House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Available from December 2013, our spacious, 3 storey, 5 bedroom Victorian holiday home in the centre of the seaside town of Broadstairs. The house is 200m from Viking Bay, the town's main beach, and 100m from the cafe's, bars, pubs and restaurants of Broadstairs high street and harbour.
The house has been carefully preserved with period features and modern decor. It is well equipped for 2 or 3 families with 4 double beds, 2 single beds and an additional child's single in one of the double rooms. The kitchen table seats 6 and the interconnecting dining room has a table that extends to seat 12. The cozy lounge has 2 sofas, an armchair and a gas fire.
There is a courtyard garden at the rear of the house with a gas barbecue and table and chairs. Side access to the garden is perfect for buggies and bikes and you can enter the house directly into a utility room and downstairs bathroom to clean off sandy children!
We have a sea kayak that guests are welcome to use, and beach chalet in the centre of Viking Bay which has a gas burner, deck, chairs, buckets and spades and general beach paraphernalia.
The house is perfect for summer beach holidays but equally fun out of season for weekend walks along the beaches, cycling the coastal paths and drinking and eating in the local cafes, bars and restaurants.
The bedroom layout is as follows:
First floor: Master double bedroom, a second double and a children's room with 2 bunk beds
Second Floor: 2 double bedrooms with one having an extra children's single.
Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion
A refundable deposit of £250 is payable at the time of booking, to be refunded within 2 weeks of departure subject to a satisfactory property inspection.
50% of rental fee is due at the time of booking with the balance payable a minimum of 8 weeks before date of stay. Bookings made within 8 weeks of date of stay must be paid for in full at time of booking.
Towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels
Strictly no pets allowed and no smoking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viking Bay 200 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manston 8 km, Nearest railway: Broadstairs 400 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
Broadstairs is located on Kent's Isle of Thanet (a misnomer actually, as since the late 17th century it's been part of the mainland) with its 26 miles of coast and 7 beaches holding the European Blue Flag award. The area is perfect for family beach holidays but also ideal for exploring by foot or bike along the marked coastal paths and cycle routes.
As well as Broadstairs, with its curving bay and historic jetty, the classic seaside haunt; there are the neighbouring towns of Ramsgate; with its alfresco cafe culture centred on the royal harbour, and world-weary Margate; the UK's first ever resort which is seeing an arts-led regeneration, with the centre piece the acclaimed Turner Contemporary art gallery.
As well as the obvious attractions provided by the sea there are some excellent restaurants, fine golf courses (including the Open venue, Royal St Georges, Sandwich) and interesting and historic places to visit such as Canterbury, Whitstable and Deal.
Broadstairs is a quintessential British seaside town combining nostalgic, old-world, seaside charm with stunning sand-filled beaches and bays. It has a wealth of cafes, restaurants and bars, including two 1950's ice-cream parlours. The high street combines historic red-brick and flint-fronted buildings dotted between an array of independent shops.
Broadstairs boasts an impressive seven sandy beaches and bays all with different attractions and character. At the town's main beach, Viking Bay, in the summer you will find children's rides, beach huts, a harbour, beach cafe and cliff-top promenade. It's a perfect beach for safe, family fun, accessible via a lift (seasonal opening) and a ramp in Louisa Bay. A wheelchair/pushchair accessible walkway is available between the lift and the Pavilion in Harbour Street. Along the coast Joss bay has a renowned surf school whilst Botany Bay offers stunning views of white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks.
Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs regularly from 1837 until 1859 and described the town as "Our English Watering Place". He wrote David Copperfield while staying at Bleak House. The Broadstairs Dickens Festival in mid June every year is the highlight of the year for Dickensians in Broadstairs.
Other key events in the town include Broadstairs Folk Week in August, which brings music sessions to pubs, gardens and beaches, the Broadstairs Water Gala, a family-friendly fiesta of sandcastle-building, games and entertainment, and in October, the three-day Broadstairs Food Festival.
In March 2013, The Times named Broadstairs as the best place to live by the sea in Britain.
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13 Jan 2014
"Excellent place to stay"
We had a great holiday at Seagulls Rest over Christmas. The house is very spacious and felt like a home. There were 7 adults and two toddlers and there was plenty of room in the house, especially the … More
9 Jan 2014
"Fantastic house for a large group"
We had an absolutely wonderful stay in Seagull's Rest - this beautiful house was perfect as a real home-from-home for our New Year break.
We were a large group - 10 adults and 1 baby - and as soon as we arrived we felt very at home. The house was a perfect size for us - all the bedrooms are very generously sized (with comfortable beds!) and although it was cosy with all of us in the living room together there is plenty of space in the other communal rooms.
Seagulls' Rest was amazingly well equipped - especially the kitchen/utility room with the dedicated wine fridge (well-used over New Year!) and enough pans and utensils to cook up a New Year's Eve feast! As the weather was so bad during our stay we spent a lot of time indoors so we made good use of the games and puzzles; there were also loads of DVDs and books to keep us occupied.
The house is on a quiet residential street right in the heart of Broadstairs and with a number of quirky bars/pubs and enticing restaurants just down the road (not to mention a handy Tesco's). We especially liked The Chapel ale house / 2nd hand bookshop!
Kingsley - the owner - was incredibly helpful before, during and after our stay and made a big effort to make the house even more welcoming with the festive decorations and New Year champagne (thank you!). We're also very grateful for the return of a couple of left-behind possessions after our stay!
We have already talked about revisiting in the summer - hopefully the weather will be better and we can take advantage of the beach hut!
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