Vintage style family cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Retro, charming fisherman's cottage just a block back from the beach, in a conservation area of this quaint seaside town. Great for families as well as all stylish travellers!
Less than 2 hours from London, Deal is a quintessential English seaside town that's becoming increasingly fashionable - think buckets and spades, ice cream parlours, rock pools and great local food shops.
Travel to continental Europe via ferry from nearby Dover - you can see France from the beach and be there in under two hours.
Deal is the perfect location for exploring Kent, the 'Garden of England' - the historic cathedral town of Canterbury is just 30 minutes away and we're a short drive from other popular seaside towns like Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
Our taste is pretty eclectic and vibrant, with a definite retro/kitsch twist - a custom made bright pink rubber floor, working 'stereogram' record player, antique French posters, tapestries and signage on the walls, soft furnishings covered in original 1960's fabric, etc.
However, the kitchen and bathroom are newly refitted, all appliances are 21st century, and the beds are new in 2011 too.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The 150-year old cottage is open-plan on the ground floor level, with a conservatory for enjoying the sunshine as well as a dining area and living area.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, with a king size bed in one and a double bunk (double on bottom, single on top) in the other. There's an additional foldaway bed, suitable for a child, and a cot for a baby available too.
Outside, there's a pleasant little garden which is a real suntrap. There are a couple of paved areas for eating out or enjoying the scent of the sea air and fragrant planting, and there's a beautiful apple and quince tree too - autumn visitors can pick their own.
We live here half the time, so it's really well equipped - no sad single spatulas or nylon sheets. There are masses of books and DVDs, a good selection of toys and games and fun things for the grown ups to play with too - our fully working retro sterogram record player and vinyl collection for a start. We like lots of colour and a bit of kitsch and have lots of quirky collectibles that we've picked up on our travels.
We have a full range of equipment available for travellers with families - a high chair, bath, basic lightweight McClaren stroller, sterliser, Bumbo, paddling pool, beach toys, games and DVDs.
Other things - The bathroom is downstairs and accessed via the conservatory, which can make for a chilly dash to the loo in colder months! The stairs are steep but there is a stairgate available for the top.
|Further details outdoors|
Barbecue the catch of the day in the sunny, fragrant garden.... or get out the paddling pool for some splashing in the shade of the quince tree or on the sunny grass.
There is unrestricted parking available on the road.
The South East England region
The 'Garden of England' has it all - a fantastic coastline, historic castles and cathedrals, stately homes and beautiful countryside.
It's a short ferry ride to France and Continental Europe from Dover - we go on regular daytrips to stock up on wine!
Check out Canterbury Cathedral and the beautiful old walled town.. meander along the coast to other seaside towns like Broadstairs... see some world-class art at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate or at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. Sandwich is a lovely town about a 20 minute drive away - the walk around the old town walls is fab.
Deal is a really charming town - big enough to have a Marks and Spencers, some really good restaurants and lots to do - sleepy enough to have a perfectly preserved 'Old Town' which is like stepping into an 18th Century drama about smugglers and shipwrecks! There's a long shingle beach, just five minutes from our front door - bike or walk all the way from here to the rockpools at Kingsdown or even to walk along the White Cliffs.
There's plenty to do right on our doorstep - weekly brass band concerts on the bandstand, weekly farmer's markets, an old-fashioned summer fair and antique markets, the eccentric 'Time Ball' museum, an amusement arcade where time stopped in 1965, a cool modern cafe serving great fish and chips at the end of the pier, the ice cream parlour, an indoor swimming pool with slides and a wave machine if the weather's off, a (free) outdoor paddling pool with additional mini golf and bouncy castle if it's sunny. We like collecting shells on the beach, making dens in the garden, swimming at least twice a day and hanging out at home listening to the latest haul of records.
Our personal highlights include...
The Ship Inn - best pub in Deal, if not the country... 20 mins stroll away from the cottage in the Old Town
Picnics on the beach at Kingsdown, after a spot of catching crabs when the tide is out
Driving further along to coast to Botany Bay - great sandy beach
Ice creams in the Beach Parlour - they do a mean knickerbocker glory
Chocolate cake in the Bake House - the best.
Watching the fisherman haul in 'the big one' off the pier
Dover Castle - fantastic family day out - but Deal and Walmer Castles are also fun and right on the doorstep
Diggerland and Howlett's Safari Park
Exploring the tunnels at Dover Castle
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5 Aug 2014
My daughters and I just had the best time in Deal ! The house is perfect for children, lots of space, toys, books... The house is joyful, bright and colorful, fully equipped. With a cute well maintain… More
9 May 2014
"A comfortable and characterful retreat a stone's throw from the sea."
My wife and I stayed with our two children (3 and 5) and enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Deal cycling the seafront, eating ice creams and shopping at the Bank Holiday brocante. The cottage was a delight, with plenty of home comforts and a lovely garden to kick back and doze in the sun.
10 Mar 2014
"Beautiful home, great for kids"
Thank you for a lovely Spring weekend in Deal! The house is bright and light, but cosy and homely. It is beautifully decorated, but also ideal for children, having a pretty, little garden and lots of … More
30 Oct 2013
"Gorgeous vintage hideaway by the sea"
We had a lovely long weekend in Deal at this beautiful cottage. The cottage is moments from the water, and a short walk in to Deal.
Deal is a lovely pretty town, with nice coffee shops, pubs and boutiques. The Saturday market was worth visiting. We enjoyed walking along the seafront and looking at the fishing boats and local architecture. There's a big Sainsbury's and an M&S with a big food section close to the cottage so self-catering was very easy.
The cottage is beautifully decorated with charming vintage style - we came away really inspired. We adored all of the vinyl and the working record player! The cottage also has every mod-con you'd hope for - kitchen is modern and well equipped, the beds extremely comfortable, the living room great for relaxing.
We took our 14 month old son, and Jenny made sure we had everything we needed to make our trip easy and enjoyable - high chair, travel cot, stair gate, bumbo, books, toys!
Booking was really easy, we were given lots of information and useful tips, and Jenny was in touch to make sure our trip was going smoothly.
For anyone with mobility issues -the stairs are quite steep and the bathroom in downstairs so you might want to consider that before booking. For us, the cottage was perfect and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
9 May 2013
"Nice Cottage, perfect location, has got everything you need."
Extremely well equipped and cosy cottage. Examples of things we really enjoyed:
* Bikes, Went several times on a bike ride along the coast or into the country side. 1 of the bikes even has got a child seat.
* DVD player and huge DVD collection including movies for the kids.
* The location of the cottage is ideal. beach is a 1 minute walk! Shops in Deal town center 10 minute walk. Lots of interesting towns (sandwich, Ramsgate, Canterburry) nearby, within a 30 minutes drive.
* Street is quiet at night and had no problem finding parking spots.
* Beds / mattresses are good.
* Huge amounts of toys for the kids
* Indian take away place around the corner (Bengal Spice) is really good.
So if you're not really into over-organized holidays on these parks with 100's of identical houses, you will love staying at this cottage!
15 Apr 2013
"Cosy, nicely decorated cottage"
A nice cottage in a lovely town. The cottage is nicely decorated with many vintage objects. It's nice to be in, but with little childeren also a bit of a challenge :-) Sadly, during our stay it was more winter then spring so we needed to heat the place too. And that was not ideal, as the cottage doesn't warm easily. In spring or summer it would have been all good though, and then we could've enjoyed the lovely garden as well.
For the rest: we had all the comfort we needed and the communication with the owner was also really good with lots of tips in and out of town!
25 Mar 2013
"Lovely family home by the sea"
The terraced cottage is situated on the second street back from the sea front about half a mile from Deal town centre. Its a home used by a family, so its full of personality and character as well as all the usual mod cons you'd expect from a rental. The main bedroom room is spacious and warm, and the children's room at the back is quiet and has a double/bunk bed thing. The living area is open plan and has an area for sit down meals etc. You could also eat in the conservatory, but in March the weather was too cold. Guests should note that the bathroom is downstairs. Our host, Jennifer, was very accommodating with our last minute booking and we appreciated her flexibility on terms. The cottage would be a great base for beach holidays, golfing breaks to Sandwich, Princes and Cinque Ports or even as a stopover before heading to the continent. We really enjoyed our break. We enjoyed local meals at 81 Beach Street and Black Douglas Coffee House. Also had a snack in the allotment cafe on the high street.
30 Oct 2012
"Retro seaside charm"
A vividly colourful bijou terraced cottage just a street away from the seafront in Deal. It has been said that a house without books is a house without a soul - this place has plenty of soul. It'… More
12 Oct 2012
"Retro with modcons"
Where do I start?When you arrive at a self-catering holiday let that is obviously used and loved by the owners I think there are two possibilities.1 You will never be able to relax and enjoy for fear … More
28 Jun 2012
"Great Family destination"
While the house was smaller than we'd expected from the photos it had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. It was a bit of a squeeze getting the cot into the 2nd bedroom but this was because of the large double bunk bed which no doubt is appreciated by guests not needing a cot! It was fantastic to have the use of the buggy during our stay as it meant we didn't have to take up valuable luggage space with our own one. It is also very generous of the host to leave out toys and books which our little boy loved. The back garden is a suntrap in the afternoons and enclosed so safe for children. The child friendliness was a main reason we chose this house, along with the provision of linen, towels etc which is all really useful if you have a long drive to get there.
Deal itself is a great location for families - the house is just a few minutes away from the outdoor paddling pool and the beach, although the beach is pebbly. You're also right across from Deal castle and a short walk from Walmer castle.
Parking close to the property isn't always possible if you return in the evenings, although it was fine in the daytime.
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