Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Whitstable is without doubt one of the most idyllic and sought after seaside retreats in the South East of England. With its network of narrow lanes, chic high street and working harbour, Whitstable truly offers something for everyone and Barnacle Drift is at its very heart.
The cottage is less than 50 meters from Harbour Street, the main and and most desirable spot in the town –- which allows you to use Barnacle Drift as a base for all the town has to offer.
You will immediately feel at home in this stylish cottage. Lovingly restored, it's a superb mix of modern amenities and vintage charm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitstable 250 m|
|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|
Features and Facilities
|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|
The kitchen has been well stocked with everything you could need for your stay. The best possible toast is available via a Dualit toaster and a six-ring range cooker is ideal for cooking up your 'catch of the day'.
The dining table is a good size for six people and for the kids there is always a high chair available which doubles up as a toddler chair. For little people there is a full range of melamine plates & cups and of course the ubiquitous Ikea cutlery!
The living room has at its heart a wood burning stove – good fun no matter what the season. There is seating for 6 courtesy of 2 leather sofas and an arm chair. The TV has an integrated Freeview and DVD player so hurrah - only the one remote control. Music is via a Bose sound system so bring your iPod and CDs. There is free WI-Fi throughout - so feel free to 'work from home'!
The bathroom has a Victorian style roll top bath with overhead shower.
Upstairs are 2 generous double rooms. Both double beds have high quality bed linen and mattress toppers for a luxurious night's sleep every night! On the top floor is a large room with 2 single beds and the same high quality bed linen.
|Further details outdoors|
The perfect location for morning coffee or al fresco dining, is the newly decked garden.
It has a generous dining table and seating for six, together with a parasol to provide shade on hot sunny days. After lunch why not relax with a book on the teak steamer chair.
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 - the pebble beach and buggies just don't mix!
The South East England region
Kent is known as the 'Garden of England' and for good reason. With fields and fields of orchards, beautiful beaches and rolling hills the scenery is glorious. Canterbury and it's breathtaking Cathedral is a short drive away, as are a number of great potential day trips from historic dockyards to safari parks.
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 virtually off the deck. 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 great range of acclaimed restaurants, gastropubs and delicatessens as well as shops selling everything from cheese to cupcakes and not forgetting the best ever sweet shop for the kids!
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. Hard to imagine, you are just forty minutes from the M25!
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.