Spa treatments and therapies at this holistic south-coast retreat
Stylish and contemporary, this haven hides in clear view, in the coastal town of St Leonards. The Cloudesley is a B&B unlike any other. In part it’s the ethos: the food is organic and locally grown, there are no microwaves and only Himalayan crystal salt is used in food preparation. It’s a place to heal the body and mind: holistic therapies are on offer here, carried out in the comfort of your room or in a dedicated therapy suite. The choice of treatments offered by specialist therapists includes Reiki, reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, Thai hot compress and hot stone massages.
Rooms are named after Persian poets, with a lifetime’s collection of books on art, gardening and photography filling shelves and scattered on tables. There are no televisions. There’s wifi thoughout but the philosophy here is that life is calmer without the relentless blare of the oblong screen.
Comforts are extreme. Beds are hand-made pocket spring in all-natural fibres or luxury orthopedic, with pillows of Siberian goose down. Beds are king size, though two rooms can be converted into twins for a small surcharge. Walls are painted in Eco-Limewash, free of the harsh chemicals used in conventional paints, and the shampoos in the en-suite bathrooms – where the showers are heated by solar power – are all certified free of parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate.
You’re not confined to your bedroom here. There are, of course, the two dedicated therapy rooms, but also a range of drawing rooms, beautifully decorated to soothe and inspire, with wood-burning stoves for winter warmth and an honesty bar for aperitifs or digestifs.
At the Cloudesley breakfasts are outstanding. The Cloudesley takes a close interest in diets, with advice on gluten-, sugar-, yeast- and dairy-free regimens available and all special diets are naturally catered for. Ingredients are organic whenever possible and when your host is around – as he almost invariably is – then gourmet offerings can make for a morning surprise: the omelet with Courvoisier will kick-start any day. Unusually, it’s possible here to invite friends around (by prior arrangement and for a small charge) to share the breakfast experience or to undertake therapy treatments.
The Cloudseley B&B suggests:
Your host here won a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal for his Lalique Garden in 2005, but the Japanese-themed garden at the Cloudesley is still something of a work in progress. It is, however, progress you can already appreciate, with some incredibly rare rhododendron, fir and bamboo species. The gardens are of course pesticide-free, working with nature rather than against it: the gardens provide a further terrace for guests and many of the fruits and berries for the breakfast table.
- Free Wifi
- Air Sports (gliding/ballooning etc)
- Bird Watching
- Local Park
- Museums & Galleries
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Train Station
- Water Activities
- Wild Swimming
Price per room, per night, based on two sharing and including breakfast
The Cloudesley is in St Leonards, a fashionable retreat on East Sussex's south coast. It's a 15-minute walk to the seafront, and only short drives to Derek Jarman's house and garden at Dungeness, or Hastings with its historic centre. Local attractions include the moated Bodiam Castle - as seen in Monty Python's 'Holy Grail' - Kiplings home at Batemans, Battle Abbey and more castles at Herstmonceux, Rye and Pevensey.
"Wow what a fantastic place, elegant, stylish, comfortable,clean and very relaxing. As a chef for thirty years I was absolutely amazed with the choice of breakfast which was prepared with love. I had the best omelette ever, organic figs with mushrooms and bacon a good cheddar cheese sauted with cognac and free range eggs seasoned to perfection,this absolutely pairs so so well. I will definitely be staying at the Cloudesley again,thank you so much for such an enjoyable stay with you."
Hadleigh A, 2020
Rated in the top 50 UK B&Bs by The Times, in the top 20 by the Mail, and in the top 4 in East Sussex by the Telegraph.
- Bio : Your host here is Shahriar Mazandi, a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, former fencing champion, bamboo specialist, artist, photographer, Reiki Master and holistic therapist who graduated top student of his year. Special diets are fully catered for at breakfast and, somewhat unusually, guests are welcome to invite friends to share breakfast if required. The atmosphere is friendly and serene, contemporary and stylish, a cultural outpost on the East Sussex coast.