Beautifully quirky light-filled cottage for 2-6, right on the seafront
An easy hop from London, the seaside town of Whitstable is best known for its oyster shacks and brightly coloured beach huts. But those who live there are in thrall to so much more: quirky independents, brilliant little restaurants and the extraordinary quality of light, especially during ‘Golden Hour’. The owners of this beautiful old cottage fell in love with the place and discovered this house for sale over the course of a single day (talk about serendipity.) They welcome you with Prosecco in the fridge, soft, natural linens on the beds, books, board games, even homemade jams – and live around the corner should you need anything else. Not that you will, because they’ve thought of absolutely everything! Full of cosy, eclectic charm, this is a perfect rental for a family or close friends, with 2 double bedrooms (plus a mezzanine with an extra bed), soul-stirring views, and relaxed days of flying kites on the shingle beach, swimming and paddle boarding in the sea, and lazy lunches in those famed shacks.
Getting here: train to Whitstable and walk, or come by car.
Full recycling and Ecover products.
- Hire the owners’ beach hut on the wilder West Beach and spend the day swimming and kayaking, then roast marshmallows over the firepit as the sun sets.
- Kids (and big kids) can go paddle boarding and sailing at Oyster Coast watersports; a great place to learn. Warm up afterwards with coffee and homemade doughnuts at The Forge.
- There are brilliant restaurants a short walk away. The owner loves Whitstable Oyster Stores and the Lobster Shack for super-fresh seafood – or walk all the way along the beach (45 mins) to the Michelin-starred Sportsman for a tasting menu then a tipsy taxi ride home!
- The Old Town is full of independents – try Frank (a creatives’ gallery), Vita (quirky shoes), Sundae Sundae (the best ice cream) and Gatefield Sounds record store. Pick up takeaway crab sandwiches from Wheelers on the way home to eat in the garden.
- Wander up the beach through the working harbour to Tankerton, and go to JOJO’s for a waistband-popping dinner. Stroll home via the local watering holes (The Duke, Pearsons and The Neptune) for live music and Kent Ales.
- Hire bikes and cycle along the Crab and Winkle Way path to historic Canterbury, stopping for a delicious brunch at the Wild Goose food bar. In town, visit the famous Cathedral and Roman museum.
- Day trip to Margate – just 20 mins – for the beautiful Turner Gallery, the shell grotto, and a wealth of vintage shops in the Old Town.