When I was a student (back in the day when we had student grants rather than student loans), I would work on farms during the long summer holidays, harvesting sugar beet in the blazing heat, or stand for hours on a bone-shaking trailer as it rumbled over the dry clods of the potato fields whilst we riddled out all the rotten potatoes that travelled along a moving conveyor belt. My friend and I would save all the money we earned to pay off our termly overdrafts and if there was anything left over at the end we'd plan a few days' holiday. These were no exotic holidays, more likely we would pitch a leaky tent on a sand dune and and share a bottle of cider whilst we took shelter from summer storms. It was on one such rainy afternoon that we packed up our sodden tent and booked ourselves into in a B&B near Sizewell B nuclear power station. Oh, the heady joys of my student years.
The bed and breakfast we found on that rainy summer's day appeared to be founded on the basis of deterring guests from ever returning. A faded brown sign on a chain admitting that there were vacancies, hung in the bay window of the Edwardian seafront villa. We lugged our wet tent and rucksacks up stone steps and waited in the rain until the front door was opened by a woman whose expression was as bleak as the weather we were trying to escape. Wordlessly she led us through a warren of brown corridors and showed us into a sunless room with a sash window that looked out through a dingy net curtain onto a dun brick wall.
If you wanted a treat in those days you went to an Hotel. A bed and breakfast was a place that you stopped at overnight for convenience.
Our room had fleshy pink anaglypta wallpaper and a faded rose coloured candlewick bedspread over a single woollen blanket beneath which were bri-nylon sheets that gave little electric shocks when you turned over in the night. There was a sink in the bedroom but the shared bathroom was back down the long corridor. It boasted a primrose yellow bathroom suite with an unsavoury looking toilet mat and a bath mat which bore the damp embedded footprints of the previous bather. There was an electric bar heater above the door for winter use and as it was summer there was some heavily laden fly-paper twirling in front of the window.
Breakfast the next morning was early and awkward. We sat at our own little table and shared the dining room with an elderly couple who were ponderously getting through the food on their plates. Nobody spoke. We ordered the full English which was filling but unpleasant; bacon, sausage and a fried egg that looked as if it had all been boiled, with a tinned tomato and a couple of triangles of cold white toast and margarine on the side. Feeling full but slightly squeamish we beat a hasty retreat from that memorable B&B, never to return again.
Happily, staying at a Bed and Breakfast in 2019 is a usually treat to look forward to. You can expect creature comforts in the bedrooms: fresh Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, lovely toiletries, coffee and tea making facilities, a 'fridge to chill your wine in, and a breakfast to really enjoy. The main difference between a B&B and an hotel is the personal touch. All B&Bs are unique and it is the homeliness of them that makes them special.
Here at Starnash Farmhouse we really love meeting our guests. Over a cup of tea we'll happily help you make plans to get the the most from your stay. There really is so much to do in this part of the country that people often say to us that they wish they had booked to stay longer, and often our guests return to do the things that they couldn't fit in on their first visit. The sea, the South Downs National Park, the vibrant towns of Brighton, Lewes and Hastings are all within easy reach. Culture and Nature are equally accessible. There are wonderful places to eat and drink nearby and there is so much to do come rain or shine any day of the year.
So, we are celebrating National B&B Week from 18th-24th March 2019 with a giveaway of two nights for the price of one.
We really hope you'll be one of the lucky few to take advantage of this special offer and we promise we'll do our best to make sure that you have a lovely time. You can choose to stay in one of our cosy en-suite bedrooms, or in our shepherd's hut.
Please contact us directly to make your booking:
We would love to know if you've made your booking with us for two nights this time because of our National B&B Week offer, so please do let us know.
We look forward to seeing you in March.