Although this bed and
breakfast is new (2012), we discovered that in 1864 Christina
Rossetti (pre-Raphaelite poet and sister of Dante
Gabriel Rossetti) lodged in this house. While here she
wrote to her friend about the "very comfortable lodgings
over a leather shop in the unfashionable High Street.
Though our passage and staircase is liable to smell
leathery our apartments are free from this drawback".
(From Christina Rossetti by Frances Thomas).
Fortunately, these days our shop on the
ground floor does not emanate such smells throughout the
house! The Four Poster Room and its exclusive bathroom
take up the whole of the third floor of this Georgian
bow fronted house, apart from a landing which leads to
the fourth floor.
Since Christina Rossetti stayed here the stunning
rooftop views from the Four Poster Room have changed
little, with the sea to the south and the East Hill
(where you can nowadays see the lift). Today, the room
comes with modern essentials such as a flat screen
TV/DVD player, complementary wireless broadband and
tea/coffee making facilities.