Whitstable cottage, 2 mins to beach

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Bexley Street, Whitstable, CT5 1HD, United Kingdom
Your host, Polly
19 Reviews
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a day

The Space

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: (email hidden) 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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $494 /week
Security Deposit: $176
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Polly is the perfect host and the home away from home is perfect. If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle and a change of pace this little gem will tick that box. Perfect location just off the main beach and high street, waking up and getting a fresh loaf from the bakery and nipping into the butchers has never been so easy. You can even take a cup of tea from the front door to the beach and it will have not decreased in temperature. I cannot recommend this place more highly than I have. You would struggle to (email hidden) in Whitstable.

    June 2014
  • My recent 10 day stay in Harbour Cottage was everything I had hoped it would be. The location couldn't be better ... a short walk to the Whitstable seawall, an easy 10 minute walk to the train station, and from the bedroom window you can look down a lane and see the best coffee shop on Whitstable's High Street. The cottage itself is cozy and inviting, immaculately clean, with charming personal touches such as shelves filled with well-read books, a flowering plant on the kitchen table and original artwork on the mantle and walls. Although the apartment is small, the large windows and light decor make the space bright and airy. Oh ... and the bed is incredibly comfy, with lovely ironed linens and big pillows. Polly's charming personality and friendly, helpful manner together with her lovely accommodation really makes Harbour Cottage a "home away from home". This cottage and this host are both truly special!

    June 2014
  • Lovely little cottage really comfy and has everything you need really enjoyed our stay

    May 2014
    Response from Polly:

    Glad you liked my place Laura, look forward to welcoming you oth again!

    May 2014
  • Polly's cottage was as good as it sounded, even better in fact. I had some translating work to do while in the UK and the cottage (email hidden) to work, with a good work space, quiet and calm, but at the same time close to all the facilities on offer in Whitstable. It would have worked very well too if I'd been there with my wife on holiday.
    Whitstable is a great location too with all its independent shops and its unspoilt coast.

    May 2014
    Response from Polly:

    Thanks for the handy tip David re. mobile phones. Ahhh so Whitstable DOES really have everything here! See you another time I hope, and if not for a work visit, then I hope to welcome you and your wife for just a holiday.

    May 2014
  • Polly's place was adorable. Perfect for two people, excellent location, clean and the bed was super comfortable. There was lots of natural light and the place just screamed holidays at the beach.

    Polly was the picture-perfect host – so helpful and friendly, and she made us feel welcome. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    May 2014
  • We had a short but very sweet two night stay at Polly's delightful Harbour Cottage. Her pre-stay instructions were very handy and we arrived and parked without a hitch. The cottage has everything you need and is very cosy. We really enjoyed the wood burner on our second night. Polly is super friendly and has lots of local knowledge. We'll be recommending the cottage to all our friends!

    April 2014
  • The cottage was beautiful. It was a short walk from the train station and ideally located to walk around Whitstable.
    Although small, this added to the cosiness and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had everything we needed, the kitchen was well fitted out and everything was comfortable.
    The wood burner was fun and we had a great time here. Ideal for a couple. Although attached to Polly's home, we had a peaceful, idyllic stay.

    March 2014
  • We had a lovely stay in Polly's cottage. It was in a perfect location just a couple of minutes walk from the high street and harbour as described. The cottage is perfectly sized - it is the host's house split into two but we didn't hear any noise at all from her part of the house, and loved getting the fire going in the evenings!

    March 2014
  • The cottage is really cosy and great for all seasons! The photos are a good representation of the place, and Polly (email hidden)eat location for getting to the shops and beach, and on a very quiet street.

    The only downside we found was Whitstable itself being very quiet, however we did come mid-week and the weather wasn't great which probably had a lot to do with it. Whitstable is great for a couple of days after which time you may want to get around and explore the surrounding towns/coastline a bit - Harbour Cottage is a good base for this, has good bus and train links and (email hidden) to return to at the end of a day of exploring :)

    Would thoroughly recommend Polly's Harbour Cottage (email hidden) break by the sea!

    Thanks Polly!

    March 2014
  • This cottage is really perfect : cosy, clean, warm... Polly (email hidden), very nice and really available for questions. Our stay was great, whitstable (email hidden), with great walks by the sea. I highly recommend you try this nice little cottage !

    March 2014
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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 (email hidden) where visitors can really feel at home. I love to meet people from all over the world.
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