airbnb

A fabulous week in East Sussex

Back in August, we enjoyed a wonderful, restorative week by the sea, exploring the East Sussex coast. I'm also extremely excited to say that we are planning to move here (to Seaford), so sea fixes will be more than an occasional treat! Hurrah! Lots of hoops to jump through, yet, though - the house buying and selling process seems to be achingly slow....wish us luck! I still can't quite believe that all this stunning scenery will be on our doorstep!

We stayed in a fabulous cabin in the South Downs, not far from Alfriston, through Airbnb. Such a peaceful spot. I challenge you not to unwind when this is your view! The cabin was full of beautiful, original artwork by its owner and had so much character. Everything was so tactile. Even though it was August, we lit the log burning stove - just because :) I can highly recommend it if you are looking for a get away from it all spot (and it's really well located for visiting lots of places too).

There's just to much to see. We had a fun day exploring Alfriston, with its picture postcard perfect church, and Lewes. I have a feeling we only scratched the surface of Lewes - I am looking forward to going back! I did manage to find a lovely fabric shop, though, and we stumbled across some really pretty public gardens. There were antique shops aplenty, but I was very restrained (feeling rather overwhelmed by "stuff" at the moment, as we sort and declutter!).

We also headed out to Seaford at the end of the day - I was desperate for my first sea fix! It was a blustery day, so the waves were rather energetic. I'm SO looking forward to this being our local view! I hope you won't get bored of these beach huts ;)

I think the highlight of our trip was the stunningly beautiful Cuckmere Haven. You can approach it from a couple of ways. One day we came across the cliff path from Seaford Head via the picturesque coastguard cottages (really epic, classic views). Another day we walked from the Seven Sisters Country Park alongside the Cuckmere and ended up on the other side of the beach. The 360 degree panoramic views really took my breath away. I think I might have overused the word "Wow" those days :) And taken far too many photographs ;)

Another beautiful spot not far from Cuckmere Haven is the Birling Gap. There is a viewing platform that affords great views of the Seven Sisters. It was another blustery day, so holding the camera still was quite a challenge! We were lucky enough to encounter some surfers, who provided a very nice point of interest and scale for the photos :) A short stroll along the cliff path and you enjoy a lovely view of Beachy Head. The cliffs drop away very steeply, so probably not good for those with a fear of heights!

One day we headed inland for a change, to Friston Forest, for a green fix. We did the "white horse view" walk then free reigned for a while. Can you spot the white horse in my photo below?

And of course we had a day in Brighton. I love this vibrant city by the sea, full of all the quirky, cool, creative, crafty, geeky, healthy stuff we could (and will!) need. Very happy that this will be close-by.

And last, but not least, we headed West to Worthing. Another beautiful beach. It was rather a grey day, though, so I busied myself taking some Blythe photos :)

Believe it or not, these are just the photo highlights! So if you would like to see more, head over to my East Sussex set on Flickr. I've also updated my Red Bubble Shop with some Blythe seaside pics and recent floral delights from Cambridge. Enjoy :)

A (very stylish) home from home

Over the years, Al and I have learnt a lot about what we like and don't like when it comes to holiday accommodation. We are definitely creatures of comfort and love the space to potter about, rather than being crammed into a room. Essential for me as a coeliac is having a kitchen so we can self-cater, otherwise it's a nightmare trying to find places to eat out all the time (and expensive!). A bath is a bonus and wifi is an absolute must!

Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca

We are huge fans of Airbnb - if you haven't come across Airbnb before it's basically a website/service where people rent out their apartments/homes/rooms all over the world and the prices are usually much cheaper than hotels, and the hosts often provide fantastic really helpful advice about the area you are staying in, etc. It works on a review based system, so both the hosts/homes and the guests get reviewed - I've found the reviews really helpful in deciding where to stay (it definitely pays to do your research). So for our big USA trip this year we decided to Airbnb it all the way and I'm pleased to report we had a fantastic experience!

First up, I thought I'd share our New York apartment in Tribeca.

Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca
Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca

The owner (host) is an art dealer, so the apartment was filled with cool, quirky art pieces. I can't say they were my taste, but they worked well in the apartment:

Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca
Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca
Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca
Our New York Airbnb apartment in Tribeca

The main living space was one big open plan area which worked really well and provided a great space to socialise in. We shared the apartment with some friends, which helped make it a bit more affordable.

We then moved on to Vermont, via a beautiful train journey to Albany, where we rented a car. We stayed in the most amazing modern Lake House, which literally was on the edge of Lake Bomoseen. It was simply stunning and such a treat.

Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont

The house had enormous windows overlooking the lake. We spent many an hour, with a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand, just staring out the window and watching the leaves gently float by. The view was simply stunning and constantly changing with the weather and the light. The house had been designed around the view and the bedroom had windows which looked through the main living space onto the lake. It was such a treat to wake up to that view.

Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont

The living area was open plan and I loved the feeling of space, and the wooden floors. The kitchen was great too and we made good use of it - we couldn't bear to leave the house when it got dark and we had got all cosy, so we cooked for ourselves every evening! The bedrooms had super comfy lovely bedding and I just adored the vintage chair in the living room - made a good home for my Blythes :)

Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont
Our gorgeous Airbnb Lake House in Vermont

We stayed in a third place too - on Mount Desert Island in Maine - but I'll save that for another post or this will never end!