Harbour Cottage (to the left). Just after this row of cottages the street is pedestrianised so very few cars pass.
A little cottage-apartment hide-away where you can really feel at home.
Harbour Cottage is the front half of a quirky, cosy, bigger Victorian cottage that would have been a fisherman's home. It's just 3 doors down from the harbour and beach. The cottage's position is fantastic too because it's parallel to the much-loved Harbour Street with all its bohemian shops and restaurants, but the street is somehow tucked quietly away.
Harbour Cottage is small but perfectly formed! It has its own front door, tiled hall and old wooden staircase. Downstairs there’s a light living room/kitchen with a woodburning stove. Upstairs a small private bathroom and sunny double bedroom. The cottage is perfect for a couple, but if you are two friends it works out well too as the living room sofa turns into a sofa-bed. Everyone seems to love my little cottage, it's so homely and comfortable, and everyone says it has a uniquely nice feel.
If you don't already know the town, you will discover Whitstable is really special. It is a good mix of an old fashioned fishing small town community and artistic/foodie sophistication. The sea front has an unspoilt feel with hotchpotch white-washed cottages, old wooden fishing sheds and colourful beach huts. No concrete promenade here but a shingle beach with wooden groynes, wild flowers on the shore and oyster catchers pottering about.
You can make your visit as lively or as quiet as you like: for a little town there's so much going on, but you can easily find complete peace too. There's sailing, wind or kite surfing, boat trips out to see seals and our wind farm, tearooms, fish restaurants, independent shops of all kinds, live bands, unique festivals. Wild seas, rural beaches, ancient woodland, fantastic light, sunny days, geese migrating. Perfect
NB re pricing:
Week-long stays in Harbour Cottage mean the nightly rate works out as between £40 and £57 per night, depending on the season.
Weekend stays are usually about £90 per night.
If you stay a mid-length period such as 4 nights the rate is incrementally cheaper between the £90 and £40/£50 rates the more nights you stay.
Sorry I can't work out how to express this in the format on the calendar. Please ask for final price when you enquire for certain dates and durations as unfortunately the way the system automatically calculates my rates for enquiries isn't at all accurate (either way too high or way too low). Many thanks!
Harbour Cottage is the front half of a larger cottage. It is a self-contained apartment with its own entrance. The owner lives in the back half of the cottage (Garden Cottage) with an entrance through the garden.
Dogs are welcome but please discuss directly with the owner. Generally the cottage is only really suitable for one small or middle-sized well-behaved dog. There are fantastic dog walks on your doorstep.
Cyclists are very welcome. There's space in Harbour Cottage's hall for two bikes and if you don't want to exert yourself you can bike for miles along the coast on flat paths. Inland there are lots of lovely hills! You can rent bikes in Whitstable.
Smoking is not allowed in this property.
Public Transport - You can walk from Whitstable train station to Harbour Cottage in just 10 minutes. So you can get to here from anywhere easily and leave your car behind. The train line is London-Ramsgate - you can leave from London Victoria or London St Pancras. Then you can easily get about locally by train and bus. If you live in London imagine a relaxing stay where you can leave work at the end of the day and jump on the train and be in your own little cottage ready to head out to the beach, or a great fish restaurant and some live music within an hour and a half. Sit and watch our sunsets with birds soaring and huge views. You are a world away!
Parking - if you do drive then parking is not bad here at all. Whitstable can get busy in the summer and Harbour Cottage does not have its own parking, however as our street is a bit hidden you can often park in the street (free) just outside the cottage or very close by. Even so there is the large Gorrell Tank town car park a two minute cut-through from the cottage. This is not expensive and there is always space.
The cottage is a real home from home so visitors should feel really comfortable. As such please treat it with respect and keep it nice for everyone who loves to come and stay.
We booked Harbour Cottage for a Valentine's long weekend and it was perfect. Polly was an excellent host - friendly and welcoming and extremely concerned that we were happy with the accommodation. There were a couple of very minor mishaps (no fault of hers) that she was quick to fix and it was helpful to know that she was only next door if we needed anything, yet we also felt very secluded and were left to our own devices pretty much straight away.
The cottage is perfect for a couple and very homey and cosy - exactly what you need on cold February nights! Whitstable itself is lovely little seaside town and more than catered for two foodies like ourselves - we ate out every night (with all but one restaurant being about 5 minutes walking distance) and didn't have a bad meal once, but the kitchen in the cottage is very well equipped and we would look forward to using it properly if we make a return trip (which we would certainly like to do!).
All-in-all we would heartily recommend Harbour Cottage to anyone!
Polly was very flexible in allowing us to arrive early, which was great. The flat / house (it's actually half a house..) was cosy and as expected from the description. Staying in early February, we really needed the log burner after long walks during the day, and Izzy our dog enjoyed it too. Overall a perfect long weekend with a perfect host.
polly is a fabulous host, really friendly and welcoming! also a lovely and cute apartment, I really enjoyed my stay. if I visit Whitstable again in the future, I will definitely look into staying at Polly's apartment again :)
We spent 2 nights in this lovely cottage with our 7 month old baby in January 2015. It was very clean and cosy and in a great location.
The bed was comfy and the wood burning stove was a really nice touch. The kitchen was sufficiently stocked with cookware, utensils, etc and the bathroom, although not having a bath inside was clean with a perfectly sufficient shower. All in all it was a great place to get away to.
Polly is a lovely lady who made us feel very welcome; the info sheets provided were impressively thorough and we certainly followed a few of the suggestions resulting in a couple of great days out.
We would happily recommend the cottage to other couples looking to stay in the beautiful town of Whitstable.
p.s. we loved little Fara! (one of Polly's rescue dogs)
Dear Edward Gemma Holly thank you for your lovely message. Yes and little rescue dog Farru loved you too!! Please keep spreading the word for his brother and sister abused podencos of Spain, and please recommend my little cottage to your friends. All bookings help these dogs, for us to rescue individual pods and to try to educate and advocate so the cruel culture of mass abandonment after the hunting season will change: for the podencos, galgos and other hunting breeds. Air BnB dosn't allow us to give the names of organisations here but if you think someone you know would like to give a home to a Farru (bigger, smaller, all colours) then I can give more information. Hurry up and move to the country and have a big gardenand then a pod would like to come and live with you please!! :-)
Polly's cottage in Whitstable was a lovely, quaint, quiet getaway. The cottage itself is only minutes away on foot from the main town and conveniently located to several different bus stops. It was easy to go out and eat or even cook in the kitchen/ living room area. We loved the wood stove fireplace, we thought it was a lovely added touch to stay snuggled up inside on a rainy day. The bedroom was adorable and lovely.
Polly is a great host she is close enough to reach if you need her. She provided a lot of information about the local area, restaurants and transport. The cottage provides great privacy and convenience. I can't wait to get back.
We had a wonderful stay in Whitstable in this cottage. It's perfectly located - right next to the beach and a couple of minutes walk from the main high street. Polly was extremely friendly and welcoming - making sure we had all the information we needed for the perfect weekend in Whitstable! The cottage itself is very cosy and comfortable - the log burning stove was a great addition! I would definitely recommend this cottage.
A gorgeous cottage with everything you need for a lovely holiday. The location is fantastic, a very quiet road but only minutes from the sea, shops and great restaurants/pubs. The host is delightful and made us feel very welcome.
I'm a friendly woman in my late-40s who lives in the back half of the cottage (Garden Cottage) with a lovely mix of family, friends and animal friends living or visiting here too. I have always worked in aid/international development work. Nowadays I am freelance and combine this with environmental projects, animal welfare and art. I have worked abroad for years - in various countries in Europe and Africa. I often work from home, sometimes I work outdoors and sometimes I go walkabout. I rent out the front half of the cottage as a separate apartment (Harbour Cottage) and aim to make it a welcoming place where visitors can really feel at home. I love to meet people from all over the world.