Kipling's Retreat & Hastings
2018 - Royal Victoria Hotel, Hastings - 5 Days (AUD0251)
This lovely holiday visits the historic maritime town of Hastings in combination with Rudyard Kipling’s favourite home and a visit to the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells – with all of our visits set within the beautiful rolling countryside of East Susses and Kent, quite rightly referred to as The Garden of England.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
3* Royal Victoria Hotel, Hastings
The Royal Victoria Hotel is situated on the seafront in the heart of St Leonards and offers affordable luxury in 50 elegant bedrooms, many of which have stunning sea views. The hotel was built in 1828 by architect James Burton and is filled with charming period features, antique furnishings and a breathtaking Grade II listed marble staircase with 22ft mirror, which leads to the welcoming Piano Lounge and Bar.
After joining the coach, we head towards our destination that will have coffee/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon.
Traditional English breakfast will be provided daily. Enjoy excursions, dinner, and entertainment at the hotel.
After breakfast, we make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards.
This cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community. Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping Town Centre in the middle and St Leonards to the west featuring the classical elegance of James Burton’s architecture and the fashionable Norman Road – recently named as the new ‘Portobello Road-on sea’ by The Times` and offering a great collection of antique shops and vintage galleries. Around the time of the Norman Conquest, Hastings was a thriving fishing and trading centre and the original port lies deep below today’s town centre. In 1287 the Great Storm hit the southern coast of England and caused the cliff and half its castle to fall into the sea, ruining its harbour. The town then moved eastward. Hastings is a Cinque Port, and up until the 16th century, with other coastal towns provided the ships and men who guarded king and country from frequent and vicious attacks in return for special privileges. This unique confederation of South East England Channel ports was the original force behind England’s maritime power.
Bateman’s House – A National Trust Property
'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer. The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman's which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of descriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells offers Kentish town and country at its best. The historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells has welcomed visitors for over 400 years. Browse among the chic independent shops of the colonnaded Pantiles and the High Street, with buzzy cafes bars, music and one-of-a-kind shops or enjoy a bite to eat or drink in one of the many fashionable bars or restaurants dotted throughout the town.
- Reserved oach travel throughout
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
- Regular evening entertainment
- Excursions include Royal Tunbridge Wells & Batemans House (home to Rudyard Kipling)
- Free time in Hastings
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Bristol Aztec West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms are available in the booking process.
£40 Single Room Supplement.Back to top