Rustic, characterful, cosy little cottage-apartment 2 mins from Whitstable beach&harbour, sleeps 2-3, dogs welcome, woodstove, quiet road
- english, french, german, spanish
About Polly Mathewson
I look forward to welcoming you to my little Harbour Cottage and hope you will have a happy stay here. I live next door, in the back half of the cottage (Garden Cottage) with a mix of family, friends and animal friends living or visiting here too. I've worked for many years in aid/international humanitarian work, with a focus on East Africa. Nowadays I am freelance and mostly work from home on environmental, animal welfare and art projects. In particular my rentals are helping fund a rescue and advocacy project for the podencos of Spain. Podencos are wonderful, gentle, athletic hunting dogs that are abused in their working lives and abandoned in their hundreds of thousands at the end of the short hunting season. I rent out the front half of the cottage as a separate apartment 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.
Polly Mathewson purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Polly Mathewson chose Whitstable
I moved to Kent for a period of study. I meant to leave straight afterwards but I fell in love with Whitstable and stayed! I bought this cottage from a friend who was moving away and I have renovated it to divide it into two little homes: one for me and one to rent out. Everyone who comes to stay in Harbour Cottage says the cottage has a uniquely nice atmosphere and people comment that the cottage is more home than holiday rent. The position is great - right in the heart of the town and next to the beach, but a quiet street.
What makes this Cottage unique
Harbour Cottage is a comfortable place to stay in any season - in the summer you can cross the road to the beach, in the winter you can hunker down by the wood burning stove and get cosy after a windy walk or a meal out. Whitstable is great for townies (there's lots going on for such a small town) and for country-lovers (a couple of miles in each direction there are beautiful coastal nature reserves backed by fields) - and for sea-lovers of course. It's peaceful in the winter and lively in the summer, and a very warm community. It's great here!
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A very comfortable cottage in a very convenient location. It was so easy to make the most of our proximity to the sea (interesting walks) and the town centre. We were able to park the car nearby and forget about it which is always a bonus.
The cottage is adorable and has all the home comforts - all amenities are close by and the cottage is very peaceful would definitely stay again
Thank you for your kind review Trish&John. It was a great pleasure to have you and your beloved dogs to stay. Please do come back. Polly
No need to 'fish' for compliments
Really comfortable cottage. Excellent location within walking distance of everything including the railway station. Really impressed with Whitstable. Good to find a town that still has lots of independent shops. If you like food then this is a great place to be and inevitably the fish is wonderfully fresh and very well cooked. In addition I had the bonus of wonderful Indian summer weather in the middle of October. Thank you Whitstable and Harbour Cottage.
Every thing good
Fantastic little Cottage for a short break
We needed a short break to cheer me up after a back injury had caused me to miss lots of holidays, days out and events. We found Harbour Cottage, quizzed Polly as to its suitability and booked. We could not have done better. The location, minutes from the harbour, the shops, cafes and beach was simply perfect for me. All on the level, to accommodate my walking difficulties, too. The cottage is super, everything you could possibly want in an attractive, though small, space. We truly did not need any more room. We were there in very, very hot weather but the rooms stayed lovely and cool, although we did take a fan for the nights, as we were used to using one at home. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet Polly, but we would certainly recommend her as a host and will be visiting again as soon as we can!
A lovely quaint and cosy cottage, close to everything we needed so just perfect for our weekend attending a family wedding nearby. Polly was very accommodating and made us feel very welcome. We were lucky to park outside the house and then walked to town / beach / venue - all within minutes.
Special interest holidays:
Whitstable is especially good for sea-food lovers (it is famous for its oysters and has several award-winning restaurants). Water sport fans (kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, boat trips all possible). Artists, musicians and culture vultures (Whitstable is home to tens of artists, there is a vibrant arts centre, our local play house, lots of live bands, fantastic light to paint in). Also, Canterbury and London are respectively 20 minutes and one hour and a quarter away, so you can go to Canterbury's festival, to the cathedral and take a day-trip by train to everything London has to offer.
Whitstable is full of sea birds, the South Swale reserve is a 10 minute drive away (migrating bird site), the ancient woodland of Blean woods is just down the road (you can walk to it from Whitstable down the Crab and Winkle Way foot and bike path) and all of Kent's inland countryside on your doorstep.
Two minutes walk from pebbly characterful beaches. Softly sloping with groynes to break the waves - so ideal for children to paddle and for barbecues in private and out of the wind. One end of Whitstable the beach is famous for kite-surfing, the other end it is great for sailing. In between there are cheerful beach huts and access to good eating places and galleries. A 10 minute drive to a long sandy beach in a nature reserve. A coastal walk to Faversham along the shore is beautiful.
Whitstable to London Victoria is a 1 hour 20 minute train journey. There's also the high-speed train between Whitstable and London St.Pancras. Luton, Heathrow, Gatwick airports are very accessible. Trains run from Whitstable to Herne Bay, Margate, Sandwich, Ramsgate etc. in the other direction.
Canterbury is about 20 minutes drive or bus journey away. Whitstable is small -you don't need a car at all and public transport is great. Or bring your bike (or rent one locally £15 a day) - it's flat!
Canterbury and Faversham each about 7 miles away:
Canterbury - Cathedral, museums, great eating and shopping, beautiful architecture. Canterbury Festival mid to end of October (with artists Open Houses in Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable).
Faversham - historic market town with atmospheric creek-side wharfs with beautiful Thames Barges and interesting boats, wonderful walks across fields to peaceful pub. Hop Festival, folk club, local food, old-fashioned cinema, live music.
Whitstable has won awards for its independent shops. There are local green grocers, a British cheese shop, independent wine shop, a local butchers, bakers along Harbour Street (not to mention restaurants, boutiques, gift shops and banks etc.). Just nip round the corner from Harbour Cottage and you are there. There's also a small Budgens and Co-operative supermarket within 10 minutes walk from the cottage. If you want a big supermarket there is a large Tesco and Sainsbury's a 15 minute drive away.
Whitstable is known for so many things - art, water sports, beauty, sunsets, nature... it has that rare mix of being peaceful and homely with vibrant and quirky. Too much to write here - best to check out on Google etc.