Dickens Walk Cottage
About the home
Dickens Walk Cottage is ideally and centrally situated for a short break: 15 metres from the front door to the promenade overlooking Viking Bay's 150m long sandy beach and Chiappini's café (our favourite place to sit with a tea and look out to sea) and less than a 2 minute walk to shops, post box, cinema, restaurants and the best fish and chips in Broadstairs.
Most of our guests are repeat customers. The cottage is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic getaway or for small families wanting to relax by the seaside for a few days.
Broadstairs Cottage has a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a cot is also available if your child is under 3.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||2 minutes walk|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
Further details indoors:
Tastefully furnished in neutral colours, the cottage is a cosy peaceful place to relax.
You will find a selection of games, books and DVDs to enjoy. Wifi is available. Also a folder containing our favourite things to do, including walks, cycle trails and local attractions. The Viking trail is on our doorstep. The modern bathroom features a walk in shower.
PLEASE NOTE: This property sleeps a maximum of 3 adults and one child in a cot if under 3.
Further details outdoors:
Dickens Walk Cottage is located right in the centre of town, so has no parking immediately outside, although you can pull up to unload. There is a car park close by, and plenty of off street parking within a few minutes walk (map supplied).
When to come to Broadstairs in 2013;
Anytime - great beachwalks, 27miles of Viking Coastal trail, Shell Groto and Turner contemporary art gallery in Margate (www.turnercontemporary.org)
Easter Egg hunt - Easter
March 30-1 April - Spring celebration of food and craft
May 17-19 - Big Broadstairs weekend (film on the beach, dancing queen charity contest....)
June 15-21 -Dickens Week
July 6-7 - Broadstairs Victorian Summer fair
August 9-13 - Folk Week
August 6th - Torchlight procession
Augst 12-17 - Ramsate Week International Regatta
August 24+25 - Margate Masters - Englans beach volleyball final
Summer Holidays - many activities including Thanet Coast project, surfing/sup camps (www.jossbay.co.uk)
October 4-6th - food festival, see www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk
November 5th - fireworks www.broadstairs5thnovevent.org.uk
December - Broadstairs Victorian Festival of Christmas
For more details visit www.visitbroadstairs.co.uk and www.visitthanet.co.uk
Q. How can we pay?
A. You can book and pay securely with paypal (using a debit or credit card) on our website www.broadstairscottage.co.uk (or click on the link on this site which takes you straight through). We also accept Bacs payments, or occasionally good old fashioned cheques.
Q. Is Broadstairs Cottage available for the dates X/X/X?
A.This website shows current availability. You can book and pay securely on our website, please click on website link in our contact details box below.
Q. How many people can the cottage accomodate?
A. Broadstairs Cottage has one double bed, one single bed, and a travel cot suitable for under 3's. The cottage is a perfect size for 2 or 3 people.
Q. How can I book and pay for Broadstairs Cottage?
A. If you click on our website link in the contact details box below, you will be able to book and pay securely using paypal, credit or debit cards.
Q. Can I book additional nights?
A. It may be possible to add nights, particularly a Thursday or Sunday night, to your booking for little extra charge.
Q. Are there any hidden charges?
A. Absolutely none. As we dislike paying hidden charges ourselves when we travel, the price shown is the total price you pay.
Q. Does the cottage have parking?
A. Broadstairs Cottage is located just steps from the shops and restaurants of Broadstairs, so has no parking attached, although there is space to pull in and unload people/bags/shopping. There is a large paid car park 2 minutes walk away and plenty of free parking within a few minutes walk of the cottage. When you book, I will send you a map of the adjoining streets, showing clearly all parking choices.
Q. Do we need to bring anything specific?
A. (a) When you book, I will send you an inventory of the cottage, so you can see if it has any specific items you require.
(b) We have a dvd player and lots of dvd's, but very few suitable for children. We would love you to leave any behind that your children have grown out of for future guests to enjoy.
Q. Does the cottage have wifi?
A. Yes it does. We have also installed a telephone in the cottage, with free local calls, at any time. Some mobile networks have poor coverage in the area (mine works if I sit by the lounge window, and outside there is a grassy area close by where I get perfect reception).
Q. Can we bring our pet?
A. For the comfort of all our guests, including those allergic to animals, please make alternative arrangements for your pets.
Q. Are there any stairs?
A.There are 2 steps down to the double bedroom. We also have a bath, rather than a shower, so if anyone in your party has problems climbing in and out of a bath, Broadstairs Cottage may not be for you.
To make a booking, please check availability and then book directly by clicking the link "visit the advertiser's website'.
A 50% deposit secures your booking, with full payment due 4 weeks before your holiday.
Our weekend breaks run from Friday and include use of all our facilities until 6pm on Sunday.
Short weekday breaks run from Monday until 6pm on Thursday.
Longer breaks begin on Fridays, and end at 10am the following Friday. During July and August, weekly rentals run from Saturday afternoon - 10am the following Saturday.
Please arrive between 2-6pm.
Repeat customers receive discounts.
The South East England / Kent region
Kent, also known as The Garden of England, is a wonderful place to drive around and explore. You can visit the historic towns of Canterbury, Sandwich and Deal. Sample oysters in Whitstable. Go from Dover or nearby Ramsgate on a day trip to France. Discover the Thanet coastline; many of the beaches have blue flag status. You'll soon see why Kent is also known as The Jewel In The Crown Of England.
The Broadstairs area
During the 19th century, Broadstairs was a grand seaside town, with Charles Dickens a frequent visitor. Today, with a population of 24,000, it remains a picturesque place to get away from it all. In 2007 and 2008, the Guardian newspaper voted Broadstairs runner-up 'best seaside town in Britain'. In summer, the bandstand has a full programme of entertainment and the folk festival in August brings live music and activities for all throughout the town.
Beaches. Surrounded by seven bays, the closest, Viking Bay, is lined with 150 metres of golden sand and in summer has lifeguards, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and trampolines to keep the kids happy. Nearby Joss Bay is a surfing beach with lifeguards. Equipment is available for rent (www.jossbay.co.uk).
Other Things To Do. Spend the day wandering around the historic streets, following the Broadstairs town trail (tourist Information has more details), and stock up on provisions from the old-fashioned sweetshop, butcher, baker, greengrocer or fishmonger. Visit the antique shops. Take tea. Go to Morelli’s ice-cream parlour near the bandstand. Buy second hand books. Visit the small, charming Palace Cinema, which shows current and retro films and is a minute's walk from the cottage.
Dickens House commemorates Dickens’ association with Broadstairs (www.dickenshouse.co.uk).
Bleak House sits above the harbour; a maritime and smugglers museum (www.bleakhouse.info).
Crampton Tower museum commemorates the inventor Thomas Crampton ( he was the first to put telegraph cables under the Channel). Lots of local history to discover and a miniature railway (www.cramptontower.co.uk).
Kent’s premiere climbing venue and skateboard park for both beginners and experts is in nearby St. Peter's (www.revolutionskatepark.co.uk/climbing). They also have skateboard equipment for hire.
Eating and Drinking. There are numerous old fashioned pubs and modern restaurants (details in the cottage on our favourites). The best fish and chips are only 20 paces from the cottage and 20 steps in the other direction is Chiappini’s café, where you can sit outside and watch the world go by.
Walks. The promenade is a good place to start. Stop and listen to music at the bandstand and look for the nearby memorial to Uncle Mack, Broadstairs’ best loved street performer. At low tide, walk along the beach to Ramsgate, two miles away (there is an alternative cliff walk too). In the other direction, you can walk on the beach for miles (tides permitting) or along the cliff path. The Viking Coastal Trail can be done on foot or bike. Details on other walks can be found in the cottage.
Peace and Quiet. The gardens at Pierremont Hall are well laid out and maintained, the perfect place to sit with a book purchased from one of the second-hand bookshops.
Harbour Jetty. Stroll along here and sit gazing out to sea.
How to get there
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Location and Directions
Tucked away in the north east corner of Kent, Broadstairs can be reached easily from London:
Trains leave regularly from St. Pancras and take 82 minutes. The cottage is a ten minute walk (or short taxi ride) from the station.
By car, it’s one hour from the M25, along the M2.
Activities near Broadstairs
Beach or lakeside relaxation
15 Feb 2013
We have been visiting Dickens Cottage for many years now and we keep coming back over and over again. The owner Jo is always super friendly and accommodating. The finishing touches like the biscuits, wine and slippers on arrival are a special touch and very welcoming. The overall presentation of the cottage is to a very high standard and super modern. There is even a safe which is a great extra. The outside view is incredible of the beach and sea and there are many little coffee shops and shops to visit in the area as well as beach walks on your door stop. We would throughly recommend the cottage to anybody wanting to visit Broadstairs. 10/10
04 Nov 2012
stayed there for a weekend and location was yards from the beach and close to all restraunts/cafes, inside was well furnished nice size tv, modern bathroom/kitchen, bedrooms comfy , can not fault it !
01 Sep 2012
The apt. itself was clean and newly remodeled. It is on a tiny little lane that runs from the main street to a promenade along the sea. During the day the crowds are mainly families on holiday - no problem. At night the town blocks off the main road EVERY NIGHT. Pubs are open till 2am. The tiny little lane sees a lot of traffic at night, as it is the perfect place for young men to relieve themselves, or for couples to argue, or for a group of kids to have a smoke. The walls are so thin and the flat sits directly on the lane - you can hear absolutely everything, and the noise does not stop until the pubs shut down. Great place if you're looking to party every night, not so good if you're there w/your kids and want to sleep before 2am.
These guests stayed during Broadstairs Folk Week, a 7 day live music festival, when Broadstairs is EXTREMELY busy, and the pubs have live music (often all day long), and stay open till very late. We do not recommend families stay during Folk Week unless they enjoy that atmosphere. I have amended my booking details to ensure this is very clear to anyone booking.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 3|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|17 Feb 12||22 Mar 12||£ 280||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Mar 12||6 Apr 12||£ 390||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Apr 12||13 Apr 12||£ 490||-||-||1 Week|
|13 Apr 12||20 Apr 12||£ 390||-||-||2 Nights|
|20 Apr 12||4 May 12||£ 390||-||-||2 Nights|
|4 May 12||11 May 12||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|11 May 12||1 Jun 12||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 12||8 Jun 12||£ 590||-||-||1 Week|
|8 Jun 12||29 Jun 12||£ 420||-||-||2 Nights|
|29 Jun 12||6 Jul 12||£ 460||-||-||2 Nights|
|6 Jul 12||20 Jul 12||£ 560||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Jul 12||27 Jul 12||£ 590||-||-||1 Week|
|27 Jul 12||3 Aug 12||£ 590||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Aug 12||10 Aug 12||£ 590||-||-||1 Week|
|10 Aug 12||17 Aug 12||£ 690||-||-||1 Week|
|17 Aug 12||31 Aug 12||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 12||14 Sep 12||£ 560||-||-||1 Week|
|14 Sep 12||28 Sep 12||£ 490||-||-||2 Nights|
|28 Sep 12||26 Oct 12||£ 450||-||-||2 Nights|
|26 Oct 12||2 Nov 12||£ 560||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Nov 12||30 Nov 12||£ 390||-||-||2 Nights|
|30 Nov 12||21 Dec 12||£ 390||-||-||2 Nights|
|21 Dec 12||28 Dec 12||£ 660||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|4 Jan 13||8 Feb 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|8 Feb 13||21 Feb 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|4 Mar 13||22 Mar 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|22 Mar 13||12 Apr 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|12 Apr 13||3 May 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|3 May 13||10 May 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|10 May 13||24 May 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|31 May 13||4 Jul 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Jul 13||10 Aug 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|10 Aug 13||17 Aug 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|17 Aug 13||7 Sep 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|7 Sep 13||20 Sep 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Sep 13||4 Oct 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|4 Oct 13||25 Oct 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Dec 13||27 Dec 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Short Break Special Offers:
When we go away for the weekend, we hate the stress of having to get up and vacate the room by 10 o'clock on a Sunday morning. Isn't it much nicer to get up leisurely, listen to some music or watch tv, read the papers and drink endless cups of coffee? We offer weekend breaks that encourage you to stay until 6pm on Sunday, leaving you to spend the day exactly how you want to.
Our 3 night weekday breaks offer the same flexibility: arriving betweem 2-8 pm on Monday, you can use all the Cottage facilities until 6pm on Thursday.Book
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