The Bottom Line
- Incredibly welcoming
- Nicely cooked, organic breakfast
- Pet friendly
- Good location
- Funky decor
- A little refurbishment would not go amiss
- Parking on steep hill
- Lots of steps to climb
- Front rooms overlook a busy street and may be noisy.
- 7 Upper Rock Gardens, Brighton BN2 1QE
- Tel: +44 (0)12373 692 344, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Price Band: $-$$
- Visit their website
- l'Occitane toiletries
- VIP Tray (Very Important Pooch - treat, food mat etc.)
- Flat screen TV, DVD player, Freeview digital TV receiver and integrated stereo system.
Guide Review - Brighton Bed and Breakfast - Avalon, a Welcoming, Pet Friendly Brighton B&B
At this shabby-chic guesthouse, on the edge of Brighton's Kemptown district, the steps are steep and creaky, the doorways crooked and some of the bathrooms are decked out in a pallette straight out of the 1970s. But so what. Everybody is so pleased to see you and so glad you came that you feel like a long lost friend.
The Avalon's location, on a steep street a few hundred yards from the beach, has the typically off-kilter feel of Brighton: a bus stop at the front door; across the street, an urban church that could as easily be in Brooklyn as in Britain; an avenue lined with Georgian and 19th century apartment buildings and parked cars. There is nothing that even suggests a seaside resort.
But look to your left and a vast expanse of the English Channel sparkles so invitingly you feel that you could just run down hill and into the sea. (Don't try it though, shingle - big round pebbles - is hard to run on and the sea is pretty cold most of the year)
Individually decorated and well-equipped rooms in this Brighton bed and breakfast have a scattering of antiques ( a pith helmet for your Brighton safari, perhaps?). The sociable breakfast in the homey dining room is cooked to order. Have whatever combination of the full English that you like - juice, eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast, coffee or tea - or partake of a selection of fresh fruit, yogurts and cereals.
And Wallace Adored itWallace the Westie had a wonderful time at the dog-friendly Avalon. Temporarily adopted by Brian, Tom and their friend and helper, George, he enjoyed treats, loads of cuddles and extra walkies on the beach while I visited less dog-welcoming attractions.
The Avalon may not be to everyone's taste but we'd visit again for sure. See what other travelers have to say about it.