If you’re heading to Kent in July for the Whitstable Oyster Festival, then we’ve got the perfect accommodation for you. When enjoying an event as incredible as this, your home has to match the standards, so heed our expert advice and book one of these gems to truly complete the experience.
Where to reside near the Whitstable Oyster Festival
Take a look at 5 of the very best holiday homes in our Kent collection. If these don’t meet your high expectations, then nothing will.
The Old Fisherman's Cottage
Click to book The Old Fisherman's Cottage now: from £220 per night Whitstable, with its pastel-painted shop fronts and shingle beach, is one of Kent’s prettiest seaside towns – and this whimsical home sits less than half a mile from the shoreline. Inside, it’s an eclectic blend of homespun comfort and understated luxury. Expect Egyptian cotton towels, bold licks of Farrow & Ball paint, a log burning fire to keep things cosy and premium quality mattresses. At this all-weather abode, you can get comfy in the vibrant living space when it's chilly out or spill out into your back garden for seafood barbecues when the sun shines. Take advantage of balmy afternoons with a stroll down to the water. Brave the chill and go for a dip or retreat to the famous Old Neptune pub and watch on with a glass of your favourite tipple. When it comes to dinner, you’re a ten-minute drive from a Michelin starred restaurant and a two-minute walk to stellar eateries on the High Street, which you’ll find special discounts for in your welcome pack. Sleeps up to 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom
Click to book Calathea now: from £425 per night Say the name Ramsgate and it doesn't exactly conjure up images of art, elegance and design, but we're happy to let this charming Georgian home prove us wrong. Set in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, this home makes the most of its original features, including exposed wooden floors and an ornate fireplace. But cool, contemporary and quirky are the buzz words here. The floors are painted a glossy black. The monochrome L-shaped sofa is more Austen Powers than Jane Austen. Modern artwork makes a bold statement on the walls, and an abundance of houseplants add warmth and character in every room (check out the botanical scene in the bathroom). Well, little wonder – host Kate is an interior designer. The light-filled kitchen with sensational marble counter-tops and high-spec cooking equipment is the heart of the home – putting together dinner here will be a delight, not a chore. And even better? This home is in a superb central location, set in-between Ramsgate's train station and the beach. Sleeps up to 6 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms
Click to book Spindle Flower now: from £200 per night Sitting high above the Weald, Spindle Flower has breathtaking views over the rolling Kent countryside that will make you feel fully at one with the landscape. Take a picnic down to the table in the orchard at lunchtime, and at sunset relax on the patio with a glass of wine overlooking the sweeping panorama. There are countless scenic walking trails passing right by your doorstep, and you’re also very well-placed to explore the many National Trust homes and gardens of the area. Margate and Whitstable are an easy drive away if you feel like exploring the coast, or you could just sit and listen to the birds in your very own orchard. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom
Click to book Seawatch now: from £300 per night This old coastguard cottage is perfect for a creative retreat and break from the city, sitting on a windswept stretch of countryside between serene, sheep-grazed pastures and the sea. Nearly 150 years old and recently renovated, this cottage is far from ordinary, with many thoughtful touches such as the wood-burning stove, a modern kitchen, original artwork and vintage furnishings. Bathe in the sumptuous loft-space bathtub under the stars, wake up in comfort to the sound of the sea and head out to explore the misty, brooding Romney Marsh. Warm up in the many atmospheric pubs with intriguing histories, resident ghouls, roaring fireplaces, cracking ales and tasty grub. For a day of fun in the sun, walk along the pebbled beach or bring a bucket and spade and visit the popular Camber Sands. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms
Click to book Shingle Cove now: from £500 per night Within a hop and skip from Deal’s seafront, this home is ideally situated to make the most of this pretty Kentish town. Within walking distance, you also have Deal Pier, with its award-winning brutalist architecture. Stroll along the pier for panoramic views of the sea, perhaps stopping at one of the excellent restaurants or cafes for a bite to eat. The home itself is a cosy place to stay, with its exposed-brick fireplaces, rug-covered wooden floors and original details. The bright living room, with its colourful patterned cushions, is a lovely place to relax on a quiet evening in. On summer days, fire up the barbecue for an alfresco meal in the sun, and enjoy your plant-filled private patio. Sleeps up to 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms
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