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As one of Kemptown's more elegant boutique hotels, a weekend in Blanch House is a real treat. Set in an attractive Georgian townhouse, moments from the beach and Kemptown's best shops and bars, it features 12 individually styled rooms, plus a fancy champagne bar which serves a top-notch afternoon tea.

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Atlingworth Street is a quiet road which links the less raucous end of St James's Street to the seafront - so expect a peaceful stay and oblique sea views from some rooms. It's a couple of minutes' walk from the promenade and the beach, and pubs and restaurants are nearby. Try the Black Dove or the Egg & Spoon, both nearby. The Lanes and the Pavilion are a 15-minute walk.

By car: Drive from London in 2 hours 10 mins. On-street parking costs £12 (permit provided by the hotel).

By train: Trains from London Waterloo to Brighton take 1 hour 20 mins. From Cambridge they take 2 hours 30 mins and from Portsmouth they take 2 hours. The station is a ten-minute drive from the hotel. Book trains to Brighton.

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Brighton is a Regency seaside resort, and this part of Kemptown is crammed with attractive Georgian townhouses. Spread over four floors, Blanch House is stacked with original character with high ceilings and narrow stairways. Although decorated in muted tones, flashes of colour are provided by original Lyn Rohde artwork.


As a small boutique property, staffing is minimal, but the service is spot on. Kerry, the co-owner, is delightfully courteous and can magic up champagne, flowers or chocolates on demand. While there is no restaurant, there's a decent dining guide written by a local food writer in all the rooms.

  • Private dining room
  • Champagne and cocktail bar
  • Room service
  • Street parking permit (£12)


The rooms range from cosy doubles to feature rooms. All are impeccably furnished, although some themes feel a little dated. For oblique sea views, book a room at the front of the hotel. Feature bathrooms are spacious and have baths, others have modern showers.

Room types: Cosy Doubles, Feature Doubles, Superior Doubles

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with luxury toiletries and robe, TV, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, homemade biscuits, free Wi-Fi


Located on the ground floor, the champagne bar is a real treat. Alongside fizz-by-the glass, it serves cocktails and 'light bites' like the Sussex cheese board, jars of olives and sandwiches until 10pm. Breakfast is worth getting up for, not least for the chef's home-baked granola bars and fluffy American pancakes.

Champagne bar: classic cocktails, fine wines, specially-selected champagnes from £8.50. Light bites available. Continental buffet (included) and cooked breakfast (extra cost) are served in the bar and lounge.

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