About the property
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Rustic, characterful, cosy little cottage-apartment 2 mins from Whitstable beach&harbour, sleeps 2-3, dogs welcome, woodstove, quiet road
A little cottage-apartment hide-away where you can really feel at home.
Harbour Cottage is the front half of a quirky, cosy, bigger Victorian cottage that would have been a fisherman's home. It's just 3 doors down from the harbour and beach. The cottage's position is fantastic too because it's parallel to the much-loved Harbour Street with all its bohemian shops and restaurants, but the street is somehow tucked quietly away.
Harbour Cottage is small but perfectly formed! It has its own front door, tiled hall and old wooden staircase. There’s a light living room/kitchen with a woodburning stove. And upstairs a small private bathroom and sunny double bedroom. The cottage is ideally suited for a couple, but if you are two friends it works out well too as there's a comfy single mattress and low futon base you can either have pulled out in the bedroom, or downstairs in the living room. I have said that my cottage sleeps 3 because for a couple with a child aged 7+ the single bed means it's possible to all sleep upstairs in the bedroom. Alternatively for a couple who would like a friend to visit for a night or two during their stay (e.g. a grown up child studying at the university etc.), they can have the single bed in the living room. But best is for two! But whoever does stay seems to love my little cottage, it's homely, rustic and comfortable, and everyone says it has a uniquely nice feel.
If you don't already know the town, you will discover Whitstable is really special. It is a good mix of an old fashioned fishing small town community and artistic/foodie sophistication. The sea front has an unspoilt feel with hotchpotch white-washed cottages, old wooden fishing sheds and colourful beach huts. No concrete promenade here but a shingle beach with wooden groynes, wild flowers on the shore and oyster catchers pottering about.
You can make your visit as lively or as quiet as you like: for a little town there's so much going on, but you can easily find complete peace too. There's sailing, wind or kite surfing, boat trips out to see seals and our wind farm, tearooms, fish restaurants, independent shops of all kinds, live bands, unique festivals. Wild seas, rural beaches, ancient woodland, fantastic light, sunny days, geese migrating. Perfect.
And my little cottage is a lovely place to enjoy as your home in our wonderful little town.
Finally my rents help me fund dog welfare and advocacy work in Spain - particularly for the podencos: a breed of hunting hound that are loving, sensitive, athletic comedians, and so stunning to look at. Tragically they are abandoned and so many killed in their thousands upon thousands every year in Spain when deemed redundant. So I try to balance providing a good value, lovely space for visitors, with keeping my income level so I am able to provide reliably for the dogs depending on me, and keep working with others to try and change this terrible situation. My thanks to all guests who rent my little cottage and thereby help these innocent souls who desperately need our support. Come to Harbour Cottage to find happiness for yourself and to help bring happiness to the dogs!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
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!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had such a lovely time
So good to meet the owner on arrival such a lovely comfortable and homely holiday stay everything we needed for a short break we love Whitstable and this is in a perfect location for the high street, harbour and beach walks also very central to other destinations would recommend Broadstairs!
Overall very good indeed
This is a lovely small apartment - half of a cottage, ideally located on a quiet street just off the harbour in Whitstable. THere's loads of information there for visitors - Polly has thought of everything!!
Perfect little getaway cottage.
The cottage is gorgeous and located moments from the beach and high street. It has everything you need including a log burner which made for cosy evenings. We will definitely return.
Comfortable, well equipped and furnished property in good location for exploring beach and town.
Polly made us most welcome to her delightfully furnished and very comfortable holiday home. We were so pleased with the location too, just across the road to beach walks and fishing harbour. Whitstable has many independent shops, all an easy stroll from the property. There are many nice eateries close by too, and four micro-pubs selling a range of Kentish ales, as does the pub at the end of the road.
Very central location on quiet road.
Slept well in very comfortable bed. Polly, the owner, charming and helpful.
perfect position and lovely little cottage.... unfortunately didn't meet Polly...she was off on a jolly too!
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. Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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! Distances: 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. Further Details: 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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes - please see below for points 1-3: Please contact the owner by email or phone for clarification on booking. (1) The full amount is payable on booking for all short visits that are less than a week duration, or for full weeks booked within two months of the visit. Otherwise 50% of the rent is payable on booking as a non-refundable deposit, and the remainder should be sent 2 months before check in. (2) Weekend only stays: Unfortunately there is no flexibility in the system to express that I charge more per night for weekend only stays. These are £90 per night for Friday and Saturday nights and £80 a night for a 3 night weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I have had to give a basic average nightly rate as the system demands this. I hope that we can organise the correct rate by talking by email or phone. (3) Ideally bookings taken for full weeks and prices for different seasons are as given. For short stays there is a mimimum stay of 2 nights. Weekends and longer stays can be negotiated. A rough price guide for short stays is between £58 - £90 per night depending on the number of nights and time of year, and whether a short break will block a full week's rental in the high season. Changeover Day: I can often be flexible about changeover days, and about arrival and departure times. Notes on prices: Ideally bookings taken for full weeks and prices for different seasons are as given. For short stays there is a mimimum stay of 2 nights. Weekends and longer stays can be negotiated. A rough price guide for short stays is between £60 - £90 per night depending on the number of nights and time of year, and whether a short break will block a full week's rental in the high season.