What do you do when you’re fed up of the rat race and want to try a different approach to life? You pack it all in to buy your own little guest house in the best seaside city in the country. Which is exactly what Billy and John, the new owners of Colson House in Brighton, decided to do last year!
The 200 year old property is located in the buzzing area of Kemptown in Brighton, just a brisk 20 minute walk from the station or a super quick bus journey (the number 7 will practically take you door to door in around 10 minutes) where you’ll be met and welcomed like an old friend.
The guest house has nine rooms in total which the previous owners of decorated with an old movie star theme and all of the rooms were named after classic movie stars like Humphrey Boggart, Audrey Hepburn or John Wayne. However, the new owners are slowly refurbishing them to remove this, make it more their own and are going with a much more classic, minimalistic art deco style which is already noticeable from the refurbishments made in the hallway and stairwell.
I was given a tour of all of the rooms that were not occupied during my stay and was shocked by just how big they all were. The building is deceptively large as it goes back considerably further than you expect it to. I was most excited about the four poster room which is currently under renovation and I just know it’s going to be spectacular once it’s finished. It’s going to be perfect for couples who are looking for that extra bit of privacy!
My room – the Bette Davis room – was the largest on offer with a comfy double bed, own original fire place and en-suite bathroom as well as being the only room in the property with its own balcony as an added bonus. Despite it being a cold weekend in January it was lovely to be able to throw open the doors and get some fresh air while I sat doing some behind the scenes work on my blog in the morning.
You’d think with these doors opening out on to quite a busy street that the room might be noisy with traffic but I was quite surprised by how little you could actually here once the doors were locked and even less once the thick velvet curtains were pulled across. The bed really was far more comfortable than my own at home and there was a spare plug socket next to the bed for that vital phone charging throughout the night.
The only slight negative I have is that the room was fairly cold overnight but that was definitely a combination of the sheer size of the room and the fact that it was a very wintery weekend in January (temperatures definitely hit the negatives) and the lovely, soft fluffy throw that was provided was more than enough to keep me cosy all through the night to the point that I really didn’t want to get up the following morning!
Check out time is officially 11am but the guys are really flexible and if you’re an early riser or you need to head off in the wee hours there’s a keybox where you can drop off your keys when leaving.
No meals are provided but your hosts will be more than happy to give you a recommendation (or ten) on where to eat nearby and there is so much to see within just a 10 minute walk; Brighton Palace Pier, the Sea Life Centre and the Royal Pavillion to name just a few – you really can’t ask for a better location in Brighton!
I’m the first to admit that I love staying in a big fancy hotel but my stay definitely opened me up to the idea of staying in smaller guest houses in future. The service is much more personable (I was invited in to the guys flat for a quick glass of bubbles on arrival and didn’t leave until over four hours later!), you have a greater choice in room type – Colson House has everything from a small single room for solo travellers (something that is very much lacking elsewhere), a room on the ground floor for those less able to manage stairs and of course that balcony room and it’s nice to know that your money is going towards making dreams come true for two very real, very lovely humans rather than lining the pockets of some CEO who already has millions in his bank account!
If you want to book a room at Colson House you can of course find them on Booking.com but for the best deal contact them direct and say I sent you and I reckon they’ll be able to get you an even better price.