About the home
Broadstairs is an unspoiled beach town which came second in a recent contest for the best resort town in the UK. It is directly on sheltered Viking Bay with its beautiful sandy beach, close to a railway station, and all amenities and within easy access of London. and ferries to Europe.
Renowned for its charm, its excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs and ice cream parlours, as well as its sandy beaches and walks, Broadstairs was Charles Dickens favourite holiday place.
The flat itself is in Eagle House, a house of great historical significance, which sits on the sandy beach of Viking Bay... It was built in 1796 and is within sight of Bleak House where Dickens conceived his book of the same name. It is a converted admiral's house where the news was first brought of Wellington's victory over Napoleon.
This unique one bedroom flat is newly refurbished to a high standard, with tasteful Mexican-style furniture. It is fully equipped with everything needed for a great holiday, it even has a dish washer and large fridge and freezer. It has a private entrance which leads right on to the beach with its splendid beach and cliff walks. Although it is on the beach it is also in the centre of town close to shops, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlours, and all amenities. Eagle House backs on to a cliff and when inside the flat it is as though the town does not exist - no traffic noise, only the sound of sea and beach.
The flat sleeps two to four people and has two comfortable sofa beds in the living room. The bedroom has French doors which lead to the garden and the beach. No need to dress in order to go to the beach, just open the door and there it is. There is a small private patio through the French doors with a table and chairs perfect to enjoy an outdoor meal with the garden as background.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Viking Bay|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared garden, BBQ, Shared tennis court on site|
Further details indoors:
The flat sleeps 2-4 people. The bedroom has a double bed, and a large double wardrobe. Its French doors lead onto a small patio, a large garden and the beach.
The living room has two comfortable sofa beds. The dining area is able to seat 6 people. Its window faces the garden with a variety of colourful flowers.
The kitchen area is fully equipped with all the facilities for preparing elaborate meals or quick snacks. You will find tea, coffee, sugar and milk upon your arrival.
The bathroom is bright and fresh with an excellent shower, small cabinet and a mirror which lights up. Both bath sheets and hand towels are provided but please don't take the towels on the beach. Please bring your own beach towels. Beach chairs are available for renting on the beach.
The flat has two entrances. It can be entered through the main entrance of Eagle House which is on the promenade or it can be entered via the beach which has a board walk leading to Eagle House. It is delightful walking along the beach to get to the restaurants, pubs or shops in town.
Further details outdoors:
Broadstairs has a cinema which was rated one of the ten best independent cinemas in the country. It also has a pier where one can buy fresh fish, or eat prepared sea food at the pier restaurant on the sea. There is also a Sunday market on the pier.
The pier is accessible directly from the flat. Many of the pubs have live entertainment and during the festival weeks (Dickens Festival and Folk Week) there is street entertainment, music and dancing.
There is also weekly entertainment in the band stand and a wide variety of market stalls during the summer months. Also during the summer there are fire works every week.
It is not necessary to have a car as everything in town is within easy reach and the railway station and bus stops are close by.
Change over is normally on Saturday.Checking out is at 10 o'clock and checking in at 2 o'clock.
The usual rental time is one week but the flat can be let for a longer or shorter period, with a discount for longer periods.
No smoking except in the garden. The property is ideal for children who can run in and out of the flat on to the beach. There is a life guard during the summer months, donkey rides and a small funfair tucked away in a corner of the beach. It is also an excellent place for a romantic holiday with lovely walks, quiet beaches (there are seven beaches close by), and excellent restaurants, some overlooking the sea.
£150 booking deposit deducted from your final payment
Full payment 6 weeks before arrival
Refundable security deposit of £150 due at same time.
The South East England / Kent region
Some historians say that the Isle of Thanet in Kent, where Broadstairs is located is where English history began. In 597AD St Augustine arrived in Thanet bringing Christianity to England. The Vikings and Romans landed in Thanet and there is a replica Viking ship close to Broadstairs and also Roman remains including castles and forts to visit.
The medieval town of Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral is about half an hour away and can be easily reached by train or bus. When Wellington won the war against Napoleon, Napoleon's flag, an Eagle, was brought to the admiral house in Broadstairs as a symbol of victory, hence the name Eagle House. Thanet was also England's first line of defence during the second world war
Because of its location, Broadstairs has a special micro climate which is more temperate than the rest of England and boasts more sunny days. The Broadstairs area has 10 sandy beaches all in close proximity, 7 of which have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award, one of which is Viking Bay where the flat is located.
Viking Bay has a lift during the summer months from the promenade to the beach.
An excellent way of experiencing the coastline, the bays and the surrounding area is by cycling the Viking Coastal Traii, about 25 miles in length, an adventure recommended both for experienced cyclists as well as
There are also tours, both walking tours and bus tours.
The Broadstairs area
Broadstairs is a unique, unspoiled English seaside town. It was Charles Dickens "favourite watering hole" and where he conceived the novel "Bleak House". Bleak House itself where he lived and wrote is within sight of Eagle House and the Dickens museum is only minutes away.
Broadstairs boasts lovely gardens along the promenade flanked by excellent restaurants, cafes, famous ice cream parlours (one of which has only two branches, one in Harrods in London and one in Broadstairs). There is also a bandstand with concerts, dancing, etc.
Broadstairs has a wide variety of activities to keep both adults and children happy. There are donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows in the summer as well as a children's' play area in one corner of the beach. There is a special Dickens Week where the locals dress in Victorian costumes and give readings and theatre performances.
There is Folk Week with musicians and dancers from all over the world. Weekly fire works in summer. Tennis courts, nearby golf courses, a Viking bicycle trail, a Dickens museum and historical sites assure that there is plenty to do. Or one can simply relax and enjoy swimming, sunbathing, walking along the beach or on the promenade above it., and visiting nearby historical sites, garden pubs and traditional villages.
How to get there
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East Kent International airport is about 4 miles away.
There is a ferry sailing from Belgium to Ramsgate which is about 3 miles from Broadstairs. There is also a ferry from Calais to Dover, which is about 22 miles from Broadstairs.
There are frequent trains from London Victoria and Charing Cross to Broadstairs, which take about one hour 40 minutes. There is also a fast train from St. Pancras/Kings Cross called the Bullet train which takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The station is a short walk from Eagle House.
A new fast train will soon be available from London which will take about an hour to reach Broadstairs.
Broadstairs is about 80 miles from London by road with excellent motor ways. There is a bus from Victoria station in London to Broadstairs.
Activities near Broadstairs
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
03 Jun 2012
The location is just perfect: the apartment has direct access to the garden and the beach, and to the town centre of Broadstairs, a chaming Victorian seaside resort. The apartment itself is located in the historic "Eagle house" which played a role in the Napoleonic wars. Inside however, the apartments are rather modern, and there is no historic atmosphere. Our apartment was on the ground floor, with access to the garden and the beach, but no view of the sea. The apartment was nice, and the equipment was adequate. The main bed was very comfortable, but the sofa bed less so. Cleaning could be improved, we found dog hair on the furniture.
The owner was very helpful and friendly, and did everything to make our stay enjoyable.
We stayed with two small kids, who just loved the beach and the old-fashioned fairground with carousel, trampolin and swingboats. The whole family enjoyed Crompton tower, Morelli's 1950s ice cream shop, fish&chips and a couple of pints in the Tartar Frigate and an excursion to Botany Bay. Fortunately, Broadstairs has remained a charming small seaside resort, and has escaped modern touristic development.
Eagle House does not have private parking, but there is plenty of free parking in the neighboring streets (about 10 minutes footwalk). Access to the apartment is through the stairs from above, so it is not suitable for handicapped travellers.
We had a wonderful stay in Eagle House, and will certainly be coming back.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|7 Apr 12||2 Jun 12||£ 395||-||-||Flexible|
|half term||2 Jun 12||9 Jun 12||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|9 Jun 12||7 Jul 12||£ 455||-||-||1 Week|
|summer holidays||7 Jul 12||8 Sep 12||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|8 Sep 12||16 Sep 12||£ 485||-||-||1 Week|
|16 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|half term||27 Oct 12||3 Nov 12||£ 490||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Nov 12||15 Dec 12||£ 345||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas and New Year||15 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|summer||29 Jun 13||10 Aug 13||£ 610||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||10 Aug 13||16 Aug 13||£ 625||-||-||1 Week|
|summer||24 Aug 13||31 Aug 13||£ 610||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Booking deposit £150 (to be deducted from the final payment)
Full payment due 6 weeks before arrival
Refundable £150 security deposit payable with final payment.
We accept payment by cheque or bank transfers in pounds sterling or in Euros by bank transfer only.
Change over Saturday. Check out by 10 am, check in at 2 pm.
There may be an extra charge for Dickens festival - Saturday June 20 to Thursday June 25, 2009.
There may be an extra charge for the Folk Festival - August 7 to August 14, 2009.Enquire now
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