The Cottage, Whitstable

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Gorgeous cottage-for-2 in Kent's trendiest seaside town, a stone's throw from the beach, shops and indie cafes

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop

WiFi

Space & setting.

*Brand new*

Bustling oyster stalls and dog-friendly pubs, fish & chips on the sea wall and colourful beach huts lining the shingle shore; Whitstable is the quintessential London seaside escape, and at this freshly renovated cottage you’re in the heart of it all. With the beach across the road for quick morning dips and light-up-the-sky sunsets, and the high street around the corner, everything is easily reached on foot.

Inside the cottage, you’ll find a mix of moods between the 2 floors. Downstairs, the bedroom is cosy and understated: a double bed flanked by wooden milking stools as bedside tables and a pair of glass-fluted antique brass lamps for nighttime reading. Charcoal walls, tonal green artisan tiles and a cork floor create a decadent bathroom experience, enhanced by a hand-poured cast concrete basin and huge walk-in shower. Upstairs, the vibe is light and airy in the open-plan living space, where large windows reveal an inkling of a sea view. A gorgeous Shaker-style kitchen stacked with stoneware crockery, handmade ceramics and recycled glassware makes cooking a treat, but you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t dine out here – foodies are spoiled for choice, with tapas bars, craft beers and seafood galore, just metres from your front door.

Getting here: train to Whitstable then walk (10 mins)

“I first lived in Whitstable when I was a student in the 80s. I had a house on the beach and worked in The Neptune pub. The town immediately became one of my favourite places, and I’ve been returning ever since. My partner is Whitstable born and bred, so we now have family here too. It has been a joy to restore and renovate the cottage, from repointing the entire building with lime mortar to designing and furnishing the interior. It’s traditional and unique and we absolutely love it!” Owner, Becky 

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Being able to hop across the road and find ourselves by the sea; the sunset leaves behind the most amazing pink and purple sky.”

We love
The gorgeous little details that add personal charm: a ceramic bedroom shelf handmade by the owner’s daughter, Holly; mugs from Whitstable’s best-known potter Keith Brymer-Jones, and the beautiful woven tapestry that hangs above the stairs from from local vintage supplier Mabel’s.

You may not love
Some road noise; you’re in the centre of town. No parking directly outside, but there’s free parking nearby. 

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  • 'Becky's The Cottage was the most perfect place to relax and enjoy Whitstable. So well-equipped and beautifully designed, it felt like home. Would 100% recommend staying here and will be back in this Summer for sure!'

    Francesca, March 2024

Sustainability.

Equipped with energy-efficient hot water, radiators and appliances. All toiletries are re-fillables and sourced from ethical brands.

Surrounds.

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    Whitstable Beach Huts © Claire Smith via Unsplash
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    The Old Neptune © Dan Senior via Unsplash
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    Whitstable Castle © Arthur Knoepflin via Unsplash
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    Whitstable Beach © Dan Senior via Unsplash
  • Whitstable Beach Huts © Arthur Knoepflin via Unsplash
  • Head out early in the morning and watch the boats bring in fresh fish and seafood at the harbour.
  • Sip a sundowner at The Old Neptune pub, a 5-minute walk along the beach from the cottage — check their schedule for live music at the weekend.
  • Eat out: Becky recommends Grain & Hearth for breakfast, amazing coffee and baked goods to take home, and Harbour Street Tapas for lunch or dinner (Spanish-style small plates, featuring just-caught seafood)
  • Scour the vintage and charity shops along the high street for quirky clothes and second-hand treasures.
  • Rustle up a DIY seafood supper with fresh fish, homemade tarts and arancini balls from Wheelers Oyster Bar. The prawn and crab tartlets are owner Becky’s favourite.
  • Chilly day? Sit by the fire in the Sea Farmer’s Dive Taproom on the beachfront, and enjoy a craft beer from their superb selection.
  • Hire bikes opposite the cottage, and zip along the coastline.
  • If you’re in town for the 3rd Sunday of the month, don’t miss the antique and vintage fair at Whitstable Castle (it’s also lovely to wander the grounds, followed by tea and cake at The Orangery Tearooms).
  • For a special meal, The Sportsman pub in Seasalter is a real treat, serving Michelin-starred food (a lot of which is produced themselves) paired with an incredible wine list (15 mins’ taxi, or walk there).
  • On rainy days, watch the wild weather roll in across the sea with a coffee, breakfast or lunch at The Bubble Café on Tankerton Beach.
  • Walk along the coast to Herne Bay, part of the Saxon Shore Way, then stop at at Bay Leaf Coffee House for a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast (1 hour 30 min walk) before a day on the beach there. Taxi home afterwards.

Specifics.

  • Cottage in the heart of Whitstable
  • Double bedroom on ground floor with glass doors opening onto a courtyard
  • Bathroom with large walk-in shower; eco-friendly toiletries provided
  • Washing machine in cupboard under stairs
  • Open-plan living/dining space on 1st floor
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including induction hob; basic supplies provided
  • The owner and local property manager are available by phone
  • Dog-friendly
  • Walk to shops, bakeries, pubs and restaurants in a few minutes
  • Hire bikes opposite the cottage
  • Booking conditions: 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: beach towels

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Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
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