St Benedict - A Victorian B&B

8561034845_0cf83aaf8c_b Without a doubt this is the most amazing home I've ever been lucky enough to stay in. It's probably the most amazing home I've ever set foot in to be honest. St Benedict Victorian B&B can be found in the sleepy East Sussex town of St-Leonard-on-Sea, neighbour to Hastings.  I'd been wanting to visit Hastings for ages after reading about it on both Sarah and Ellie's blogs and we decided a last-minute weekend away was just what we needed. After searching around online for somewhere to stay and giving up on any Air BnB options, I stumbled across this place and knew it was worth investigating.

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It's like stepping into a past era. I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived but I knew it was going to be amazing. I never expected it to be this good. Any pictures I'd seen online could not have prepared me for the absolute gorgeousness of the place.

St Benedicts

Owners Paul and Steven have spent the last 18 years transforming the home, which was divided into flats, back into a full house. It's clearly been a lot of hard work and  a labour of love. But the result is completely breathtaking.

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We stayed in the old nursery room  on the top floor. The antique bed is probably the comfiest I've ever slept in, with its antique hand-embroidered sheets and cosy blankets. The room also has a spectacular view of the garden with its massive pond, own chapel and summer-house.

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St Benedict Victorian B&B view

St Benedict Victorian B&B

Breakfast was served on gorgeous china and silver serving ware, all sent to the dining room via the dumb-waiter from the kitchen below.

Breakfast at St Benedict

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St Bendicts BB sink

Each room also has its own bathroom with roll top bath and Victorian style loo with wooden seat.

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I honestly can't explain in enough detail how amazing this place is. A single blog post could never do it justice. It's not stuffy like a museum but very welcoming and comfortable (although it is more amazing than most of the National Trust places I've been)! Only 1 hour 40 min or so by train from London Bridge it's an easy weekend away. Just go. I know I will be visiting again.

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More Bread & Butter

Here are some more photos taken on my recent weekend in Bruges, staying at the wonderful B&B  - Bread & Butter. You can see my last post about our weekend away here. Belgium chocolate for breakfast? Yes please! Fresh melon and peaches, cheeses, pastries, homemade museli and yoghurt was all served on gorgeous mismatched china, including Zara home, Wedgewood and hand made pottery pieces. Multigrain and rye breads were served in mini wooden boxes. A giant glass jar of homemade museli  sat at the end of table. All glowing golden in soft candlelight, it looked like it was straight from the pages of an interiors magazine. We sat down to a  gloriously beautiful feast each morning. Breakfast at my work desk is just not the same!

The resident cat was a bit shy but would sit safely on the other side of the doors to the back garden and watch us drinking our coffee through the glass.

This is unfortunately the only shot I have of the amazing vintage wallpaper that was in our loft bedroom.

I couldn't resist adding another shot of the bath tub.

We had amazing perfect blue skies.

We spent many hours getting happily lost in the winding cobbled streets along the pretty canals, fuelled by the delicious breakfast and strong coffee at the Bread & Butter.

Bread & Butter Bruges

We stayed at the most gorgeous B&B, Bread & Butter in Bruges recently. With just one bedroom in the loft of a big old house, incredible breakfasts from the lovely host Frederika, vintage wallpaper, velvet curtains and your own private 60s orange bathtub, it really doesn't get much better.

Photos by Lukulele.

This is a just a taster. I have a load more pics to post, including the vintage 60's wallpaper from the bedroom and some of the exciting things I blew my cash on during our stay.

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