There’s nothing I love more than to find a home away from home whilst traveling. You just can’t beat that comforting feeling of walking into a place and feeling at ease straight away. I’ve been to some hotels in which I’ve felt a little uncomfortable. Cupboards empty, dirt around the skirting boards, hard cold floor etc. But we’re lucky in the sense that we’ve stayed in some beautiful places. But the most homely place for sure, is where we stayed when visiting Eastbourne. We stayed in a beautifully converted town house/apartment. The second we stepped in there we knew it was going to feel so nice to lay our heads on the pillow at night. Daisy proclaimed that “This is our new home, let’s stay here forever”. She shortly changed her mind when I mentioned that we wouldn’t see Nanny as much – haha. It’s right on the doorstep of Eastbourne Town and so central to everything!
Our stay at Bicknell House was hosted by Exclusively Eastbourne. Exclusively Eastbourne was set up by the lovely Carl and Sarah after they recognised the need for high quality accommodation in Eastbourne. If you take a look on the website you can see a huge variety of high quality beautiful accommodation in a range of places dotted around the area. As soon as me and Andrew stepped inside Bicknell House we knew we just wouldn’t want to leave. It was so cosy, so clean, so modern and just beautiful. It had it’s cute little quirks which really appealed to us. The front of the apartment looked really appealing too. It was white, clean and just looked like your typical (really stylish) town house. It also smelt so new too – a nice added little bonus, eh?
The open plan living/kitchen
I think this is the main part of the apartment that made us feel most at home. It was so cosy and warm of an evening – we turned the heating up and sat on the sofa together watching cartoons until Daisy’s bed time. It felt so much like home! It’s a lovely open plan kitchen/living/dining area which made cooking dinner more appealing (saving money in the long run if you cook your own dinner of an evening) and Daisy enjoyed running around our feet and causing havoc where she could. The kitchen was brand new and looked exactly like the kind of style we’d love to have our kitchen – very modern and clean. It was also SO well equipped – we’ve never been anywhere that literally had everything you could possibly need! Including a dish washer, tumble dryer, washing machine. ETC. (amazing!) It’s definitely a home from home when you can wash and dry your own clothes whilst away. This was also pretty handy because I’d managed to spill coffee onto ALL of Andrew’s clothes on the journey up there – typical me haha.
The bedrooms were warm and inviting. The bed was absolutely incredibly comfortable – it was so hard to get up in the morning. They had huge spacious wardrobes that I wish I could have at home and a few gorgeous lampshades (the antler one) that I really need to ask where they bought them from – I must have these for our bedroom at home! In general it felt very stylish yet incredibly comfortable at the same time. I tend to find that usually the most stylish of accommodations just doesn’t feel homey and comfortable – Bicknell House definitely managed to tick both boxes. I loved the artwork above the bed, the large windows and the dressing table. Daisy loved sitting at the dressing table in the morning and pretending to do her makeup – my one at home obviously isn’t quite up to her standard – haha.
As you can see you have to walk down some stairs to get to the bathroom which we really loved and thought was pretty quirky. (I think it may just be the novelty that we don’t have that at home). The bathroom was spacious, clean and looked as though it had never been used before. The bath was HUGE – and the shower was amazing. The window opened all the way which really reminded me of ‘old school’ windows in towns and cities. Me and Andrew enjoyed opening the windows in the evening and just watching the world go by. Yep.. people watching from the window of your bathroom..! This apartment was genuinely really pleasant to stay in – a week after we got home we felt as though we missed it and wanted to go back.
If you want to book yourself a stay in Bicknell apartments then you can do so through their website – we can’t recommend them enough. Prices range from £425 per week. Located on Hyde Gardens in central Eastbourne, Bicknell House offer the ideal base for visiting the nearby theatres and Towner Art Gallery, shopping in the independent boutiques of Little Chelsea, or walking on the South Downs.
*We received a four night complimentary stay at Bicknell House on behalf of Exclusively Eastbourne. However, all words and opinions are 100% honest and our own*