The oldest house in Brighton curiously re-imagined as Victorian Alice in Wonderland, filled with quirky surprises and sumptuous décor, superbly located in the heart of the Lanes.
  • Sleeps: 6-8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

The oldest house in Brighton, Looking Glass Cottage was once an unassuming 16th century fisherman’s cottage. These days it’s a boutique ‘wow-factor’ retreat, filled with Alice in Wonderland-themed delights!

Rather brilliantly, the cottage is perfectly situated for instant access to everything bustling Brighton has to offer. You can reach the finest part of the seafront in less than a minute, and the shops, bars, and restaurants that characterise the famous Lanes are practically on the doorstep.

Yet once you’ve arrived, you might find you don’t want to leave!

Why? The attention to detail is truly breath-taking; a heady mix of Victorian glamour and quirky accessories that pay homage to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Think pocket-watch doorknobs, teacup lamps, and vintage playing-card wallpaper – not to mention a mirrored ‘looking glass’ ceiling in the magnificent Mad Hatter lounge.

There you’ll also discover a gorgeous mini-kitchenette with shimmering work surfaces, and doors that lead out to a bijou sun-trap terrace… ideal for morning coffee and evening cocktails alike.

Now… which bedroom will you choose? You’ll certainly have fun deciding, since each room is individually styled with soft, tactile furnishings and plenty of attention to detail. Flamingo Dreams (twin or double) boasts quilted ceilings and a Victorian corner sink – oh, and upside-down flamingo wallpaper!

The Looking Glass bedroom (twin or double) is dainty and delightful, with a silky ceiling and vintage looking-glasses adorning the walls. Meanwhile, the elegant White Rose Boudoir (double) sports vintage floral wallpaper and a sparkling mirrored ceiling.

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At a glance

  • A 16th century fisherman’s cottage – the oldest house in Brighton! – beautifully re-imagined as a boutique Alice in Wonderland-themed retreat.
  • There are three elegant, individually-styled bedrooms to sleep 6 guests. A further 2 guests can be accommodated on sofa beds in the magnificent Mad Hatter lounge.
  • Facilities include a small kitchenette, and a luxury wetroom with two showers. There is a mini-terrace that’s ideal for morning coffee.
  • The house is located in the heart of the famous, bustling Lanes, and you can reach the finest part of the seafront in under a minute!
  • The owner is happy to recommend the best local places to eat, drink, and be entertained, and/or arrange additional hen-party treats, such as delivery of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Seaside Breaks


Mad Hatter lounge: 2 silver leather sofa beds, mirrored ceiling, flatscreen TV, DVD player, Bluetooth speaker, small kitchenette with granite work surfaces, dishwasher, microwave, 2-ring hob, toaster, kettle, vintage crockery, silverware, glassware, double doors to mini-terrace with patio table and chairs for 2. Ground-floor WC. 3 themed bedrooms: 2 twin or double, 1 double. Luxury wetroom with 2 showers, marble wash stand, WC, towels.

Local Activities

Shops, bars, restaurants, beaches, amusements, cabaret, cocktails

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Two more guests can sleep on the stylish silver-leather sofa beds in the lounge, to accommodate eight lucky guests in total. You’ll also get to freshen up in the grand wetroom, with its two showers, marble washstand, and toasty underfloor heating.

What to do now? With the best of Brighton as your oyster, it won’t be hard to find new and unusual ways to spend your time.

If you’re staying as a hen party group, the friendly owner is happy to arrange a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party delivered right to your door, or recommend myriad venues to keep you entertained, from cocktail-making classes to burlesque cabaret!

You could even arrange for a visiting hairdresser to come and create gorgeous new looks for your incredible night out on the Brighton tiles, as you chat and sip champagne… complete with recommendations for the best ‘morning after’ breakfast spots.

However you decide to while away your stay at Looking Glass Cottage, you’re sure to feel as though it’s all part of a delicious dream… one you won’t want to wake from!

Things to note

Small, well-behaved pets are welcome by request. A cot can be provided, please bring baby bedding. Regrettably, the house is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility. Please note there is no dining room, but there are plenty of excellent restaurants on the doorstep! Parking is available in the nearby multi-storey car park.

Where you'll be staying

Brighton, East Sussex

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