Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Superbly and quietly located one-off Victorian cottage in the most interesting part of Broadstairs and next to the park and allotments. It is just moments away from the shops and restaurants of Albion Street and less than 5 minutes walk to beautiful Viking Bay and Stone Bay. Also, less than 15 minutes easy walking to the train station, This delightful house is ideal as a retreat for one person, a couple with or without an older child or 2 or 3 mature holiday makers wanting to share accommodation but please note the spiral staircase makes it necessary to supervise one well-behaved child and probably unsuitable for two. It is a little difficult for those who have problems with their mobility,
Broadstairs is absolutely lovely and the central location of this cottage means it can be enjoyed without a car. As long as the holiday maker can manage the cottage staircase (there is plenty to hold on to - see main photo) they will find Alexandra Road an easy incline down towards the main areas with all amenities and promenade walks moments away. Please read the notes and view the photos.
Car parking is free on the street but in short supply. There are car-parks closeby.
Unexpectedly available in August due to delayed completiion date. 7 day bookings please.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viking Bay 250 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manston, Nearest railway: Broadstairs|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
The South East England region
Broadstairs sits between Margate and Ramsgate on the Isle of Thanet and is often referred to as the "Jewel in Thanet's crown". The motto on the town's crest is "Stella Maris - Star of the Sea".
Margate and Ramsgate are very close to Broadstairs. Ramsgate has a wonderful harbour and Margate has several fine, sandy beaches and is home to the Turner Contemporary Gallery. Soon there will be a revitalised Dreamland, a world heritage site with "heritage" amusements and rides. These towns were wealthy in Georgian times and Ramsgate has more listed property than anywhere else in the UK. Margate, too has streets and streets of Georgian houses.
Also easily accessible (especially by train) are Whitstable and Herne Bay. Deal and Dover are not far away either and neither is the historic city of Canterbury which is easily reached by road, train or bus.
Location, location, location is the main thing when it comes to Donkey May Cottage. It is so quietly situated yet so close to restaurants, cafes, fish and chip cafes and quaint shops. It is also close to the most famous pubs in Broadstairs. Tesco and Iceland stores and top quality butchers and bakers are a few minutes walk away. The beaches, the promenade and the attractions are a few minutes walk away.
Donkey May cottage is situate at the top of Alexandra Road which is part of the Conservation area. Historic "Bradstow" is all around.
At approx.150 years of age the house, once part of a large Victorian home, is a mere youngster compared to some of the properties hereabouts but quite old enough to have more than its fair share of period charm and quirks
The Anglo Saxon name "Bradstow" means a broad place and is commonly thought to have derived from the "broad stairs", carved in the chalk, that led from the sands to the shrine of St Mary built above the cliffs. The likely site of the entrance to these stairs is under the path that is located between the bookshop that was formerly St Mary's Chapel and "Owlers Nook". However there are other places nearby which may have been the location of stairs down to the sea. Charles Culmer is said to have built the stairs in 1350. The shrine, dedicated to our Ladye of Bradstowe, Star of the Sea, is known to have existed prior to 1070, and was important. Passing vessels used to dip their main-sails in deference and for good luck. The rebuild in 1601 used much of the original material but not in the original places. A window and part of the wall survived. This building still stands.
In the past the village of St Peters was more important (parish church rebuilt in stone and flint circa 1080) than the smaller fishing settlement of Bradstow (e) which developed in the 14th century in the area of the shrine to St Mary. Bradstow was the Broadstairs where Daniel Defoe observed that of 300 residents 27 were in gainful employment in the trade of fishing and "the others appear to have no means of support. I am told that the area is a hot bed of smuggling". The story goes that he was warned to make no further comments and to leave the area.
In 1440, an archway was built by George Culmer across the track leading down to the sea where the first wooden pier or jetty was built in 1460. A more enduring roadway replaced this in 1538, when Harbour Street was cut into the rough chalk ground by another George Culmer. He built York Gate in 1540, this still spans Harbour Street. In his time it had two heavy wooden doors that could be closed in times of sea-borne threat. York Gate got some needed attention in 2009. Richard Culmer was the son of Sir Richard Culmer by his first wife and was born in 1640/41. Richard was buried in the parish church of Monkton, on the Isle of Thanet. One of his legacies was the endowment on Broadstairs of an area of six acres (24,000 m²) of ground for the poor of the parish known as Culmer's Allotment. The allotment exists still and may be found at the top of Alexandra Road and literally next to Donkey May..
The beaches nearest to Donkey May - Viking Bay and Stone Bay have a Quality Award. Botany Bay has Blue Flag status. All the beaches on this stretch of the Kent coast are sandy, there are many chalk cliffs.
The main beach is Viking Bay which has a harbour pier and a cliff top promenade with chalets, toilets and first aid, adjacent parking and sun lounge and deckchair hire as well as amusements. Lifeguards operate during peak summer. No dogs are allowed on Viking Bay in the summer season between May and September. At the southern end of Viking Bay the Bandstand, Promenade and Victoria Gardens area with adjacent Lillyputt Mini Golf is a lively area - in peak season especially.
Stone Bay beach is perfect for rock pooling. Stone Bay is a little quieter than Viking Bay and offers 200 metres of sands with adjacent cafe and toilets including disabled toilets. Access is via Broadstairs Harbour - turn left. Dogs are alllowed on Stone Bay before 10am and after 6pm.
To get to Viking Bay and Stone Bay from the cottage just walk down Alexandra Road, turn left into Albion Street, immediately cross the road and walk down Harbour Street.
- and while you are there: do not forget Bleak House (Dickens) the Dickens Museum, a very quaint cinema with 100 seats or, after a walk up the High Street, Crampton Tower -
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3 Jan 2014
"Wow - what a beautiful little cottage!"
What an amazing little cottage, until you actually stepped inside you could not imagine it's character and how beautiful it was - both my husband and I have never stayed in such a pretty little … More
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and I know you appreciated the cottage's character. I do hope to be able to accommodate you again.
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