Holywell Retreat

4.7/5 based on 75 reviews
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Lovely place , cafe , toilets and free parking nearby.
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Awesome,I thought it will be charged ed,evidently is free,we just need for give donation,but only each other's consciousness,
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Very quiet beach bit further off the main road and great access from Meads.
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Very clean area!Beautiful views!!!
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End of the promenade, after that you are walking on the beach itself. There is a great cafe there which is sheltered.
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There is absolutely no doubt at all that the service, coffee and Eccles cakes are the best in Town. If you feel a little down visiting Holywell for a coffee will immediately lift your spirits and put that spring back in your step. We love it and we have visited lots of different places, this is most certainly the best. Thank you to all the staff who make it such a joy to visit.
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Simply one of the nicest spots on this section of the south coast
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Well organized, nice coffee thanks
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This is a lovely beach at the far end of Eastbourne. There is a steep path winding from the main road down to the promenade which is a lot easier on the way down!
We visited in September and were lucky to have the tide out to reveal sand and some rock pools. Groynes mark out bays and we had one all to ourselves. The water was clean and so was the beach (this may be due to the gentleman we saw litter-picking).
A bonus is the toilets, especially with young children. They were basic but clean and very welcome! There is also a cafe at the end of the promenade, although we didn't visit on this occasion, we have previously and would certainly do so again.
We spent a wonderful afternoon, jumping waves, crab hunting and eating a picnic surrounded by white cliffs and traditional chalet beach houses.
A very British beach!
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This beach is located at the far West end of the promenade approximately 1.5 miles from the pier. Normally you can get the land train here but that is not running at the moment so you have to drive or walk. The advantage of coming here is that there is more sand as opposed to pebbles. There are public toilets and a decent cafe too.
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My wife and I walk to the cafe nestling at the bottom of Beachy
Head quite often although it is only take away at the moment
They have your safety at heart, and they sell the best Eccles cakes in East Sussex
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Pros
- Particularly at the western end the water was crystal clear
- Super close to Eastbourne town itself
- Quieter than the main beach areas

Cons
- Getting down to the beach: the final steps down from the path leading down from behind St Bede’s School are dangerous if you have a toddler under 4 - you will have to carry them the last 70 steps or so, down properly steep stairs/steps. I wouldn’t do it again if I could choose not to (I.e. carrying a child). Take the longer route down to the beach via the Cafe.
- locals will know this but don’t expect to be rockpooling unless you are close to low tide.

We were glad we...
- Visited this end of the beach, as you get a little sense of an older perhaps lost part of the town (the Cafe building has a wonderful pre-war feel to it even now, in the best sense)
- Got to appreciate the beautiful water

In hindsight...
- We wouldn’t have taken the steps down with small children!

Overall
- A fun outing
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Quieter than the main Eastbourne beaches with public toilets and a good cafe. A short walk (uphill) to the Downs towards Beachy Head.
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This is a lovely quiet beach with cafe and toilets. There is free parking on the road for 4 hours.
There is quite a lot of sand when the tide goes out and even at low tide the water is close to the beach, making it safe and practical for families. With crystal clear water and the beachy head backdrop, it is a beautiful place!
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Great local Cafe at Holywell, amenities ideal for a summers day out, toilets available, serviced by the dotto train if you want to jump off at the stop by the Cafe. As with all Eastbourne's beaches, it is shingle, but the groynes provide a great windbreak, we are down there three or four times a week in the summer, also late autumn and spring on good days.
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How delighted we were to fine this lovely cafe at the end of the prom. Great coffee and fantastic sausage roll and cakes!
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Another lovely pebble beach to explore. This one has a nice backdrop for some cool pictures. It's a nice place to explore.
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Brilliant cafe where they're open all year round. The food is excellent home cooked meals or snacks available. Will definitely go back again and visit.
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Walk along the cyclist free promenade from Eastbourne for a change of scenery and quietness all around. Only the gulls and the beating of the waves and once again lots of seating possibilities.
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Its a nice sheltered walk from Eastbourne with plenty of benches to stop off. Its very steep once u get to Holywell as this leads up to Beachy Head start.The little train stops there from town if u dont fancy walking. Nice cafe there to cool off.once u get to Helen gardens its beginning of beachy head so u can get a glimpse once u climb the hill. its another steep mile to reach the main section. Its 1.5mile each way from town if u like walking.
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We walked along the lower promenade to it. The cafe is very good. Holywell is the terminus of the land train so could be useful
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Parking at the far west end of Eastbourne's beautiful seafront is free and it is fairly easy to find a space. The approach down to Holywell is pretty steep and can be approached by steps or a slope near Helen Gardens. Between the breakwater groynes, the pebbles are large and there’s not much sand, so swimming sandals are recommended. You can shelter behind the groynes from the sea breezes. There’s the truly wonderful Holywell Retreat Café, with delightful staff and an interesting menu. Beware the gulls if you eat outside. The free public lavatories are adequate but not the best in the world.
You can catch the Dotto train from here too, which is a treat for grandchildren as it carries you along the seafront. All in all, a fantastic taste of the Great British Seaside.
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Excellent service, wide variety of food and drinks. Hidden gem nestled just up from the promenade. Large outside area, plenty of space to accommodate travellers, walkers, locals. Welcome freshment stop.
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Place where the locals go too far for most to walk from the town centre try the little train only draw back hourly time table.but cheap..
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This is a very good cafe, perfectly placed at the end of the promenade, a very welcome stop after a long walk along the beach.
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