England's South Coast is renowned for its moody light, forever immortalised in Turner paintings. In Hastings, that famous light soaks both crazy golf courses and cutting-edge galleries in equal measure, with its sometimes honeyed, often stark gaze. That Hastings is a seaside town of contradictions only contributes to its allure: gritty yet charming and irrevocably artsy, with a side of eighties kitsch. It's fish and chips and fierce independence. Buckets and spades and curated boutiques. Londoners, leftists, artists, and locals intermingle just like its blend of regency and art deco architecture. And unquestionably, this town is East Sussex's new centre of gravity when it comes to creativity.
From Grade II-listed lodges to quirky boutique boltholes, this is where to stay in Hastings
The Old Rectory
1 Harold Road, Hastings TN35 5ND