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, Long term lets (over 1 month), 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|
|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