Visting the East Beach — Formerly Weyanoke — Hotel, Eastbourne, England: Redolent of Victorian Times
Along with similar Eastbourne Hotels dating from the late 19th century, the East Beach Hotel — for many years known as the Weyanoke Hotel — recalls the Victorian era, when the town prospered as an English Channel resort.
The East Beach is not the most opulent of hotels in Eastbourne, East Sussex, but in recent years it has been the subject of a refurbishment to a very comfortable scale, with reviewers referring to four-poster beds and magnificent sea views.
Situated on Eastbourne's Promenade — at 23-25 Royal Parade —, the Hotel is just a few minutes' walk from Eastbourne's famed Pier.
In its own right, the Hotel is the subject of a feature on Heritage Britain's Website (1).
With its exterior painted white and its many wrought iron-style balconies at its upper storeys, the whole almost gives the effect of a 'wedding cake' fantasy. Its balconies are particularly reminiscent of the Victorian era.
Indeed — and indulging one's imagination again — one might blink and imagine waking up in Adelaide, South Australia or Wellington, New Zealand! (As an example of my piece of imagination, I have included a view from South Australia of typical balcony scene.)
February 19, 2018
(1) See: http://www.heritagebritain.com/places/8831.html
Also worth seeing
In Eastbourne itself, notable sights include: Beachy Head and lighthouse, which lie within the town's limits; the Pier, the Promenade, the Martello Wish Tower, and the Redoubt Fortress attract many summer visitors; the Town Hallis architecturally distinguished; Sovereign Harbour is reputed to be Europe's largest marina; there are many fine examples of ecclesiastical architecture.
At Pevensey (distance: 6.6 kilometres), the castle is partly Roman and partly Norman in origin.
How to get there: United Airlines flies from New York - Newark to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. (Distance from London Heathrow to Eastbourne : 146 kilometres.) For access by road, take M25/M23/A23/A27. There are rail links to Eastbourne from London Victoria railroad station. Some facilities may be withdrawn without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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