Set in the Heart of Hastings conservation area, oldtownhaus is an online store and guest accommodation housed in a late Georgian building arranged over three floors. Restored and designed with great care using traditional materials in natural tones, the space serves as a backdrop and inspiration for a carefully considered range of period and mid-century homeware, art, photography and books. The guest accommodation reflects our style and offers a tranquil space to rest and enjoy the very best that Hastings has to offer.
We are, designer Nicola Helgesen and German born Photographer Andreas Bleckmann, we joined forces romantically and professionally in 2002 and over the years we have worked together on a wide range of creative projects.
We moved to Hastings from East London in 2017, it’s hard to define exactly what attracted us to the Old Town, but the place has a very special energy, hotch-potch buildings, unruly fishing harbour, beautiful beaches and cliff top walks, loads of great pubs, gorgeous unique stores and a independent, creative community with a strong music, art and cultural heritage.
Tightly packed and woven together by a network of smugglers twittens, the town is surrounded by an expansive, undulating area of outstanding natural beauty, so I guess thats why we fell in love with Hastings.........each time we step out of our house and look through our gnarly street towards the sea, we are reminded why we choose this wild, somewhat mysterious place for our home.
Nicky & Andreas x