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203 Sunset Dr. 828/295-9703, www.ragged-gardens.com

Perhaps it’s because the Inn at Ragged Gardens was used as a summer home when it was built in the 1900s that the inn still feels like a private home. Each of the 12 suites ($145-325 d) has its own appeal. The English Lavender room is the smallest, but as one of the home’s original bedrooms it’s big on historic charm. The carriage house is a two-bedroom cottage with a private deck and a separate entrance. It’s available to be rented by the night, the week, or even the month. The period architecture in the common areas includes chestnut paneled walls, stone fireplace, and glass-enclosed dining room that have helped the inn retain its historic charm.

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Other attractions Hastings has to offer include St Clement’s Houston Map Cave, a system of underground passages on West Hill; the Shipwreck Heritage Centre, which includes Houston Map a warship that was beached near Hastings in 1690; the Stag Inn in All Saints Street with its smugglers’ secret passage and mummified cats; and the Hastings Embroidery, a sort of modern Bayeux Tapestry depicting 81 scenes in British history during the 900 years from the Battle of Hastings. The pier, where your walk begins, was completed in 1872 but needed to be repaired after the Second World War, being deliberately damaged to avoid it being of use to potential invaders. Legend has it that the Conqueror’s Stone at the head of the pier was used by William the Conqueror as a dining table for his first meal in England! Proceed eastwards from the pier along the front beside the main road (the A259), noting the fine cream-painted White Rock Pavilion, built in the 1920s, over the road from it. Continue to the Breeds Place roundabout, with its attractive fountain, then carry on beside the main road, walking along the seaward pavement, and passing a boating lake. The road negotiates a sharp bend at the point where it meets Rock-a-Nore Road. Don’t go down Rock-a-Nore Road but instead take the next right, along East Bourne Street.

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