Just arrived back from another stay at The New England Guesthouse in Eastbourne. I booked Room 1 which is the largest and highest room in the guesthouse and I stayed with my three children. It was just as relaxing as our first stay in May 2013, except we had one day of rain in May and complete sunshine in August! The rooms are well looked after and clean with lovely touches of a fresh sea side decor. There are so many things to enjoy about this place; the immaculate rooms, Steve and Phil's hospitality, the wonderful breakfast which is served fresh with so much choice, the view from the window of the blue sea etc.
It was really sunny throughout our three night stay and we enjoyed spending time on the beach which is a short walk across the Royal Parade and through the small pleasent Pavilion Gardens.
I recommend eating at the Soveign Harbour which is a bus ride away on the '99 wave'; there are many choices of restaurants there, such as the Harvester, Simply Italian,Thai Marina (very expensive) Ganges Indian Restaurant and Pablos Mediterranian Restaurant (the last two I have yet to try). You can also take a 30 minute harbour boat tour around the harbour which is very entertaining and enjoyable.
Another place to eat is the Beach Deck near Treasure Island; you sit on a decking area overlooking the beach. Please do take a cardie though as the sea air in the early evening can get a little cooler! You can also opt to eat inside. For lunch you can eat almost anywhere in Eastbourne; there's such a great choice of restaurants, fish and chip places, cafe's and hotels servicing lunch or afternoon tea.; even sandwiches on the beach from M&S or sainsburys (from the Arndale Shopping Centre on Terminus Road).
We also took a bus ride on the special vintage '110 bus' which sadly ended this week as it was only running this summer, celebrating 110 years of buses in Eastbourne. We also liked the Dotto Train which you can take either to the foot of Beachy Head from the Pier or the opposite direction to the Soveign Harbour ( or you can do both trips). The open top red sightseeing bus was good fun, taking passengers up to the top of Beachy Head with an interesting commentry on the history of Eastbourne.
Overall we throughly enjoyed staying at The New England and judging by the number of guests (from Europe and the UK) so does everyone else! Even if all the rooms are full we never felt that the guesthouse was overcrowded. Breakfast times was fine as Steve and Phil had set individual tables for each room and showed us our own table, which had a nice view! Everyone was very friendly and you find yourself chatting to regular guests about what you did yesterday!
We recommend this guesthouse as a lovely place to stay while visiting Eastbourne and other places in East Sussex. My children and I will definitely be back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The New England! Conveniently located on Eastbourne Seafront and only 15 minutes walk from the Peer, we are a family run Guest Accommodation with a contemporary US East Coast maritime feel. Take in the views from our ocean front Dining Room and relax in our comfortable Guest Lounge. Enjoy our renowned Full English breakfasts and choose from our extensive buffet, including freshly prepared fruit salads and home made compote. All our rooms are en-suite and are either doubles or large family rooms, with comfortable mattresses and luxury linen. All have flat screen TV with FreeView digital channels and include Tea and Coffee making facilities. Wifi is free and available throughout the property. Please contact us by phone or email for best available options. Come stay with us and we will endeavour to make your stay memorable! ... more less
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