The Top 5 Coastal Cottages in Kent & Sussex

Published: Tuesday 20th Dec 2016

Written by: Carol Attwell

Broadstairs is a beautiful seaside town at the far east of Kent.  The town has historic routes and was the second home of Charles Dickens who wrote The Pickwick Papers in his residence Bleak House which overlooks Viking Bay.  Broadstairs is lucky to have seven bays all with beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for the bucket and spade holidays we all enjoyed as children and still very popular today. We have some lovely cottages in Broadstairs and in the neighbouring town of Ramsgate too.  One of my favourites is York Mansions in Broadstairs. This cottage sleeps 8 so room for all the family and is situated very close to Viking Bay. No need to take the car; just stroll down the road for a paddle in the sea.

Deal with its shingle beach and long pier which stretches a quarter of a mile is a must see.  There is a restaurant at the very head of the pier so you can walk, have something to eat and enjoy the stunning views back to the town or out to sea.  With its winding streets and vast promenade Deal is a perfect place to get some sea air and visit the history and architecture on offer.  Portobello Court is tucked away in a beautiful twitten and only a short stroll to the beach.  The cottage is beautifully furnished, has a large inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, a perfect place to relax around when the sun goes down. Portobello Court sleeps 4 consisting of a double and twin room.

Moving north on the Kent coast is Whitstable, famous for its sea food restaurants and oyster festivals.  Whitstable has a lovely harbour where you can watch the boats go out and come in.  There are local traders selling local produce along the harbour in small fishing huts.  You can believe the catch of the day at the local restaurants is true to its word, I’ve enjoyed some delicious fish many times.  The town itself has some very unique shops where you can shop to your hearts content.  Beachside lives up to its name and is very close to the seafront. The cottage sleeps 6 and has been tastefully renovated. The property has a bathroom and bedroom 3 has an en-suite.  There is an enclosed decked garden and is a pet friendly cottage.

Herne Bay is also situated on the north Kent coast.  It is famous for having the world’s first free standing purpose built clock tower built in 1837, which proudly still stands in the town today. Herne Bay promotes a 10 day festival every August and almost every attraction is free.  The town is also home to The Little Theatre which hosts various productions throughout the year.  The sea and large beach is a huge attraction for most visitors of course and there are many spots along the long coastline to choose from.  We have a lovely Victorian holiday home situated on the Spa Esplanade where you can watch the sun rise and set.  Umballa has lovely indoor and outdoor space.  You can choose to relax in the private garden to the rear of the property, or enjoy a glass of wine on the verandah and watch the sun go down, the choice is yours.  Umballa has 3 bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor.  This is a lovely family and pet friendly home you can all enjoy.

Winchelsea is situated just 2 miles outside of Rye.  Winchelsea is a small town with a pretty high street which is really worth exploring.  You can enjoy some lovely walks and the coastal views are wonderful.  The beach is a mixture of sands and pebbles, you can walk along the shore exploring the rock pools and soak up the sea air.  White Cottage is a really pretty cottage and this hidden gem benefits from a wood burning stove.  White Cottage sleeps 4 and is pet friendly so your dog can also enjoy the delights of Winchelsea as well.

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Carol Attwell
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