Quirky home in charming seaside town

Quirky home in charming seaside town



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Aug 2013

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Built in the 1920s, our house has been a grocer's shop, a sweet shop, even a hairdressers. Now it is an attractive home just minutes from the sea.

Downstairs there is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and sitting area which opens out onto an attractive sunny garden. The former shop at the front of the house is a cosy living room with a large corner sofa and large TV (with Amazon Prime, Sky and Netflix). Upstairs there are four bedrooms: one with a kingsize bed, the second (my daughter's) with a single bed and the third (my son's) with either a single bed or a smaller, junior bed. There is a comfortable double futon in the attic (my stepdaughter's room). There is a bathroom with a bath and shower upstairs and a second WC downstairs.

We have plenty of toys (Lego, playmobil etc) and books at your disposal. Living just five minutes from the sea we have plenty of things for the beach - including a two-person inflatable dinghy, a beach trolley and various buckets, spades and water pistols. We have two bikes which can be used (one is large and a second, smaller ladies bike).

We also have a friendly cat who uses the cat flap.


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More about us

  1. We both work as university lecturers in medieval history. We enjoy visiting castles, old towns and old churches. David likes military history while I am a triathlete so swaps with interesting places to run or swim is a bonus. Our children enjoy art galleries and shopping (Emma, 2001), swimming (Cecily, 2011) and dinosaurs (Lawrence, 2014).

  2. We live in a lovely seaside town and spend a lot of time on the beach so we're often looking for something a bit different - a holiday in the mountains or the country perhaps.

  3. We really enjoy the ethos of house swapping and have had wonderful holidays over the past few years. It's been a perfect way to travel with small children and we've greatly enjoyed exploring places we wouldn't have found by ourselves.
    2019 - Agen, France
    2018 - Geertruidenberg, Netherlands and Bath, UK
    2017 - Mulhouse, France
    2016 - Weesp, Netherlands, Redon and Saint-Brieuc, France and Bath, UK
    2015 - Briare le Canal, France, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Bath, UK
    2014 - Konigswinter, Germany and Drogheda, Ireland and Angers, France
    2013 - Haworth, UK and York, UK

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Where is it?


Whitstable is a beautiful coastal town, full of little alleyways, beach huts, pubs and clapboard-clad fishermans' cottages. The busy harbour with its fishing boats and whelk and oyster stalls is a popular attraction and the beautiful pebble beach is perfect for crabbing and sea-combing. There are nice walks along to Tankerton and Seasalter or sit and watch the sunset over the sea from the famous Neptune pub. The High Street has a bohemian charm with independent craft shops, galleries, delicatessens and boutiques trading side-by-side with butchers, greengrocers and bakeries selling local produce. There are some excellent restaurants from those with Michelin stars to excellent tapas and wonderful fish restaurants. There is plenty to amuse the children: sailing, cycling and lovely parks.

Margate and Thanet: Further along the east Kent coast is Margate with sandy beaches and the new Turner gallery. Margate has a retro feel with plenty of vintage shops and the new theme park Dreamland.

Canterbury: A fantastic medieval city with cobbled streets and an amazing cathedral. It is just seven miles away and there's even an off-road cycle path from Whitstable along the old railway line.

There are wildlife parks, zoos and impressive castles (e.g. Dover) to explore. Enjoy picking fruit in Kent's many orchards or walking over the Downs.

And if there's not enough for you in Kent, there's always London. Whitstable has direct trains to London St Pancras (1 hr 16) and London Victoria (1 hr 30) and the station is just 5 minutes from our house.

Buzzy restaurants
Wheeler's (seafood), The Sportsman in Seasalter (best UK restaurant 2016), JoJo's (tapas) in Tankerton
Cool bars
There are often bands at the Duke of Cumberland and during the Oyster Festival every July
Cozy cafés
Windy Corner Stores, Whitstable Coffee Company, Farm & Harper, The Beach Cafe, The Bubble,
Retail therapy
The High Street for fresh, local food; Oxford Street for vintage clothes and furniture; Harbour Street for clothing boutiques. There's also Canterbury and a large mall at Bluewater (40 mins drive away)
Bit of culture
Whitstable. Canterbury (cathedral, ruined abbey, city walls), Reculver, Margate (Turner Contemporary art gallery), Dover (castle)
Walks in the park
Walks along the coast either east towards Seasalter or west towards Herne Bay. There are nice walks through the woods at Blean or at Victory Woods (towards Faversham)
Spot of exercise
Running out towards Hampton Pier and back is about 10km. Running up the Crab and Winkle Way (oldest - now disused - railway line in the UK) is about 8km on way.
Day tripping
London (art galleries, museums, landmarks etc). Canterbury (river trips, medieval streets, cathedral), Dover Castle, Margate (Dreamland theme park, Turner gallery and the shell grotto), Broadstairs (home of Charles Dickens and a sandy beach)

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