A “COSY and welcoming bed and breakfast” has won a prestigious hospitality honour.

Swan House, nestled in the heart of Hastings Old Town, has been crowned B&B of the year in the Good Hotel Guide’s César awards.

Named after César Ritz, they are known as the Oscars of the hotel industry and ten are presented each year to a selection of hotels which have demonstrated consistent excellence in their field.

Historic Swan House has picked up a string of accolades since it opened 14 years ago. It is run by Brendan McDonagh and his partner Lionel Copley

Judges described the hotel as “cosy and welcoming” with plenty of character.

They said: “This historic yet hip half-timbered house in Hastings oozes character.

“The delightful hosts have made it a cosy and welcoming space with a beamed lounge/breakfast room, an inglenook fireplace and a courtyard garden close to an ancient church.

“Guests sleep well in the comfortable bedrooms with crisp linen, soft towels and whimsical touches.”

Good Hotel Guide editors, with the help of readers’ reviews, were particularly impressed by Swan House’s ability to blend old and new, creating “elegant bedrooms, a sumptuous guest lounge and delightful patio garden within the realms of a Tudor half-timbered hostelry, part of which was once a bakery and latterly an artist’s pottery studio”.

They mentioned its honesty bar, fresh flower arrangements, bespoke toiletries and quirky guest amenities which made it stand out.

They also liked its commitment to the environment and its standing in the community, serving local produce wherever possible.

Mr McDonagh said: “We created something quite unique when we opened Swan House 14 years ago, providing boutique accommodation, striving to get the all-important basics right with delicious breakfasts and warm hospitality. To be recognised for this consistent, outstanding service, in this way, 14 years on, is something we are immensely proud of.”

Rooms at Swan House start at £130 per night.

The award comes as part of the launch of the Good Hotel Guide for 2021.