Barnacle Drift is a Victorian fisherman's cottage that provides self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 6 people. The cottage is just off Harbour Street and only 2 minutes walk to the many boutique shops, award winning restaurants, beach and harbour that this charming seaside town has to offer.
NEW FOR EASTER 2014 is a brand new contemporary fitted kitchen and bathroom fully equipped for all your needs, whether it's breakfast in the decked garden or a lavish Sunday roast for family and friends.
Barnacle Drift has free high speed wifi, an ipod dock and plenty of cookery books to inspire you to be creative in the kitchen. Or why not relax in front of the wood burning stove and watch a dvd from the well stocked dvd collection? There are also some retro family boardgames for children, big and small.
The cottage has been stylishly decorated with a mix of local art and designer furniture, as well as retaining many period features. The bedrooms are spacious with plenty of storage and quality Egyptian cotton bed linen.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitstable 250 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 100 km, Nearest railway: Whitstable 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
BRAND NEW FOR EASTER 2014 is a fully fitted contemporary kitchen, equipped with everything you might need. A Dualit toaster, a Smeg range cooker, microwave and plenty of cookbooks for inspiring you to cook your 'catch of the day'. There is a high chair always available along with plenty of plastic plates and cutlery if you have little people.
Also NEW FOR EASTER 2014 is a brand new bright bathroom which is clean and airy with plenty of storage for all those bits and bobs. It has a bath as well as overhead shower.
The dining room has a generous wooden table made locally for 6 people and a vintage dresser packed with games. Ideal for lazy evenings with friends and family.
The living room has at its heart a wood burning stove – good fun no matter what the season. There is seating for 6 with 2 leather sofas and an arm chair. The TV has an integrated Freeview and DVD player so there's always something to watch and a Bose sound system for music so don't forget to bring your ipod and CDs. The cottage also has free high speed wifi throughout, so feel free to work from home!
On the first floor are 2 generous double rooms. Both double beds have high quality bed linen for a luxurious night's sleep every night and Designer's Guild throws for added comfort. They both have DAB bedside clock radios and original Victorian fireplaces. On the top floor is a large room with 2 single beds and the same high quality bed linen. It's perfect for friends sharing or young children.
|Further details outdoors|
The decked garden has a large table and seating for 6 to eat al fresco and is quite a sun trap! After lunch why not relax with a book on the teak steamer chair.
On street parking is available directly outside the cottage.
Like many Whitstable fisherman's cottages, the stairs are quite steep especially to the top (2nd) floor. It may not be suitable for those who are not confident on steep stairs, but it is still fine for kids and that is where the 2 single beds are.
A stair gate is always available as is a travel cot. There is also a baby backpack carrier suitable from approximately 9mths to 3yrs which is free to use.
Linen and towels are available on request, please ask when booking for the charges.
Kent is the Garden of England with beautiful countryside and plenty of family friendly beaches.
The famous city of Canterbury is a short ride away for more shopping and sightseeing, especially it's medieval cathedral.
You can even hop over to France with both Dover and Folkestone ports close by.
For a small town there is an enormous amount to see and do. Start your morning with a newspaper and coffee at one of the many cafes before heading up the high street to take in the boutiques, shops and fabulous local art galleries. At the far end of the high street you'll find the famous fish market where you can buy fresh fish caught that day. Treat yourself to half a dozen of the famous native oysters - they've been landing them here since Roman times.
If you like good food then you'll love Whitstable. There is a huge range of acclaimed restaurants such as the award winning Pearson's Arms gastropub run by celebrity chef Richard Philips; the famous Wheelers Oyster Bar; there are cheese shops, delicatessens, cup cake shops, tea rooms and not forgetting the best old fashioned sweet shop in the world! Just up the road is The Sportsman with its incredible tasting menu and JoJo's in Tankerton - a great destination after a walk along the beach.
The town has a thriving artists' community with many galleries and local exhibitions. The Horsebridge Centre often displays local work. You can even take some screen printing lessons with a local artist if you want to explore your creative side.
The beach of course is Whitstable's focal point and is just a few minutes walk from Barnacle Drift. Many happy hours can be spent by adults and kids alike enjoying this wonderfully unspoilt stretch of coastline. You can fly kites, go crabbing, sailing, surfing and for the adventurous - have a dip in the sea!
There are also some highly enjoyable routes for both walkers and cyclists (bikes can be easily hired in Whitstable itself), one of the best being the journey to Canterbury which follows the Crab and Winkle Line - an old trade route in and out of Whitstable.