A weekend in Seashell Cottage, Deal, Kent

A weekend in Seashell Cottage, Deal, Kent

We’re just back from a blustery, invigorating weekend by the sea: at Seashell Cottage, a Sykes Cottages property in Deal, Kent.

Do you know Deal? It’s a small town not far from Dover, on the east side of Kent. I’ve posted about the food we sampled in Deal here, and I’ve also posted eight more reasons to love the place. For now I wanted to tell you about Seashell Cottage, a cosy fisherman’s dwelling just a hop and a skip away from the sea.

Deal

When we arrived in Deal on Friday, it was after sunset, and the cottage’s narrow, quaint street was very dark. Luckily, the owner had advised us to take a torch or smartphone to see our way into the house. A few hours after the booking was made with Sykes Cottages, he had emailed and texted me a pack of information, about getting into the house, as well as detailed pointers about parking, and a little potted history of the dwelling.

Seashell Cottage

Seashell Cottage by day

Seashell Cottage is made up of two homes in Deal’s pretty conservation area. They were built around the turn of the 19th century, and probably used to belong to fishermen – or ‘sprat-wafflers’, as seafarers living in this part of town were known.

Seashell Cottage

The two large wooden doors on either side of the room above led on to separate staircases, both going up to the bedrooms. They were steep, so people with mobility issues would find it difficult to stay at Seashell Cottage, but for our two kids the double staircases were lots of fun. We never quite knew which one they would pop out of when playing the ‘I don’t want to go to sleep’ game in the evening….

Seashell Cottage

The downstairs living space was open plan, with a retro table for eating traditional British seaside grub…

Seashell Cottage

or for playing with jigsaws and board games.

Seashell Cottage

Seashell Cottage was well-stocked with games, books and DVDs.

Seashell Cottage

The cottage’s stash of entertainment fodder would come into its own during a longer stay. You could quite easily while away a stormy afternoon in the cottage’s downstairs space.

Seashell Cottage

The kichen was kitted out for a family, with a dishwasher, small fridge, oven and a motley selection of pots, pans and cutlery for rustling up hearty meals. There were even dishwasher tablets and washing-up liquid waiting for us, although I’m not sure whether those are provided as standard, or were just left over from the previous guests. Tin foil, clingfilm and washing-up cloths were to be found in cupboards; you can’t take these for granted in self-catering accommodation, so it was good not to have to rush out and buy them when we wanted to cover up our leftover salad.

Seashell Cottage

There was one downstairs bathroom, where the ‘nautical chic’ style running through the entire house was most noticable.

Seashell Cottage

Little reminders of Seashell Cottage’s location – ie 30 yards from the beach – were everywhere.

Seashell Cottage

Seashell Cottage

Upstairs, you could hear the waves from the small bedroom, on the landing:

Seashell Cottage

and from the generously sized master bedroom.

Seashell Cottage

Seashell Cottage

The master bed was big; a super-kingsize, at a guess. Although Seashell Cottage housed our small family comfortably, if you were a couple who wanted a romantic getaway, the place would be cosy enough for two, without feeling as though you were rattling around in the place.

The second double bedroom was set back from the sea.

Seashell Cottage

When we arrived, we tried to work out what its window overlooked:

Seashell Cottage

In the morning, we found out: a small courtyard, with a utility space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Seashell Cottage

We didn’t use the courtyard while we were there. As we only had two full days, we went out and about, to make the most of what Deal had to offer on our short trip: a market, the castle (which I’ve posted about here) and of course, the sea.

Here it is, from the master bedroom (I leaned out of the window to take this image). So close!

Seashell Cottage

Our children don’t go to the seaside that often, so we piled onto the beach both on the grey Saturday:

Seashell Cottage

and on the gloriously sunny Sunday. We spent a lot of time just throwing stones into the waves. Big smiles all round.

Seashell Cottage

Storm Imogen was working its way into the UK mainland on Sunday evening, which made for a noisy, gale-filled night, but apart from that we were lucky with the weather. A UK seaside holiday in February is always a gamble, but I’ve posted before about how, if you prepare in the right way, the winter coast can be just as pleasant as in warmer months. Even more so, perhaps.

And the blustery, chilly nights in Deal gave us the perfect excuse to cosy up with Seashell Cottage’s wood burner (fuel was provided).

Seashell Cottage

Here is what our children thought of Seashell Cottage, and a whistlestop tour of the place:

Sykes Cottages‘ prices vary according to the season, but for a weekend (three nights) in February, during term time, Seashell Cottage costs £269. For a selection of other family-friendly accommodation in the UK, check out this post by Wandermust Family.

Getting there: Deal is 9 miles from Dover, off the A2. Direct trains run regularly from Charing Cross and Kings Cross in London.

Seashell Cottage is in Deal’s conservation area, to the north of the town. It is about a 10-minute walk from Deal Castle, which I’ve posted about here, and six minutes from the main shopping area.

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Seashell Cottage

Disclosure: Sykes Cottages offered us a three-night weekend stay for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.

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33 Comments

  1. February 10, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Looks like the perfect place for a wintry weekend break by the sea. So happy to hear you enjoyed it x

    • February 12, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Izzie. We had a wonderful time.

  2. February 12, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Love the look of this place! Charming. Great review Nel.

    • February 12, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you! X

  3. February 12, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Oh I love it! I love it’s location to the sea. I an’t wait to hear what you thought of Deal. Your instagram pictures were just beautiful.

    • February 12, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      You should definitely take a trip to Deal- I think it would be right up your street. Quaint AND hip!

  4. Louise
    February 12, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Lovely video it looks very cosy and so handy for the sea! I love a winter break to the coast x

    • February 12, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Me too- it’s great for blowing away the cobwebs.

    • February 12, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      It was perfect!

  5. February 12, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    What a gorgeous cottage and a fabulous location. I love the combination of the outdoors coupled with somewhere warm and cosy 🙂

  6. February 12, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Looks like the perfect holiday home. We live so far from the sea that we can’t see the point of going to the seaside if you can’t walk to the beach. It looks really cosy for a winter stay.

  7. February 12, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    What a characterful polace to stay in. Lov ethe video too. I so need to stay in a cottage with a log burner!

    • Nell
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      The burner really helped make our holiday…

  8. February 13, 2016 / 6:44 am

    It does look a lovely characterful cottage. The two staircases thing would be a lot of fun. It’s nice that so much was provided as so often you end up having to buy things like clingfilm.

    • Nell
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Yes, it was well-stocked.

  9. February 13, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Reasonably priced for a weekend, Nell and lovely decor! I admired your courage when I saw on your Instagram photos from the beach that weekend, as it had been so blowy!xx

    • Nell
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      It was pretty chilly out there, but luckily the cottage was blissfully cosy!

  10. February 14, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Loved your pics on FB too Nell, this places looks gorgeous. Your post actually made me very homesick what with the fish and chips and all! 😀 xx

    • Nell
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Aaah – you’ll have to come back for a visit to these shores soon Emma!

  11. February 15, 2016 / 7:48 am

    A little cottage a stones throw from the beach would be my idea of heaven – it looks beautiful

    • Nell
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      It was – such a nice treat.

  12. February 17, 2016 / 9:57 am

    How lovely. Not heard of Deal before but looks pretty there. I love the cottage, absolutely perfect for a weekend away with the beach being so close. My kids would like the two staircases too! x

    • Nell
      Author
      February 20, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Deal is a fab place – I’ll be posting about it soon.

  13. February 18, 2016 / 12:24 am

    Looks so cozy and perfect! I remember seeing your pics on Instagram and thinking how ideal it looked as a winter get-away. Always love it too when places come equipped with boardgames and kids stuff..bonus points:). #mondayescapes

    • Nell
      Author
      February 20, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Yes, it was perfect for a winter getaway. I’ve been dreaming about that wood burner!

  14. February 22, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I’ve wanted to read about your trip to Deal ever since seeing your Instagram pix. This cottage looks like my ideal British cottage – always need to have a woodburner or open fire for settling down in front of with a book and a glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed. #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:31 am

      Yes, the woodburner really did make it for us. Such a treat!

  15. February 24, 2016 / 8:37 am

    What a lovely place!! I have to say, coming from a warm country, I’m always used to be by the beach when it’s warm, but must me awesome to be cosy inside a cottage hearing the waves crashing from your bed 😀
    I love that they have games and books, how thoughtful!

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes 😀

    • Nell
      Author
      February 25, 2016 / 10:49 am

      A winter’s visit to the beach is so very different to the summer. You have to make sure you get all the summer expectations out of your head – and then it’s a fantastic experience.

  16. Georgie A
    August 2, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Hi Neil,
    I really enjoyed reading your review and it has made me even more excited about staying at this cottage in September! We are staying for three weeks and will have a car, so I was hoping to find somewhere we could park where we don’t have to pay! Did you have any experience of parking and any subsequent recommendations?
    Thanks,
    Georgina

    • Nell
      Author
      August 2, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      As far as I recall, there’s parking at the top of the road (in the opposite direction to the beach). I think you have to pay during the week, but it’s free at weekends. There’s no parking on the street itself as it’s tiny! The owners emailed us some really helpful info before we stayed there, which included details about parking. Have a great time there – it’s a gorgeous place to stay.

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