Rustic, characterful, cosy little cottage-apartment 2 mins from Whitstable beach&harbour, sleeps 2-3, dogs welcome, woodstove, quiet road
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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 little gem
We enjoyed our stay at Harbour Cottage just a stones throw to the harbour an high street with its quaint an quirky shops. We had no problem parking and in fact secured a space right outside an left it there for the whole time an walked everywhere as well as taking bus to Herne Bay an Canterbury along with train to Ramsgate all close by. The cottage was well equipped for our needs except I would have liked to avail of a washing machine but noticed there was a laundrette nearby. We would highly recommend this place to all who stay in Whitstable
Small but Perfectly and Fabulously Formed
What a find! We wanted somewhere close to amenities but quiet and somewhere our 13 year old dog would be welcome. Harbour Cottage was perfect.
The Cottage comprises a ground floor living room/kitchen and a small hallway leading upstairs to the toilet/shower room which was ideal for our needs and the wonderfully large light and airy bedroom.
The kitchen is equipped with a toaster; hob and oven (no microwave) ; kettle and fridge. It is a five minute walk to the local Sainsbury or Co-op (both situated on the beautiful Whistable High Street) but most importantly - is a one minute walk to the wonderful Whistable Harbour (literally "across the road" from the Cottage).
During our stay (July 2019) the weather was warm and muggy but the Cottage stayed wonderfully cool (helped by stone flooring which our darling doggy loved lying on to keep cool). There is a wood-burning stove which I am sure would make the cottage very warm on chillier evenings - but we had no reason to use it during our stay.
Parking is available on Bexley Street and the surrounding residential streets. We always found a space when we returned from day trips and never had more than a two-minute walk from the car. The area is quiet and residential so parking is very safe.
If you are looking for somewhere that has all the comforts you will need on holiday, in a beautiful location, where your dog is as welcome as you are - Harbour Cottage (and Whitstable) really does fit the bill. When we are next holidaying in the South-East we will definitely be booking Harbour Cottage again - and have no hesitation in giving a five-star rating in all categories. There is something magical about this little house... and it was a very important part of a very lovely holiday.
Quaint and clean!
Beautiful self-contained one bed in excellent location. Problems with the shower but otherwise we had a lovely stay!
Cosy and comfortable, in a good position close to the harbour and to the high street. Kitchen well equipped and with a great selection of books.
Polly was very patient and helpful too when we had some hiccoughs with the on-line management of our booking.
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
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.