The Cloudesley

St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7507 000148
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Light, roomy bedrooms, delicious breakfasts, art everywhere and a gracious host: an extraordinary B&B under a mile from the beach


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Shahriar – photographer, holistic therapist, Chelsea gold-medal winner – has created an artistic bolthole full of books, African masks, artwork and antiques. You are looked after with great kindness: when Shahriar is there (nearly all of the time) you are greeted with tea and homemade brownies, you breakfast on exotic fruits, Armagnac omelettes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, the full cooked works or a vegan treat with alfalfa and kale. In summer you can eat on the bamboo terrace.

You sleep in beautifully-dressed bedrooms upstairs, with thick mattresses, there are piles of interesting books to dive into and there’s an interesting mix of antiques to admire, some from Africa, some from Asia. Collections of shells, paintings and other objects are dotted about.

Book a massage for two, head to Fairlight for a coastal walk, visit Derek Jarman’s amazing cottage and garden at Dungeness or explore Hastings old town.

The Cloudesley - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Interesting conversations about the art, books and objects with the owner
  • The gourmet breakfasts, tailor made for each guest
  • Exploring the coastline, coming back to much comfort
The Cloudesley - Gallery

You should know

  • If Shahriar is away the breakfast menu may alter
  • It's an uphill walk back from the seafront
  • No TVs in bedrooms


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
11am, please get in touch for a late check out, fees may apply
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. Children over 6 welcome. Whole house available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from £75
Extra bed, £25.
3 Doubles
From £75
2 Twin/doubles
From £90



When arranging the inspection, Shahriar assumed I would spend the night. I wish I had! That was my impression when I left, that I would love to stay there next time I go to Hastings. There is nothing bland or factory-made about this very thoughtfully and tastefully designed B&B. There is nothing to offend the senses - and everything to stimulate and satisfy them.

Fiona, Sawday's Inspector

fantastic weekend away with the kids at the Cloudesley! The host was exquisitely nice, the room very refined and clean…and the bed super comfortable! The breakfast is delicious, and if you need a treat ask for the special organic porridge with Ceylon cinnamon…you will not regret it! Thank you, it has been lovely meeting you & staying in your nice house! Sara & Hannes

Sara, London

When we arrived at the property the host came to greet us. He was very gracious and gave us a tour around the property - we were on the top floor in a pretty room with simple but elegant decoration (The bonus being that we could see the horizon sea view from our window). The house was beautifully creatively decorated as the owner was a keen artist and photographer. The breakfasts were not only incredibly tasty but creatively arranged and everyday was a delight to behold. The owner Shahriar was a lovely man and really made the trip special - I would return here in a heartbeat!


We had a very comfortable 3 day stay at The Cloudesley. Shariah made us very welcome, we had a beautifully furnished bedroom and found it to be a very peaceful house. We slept so well during our stay as the bed was so comfortable. Breakfasts were varied and delicious with a variety of omelettes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Shariah suggested several places to eat in the evenings and we were never disappointed. We will be recommending The Cloudesley to our friends.

Caroline, Oxford

Welcoming and gracious, Shariar was an attentive and interesting host. His accomplishments in art extend to his interior design skills ... we found the furnishings and paint work to be carefully coordinated, restful and completed to a very high standard. He has successfully created a peaceful, calming environment. Breakfast was a pleasure, combining as it did the tried and trusted - ‘traditional English’ with more unexpected recipes - fig, armagnac and prosciutto omelette. Definitely the place to return to when staying in the Hastings area. Thank you Shahriar.

Úna, Nr Bath

We had a brilliant stay at The Cloudesley - the house is full of wonderful art and antiques. Your host Shahriar is so attentive and kind, and his breakfasts are delicious! We particularly loved the pancakes, using blueberries from the garden.

Ella, Bristol

Shahriar made us feel incredibly welcome. He gave us a fascinating insight into the artefacts, paintings and photography on display. The garden is beautiful and we came away with a haul of plums, picked fresh from the tree. Ensure you have plenty of room for breakfast, it's a feast.

Ellen, Bristol

My wife, son and I stayed at the Cloudesley for one night and had a wonderful time. We were made most welcome by Shahriar, who gave us numerous gardening tips, and we had a most peaceful and relaxing time during our stay. The room was clean and spacious and the cooked breakfast was amazing. Highly recommended.

Tim, Westerham

We are not ones to post recommendations, but have no hesitation in giving a big thumbs up for the Cloudesley - a well furnished comfortable bedroom, interesting photography on the walls, and Shahriar - a delightful host who went out of his way to meet our particular dietary requirements.

Nicholas, Bath

My fiancé and I stayed at the Cloudesley for one night over the weekend and we loved it. The host could not have been more helpful and gave us brilliant recommendations for both dinner and our Sunday trip - on top of this Breakfast was wonderful. We highly recommend staying!

Kirsten, London

Two couples -two nights- exceptional accommodation. Amazing breakfasts especially the Armagnac omelette. Our rooms were cleaned and replenished to hotel standard. Two minor hiccups were difficulty in accessing wifi and the premises are not licensed as stated. Neither stopped us from having a thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Sue, Mayfield east sussex

Stayed here for 2 nights and we were very pleased with the accommodation. Lovely Victorian house which has been modernised to a high level. The host was very welcoming and made us feel at home. Breakfast was very good with plenty of wholesome organic, fresh, local produce, we will definitely stay here again, thank you Shahria , best wishes.

David, Preston

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The neighbourhood

You're a mile from St Leonards and the seafront for three miles of walking from end to end. Hastings is adjacent and has winding streets with quirky shops - the wooden fishermen's huts are unique and a popular subject for artists. Battle is six miles, Bateman's (Rudyard Kipling's home and garden) is 16 miles and there are endless walks on the Sussex Downs with lots of country pubs for rest stops.

Local points of interest from Shahriar Mazandi

  • From spring to late summer Great Dixter is a beautiful small garden worth seeing, likewise Pashley Manor Gardens.
  • Sedlescombe Vineyards has organic British wines and cider.
  • Restaurants in the area include St Clements in St Leonards, Webbes in Hastings Old Town and the Wild Mushroom in nearby Westfield.
  • Bodiam and Pevensey are local castle ruins.
  • Walking tour and audio re-enactment of the Battle of 1066 at Battle Abbey, Battle.


Shahriar Mazandi

Shahriar is originally from Iran but grew up and was educated in the UK. He is a talented photographer, painter and gardener who is also gracious and looks after you with aplomb. He's happy to chat about his collections of lovely art, objects and furniture and to give advice on what to do in the area. His garden is a work in progress but you're welcome to sit on the terrace among his bamboos.