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Romantic with Sea View Sleeps 2-4

Bedrooms 1
Space 403 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)


Kemptown Apartment is in Brighton city centre, looking out onto an historic garden square with the sea beyond. Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of a thriving city or enjoy a romantic retreat, this Apartment will fit your needs perfectly. It takes just 2 minutes to walk to the beach. Shops, delicatessens, restaurants, bars and pubs are seconds away. You can walk to the famous Pavilion, Brighton Pier and The Lanes & North Laine for fabulous shopping in just 5 minutes. Everything is accessible by foot – there’s no need for a car in Brighton, but parking permits can be provided or we'll guide you to the free parking areas.

This Apartment is situated on the second floor of a Grade 2 Listed Regency building (circa 1825), built as a Hotel and continuing as such until the 1980s when it was converted into apartments. The majority of buildings on this square remain hotels as the location is so central. In the Apartment you'll find an entrance hall with entry phone, living room with 2 sofas (one converts to a bed), dining table seating 4 in a curved bay window overlooking the garden square. From here you can people watch or gaze at the sea with white sail yachts tacking across the water, seagulls whirling past the window. The living room is filled with light. Sit in the sunlight or watch dramatic stormy weather whilst enjoying your breakfast. A compact and well equipped kitchen leads off the living room. Here you’ll find everything you need for your food preparation whether cooking a meal from scratch or heating something in the microwave. The bedroom is generous and there's a Queen size bed with crisp white linen, cushions and throws. The bedroom looks out across a romantic roofscape and the sun streams in during the afternoon. A clean white bathroom with large shower, large basin and WC leads off the hallway. Central heating and continuous hot water will keep you warm and cosy and are included in the rental price along with your linen and fluffy white towels. Free wi-fi is included so you can keep in touch with friends.

For those who don’t know Brighton, it was made popular by George IV Prince Regent (1820-30) commissioning John Nash to build him a Pavilion as his seaside retreat to support his extravagant lifestyle and pursuit of pleasure. New Steine (the garden square the Apartment is on) was built to meet a growing demand for hotels by Royal followers who came to party and ‘take the waters’. As our building was a hotel at that time, who knows who may have stayed here!

Brighton is a year-round seaside destination retaining its reputation for fun and culture. Buoyed by 2 Universities and boasting 12 theatres, 20 art galleries and 30 nightclubs it also has more restaurants per head outside London and a celebrated gay scene. You could easily while away a few days looking at Brighton's 3450 listed(historic)buildings, or window shop with its mix of mainstream outlets, independent boutiques and antique shops. The biggest arts festival in England is held here in May and something's going on every month throughout the year.

Brighton has a funky creative energy and is quintessentially English. Whatever your age, there's something for everyone in Brighton.

By basing yourself here, you can explore the South Coast and save money on London Hotels by travelling on the train in under an hour. Brighton station is 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes by taxi. Trains arrive at London Victoria running several times an hour all day every day. If you fancy a day trip to France, there’s a bus on the doorstep taking you to Newhaven where you can hop on a ferry. Gatwick Airport is nearby, for flights to all European destinations. Brighton Marina offers boating and fishing trips and there are windsurfing and sea-kayaking schools on the beach. Brighton has so much to offer it's too much to list so Google the City and see what you fancy doing- the world's your oyster. And you can always just kick back, listen to music, read, explore the local pubs, and most importantly, relax.

The Apartment is on the second floor of a Regency building, there are 6 steps up to the front door and 2 further flights of stairs to the Apartment(2 floors up from ground level). Unfortunately there is no lift. We must mention that because of the property's central location there's sometimes a little noise from people walking home after a night out. If you don't mind a 10 minute walk, there's plenty of free parking should you want to bring a car. When you arrive you will be met by our Housekeeper Kath, who will welcome you into the flat and answer any questions you might have on arrival.

We currently accept payment by direct bank transfer, UK cheque or credit card via Paypal (You don't need a Paypal account. Attracts a 2.5% fee).

Brighton is very popular year-round for weekend breaks and this is reflected in the weekend short stay price. Midweek short stays and bookings for a full week or longer represent very good value. Our minimum booking is for 3 nights. If you have any questions, please visit the FAQ page on our website (link below 'Rates' section). Do, of course, email me for exact prices for your length of stay and anything else you need to know.

Below are some comments from our Guest Book. We hope you enjoy your trip to this unique City, and find it both stimulating and restorative.


We now have an Apartment available in London -see listing 969594

Keywords: Flat, Condo

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Jess Kitley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Jess Kitley

Hi - I'm Jess and live in North London with my partner. This Apartment in Kemp Town is the oasis we escape to as often as we can. The sight of the sea dissolves any stresses and worries that build up in London. We've owned the Apartment since January 2010, and been happily renting to visitors since April 2010. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the USA and worldwide to what we think is a special destination.

Jess Kitley purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Jess Kitley chose East Sussex

Many of our friends have moved from London to Brighton, commuting daily (hence its nickname ‘London on Sea’). We love coming here - the mood's relaxed yet there’s a real vibrancy and buzz. This exact location is central yet calm - very close to everything but not feeling like everything's on top of you. The garden square allows more light and gives a feeling of space, of green and of peace.

We enjoy feeling like we live here and love sharing everything this City and our Apartment has to offer.

What makes this apartment unique

Fantastic waking to the sun, making tea while people watching. All life is here, and you can take whatever you need from it.

Brighton for me is at its best in the winter months - sea mists, dramatic storms rolling in suddenly, running down one of the streets leading to the sea, diving into a pub with a roaring fire. Walking back to the cosy Apartment to watch the sea with hot tea and crumpets.

We use the Apartment as both retreat and cultural base - accessing nightlife and restaurants when we feel like it, with romantic walks along the beach and breakfast in a cafe when we want to recuperate.

Oh - and I LOVE the shopping!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The apartment and location is spot on - two minutes walk from the sea, five minutes from the pier, in a quiet square. The representative who greeted us on arrival was very welcoming and friendly and told us all we need to know. The apartment was great value for the money. I'll be coming back to this apartment again for definite. Highly recommended.
Mar 2017
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Kemptown Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 403 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large shower, wash basin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Travel cot is available on request. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed in the living room converts to a small double
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Romantic with Sea View Sleeps 2-4
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Stayed in the apartment over New Year (2016-2017). Really beautiful and fresh apartment. With the best location (we though anyway)! Walking distance to the center, the lanes, food shops, the pier and the beach walk. Looking forward to comeback back somentime soon.

/couple from Sweden

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll return soon!
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Great location! Great little apartment!

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a small, reasonably priced place to stay in Brighton for a week while visiting my daughter, who is at the University of Sussex. This apartment satisfied everything I was looking for!! Very clean, well equipped, well laid out. Perfect location - just steps away from the oceanfront, grocery stores, pharmacy, and many excellent restaurants. I felt very safe there, being a woman traveling on my own. About a five minute walk away from the main bus hub and 'The Lanes', a wonderful shopping district. The apartment is on the third floor so expect some steepish, narrow stairs - but they were well lit and we can all use a bit of exercise!! I managed fine on my own, lugging considerable luggage as I was bringing 'forgotten' items from home for my daughter! The apartment was small - perfect for two people but may be a bit cramped for three or four though depending on your expectations - and had everything I needed for my stay, including a washing machine which was a welcome surprise! The bedroom location in the back was great, as the street noise was hardly noticeable. The queen bed and bedding was very comfortable. There is a foldout couch option for a second bed if necessary. The host has provided an abundance of information regarding things to do in the area as well - which was very helpful. I highly recommend this apartment, and will book again I'm sure.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming apartment, fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Kemptown!

My spouse and I flew into Gatwick and took an easy bus ride down to Brighton.

The apartment is within walking distance of the main bus exchange, public transit and most else that you might want to see in the area.

We felt right at home in this charming place, with all that we needed for our 7 day stay; it is beautifully decorated. A big comfortable bed and lots of closet space; great bathroom with instant hot water and spacious shower. We were pleased that the kitchen is fully equipped, as we made some of our meals in. The living and dining area is well laid out, bright and cheerful.

We were met upon our arrival and had all the information necessary to feel comfortable ; we had contact numbers for any further info needed and there was someone available to us at all times.

We had a small maintenance issue, which was dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

The location is ideal, with a lovely view, with bright windows opening up to the sea air. Shopping, restaurants, pubs and amenities, are all at your doorstep.

Main attractions, such as the beach, the Lanes, Pavillion and more, are within 10-15 min walk. ( the Beach is mere steps away)

It was relatively quiet, considering its close to a busy main road. A lovely green space below is visible from the apartment windows. We felt safe and secure in the building and area.

Many thanks to the owner and team for creating this sweet home for travellers!

We would book again upon retuning to Brighton!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

My Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

My 25-day stay in this apartment was super! Beautifully situated, overlooking a small park and steps from the ocean, not to mention close to a fine selection of shops, bus services, cafes, restaurants and pubs, it was like a small oasis within a vibrant community. The apartment itself was immaculate and stocked with everything one might require - and more. Communication with Jess, the owner, and Matt, the manager, were excellent throughout. Definitely worth a return visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Point Edward, Ontario, Canada


  • 5 of 5

What an amazing flat! Jess was extremely helpful throughout the whole planning and booking for our week-long stay. Padraic could not have been of more assistance on arrival day. Then..... the place itself. It is well-appointed, spotlessly clean, centrally located with a great view of the sea. It is also fairly spacious, well decorated, traveler friendly and I wanted to take the bed and pillows home with me. So comfy!!! Do NOT be put off by the fact that this is on a third floor with no lift. We managed to get two large suitcases, two sets of golf clubs in travel cases and extraneous backpacks etc. up the 36+ steps. The hallway up to the flat is in need of some renos but, as soon as one opens the door of #5, that is forgotten. New Stein is close enough to the rail station - a 20-25 minute trek but it's an interesting walk. Buses are also handy and, of course, the sea is in sight from the front window. We flew out of Gatwick - only about an hour's ride from Brighton, including the 20 minutes it took us to get OUT of the city - another plus factor of this place.(Perhaps the best part - tongue in cheek - is the shower stall. It is the largest we'd seen in the UK. One can actually turn around in it. And there is plentiful hot water.) I never did discover a 'dryer' as we know it in Canada but there is a large drying rack and an efficient washing machine. Jess also provides an iron, an ironing board and a hair dryer. In all, we simply loved the flat, as well as enjoyed Brighton and all it has to offer. We highly recommend this property! (Parking might be a problem if one has a car but, quite frankly, there is little need for a vehicle in this spot.)

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Upscale flat but at a reasonable price

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 8 days in this super clean, beautifully decorated well located flat across from a lovely park and with sea views. The wifi worked well, the kitchen was extremely well equipped allowing us to easily whip up gourmet meals. Shopping at Morrison's as well as a great green grocer were very close by. Everything in Brighton is within walking distance but there is lots of public transit.Communication with the host before, during and after our stay was super. They seemed to have thought of every detail to make your stay comfortable and memorable. We would not hesitate to recommend the flat and we definitely plan to stay here in the future when visiting relatives.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope future guests will get a sense of how central and conveniently located we are from this review. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the trouble to share your experience we really appreciate it! Jess
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Metres
A few steps away
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
15 minutes walk
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
A few steps away
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
200 metres
Car: not necessary

Restaurants, bars, grocery shops a few steps away. Fantastic shopping for clothes, jewellery, homewares 5 minutes walk away. You can walk everywhere, but buses are just meters from Apartment, train station 1 mile away. Trips to London easy - takes just 57 minutes on train. Gatwick nearby. Ferries nearby for a day-trip to France

Other Activities: Shopping, bars, eating out, eating in with a view of the sea, more shopping, street performers


Rates & Availability

Kemptown Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
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Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
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Nov 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
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Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
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Nov 1 2018 - Nov 22 2018
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Dec 23 2018 - Jan 2 2019
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $388.09

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