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Travel Tips: Victoriana Plus, Burma afloat and Madresfield

Travel | By Annabel Sampson

History buffs who visit Hastings, East Sussex, to commemorate 1066 and all that, often fail to stay the night. They are missing an opportunity. For, up the hill to the west of Central Hastings, is St Leonards-on-Sea. There stands St Benedict, a bed and breakfast, built in 1881, meticulously done up in late-Victorian style. All hail Victoriana! Rich, ruby-red furnishings, paired with bold, patterned prints, are set off  against stained glass. Stay in ‘Nanny Hawkins’ (the nanny from Brideshead Revisited, incidentally), ‘The Colonel’s Room’ or ‘The Old Nursery’: three double bedrooms adorned with religious trinkets, velvet drapery and porcelain cherubs. Come springtime, sip your morning tea from Victorian china beneath the golden rain tree (it looks like yellow wisteria) in the sprawling back garden. Or, on colder days, dine by a roaring fire beneath an ornamental chandelier and have food brought up via the dumb waiter. Those who favour the...

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