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Romantic Seaside Retreat

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Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Hastings - Potting Cottage

1 Bedroom Detached Cottage With a Private Walled Courtyard

Located near the sea front and in Hastings historic old town, Potting Cottage offers the ideal escape for a romantic weekend for two or for a longer and leisurely break. It is an early 19th century fisherman's cottage that oozes charm and cosiness. Attached at its side is a smoke house that the fishermen would use to prepare the days catch of fish. Made fully residential in the late 1970's, both the smoke house and the cottage have been recently converted into this snug hideaway for holiday makers. The conversion retains the cottages rustic character while having been transformed into a special and stylish holiday home experience.

As the cottage is situated on a twittern (footpath) and is in the heart of the Old Town there is no dedicated parking, there are however pay and display car parks with a 5 to 10 minute walk and once you are in the Old Town everything is within walking distance and strolling around is the best way to enjoy the sites of the many medieval Old Town buildings.


From the moment you enter, you will set your eyes upon the living room's centre piece the original early 19th century stone fire place newly restored and equipped with a with a wood burning stove. The room has solid wooden floors a new sofa bed and an antique armchair. There is a 32" LCD TV with built in DVD and Freeview. The living room also contains an antique wooden dining table that seats four. Accessed by patio doors, is a small private courtyard which can be lit by fairy lights, the courtyard is equipped with a portable barbeque and four chairs and table.

Located in the lower part of the old smoke house, the kitchen is compact and equipped for all needs containing a four ring ceramic hob cooker, washing machine, dish washer, fridge with ice box and microwave. There is also a kettle, toaster and stove top espresso maker. The kitchen has a supply of spices, herbs, oil & vinegar, tea, coffee and sugar.

On the first floor you will discover the atmospheric bedroom with a vaulted ceiling from which hangs a vintage chandelier. The room contains a small built in cupboard and a TV, DVD and Freeview. the comfortable king size bed can be easily detached into two single beds. From the bedroom you have access to the bathroom, which was converted from the top part of the smoke house. Here you will find a walk in shower, toilet, basin, mirrored bathroom cabinet containing a shaver point and heated towel rail.

The cottage is ideally suited for one or two adults as it contains one bedroom with en suite bathroom. However the main bed can be divided into two single beds if required or there is option of using the sofa bed downstairs. Please note that although the cottage is on two floors the general layout is open plan and the only access to the bathroom is through the bedroom. We can not accept more than two guests per booking. We are happy to have up to two small house trained dogs stay, we provide a roll out bed and food and water bowls. Towels and bedsheets are provided. we also provide beach towels for in the warmer months. The cottage has free WiFi. There is a picnic hamper and a portable barbeque left for you to take out on days to the beach or the East Hill country park.

Do also be aware that as this is a coastal town there is naturally a noticeable population of sea gulls and sometimes they can be noisy.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Helen Perks
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016

About Helen Perks

We moved to Hastings from North London in 2011. We have spent the past year renovating Potting Cottage and enjoying our new life by the sea.

Helen Perks purchased this house in 2012

Why Helen Perks chose Rother

Like many people we came to visit Hastings and fell in love with it's relaxed seaside pace, but also the vibrant feel of the Old Town.. The pace of life may be relaxed but that doesn't mean it isn't fun!

What makes this house unique

The moment we walked into Potting Cottage, long before it was renovated, we knew that it had a character that was all its own. The quirky fireplace ahead of you, the vaulted ceiling as you walk upstairs. In an instant you know you have walked into something special.


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Romantic Seaside Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Aylesford, Kent

Very Alluring Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful place to spend a few nights!

This cottage is perfect for any couples wanting a quiet short break, and I cannot fault the owners whatsoever. When I arrived, the cottage was spotless with fresh towels and bedding. I was also greeted with fresh eggs, a loaf of bread and bottle of juice, Thank you!

No need to bring or buy any essential odds and ends such as dish washing tablets, cooking oil etc, as the owners provide plenty for you stay. I regret going food shopping to an out of town supermarket, as there is a bakery next door and a deli shop.

They have a reasonably large range of foods you can buy, so if a next time comes, I won’t be going out of town for food. However, this could be expensive if you eat a substantial amount of food.

There are also plenty of restaurants in the old town of Hastings if you do not feel like cooking at home.

In addition, the cottage really is very beautiful with lots of original features. If you are taller than some people, you might want to be careful or you might bump your head a few times! Also, the ceiling lamp above the dining table is a bit too low for my liking. I bumped my head on it a few times when getting off my seat, so the lamp could be lifted a little bit higher.

Lastly, the little court yard is very nice in evenings and can be used for a little BBQ feast. In spite of that, maybe a small roll out canopy could be as a future improvement, as Hastings being a coastal town; the rain can come and go quick.

I enjoyed my stay here with my partner and I would love to visit again on a long weekend break. Thank you for everything and best wishes for the future!


  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect little holiday cottage.

This cottage really was a good find, location was great and the cottage clearly had been carefully thought out with many quality fixtures and fittings.

Perfect in every way

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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lovely cottage in a prime location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage location perfect

Very clean and well equipped

Would definitely stay again

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Traumhaftes Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Das wunderschöne und sehr geschmackvoll renovierte Fischerhäuschen erfüllt alle Anforderungen an eine moderne Unterkunft ohne den historischen Charme einzubüßen. Der liebevolle Willkommensgruß von Helen und Marc ließ mich gleich heimisch fühlen und das Ferienhaus wurde für drei Monate mein Zuhause. Die Lage in der Old Town von Hastings und nur zwei Gehminuten vom Strand entfernt ist ein perfekter Ausgangspunkt, um Hastings zu entdecken. Besonders bemerkenswert sind das extrem bequeme Bett und die gemütliche Einrichtung inklusive Kamin. Die Gastgeber sind sehr herzlich und hilfsbereit. Ich werde gerne wiederkommen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
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Potting Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Alle unsere Erwartungen wurden erfüllt und übertroffen , ein bisschen versteckt und zum Parkplatz ein bisschen zu laufen, aber wir haben jeden Gang über den West-Hill genossen. Sehr empfehlenswert !

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hastings, East Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
low season winter
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas NY 2017/18
18 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

There is an extra charge of £30.00 for bookings of more than 2 people to cover laundry costs, and £25.00 for pets to cover extra cleaning, water and food bowls are provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hastings in East Sussex

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is situated in the top part of the old smoke house so has very tall ceilings which has a skylight window, so even on a cloudy day the room is flooded with natural light. There is a illuminated bathroom cabinet with a shaver point. There is a heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The bed can also be made up as two single beds.
  • The bedroom is on the first floor and is light and airy with a decorative mezzanine above the bed. The windows have plantation shutters to give a lovely diffused light. There is a TV and DVD player in the bedroom as well as a small built in wardrobe, in which you will find an iron and ironing board.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing

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