For Sale in Hastings Old Town: 6-bed House with Sea Views, Recording Studio, Sauna & Tropical Style Garden

Quick Facts


  • Rare detached property in Hastings Old Town
  • Private road a short walk from the shops and seafront
  • 6 bedrooms over 4 floors
  • Widespread views over Old Town & the sea beyond
  • Acoustically treated professional music room with lots of daylight
  • Sauna & wet room
  • Lush, tropical style garden with mature, year-round plants & trees


For Sale in Hastings Old Town: The Hermitage – A historic and architecturally unique Victorian 6-bed detached family home with professional writing / production / mix studio.


In an elevated position with sea views from all four floors, this former residence of Pre-Raphaelite poet Coventry Patmore is situated on an exclusive no-through road within a Conservation Area. The Hermitage is one of the few large detached properties in the Old Town and is set within spectacular walled, tropical-style gardens with various private seating and entertaining spaces.

The property is ideal for home-working for professionals in the fields of music, audio production, film making etc., who need occasional access to central London (approx. 2 hours by road or 1.5 hours by rail) but would prefer the relaxed and creative lifestyle of a coastal location for day-to-day living.

The single room professionally built studio is on ground floor level but benefits from plenty of light from a large quadruple-glazed window. The room is very well tuned acoustically – almost dead but not completely – and feels a very comfortable place to work whether it be writing, pre or post-production etc. The floor is already floated due to the gap beneath the room as part of the Victorian era design. The corner bass traps open to reveal storage cupboard space and there is an acoustic cloud hung above the desk area. There is both air con with heating as well as fresh air ventilation.


The Accommodation Comprises


Ground floor



Walk-in laundry cupboard

Family room/TV room

Utility room with fitted fridge/freezer, original Belfast sink, washing machine and dryer

WC/wet room leading to an authentic Finnish Sauna

Access to enclosed decked Japanese woodland garden space

Access to main garden

Garden cellar


1st Floor:


Main entrance

Sitting room with natural flame gas fire and marble mantlepiece

Professional kitchen with stainless steel units and professional cooker range

Dining room


2nd Floor:


Two double bedrooms

Bathroom with WC, bath and shower

Additional WC


3rd Floor:


Two double bedrooms

One single bedroom

Office/Bedroom 6

Large boarded loft space accessed by retractable ladder.


Further information

Even visiting the property at the beginning of winter the garden appears to be in full bloom with mature year-round palm trees and other exotic plants that have an intriguing and pleasant scent. There are multiple private outdoor seating areas for entertaining and an unusual hidden garden cellar underneath the bridge leading to the front door of the house.

Visit the garden’s own Instagram :

Hastings Old Town

Old Town Hastings is a scenic fishing village at the forefront of the UK’s coastal regeneration, located by the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.  It is characterised by a mixture of historic architecture much of it dating back to the 1500s and Regency era, and has a unique Bohemian atmosphere where actors, musicians, writers, film-makers etc. can be found living discreetly in a relaxed community.  The Old Town has a reputation for eccentricity and amazing local festivals, including Jack-in-the-Green, Bonfire Festival, Seafood Festival and many more. It has lots to offer in terms of independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants in addition to the beach and tourist attractions.

When walking down to the seafront from the house, the closest beach area known as The Stade, which has been used for beaching boats for more than a thousand years and is now home to the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in all of Europe. In front of the Stade is the Hastings Contemporary Art Gallery (formerly The Jerwood), which appears to blend in with the old fishing huts and is a cornerstone of the area’s regeneration over recent years.

A short walk along the seafront, past Hastings’ award-winning pier is St Leonards-on-Sea which offers range of cool independent art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, pop up stores etc.

The house is in a Conservation Area, but is not a listed building.

On street parking is shared between the residents of the private road and is maintained by the Residents Association.

EPC rating E.
Council Tax Band F.
Fibre broadband available.
Double glazed on ground and 4th floors. Original Victorian sash windows on 1st and 2nd floors.
Boiler and water tank new in past few years.

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