in the UK, with its handsome old net huts and daily catch, you also have the gift of the sea on your doorstep.
The house underwent an extensive restoration program from 2006 – 2011, when it was taken back to how it may have looked when first built. Every surface and internal fixture has been sympathetically restored - yet the evolution of the house has been kept intact. This recent restoration has allowed it to breathe, and without the inherent falsehood of deliberately re-creating a Tudor past, the rooms have been humbly furnished to reflect the character of the house. A fresh, magical environment has been created, quite unlike conventional restored interiors, and the interior has been featured in many leading magazines and newspapers, as well as on televison, including the BBC 6 O’Clock News.
There is also a beautiful, secluded back yard, enclosed by a tall fence made from reclaimed groyne oak planking. In summer this turns into a leafy enclave of giant gunnera, hogweed and ferns. The further attraction here is the outdoor hot shower, which provides the fun of bathing privately outside, amongst the jungle-like foliage. This is a one-off home, offering a one-off experience. We look forward to welcoming you.
We provide the experience of staying in a unique home that is all yours, with some of the additional luxuries and bespoke service you might get from a favourite hotel. This allows you to be free from household chores and the worry of working out how all and everything operates; giving you more time to simply soak in days of complete escape and in a one-off and beautifully curated setting. To this end, the house is staffed discreetly, with beds made and a breakfast prepared each morning. Come the evening, candles and fires are lit for you, and a home-cooked supper is served in the intimate cellar dining room – and all at times that suit. The home is then closed up for the night, when all guests are safely tucked up in their cosy box-beds. In a nutshell, our aim is to give you the complete Tudor house experience, tailor-made and magical. A time out of life as you know it.
The house sleeps 4 people between two rooms - one double and one twin. The twin bedroom holds two double box-beds - which provide extra privacy - and it has its own adjoining bathroom. The double bedroom holds one double box bed, and has a bathtub and sink in the room, with an adjoining en-suite water closet.
A chilled bottle of champagne to welcome your arrival
Complimentary drinks cupboard (please let us know your preferences)
Breakfast and supper
Housekeeping service each morning and night
We can also provide
Driver with car and tailor-made tours
A fish cookery class
A seafood lunch at Alastair Hendy’s restaurant at A G Hendy & Co
Rates & booking
Prices start from £400 per person for 3 nights – with a 4 person occupancy.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements and our fees.
Please see our terms & conditions
Make a booking enquiry
Location & Contact Details
What should I bring?
Bring walking boots or sturdy shoes for the beach, a camera is strongly recommended, and your swim gear in summer.
More questions answered
There is no wifi
There is no television
Dogs are welcome (please see our terms & conditions)
On street free parking is available about 300 metres from the house
Hastings railway station is a five minute taxi ride away
The house is centrally heated and logs for the fires are provided all year round
Heating and hot water are included
There is no washing machine, but there is a launderette nearby
The corner shop nearby stocks everyday essentials
The house is not suitable for children under the age of 15 years
More about the home
Due to the rambling nature of the house, there is no disabled access, and for those not so nimble on their toes, please be warned there are steep and sometimes awkward stairs to be climbed. The house is timber-framed with lath and horsehair plaster walls, and this means that noises can travel, floors sometimes slope, and some eaves are low. Communal areas include a reading room, sitting room, a living kitchen, kitchen, and pantry dining room; and, in summer a small leafy yard for outdoor cooking, eating and sundowners – including an all-weather outdoor hot shower. The kitchen is simply equipped with the basics, a gas cooker and fridge, and does not hold electrical goods beyond a kettle and toaster. Some of the equipment such as the gas cooker is old, specially sourced to compliment the house, so may not be as efficient as it once was when new – and there is no grill. Please do call us if you need more clarification.
The house comprises:
Outdoor hot & cold shower
Two reception rooms
Cellar dining room
With its eclectic mix of antique and junk shops, art galleries, secondhand bookshops and wealth of Tudor and Georgian architecture, Hastings is the perfect place for a holiday – and all set by the sea. Take the funicular railway to the top of the East Hill and take in the ocean views, the fisherman’s beach and its unique net huts. Visit the Fisherman’s Museum, The Jerwood art gallery, Smugglers Caves and the ruins of William The Conqueror’s medieval castle. St Leonards-on-Sea with its 19th century architecture is a half-mile walk away along the promenade; and Battle is a 15 minute car ride inland, where you can explore the Abbey and the 1066 Battle Of Hastings battlefield.
Hastings special events
Hastings not only oozes with history, it also has its own unique style – personified in a series of special weekend events that take place each year. You may wish to book your stay to coincide with one of these. They are very popular weekends, so please contact us to check availability, earlier rather than later, if deciding upon one of these.
Jack In The Green
First weekend of May
Out comes the green face-paint, giants, wicker-men, antler headdresses, ravens and pre-Raphaelite tresses of hair entwined with flowers and green leaves – and Jack: part man, part bush, and accompanied by his equally leafy escorts, the Bogies, and Black Sal, his be-flowered consort. Hastings loves dressing up, and this May bank holiday procession accompanied by drums and violins puts on an extraordinary pagan spectacle. The four-day event, steeped in folklore, celebrates the coming of spring and attracts Morris dancers from all over the country, culminating in a ceremony called the slaying of the Jack - so to release the spirit of the summer. In the 16th and 17th centuries people made garlands of flowers and leaves for May Day celebrations and the tradition developed until people cloaked themselves in foliage. Chimney boys cloaked in grass were nicknamed "Jack in the Green".
The Victorians frowned upon such drunken revelry and the celebration eventually died out but, in 1983, the Mad Jacks Morris Dancers revived Jack. For the symbolic slaying of the Jack, everyone gathers for a picnic on the lawns beside the ruins of 1066 William The Conqueror’s ruined castle. The procession passes the Tudor house front door, and you can join in the feasting and revelry up at the castle, weather permitting.
Old Town Carnival Week
First week of August
Open gardens, exhibitions and events, and much dressing up, with a pram race thrown in midweek; carnival in Hastings Old Town offers more mad seaside charm and spans two weekends, and includes a variety, often dark, Old Town walks, from “Graveyards at Sunset’ and ‘Twilight Smugglers Walk’, to ‘Foyle’s Walk’ - the TV drama Foyles War was filmed in Hastings Old Town – and, but of course, ghost walks.
Third weekend in September
Cups of fisherman’s soup with toast; deep-fried sprats with lemon; potted shrimps and brown bread; oysters; fried plaice rolls; devilled crab in the half-shell; and grilled razor clams are some of the favourites at this event – and all are just a three-minute walk from our house. This two-day festival showcases the catch of the local fishing industry and offers cooked seafood from stalls gathered on The Stade alongside the Jerwood Gallery and fisherman’s net sheds.
Weekend mid October
This is Hastings finest. It’s as if the ghost ships of the Armada have finally landed, delivering a tattered, war-torn, sea faring army of the undead into the dimly lit flickering streets of the Old Town. The dramatic night starts with the Hastings Runners, who ascend the East Hill and light the beacon at the top: a metal basket stacked with wood atop a tall pole; a historic warning system, which alerted coastal dwellings of attacks from the sea. The Spanish Armada of 1588 prompted the erection of twenty six beacons along this coastline, and others inland to alert London, and all were pressed once again into service during the threat of Napoleonic invasion of 1803. Once the beacon is lit, the drums begin, and with the smell of tar on the wind, 21st century Hastings is hurled into the centuries of its history, succumbing to a dark and magical night. A flaming torch-led procession passes through Hastings Old Town, culminating in a bonfire on the beach with fireworks exploding over the sea. Led by Hastings Borough Bonfire Society, not only does it uphold the Sussex tradition of celebrating the thwarting of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of November 5th 1605, but also celebrates 1066, The Battle Of Hastings. William The Conqueror’s ships landed right here. Drumming, marching, sinister costumes and burning torches take over the smoke filled streets, and then come the Black Bogies, pulling pitch and oil flaming fire carts, bringing up the rear. It is close to being in a medieval movie-set, and the amazing long parade of pagan magic drums past the Tudor house front door.