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As lockdown restrictions ease across the country in the coming months, there is light at the end of the tunnel for those stuck at home. If all goes to plan, households will be allowed to travel to self-contained accommodation from 12th April 2021, opening up May half term to endless possibilities. With everyone so eager for a trip and a change of scenery, the May holidays are set to be a busy one as it is likely to be the first chance many families have for a trip. As a holiday rental agency, we are on hand to help you plan the perfect getaway for May half term in Kent.

Find Your Dream UK Destination

With international travel still off the cards, May half term is set to see families booking breaks much closer to home. Luckily, the UK has endless options for holiday destinations, from city breaks to seaside resorts. Write down everything you want from your trip, whether it be to escape to the countryside, visit the beach or see the sights of some of the UK’s favourite cities. If a beach break is what you are after, the Kent coast is an ideal location. You can choose a seaside holiday in Deal, a relaxing vacation in Kingsdown or discover why Whitstable is the perfect staycation destination.

Get Booked Early

Most families have been holding off making any bookings for May half term because of the uncertainties around travel. With Boris Johnson giving the green light from mid-April, many people are now securing their trips urgently. There are still some restrictions on where you will be able to stay and who with, as you can only travel with your own household, and hotels are still closed. Holiday cottages are the perfect option for a safe holiday in May half term and will allow your family to enjoy your getaway in a luxurious, homely setting. From large countryside houses to quaint little cottages, there are endless opportunities for holiday homes in Kent. Make sure you get your reservation in early to avoid disappointment, as holiday cottages on the coast are in high demand for May half term in Kent. 

Set A Budget

Once you know where you want to go and have secured your holiday rental, it is time to think about daily activities and keeping little ones entertained. A whole weeks’ worth of activities can become very costly, especially when combined with meals, takeaways and other holiday treats. Set yourself a spending limit for your trip away and plan your entertainment within this. Deciding your budget before setting off makes it much easier to stick to and not fall into the trap of overspending while away. Be sure to set some spending money aside for an ice cream on Whitstable beach or a fish and chip break in Margate. Kent has plenty of family activities that are entirely free to enjoy as well, such as a bike ride around Deal, order a picnic at Hut 55 or a walk to see the rich history of Canterbury.

If you are ready to book your holiday in May half term for Kent, then be sure to check out our range of beautiful holiday rentals in Kent. Our holiday cottages in Kent are suitable for large or small families, and some of our homes are pet friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friend along for the adventure. Book your Kent holiday online, or call us to discuss your requirements.

With so much uncertainty over the future of travel, more and more of us are choosing to book our holidays a little closer to home. 2021 is set to be the year of the Great British staycation, and luckily for us, England is packed full of beautiful getaway destinations. From seaside holidays in Whitstable to city breaks in London, there really is a trip for everyone in the UK. Nestled on the North Kent coast, Whitstable is the perfect summer retreat for those looking for beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine and artistic culture. As your trusted holiday rental agency, we are here to help you discover why Whitstable is the perfect staycation destination.

A Foodies Paradise

If you are considering a Summer 2021 holiday to Whitstable, then your tastebuds are in for a treat. The quaint seaside town has become renowned for its delicious local food. Fish and chips certainly don’t disappoint, with a firm favourite being VC Jones on Harbour Street. The much-loved local chippie has been serving scrumptious, freshly cooked fish and chips since 1962.

Whitstable is also famous for its freshly collected oysters, and there are many local eateries serving up these tasty treats. Wheelers Oyster Bar on the High Street is Whitstable’s oldest restaurant and still super popular thanks to their heavenly local oysters, quaint vibe and pretty pink shopfront. For those less keen on seafood, Samphire is a luscious local bistro serving up some delectable dining options.

Something For Everyone

Seaside holidays in Whitstable will leave you feeling relaxed, tranquil and refreshed. The town has a unique style which is beautifully peaceful. Visitors can absorb the tranquillity on a wander past the candy-hued beach huts on the promenade or soak up some sunshine on the delightful pebble beach.

If you enjoy a spot of shopping on your holidays, then Whitstable’s collection of independent, boutique stores certainly won’t disappoint. Vinyl-lovers can search for something special at Gatefield Sounds or Rock Bottom Records, while fashionistas are delighted by the personalised shopping experiences offered at Ruskin

Families will love a summer 2021 holiday to Whitstable, with plenty for little ones to see and do in the area. From child friendly cottages to thrilling water sports, Whitstable is a lovely family destination. While the beach in Whitstable isn’t suited to sandcastles, the shingle shores are perfect for hunting seashells. West Beach is one of the top spots in the area for taking children crabbing, and Sundae Sundae is ideal for an ice cream break. 

Places To Stay In Whitstable

Whitstable offers some beautiful accommodation options, and to truly soak up the atmosphere of the town you can stay in one of our Whitstable holiday rentals. When it comes to holiday cottages in Whitstable, Seaside Retreat is one of the best around. With space for up to 6 guests, just a five-minute walk from the harbour, this child friendly cottage is the perfect base for exploring the local area. Couples and small families love The Whitstable Retreat, a charming 1 bedroom apartment by the Tankerton Slopes. This gorgeous, seaside spot is pet friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friend along to help you explore everything Whitstable has to offer. 

Planning ahead for a cottage break on the Kent Coast next year? Look no further. We have put together some of our favourite self-catering spots along the Kent Coast.

If you were lucky enough to have a staycation this summer, you’ll know that cottage breaks were a sell out when the government relaxed restrictions on UK cottage breaks.

Is it too early to book a holiday cottage for 2021?

With the uncertainty around holidays abroad and the staycation trend set to stay, now could be the perfect time to start planning a 2021 staycation break in Kent to ensure you don’t miss out on availability next year.

With the colder and darker days we’re experiencing, it could be just the thing to give yourself something to look forward to with the whole family.

That’s why we’ve selected our top cottage breaks in Kent to inspire your 2021 staycation. Our pick of British cottages feature the best of romantic, quirky, largedog-friendly and simply beautiful self-catering accommodation.

Where is the best place for a 2021 staycation?

If you’re anything like us and don’t want to spend your holidays worrying about crowded locations, the Garden of England is the ideal place to escape for cottage breaks in the UK in 2021. You can make the most of the fresh sea air and the vast open spaces in remote locations, with plenty of long dog walks to enjoy.

Kingsdown, Deal, Walmer and Whitstable are all home to scenic coastal spots, where you can make the most of the great outdoors and explore somewhere new before retiring to your cosy cottage for some rest.

Kent has so much to offer for a memorable cottage break. Perhaps you’re looking for somewhere on the seafront that your dog will love, or a secluded and romantic cottage for two. Whatever your staycation style, you’ll want to scroll down to see our top picks.

What are the best cottage breaks for 2021?

To save you the hassle of scrolling through all our self-catering listings, we’ve put together the ultimate list of best cottage breaks in Kent.

Whether the restrictions are still in place, or the government relaxes the rules to allow group getaways, these cottage breaks come in all shapes and sizes for an unforgettable staycation in 2021.

Here are Kent’s best cottage breaks.

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Downs Cottage, Kingsdown, Kent – Cottage breaks

Providing an unforgettable cottage break in Kingsdown, Kent, this outstandingly stylish house offers epic views out to the sea. It’s hidden away down a quiet coastal track with great walks and cycle rides to be had. Inside, there are spacious king-size bedrooms and beautifully fitted en suites with roll top baths. Outside, there’s a large lawned area, terrace and sauna to enjoy.

Sleeps: Eleven

Dogs allowed: No

Price: Seven nights from £3,600

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The Old Bakehouse, Walmer, Kent – Cottage breaks

For an exceptional cottage break for two, this cosy self-catering cottage is as romantic as they get. The quintessential cottage is a haven for walkers too, with access to a wealth of beautiful coastal walks, and local pubs and restaurants nearby.

Sleeps: Three

Dogs allowed: Yes – two well behaved dogs

Price: Seven nights from £625, £25 per dog

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Rumbosun, Kingsdown, Kent – Cottage breaks

This pretty two bedroom fisherman’s cottage is just moments from Kingsdown Beach, the perfect place to spend a relaxing seaside holiday. Situated in the charming North Road famous for it rows of pretty cottages, which leads directly to the beach, this family-owned holiday home sleeps five people and would suit couples, families or a small group of friends. There are two pubs close by and the pretty village of Kingsdown is only a short walk away.

Sleeps: Five

Dogs allowed: Yes – two

Price: Seven nights from £675, £25 per dog

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Blue Skies, Deal, Kent – Cottage breaks

Located right in the heart of Deal’s conservation area, Blue Skies makes an excellent and comfortable base for your seaside holiday to Deal. This property is full of character and has been lovingly restored and decorated by its owners. It hosts a lovely big kitchen/dining room, which is very well equipped and sleeps six people (an extra child can be accommodated). There is a first floor spacious sitting room with views out to the pretty and historic streets of Deal. This property also has a wonderful courtyard which becomes a suntrap in the summer.

Sleeps: Seven

Dogs allowed: Yes, two well behaved dogs allowed

Price: Seven nights from £725, plus £25 per dog

The Boatman’s Reading Rooms, Walmer, Kent – Cottage breaks

The Boatman’s Reading Rooms is a stylish, contemporary home in a wonderful seafront location, directly on the beach in town of Walmer in East Kent. Hear the waves lap gently just a few metres from the its spacious decked balcony, and there are miles of beach walks to be enjoyed from the front door, including the 40-minute walk to Sandwich Bay.

Sleeps: Ten

Dogs allowed: Yes, one well behaved dog allowed

Price: Seven nights from £1,300, plus £30 per dog

The great British staycation is more popular now than ever, so book ahead with Keepers Cottages. With a fantastic selection of unique holiday cottages set within some of the Kent’s most popular travel destinations, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday home for every occasion. Call us now on 01304 382044 or email [email protected]

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If you are looking for a Christmas holiday cottage in Kent in general, or one of the Kent Coast gems in locations such as Deal, Walmer, Kingsdown, Whitstable or Sandwich, rest assured that you are in the right place!

However, we also understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up a multitude of questions about whether travel over the festive season is still possible – and safe.

So what are the latest rules that might apply to your Christmas holiday cottage booking in Kent?

Under constant review

Our friendly team at Keepers Cottages are constantly reviewing the latest Government guidance. And we are aware that things can change rapidly. So please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

Please note that since we are based in Kent, the following information applies to England only.

If you are looking to book holiday homes elsewhere in the UK, you will need to refer to each regional governments’ advice.

New COVID rules: What exactly is the 3 tier system?

As of October 12th 2020, there are now three local COVID alert levels in place in England:

One of the first things we advise that to do before booking your holiday is to use the Gov.uk Postcode Checker to find out the current status of your own area, as well as that of the area you want to go to.

UK Government advice on coronavirus travel booking

Once you have confirmed which tier you are in and that of the location you are planning on visiting, make sure to follow Government advice on safeguarding your holiday.

In addition to this, Keepers Cottages can help with the following:

  • Check with us for information about availability and the safety measures we have put in place. As each property is unique, these may vary slightly. We pride ourselves on our personalised approach, so please do get in touch.
  • Read the advice of Kent County Council and follow all local health measures in place during your journey and in your destination.
  • Talk to us about your cancellation rights.

Medium COVID alert level areas (Tier 1)

At the moment, Kent is a medium COVID alert level area.

Also known as Tier 1, this alert is given to the lowest risk areas.

In medium risk (Tier 1) areas, the advice on travel remains largely the same as before the new rules were introduced:

“You should aim to walk or cycle if you can, but where that is not possible you can use public transport or drive […] avoid travelling with someone from outside your household or your support bubble.”

This means you will need to put some thought into where you are booking your holiday cottage so you can plan how to reach it.

High COVID alert level areas (Tier 2)

Tier 2 areas present a high risk for COVID transmission.

Nevertheless, the Government is clear that “You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble.”

The advice continues: “You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high local COVID alert levels.”

As long as Kent remains a Tier 1 area, your Christmas booking would still be viable, even if you are travelling from a High alert level area.

However, should Kent become a Tier 3 area, it would be against the guidance to keep your booking with us.

In this unlikely scenario, we would urge you to contact us before making any changes to your booking.

Very high COVID alert level areas (Tier 3)

The Government is currently advising people not to travel into or out of an area if it has been categorised as a very high alert level area (Tier 3).

The Government website makes it clear that you can only travel into or out of very high alert level areas if you need to for:

  • work
  • education
  • to access youth services
  • because of caring responsibilities
  • or as part of a longer journey

This clearly does not cover holidays.

However, if you live in a lower risk area and want to holiday in a lower risk area, but to do so you would need to pass through a higher risk area, this is currently acceptable.

Regretfully, as Government advice is not to travel out of a Tier 3 area, we cannot advise people in Tier 3 areas to book one of our holiday homes until their area drops down to Tier 2 or Tier 1.

Rule of 6 and Support Bubbles

The latest guidance extends September’s “Rule of 6” and clarifies what is considered a Support Bubble.

In Medium risk areas (Tier 1), you can meet with up to six people (including children) indoors or outdoors.

However, you cannot stay with them overnight unless you are part of a Support Bubble.

When it comes to booking a holiday cottage for Christmas, those staying should be from one single household (including Support Bubbles) only.

There are some limited exceptions to this rule, such as “for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians”.

These can be found on the webpages for each COVID alert level area.

Cleaning holiday cottages for COVID rules

Ensuring that your holiday cottage is Covid-secure remains a top priority for us all at Keepers Cottages.

For further information on how we do this, you might like to refer to our in-depth blog post, Changes to holiday cottage cleaning following Covid-19.

We hope this will bring you peace of mind that we are doing everything in our power to make your stay on the Kent Coast as safe as possible.

Six people on the beach

The government has just announced that, with effect from the 14th September 2020, there are new rules on the permissible size of groups allowed to gather in England.

So how will these new rules affect you and any booking for a holiday cottage in Kent you have already made? Or were perhaps thinking about booking?   

New rules on social distancing

Following an increase in the rate of Covid-19 infections and the overall ‘R’ value (or ‘reproduction’ value), the government has taken further measures to deter gatherings of large groups of people, from multiple households.

In England, there is now a limit of up to six people from multiple households meeting up.

This new rule applies both indoors and outdoors, to all ages and to private homes, pubs, restaurants and outdoor spaces, such as parks.

Fines for breaching these rules will be £100 for a first offence, doubling on each further offence, to a total of £3,200.

One of the main exceptions of this new rule is if your household – or support bubble – is already larger than 6. 

The government currently defines a support bubble as “a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.”

How does the Rule of 6 affect my holiday cottage booking?

So how will the new Rule of 6 affect your booking for a holiday cottage in England?

For existing bookings

If you have already made a booking for a holiday rental on the south east coast of Kent with Keepers Cottages, then provided it is for 6 or less people, there is nothing you need to do.

If it is for more than 6 people BUT those staying at the cottage currently all live in the same household, or are part of a support bubble, then again, there is nothing you need to do.

But if your booking is for 7 or more people AND they are from different households, then you will need to take action to either amend your booking or request a refund.

For future bookings

If you have not yet made a booking for a holiday cottage, you still can, provided the total number in your party does not exceed six.

The key exception to this is if your household (or support bubble) already exceeds six people. In which case, you can book a holiday property large enough to accommodate everyone in that group.

So, for example, it may be that your household currently comprises two parents and four children plus a support bubble that extends to grandma. In which case, you would be fine to book a holiday cottage for seven people.

What to do if you need to amend or cancel your booking with Keepers Cottages

If you need to amend or cancel your existing booking with Keepers Cottages due to this latest legislation, then please get in touch.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and it is our policy that any guest with a booking which has been affected by the latest ‘Rule of 6’ government directive about social gatherings in England may either rearrange to new dates in 2020 or 2021, with no amendment fee or else receive a full cash refund, if preferred.

This policy currently applies to bookings of seven or more guests from different households (or not in the same bubble) who would be travelling to one of our Kent properties, as a social gathering.

When will the ‘Rule of 6’ end?

Right now, there is no official end date to this new legislation. Which means that it could be relaxed within weeks. Or else, extended (or amended) for the foreseeable future.

For this reason, right now, we will be prioritising delivery of the above options to customers for bookings due to arrive between 14th September 2020 and 11th October 2020.

Dates after this will be reviewed on a weekly basis by Keepers Cottages, following any updates to government guidance. 

If your booking is impacted by the ‘Rule of 6’, we will refund you or help you rearrange your arrival date.

We therefore politely request that you do not cancel your booking or chargeback to your payment card as this creates further delays and unnecessary administration in processing refunds.

Call Keepers Cottages for help with your Kent holiday

If your booking has been affected by the ‘Rule of 6’ or you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call Keepers Cottages directly and speak to one of our friendly team.

coffee

The team at Keeper’s Cottages all live locally and as such, live and breathe the best that Deal and the surrounding Kent coastline has to offer on a daily basis.

Not only do they know every single holiday cottage they rent inside and out, but they are also brilliantly placed to recommend everything from the best beaches for kids; where to walk the dogs and – of course – where the best places are in the area to eat and drink.

So we thought we would take a few minutes to run through some of their favourite recommendations.

Where are the best coffee shops in Deal?

Deal is blessed with a number of great, independent, coffee shops from which you can buy the perfect espresso, flat white or warming decaf skinny latte.

Here are some of our favourites:

Hut 55

Hut 55

We really love Hut 55, in Deal.

Not only is this cute little beach hut exactly where you’d hope to find it – right on the beach, looking out to sea – but they do the best coffee (the beans are locally roasted in nearby Hoath) and pastries too.

Not to mention cakes, sandwiches and frankly anything else you might need for a walk along the seafront or a day on the beach.

An added plus, the team who work there are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble.

You can even a hire a bike from here to explore the coast – as well as a picnic to take with you!

Hog and Bean

The Hog and Bean in Deal can be found on Victoria Road.

They are passionate about cooking locally sourced food, for that genuine flavour of Kent.

Expect to find great coffee alongside their deli offerings. You can visit for breakfast and high tea or choose from their wonderful takeaway menu too, including cakes as well as roast lunch in a box on a Sunday!

Popup Cafe

Alternatively, you might like to head to the High Street and try out The Popup Café in Deal.

Not only is their coffee divine (they take their coffee very seriously here), you can choose from their delicious vegetarian brunch menu, featuring favourites such as halloumi, roast sweet potato, avocado, scrambled eggs with harrisa, dukka and sourdough toast.

All their eggs are organic and their milk is from a single estate dairy. Vegans are also well catered for.

Filberts

Filberts in Deal is a lovely deli, with wonderful coffee and great sandwiches.

They don’t have a website but you can find also find them on the High Street in Deal, with their distinctive, double fronted shop.

Once inside, you will find locally made pies and pastries as well as cheeses, olives, eggs, brownies and bread.

Everything you might need for a day on the beach or brunch in your holiday cottage.

Where are the best restaurants in Deal?

The best restaurants are often a matter of opinion. But this is all about our opinion and here are some of our favourites:

The Rose

The Rose in Deal is welcoming bar and restaurant, open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Not only is the interior beautiful but they do the best cocktails in town, alongside a delicious food menu. Children are also well catered for, with a thoughtful menu and there is an optional outside space to dine, should the weather be agreeable.

81 Beach Street

81 Beach Street in Deal offers fine dining by the beach, and features a wonderful evening menu alongside views out to sea to die for!

We love their warm welcome for everyone, including children, and varied menu which includes chargrill steaks as well as fresh fish and seafood.

The Zetland Arms

The Zetland Arms can be found right on the beach in Kingsdown and offers seafood, sunsets and stunning views of the ocean!

Expect freshly caught fish and seafood straight from the Kent coast, cooked up for you for either lunch or dinner.

Perfect when paired with a walk along the beach. Or a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, as you watch the sun go down.

Frog and Scot

The Frog and Scot is, by its own admission, a lively French bistro in the heart of Deal.

Featured in the 2020 MICHELIN Guide, this eating house (owned by both French and Scottish owners) offers fantastic food in unpretentious surroundings.

Perfect for that special meal out to celebrate an anniversary or landmark birthday.

autumn leaves

If, thanks to the likes of Covid, you were unlucky enough to miss out on getting away this summer, then you might well be thinking of planning an autumn escape.

Which then opens up the whole of the UK as possible locations for your next staycation.

So what makes Kent so special? And why should you consider booking your next long weekend away here this autumn?

We take a closer look.

Kent is the oldest county in England

Not only is Kent the oldest county in England, it also has more castles and historic buildings than any other county.

So there is plenty to entertain everyone, whatever the weather or time of year.

Highlights include Leeds Castle, a magnificent building, rising from a lake set in 500 acres of parkland, and once home to 6 medieval queens.

Alternatively, you might fancy heading to the home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle, with its double moat and incredible history, dating back to the 13th century.

And of course, there are historic locations such as Chaucer’s Canterbury, with its splendid cathedral, which are an absolute must to visit.

Kent has miles of beautiful coastline

Margate sands

Facing out to the English Channel, with impressive chalk cliffs (including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover) and miles of golden sands, it is not hard to see why so many visitors flock to Kent’s coastline each year.

Sea temperatures also remain high during the autumn, at 16-17C in September and October.

So should the sun be out, there’s no reason why you couldn’t also take a quick dip whilst you’re there.

If you prefer your beaches to be peaceful and secluded then you’re in luck, as there are numerous quiet locations to explore.

Or if you fancy the buzz of the more traditional seaside resort, then head to places like Margate, home of Dreamland, Kent’s retro theme park or the Turner Contemporary, an internationally-renowned gallery showing contemporary and historical art.

Kent is one of the warmest parts of Britain

The average daily mean temperatures in Kent is a balmy 15C during September and 11C in October.

And average high temperatures are 19C in September and 15C in October.

Which means you can book an autumn break in Kent with relatively certainty that the weather should be on the better side of good for this time of year.

Kent is well connected

Many of the key areas of Kent can reach the centre of London by train in less than one hour (the county town of Maidstone is just 37 miles from London).

And the motorway network is also designed to make this journey fast and painless, thanks to likes of the M2 and the M20.

Shop til you drop at Bluewater

Visitors keen to get their shopping fix are spoilt for choice with over 300 shops at Bluewater, Kent’s largest retail and leisure destination, complete with over 300 stores, 60 cafes, bars and restaurants plus a 17-screen cinema!

Alternatives include Westwood Cross.

Whilst bargain hunters might want to head straight over to the Ashford Designer Outlet.

How to book the best autumn break in Kent

6 Capstan Row Deal Kent

If you are sold on the idea of coming to Kent for an autumn break then give Keepers Cottages a call and we will match you with the perfect holiday cottage!

With over 80 wonderful holiday lets in Deal, Walmer and Kingdown as well as further inland, we like to think of ourselves as the experts when it comes to finding the best Kent coast getaway.

And what’s more, our friendly team all live locally, which means we know all the best restaurants and dog friendly beaches.

As well as where to find the best flat white and crispiest fish and chips!

coffee

As we approach the end of the summer of 2020, we pause for a minute to reflect on what has been one of the most unprecedented periods of our lives!

In March, we were all locked down by the global Coronavirus pandemic (and pockets of the UK still remain locked down).

And then once this lifted, we saw the kind of demand for UK staycations that we could only hitherto dream of.

As holiday makers were told they could not fly overseas for the summer, such was the demand for holiday cottages in the UK that Keepers Cottages was effectively sold out!

It has been wonderful to see the return of so many families to the Kent coast, eager to enjoy the delights of our vast, uncrowded coastline; our many Blue Flag beaches and of course, the odd ice cream or two!

Missed out on a summer break? Book ahead for October half term

But we are also mindful that, with demand outstripping supply, not everyone has had the chance to get away this summer for a break with family and friends.

So if you are still keen to get away but have missed the August rush, now is the time to book ahead for the October half term, to make sure you get the pick of the bunch!

Why demand will be high for October half term

Assuming all schools reopen, as planned, in late August and early September, it is a sure fire certainty that the first term will be more focused than ever, as pupils and teachers across the UK play catch up on the many months of school that were missed towards the end of the last academic year.

Which means that the October half term break is going to look like an oasis in a desert of hard work – for both teachers and kids alike!

We therefore expect demand to be high for this half term break, as the weather is often more than enjoyable in October in Kent, meaning you can spend the day walking the beaches before returning to cuddle up in front of your log burner in the evening.

The best October half term cottages in Kent

So how do you go about finding the best October half term holiday cottages on the Kent coast and surrounding area?

Bowden Lodge dining table

Family house or escape for two?

If you have a big family, chances are you will need a large holiday cottage in Kent to accommodate you all in comfort.

The larger the property, generally speaking, the wide the range of facilities, such as a games room or outside space to explore.

But it might just be two of you wanting to escape for a romantic break away. In which case, you might be more interested in one of our romantic holiday cottages on the Kent coast, perfect for couples.

two dogs in hammock

Pets are welcome too!

Many of our holiday cottages also welcome pets. And as dogs owners ourselves, we know that a holiday is just not the same if you are not all together.

Our pet friendly holiday cottages in Kent range from cute cottages for two, right up to some of our biggest holiday rentals.

So there is bound to be something for everyone.  

Call Keepers Cottages for help finding your next Kent holiday

Of course, by far and away the easiest thing to do is to call Keepers Cottages directly and speak to one of our friendly team about what you would like in your next Kent cottage by the sea.

Deal holiday lets experts

With over 80 holiday rentals in Deal, Walmer, Kingsdown and beyond, Keepers Cottages are the experts when it comes to finding your perfect holiday cottage on the Kent coast.

Our friendly team are all locally based and therefore know the area like the back of their hand!

Feel free to ask them for tips about the best walks, quietest beaches and top restaurants. We love our local area and would be proud to share it with you.

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NHS workers

Keepers Cottages thanks NHS workers with free holiday cottage stay on the Kent coast

Leading Kent holiday cottage agency, Keepers Cottages, has recognised the hard work and dedication of NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, by offering three free stays in a holiday cottage on the Kent coast by way of a thank you.

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Competition on Facebook and Instagram to nominate an NHS worker

Keepers Cottages, based in the seaside town of Deal, launched a competition in April on Facebook and Instagram, in support of the nationwide #TreatOurNHS campaign, in which it asked followers to nominate someone they felt was worthy of the prize, along with an explanation why.

Director and owner, Camilla Shipton said “To be honest, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the response. So much so that we extended our prize of one cottage stay to three. Simply because there were so many worthy entries.”

Camilla added “Like so many of us during Covid, we have been hugely moved by the selfless dedication of all those working for the NHS. The way in which they have put themselves in the firing line of this terrible virus, by going to work each day whilst the rest of us stayed at home really inspired us to give something back, as a small way of saying thank you.”

3 winners given a free stay in a Keepers Cottage property in Deal

Winners of the giveaway were announced in May as Holly Breakwell, Matthew Rutter and Hazel McCarthy.

Holly Breakwell voted for her brother Michael Breakwell and sister in law Lucy Holmes, who both work in the NHS and didn’t get to see their little girl at all during the pandemic.

Matthew Rutter voted for his wife, Tracy who has worked as a midwife for 8 years at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She had been doing an extra shift each fortnight due to Covid-19, as well as looking after her two children whilst they were not at school.

Hazel McCarthy voted for her boyfriend’s mum, Viv Epps, who is a GP practice manager. Viv had been going above and beyond for her patients and returned to work during the COVID 19 pandemic even though she had recently been off due to a brain haemorrhage. Viv also cares for her mother in law, who lives with them.

Giveaway cottages by the sea in Deal, Kent

The cottages selected for the giveaway are all based by the sea in Deal.

China Cottage Deal Kent

China Cottage is right in the heart of Deal’s Middle Street and just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Birdcage cottage Deal Kent

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6 Capstan Row Deal Kent

Whilst 6 Capstan Row is a lovely retreat for four, with easy access to the beach.

sink cleaning

Arriving to find your chosen holiday cottage absolutely sparkling clean has always been a top priority for Deal based holiday letting agency, Keepers Cottages.

As the number one holiday rental firm in Deal, Keepers Cottages has a hard earned reputation for making sure that guests’ expectations are consistently exceeded.

So following the global pandemic of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), what changes to the cleaning regimes can guests expect on their next visit to the Kent coastline in 2020?

A highly professional team of holiday cottage cleaners

Keepers Cottages knows more than a thing or two about cleaning. You could say it’s a little bit of an obsession. But over these last few months, we have come to realise that’s no bad thing!

We manage nearly 80 holiday lets on the south coast of Kent, across Walmer, Deal and Kingsdown as well as several holiday lets further inland.

And we know that the highest standards of cleanliness are important to every single one of our guests.

Fortunately, we have our very own highly skilled and expert team of cleaners in Deal and we take great pride in knowing that each turnaround of a holiday cottage means that the next guest will never know that a previous guest has even stayed.

Hygiene and cleanliness is something we have particularly focused on as a letting agency, ever since our establishment in 2014. And in these uncertain times following the Covid-19 pandemic, it is an issue close to the hearts of our guest going forward.

So exactly what can you expect from Keepers Cottages when you book one of our holiday cottages in Kent?

vacuum cleaner

Total peace of mind for all holiday cottage guests

We want every guest to have complete confidence and peace of mind when they make a booking with Keepers Cottages that their holiday rental will be in first class condition when they arrive.

Thorough cleaning as standard

It has always been a policy at Keepers Cottages to ensure that everything is clean in time for the next guest. But Covid-19 means that we remain extra vigilant.

That’s not just making sure everywhere is hoovered and mopped. Or that the bathrooms are bleached sparkling clean.

It’s also about ensuring that all the glassware, crockery and cutlery is thoroughly washed. That the bedlinen and towels are always freshly laundered. And that each guest is supplied with brand new cleaning cloths.

Extended cleaning times

We have also extended the time allocated to each one of our properties when it comes to cleaning them.

This allows for an even more thorough clean of all surfaces, including TV remote controls, door knobs, handles and banisters. All the areas you might not immediately think of – they’ll already have been done.

Hand sanitiser in each welcome pack

Every booking will receive hand sanitiser as part of their Keepers Cottages welcome pack. Take it with you and use it freely when you’re out and about – it’s yours to keep.

Virakill to be used on every surface

Virakill

Keepers Cottages is delighted to be the first holiday cottage agent in Kent to use Virakill in the management of all its properties.

A unique, multi-purpose surface sanitising spray, Virakill has been specifically designed for disinfecting any surface; desktops, door handles, vehicle surfaces, gym equipment – everywhere!

Virakill is a unique sanitising spray that kills harmful viruses and bacteria within 30 seconds of application and continues to work up to 8 days after.

Not only does it kill 99.99% of all bacteria, it’s been proven to kill all Coronaviruses, including Covid-19.

Suitable for cleaning and sanitising all hard surfaces, it can be used on glazed ceramics, porcelain, chrome, plastic surfaces, walls, tiles, fixtures, toilet and surrounding areas, sinks, urinals, shower cubicles and even carpets, soft furnishings and upholstery.

So if there’s a surface in one of our cottages that needs cleaning, then you can be reassured that Virakill will be used on it!

And better still, not only is it biodegradable, it’s also completely safe to use on the skin, as it contains no harsh chemicals.

Removal of unnecessary ornaments

In order to further minimise risk, we have asked each one of our owners to remove any unnecessary ornaments in their properties.

Key safes for every arrival

Rather than a personal ‘meet and greet’ on arrival, we have ensured that every guest can access their holiday rental via a key safe – which will have been wiped down ready for your arrival as we leave the property.

Staff to be issued with PPE

In the unlikely event of a problem with your cottage during your stay, we will send round a member of our team, at your convenience, in the appropriate PPE, ensuring that both you and they are protected at all times.

Every holiday cottage checked before the arrival of each guest

Not only is it our policy to provide the highest standards of cleanliness when it comes to our holiday lets – we also make sure we personally check out each one before the arrival of every guest.

That way we can be reassured that it’s in tip top condition.

The safest holiday cottages in Kent after Covid-19?

It is never possible to say, with 100% certainty, that a venue is free of Covid. Not least because this is a virus you cannot see.

But we do hope that our thorough cleaning regime will reassure all guests that we take this virus seriously.

And that we have thought of every way in which we can ensure our properties are presented in the safest possible way to our guests.

Any questions about cleaning holiday cottages post Covid-19?

If you have any questions about how we clean our holiday cottages following the Covid-19 pandemic then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Keepers Cottages.