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Unique property located in the heart of Canterbury - Arthouse@The Old Fire Station

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights



Arthouse@The Old Fire Station

Arthouse is a Grade II listed former Victorian Fire Station located in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Canterbury. The property comprises of 2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Large Living Room with double sofa bed, Dining Room, Kitchen and secure parking for one car. Canterbury City centre is only 5 minutes walk away.

As well as the historic attractions of Canterbury, there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area. The trendy fishing village of Whitstable is only 10 min drive away, famed for its oysters and sea food or the beautiful Victorian seaside town of Broadstairs and stunning Botany Bay beach(England's best kept secret) only 20 min drive. Closer to Canterbury are ancient woodlands, 2 fantastic wildlife parks and plenty of idyllic country villages and pubs serving local Fayre. Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustines Abbey are both UNESCO world heritage sites along with the Westgate Towers, the medieval entrance to the city which is over six centuries old

About the property

The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is a unique property like no other to be found in the Canterbury area and is located less than 5 minutes walk from the City Centre It comprises of 2 separate properties. 'Arthouse' is a Grade II listed former Victorian Fire Station and 'Cedar House', a Modern Malibu inspired Scandinavian designed Cedar clad house with a courtyard garden wraps around the house to give it a very private feel. Free secure parking and WI-FI are provided. Local shops are less than 5 minutes walk away.

And lastly Firemans Cottage, our new addition. A cosy victorian 2 Bedroom Cottage full of character and own private garden.

The trendy fishing village of Whitstable is only 15 minutes drive away, famed for its oysters and sea food or the beautiful Victorian seaside town of Broadstairs and stunning Botany Bay (England's best kept secret) only 30 minutes drive. Closer to Canterbury are ancient woodlands, 2 fantastic wildlife parks and plenty of idyllic country villages and pubs serving local fayre. Further afield, the medieval hilltop village of Rye, Camber sands and Dover castle and rail links to London.

More Details

Property Manager
sebastian stephens
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About sebastian stephens

We are a family run business who have been renting out holiday homes for the past 8 years in Canterbury, where we live. My wife and I have travelled all over the world and have stated in many holiday rentals, giving us a great insight into the needs of any holiday makers.We take great pride in our properties and hope that you will enjoy staying with us.

sebastian stephens purchased this house in 2013

Why sebastian stephens chose Canterbury

This is a truly unique property as there is no other like it in Canterbury.

I caught glimpses of Cedar House through the opened gates of the old fire station which we also bought at the same time. It was always a wish of mine to own an unusual property should ever the opportunity arose, which happened when the property came onto the market for sale. I came just to look but ended up buying it as it was such an amazing unique chance to own such an individual property.

What makes this house unique

Well Located for the city centre, tucked away in a peaceful and quiet location.

Free secure parking and part of an old Victorian Fire Station. All three properties can be rented individually, as a pair or altogether as 'The Old Fire station', sleeping up to ,4,6, 10, 12 or 16 people.

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Canterbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower, wc and wash hand basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed located in the living room
  • The master bedroom comes with a double bed, en-suite shower room and is packed with Original features. A flat screen tv and books are also available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Arthouse@The Old Fire Station
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Perfect stay in Canterbury

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the Old Fire Station in Canterbury and really enjoyed it. It is probably the best equiped holiday home we experienced with many small details (books, games, different cereals, tea sortiment etc.) making our stay very pleasent. It is clean and furnished tastefully. We would love to come back again.

Many thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location close to Canterbury centre

  • 4 of 5

The property suited us just fine - it was comfortable and well equipped and everything clean. A short walk into Canterbury which was ideal. Sebastian and Adelle were very helpful and communicated well. It was good to have some basic ingredients, selections of tea, coffee etc left for us as well as a welcome pack.This image is not of the Arthouse but of the house adjoining which is misleading. The Arthouse has a large number of stairs which should be pointed out - it is a tall thin building. We had 2 cars which was a challenge as there was only room for parking one car and not much room on the street parking. Also it was better to reverse into the passageway on arrival as reversing out of it onto a very busy road is difficult.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Love Canterbury! Great Location.....but lots of steps

  • 4 of 5

We loved the city and the location of the ArtHouse is excellent. But we are old and were unprepared for all the steps especially from the bedroom (number two) to the bath (two big! flights)...... We thought the listing was deceptive and we thought we were going to be in the more modern accommodations with fewer steps. We thought the house was clean and very neat, a few clothes hooks and towel racks in the bathrooms would help a lot. All in all, we loved it and would recommend if you pay attention to the steps and know what you are getting into. Owner is very responsive to concerns!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent character home

  • 5 of 5

Loved our 3 nights here. Super clean and spacious. Lots of nice touches like the Xmas tree and welcome pack of chocolates and beer.

Short stroll to the town and cathedral.

would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment, great location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy our stay at the Old firestation, great location and everything you could need for a stay. It was really comfy and warm. Adelle and Sebastian were easy to contact, helpful and very welcoming.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Outstanding - tasteful accommodation, ideal location and fantastic hosts

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Arthouse for our extended family visiting for our wedding. They were coming for the whole week and as a large group it had been tricky to find suitable accommodation in a central location for a reasonable price. From the beginning of our contact with the Sebastian and Adelle we were very impressed. They were approachable, friendly and accommodating. The property itself is very bright, airy and surprisingly quiet even though it's located on a busy road. Our family found it very comfortable and spacious and given they were unfamiliar with Canterbury the location was absolutely perfect! We also live just around the corner so that was a great added bonus for us.

We would highly recommend the Arthouse to anyone visiting Canterbury, whether you're a group of friends or a family.

Many thanks Sebastian and Adelle for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Monument/ Eight bells
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Canterbury Golf course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Canterbury West
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Refectory
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

There are loads of great activities and sights to see around Canterbury. There are a number of great castle to visit, namely Dover, Bodiam, Leeds and Hever castle. There are some fantastic wildlife parks including, Howletts, Port Lymphne and Wildwood. There are some great bicycle rides and walks to be had in our surrounding ancient woods and some excellent villages to visit including the port cinque town of Rye. A day at the Victorian seaside town of Broadstairs is not too be missed as well as gorging yourself on excellent seafood and sunsets in the charming fishing village of Whitstable. Canterbury Cathedral is the main tourist attraction of the area and is a UNESCO world heritage site.