About the Homestay
When you stay with us here at Camden Lodge, you become part of a family experiencing the British way of life and, most importantly of all, using English in everyday conversation. It is also the cheapest way to learn English in the UK with comfortable accommodation, all meals catered for, in a really friendly home environment.
Camden Lodge can offer homestay courses, or sometimes just bed and breakfast if that's all you want from us! With some homestay courses, after the lessons are over for the day, the student is left alone to have - what the tutor likes to call - ‘free time’. In truth, this simply means ‘left on your own’! This can sometimes be a bit lonely and isolating, especially when you’re alone in a strange country. However with Camden Lodge, when lessons finish, there is always someone there to support you, and to entertain you (whether you like it or not!). If, of course, you do want to be alone, to study, to read, or just to explore the area, then of course you are free to do this. But if you want company and the opportunity for plenty of conversation practice, then I am here for you.
We all live in a large, six-bedroomed Victorian house which is just a ten-minute walk from the centre of Hastings town centre and the seafront. My 26 year old son Jolyon has been living in Italy for the past year, but is returning soon to help me run my business and then to start a PhD in Neuroscience at Sussex University. My daughter Endora is working for me, too, so quite a family business really!!
As a member of our family, you will, of course, be invited to join in any social activities that we are involved with. In the past, this has included attending weddings, birthday parties, christenings, and dinner parties at friends’ houses. However, as I’ve said above, if you prefer to have quiet time in your own room, then you are welcome to do this, too! We have a couple of bicycles, so you may want to tour round Hastings and the seafront on a bike (it’s very safe on the seafront because you are allowed to ride on the promenade which is safer than riding on the road if you’re not used to driving on the left-hand side!)
- Bikes for use
- Games Room
- Pets Indoor
- Internet Access
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our lovely, large Victorian house is situated near to a beautiful park called Alexandra Park, and only ten minutes from the seaside, and the town centre. We are only 100km away from London and 40km from Brighton, but our town is small, and easy to get around, so you always feel safe and you hardly ever get lost.... (well some people might, but I do provide maps!)
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Horse Stables
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
The house rules are... enjoy yourself! My house is your home! If you want to cook your own food (or for us!!) then you're welcome to do so - if you want to go on outings and excursions, I can accompany you (it's usually much easier if you've got a native English speaker with you)
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Absolutely lovely, more than welcoming and very friendly. A lovely family in a beautiful home. Will definitely stay again
Very nice welcome and all the facilities needed.
Also complete freedom to come and go a I pleased.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.