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Newly Renovated Period Home in Conservation Area, Just a Short Walk to the Sea

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4-Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Detached House Close to Beach & Town. Pet Friendly.

Extensive renovations are now complete (July 2015) and this lovely period home by the sea, Heron House, is ready for holiday bookings. Our place offers guests a great central location in the heart of Whitstable's Conservation Area - just a hop and a skip to the beach and the high street. There's plenty of space (2 reception rooms, large kitchen/diner, 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms), cosy corners, a small garden with patio and a garden room to enjoy.

Heron House is perfect for guests of all ages and we welcome pets. From couples to extended family groups, we offer a comfortable, classic period home-from-home with the benefits of WiFi, wood burner, extended kitchen/diner and private parking for one car.

The house itself is detached and offers a peaceful oasis between the bustling weekend crowds on the waterfront and high street. The interiors are full of Victorian character, all fully refreshed following recent full renovation, but with a modern twist. There is a newly extended kitchen/diner with breakfast bar and two sets of French doors leading out to the patio - a great space for entertaining with seating for up to 8 guests plus high chair. There are 2 double bedrooms and 2 with twin beds that can also be made up a double rooms, all with king sized beds. There are also 2 bathrooms, both with rolltop baths and shower facilities. In the evenings you can choose between two cosy lounges: the snug is open plan to the kitchen and offers seating for 4, an AGA woodburner and TV/DVD. Next door is the front lounge with seating for 5, a feature fireplace and larger TV/DVD.

Outside there is the all-important parking space for 1 car, a small secure garden with small lawn, patio dining area and access to the garden room. There is seating for 8 guests, tables and parasol, Weber BBQ and deckchair. The garden room offers further space to relax with a daybed and large beanbag.

We are just opening the doors to guests for the first time this summer (July 2015) and are offering fully inclusive rental rates that cover all the basics:

- Bed linen, towels and toileries

- Loo rolls, kitchen rolls, cleaning and laundry supplies/equipment, candles, napkins

- Kitchen supplies, including:tea/coffee/sugar, salt/pepper, jam/marmalade, oil, herbs, etc

- Travel cot with bedding, plus high chair and stair gate

- Free stay for up to 2 mature, well-behaved dogs (dog water bowls provided)

- BBQ, garden furniture and parasol

- WiFi

- Use of woodburner, including small supply of logs for fire (including kindling & matches)

- Welcome gift tray, including locally produced items

We look forward to welcoming you to Heron House Whitstable!

More Details

Julie FitzGerald Vitelli
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Julie FitzGerald Vitelli

We are the owners of Heron House - Julie FitzGerald and Alessandro Vitelli. We are based in London for work reasons and have grown children and two dogs. When we're not renovating and maintaining property, we love to travel! This shot was taken in Prague a few years ago.

We love spending time by the sea and have another holiday home on this site that we have rented out since 2008 - reference number 97480. This is our place in Ireland, The Artists' Cottage & Studio. It's a real privilege to have holiday homes and we like to share these wonderful old houses and coastal locations with people from all over the world.

Julie FitzGerald Vitelli purchased this house in 2010

Why Julie FitzGerald Vitelli chose Whitstable

We were first drawn to the historic seaside town of Whitstable on a tour of Kent back in 2009. We visited many coastal locations but Whitstable cast its spell over us and we found ourselves spending a lot of time here, renting beach houses and enjoying the sea and the surrounding countryside.

What makes this house unique

We ended up buying in the town and this house had everything we could hope for. It's so close to the high street and beach yet is a quiet corner with a lovely little south-facing garden and parking (a rarity so close to the sea). The house is detached so it feels very private and also allows light in from all sides at different times of day. We realised it needed a lot of work as it was somewhat neglected but we were undeterred.

Two and a half years later... here we are, all done and looking lovely with original features retained and fully restored. It has the same feel we fell in love with but will extra space in the kitchen area and the added comforts of new sash windows, a wood burner, an extra bathroom and large loft conversion. We even gave the garage a makeover and it's now a light and bright chill out area.


Whitstable House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master En Suite (2nd Floor) - toilet , combination tub/shower , Open-Plan to Master Bedroom
    Family Bathroom (1st Floor) - toilet , tub , shower , Next to Back Bedroom
    Understairs Loo (Ground Floor) - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom (2nd Floor) - 1 queen , En Suite Bathroom (open plan)
    Front Bedroom (1st Floor) - 2 twin/ single , Twin Beds or King Bed (Zip Link)
    Middle Bedroom (1st Floor) - 1 queen
    Back Bedroom (1st Floor) - 2 twin/ single , Single 3ft Daybed with 3ft Trundle (Twin Beds or King Bed)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Newly Renovated Period Home in Conservation Area, Just a Short Walk to the Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Heron House, Whitstable – a Kentish gem.

  • 5 of 5

The house has been expertly restored and updated with high quality fittings throughout – everything works well. The plumbing and heating are excellent and the kitchen/diner has been superbly equipped. The back garden (with resident heron) has tables and seating and a garden room. There is a parking space outside the garden gate. The house is quiet; very little traffic at night.

It is very useful to have a front room and a separate ‘snug’ both with TVs so that adults and kids can watch different programs. The guide to the house was admirably comprehensive – everything you could think of.

The house is very well situated - a 2 minute walk to Oxford St connecting to the High St/Harbour St. Most of the shops and restaurants are to be found along this route – the traffic is heavy during the day. The walk down Nelson Rd to the beach is about 10 minutes, and passes the Windy Corner Café (excellent breakfasts, coffee and cakes).

Whitstable is a very pleasant place to stay with a very impressive range of shops and many places of interest. We had good weather which was a marvellous bonus. We only stayed from Friday evening to Monday lunchtime, and we certainly plan to return. The whole town has an atmosphere and style of its own. All the eating places we tried were good.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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what a gem

  • 5 of 5

our overall impression was wow have we stepped into an ideal home mag!

as we entered the house stylish and spotless lots of well placed arty pieces.

Whistable was lovely enjoyed the harbor young grandson the boats .fish and chips outside the anchor pub facingthe sea and a good brouse at the variety of shops and then my birthday lunch at the Sportsman inn at tankerton highly recommended all worth a visit

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful luxury home in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our last day of our amazing 7 week stay in Heron House. We are so sad to leave and can't begin to say how enjoyable our visit has been to Whitstable. Heron House itself has truly been a home from home with everything provided we could possibly need in a perfect location to sample everything that Whitstable has to offer. From the moment we booked, the lovely owner Julie was extremely friendly and bent over backwards to ensure we had everything we needed for our stay and provided a lovely tray full of delicious cheeses and biscuits on our arrival to welcome us. Having our two large dogs with us we fully expected to be severely limited with where we could visit but Whitstable is SO dog friendly! Our dogs went everywhere with us!! We will certainly miss our many walks along the beaches to Seasalter and Tankerton, always with lunch, a slice of cake or dinner at the end to reward us for our efforts in the huge selection of dog friendly restaurants and coffee shops. Our absolute favourites for coffee and light bites were Elliots and No.15 in Whitstable and Jo Jo's in Tankerton have the most AMAZING cakes!! Dinner choices were only slightly limited because of our two furry friends but I can definitely recommend The Marine Hotel in Tankerton, The Hotel Continental and The Pearsons Arms all of which welcomed dogs with open arms. I also can't not mention the fantastic Local pub the Coach and Horses which became our usual Friday night haunt. The barman and locals were brilliant and Flo our bulldog became a little bit of a celebrity pub dog, wandering around asking for a stroke from anybody who was willing. Our nights here normally ended with a stroll down to the local Chinese The Four Seasons, or Indian, The Star of Bengal for a takeaway both of which served delicious food. I can't say enough good things about both our wonderful accommodation and Whitstable as a town. Even in the depths of winter it didn't fail to enchant us. We loved it so much we are even considering a permanent move to the if that isn't an endorsement nothing is!!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
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Lovely 4 bedroom house near the seaside

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish our stay at Heron House was lovely. The owner Julie was very friendly and helpful throughout the booking process and afterwards returning our deposit the same day.

The house itself is absolutely perfect with 4 large double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an open plan kitchen and breakfast bar with large dining table that easily seated 8 people.

The recent refurbishment is excellent and everything is finished to a very high standard.

There is nothing that Julie hasn't thought of in equipping the house and we enjoyed a lovely Christmas in our 4 day stay at Heron House with all mod cons.

We would thoroughly recommend this property and have every intention of returning.

Whitstable itself is well worth a visit and we were surprised by the varied activities that are available from the beach to shops and restaurants

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Nearest Airport
64 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
32 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Metres
Whitstable Seasalter Golf Club
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Car: not necessary

Just 7 miles from Canterbury on the northeast coast of Kent, Whitstable has become one of the most popular seaside destinations in the UK. Appealing to visitors of all ages, it's easy to see why - the beach, shops, restaurants, range of activities on offer and annual events like the renowned Oyster Festival held in July.

Heron House is ideally situated on Nelson Road, right at the heart of the town and just a short walk to the beach and the high street. For keen golfers, why not enjoy a round of golf at the Whitstable & Seasalter Golf Club, a few meters from our back gate? There's all sorts of other activities on offer on the Whitstable waterfront, including tennis courts and sailing club... or enjoy a dip in the sea or a picnic on the beach. Within easy walking distance is the town's vibrant Harbour area, Castle and Sailing Club. We are also close to the Crab & Winkle Way cycle trail and Saxon Shore Way walking route.

Whitstable is also a great base to explore the county of Kent: just a 10-minute drive from historic Canterbury with its Cathedral, half an hour from Margate and the Turner Gallery, for example. Kent as a county has a lot to offer visitors with fantastic countryside, coastline and historic villages and towns: lose yourself in the ‘Garden of England’ …


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $349.11
Tax Rate 20.0%

We offer fully inclusive rental rates that cover all the basics:

- Bed linen, towels and toiletries
- Loo rolls, kitchen rolls, cleaning and laundry supplies/equipment, candles, napkins
- Kitchen supplies, including: foil, film, tea/coffee/sugar, salt/pepper, jam/marmalade, some sauces/herbs/oil etc
- Travel cot with bedding, plus high chair
- Free stay for up to 2 mature, well-behaved dogs (dog water bowls provided) - sorry, no puppies or junior dogs
- BBQ, garden furniture and parasol
- WiFi
- Use of wood burner, including small supply of logs for fire (including kindling & matches)
- Welcome gift tray, including locally produced sparkling wine, crisps and cheese with biscuits, grapes and an extra season treat

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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