Why I love Deal…
In July 2013, Keepers Cottages was set up to manage and promote holiday accommodation in East Kent, providing a tailored service to people wishing to use their properties as holiday lets.
Affiliated to Bright and Bright, and based at the same Victoria Road offices, Keepers Cottages adds to their wealth of property expertise. Managing Director is Camilla Shipton, she writes about why she loves living in Deal and what her favourite Deal attractions are:
I moved out of London several years ago as I wanted to live somewhere better suited to bringing up the children. With a golf fanatic in the family, where would beat East Kent which has several great courses? Deal is close to the major shopping centres of Canterbury and Westwood, has access to fabulous coast and countryside and good transport links with London and beyond. It matched all our requirements.
The best part about living in Deal is undoubtedly the Sea Front. Stretching from the ruins of Sandown Castle past the centuries old beachfront houses, the pier, Deal Castle, Walmer castle as far as the cliffs at Kingsdown.
I go for a daily walk or run with Molly the dog to take in the everchanging moods of sea and sky. My favourite route is along the Saxon Shore Way from Walmer to Kingsdownpassing by Wellington Parade where the owners have views right across to France on a clear day. I daydream about living there one day….
On past Walmer Castle which is very popular with residents and visitors. It’s closed during the winter but will reopen in April 2015 with new displays to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The cannons facing out over the sea still look as though they are ready to defend England’s shores from attack.
Along as far as Kingsdown, a picturesque village nestling at the end of the famous White Cliffs. The fishermens cottages were built almost on the beach itself. At low tide the chalk shelf of the beach is exposed and is a fabulous place to take the children rock pooling. I have been known to stop off at the Zetland Arms now and again before making my way back home.
Deal town itself has so much to offer. With a large number of independent shops alongside the chains and charity shops, it is a great place to make your purchases. And it is so friendly, I often run into people I know along the high street and have a good natter. The Black Douglas Coffee House on Beach Street is a more comfortable place to meet and catch up with friends over coffee and cake.
The Bake House is my favourite bakery in town with delightful staff and amazing food. I love their artisan bread, chicken and mushroom pies, and their melt in the mouth brownies. I’ll also pop over to The Allotment in the High Street to buy locally sourced food and Will’s best fudge.
I have never seen a more unique place than the Black Pig butcher, selling Art alongside the joints of meat and the tastiest sausages imaginable.
The Astor Community Theatre is a great arts venue in the centre of town with music, theatre and literary events plus a monthly ‘Time and Tide’ beer tasting club. In the summer it hosts many of the performances for the annual Deal Music Festival (27 June – 12 July in 2015).
If you’re planning to visit our lovely town here area few of the properties offered by Keepers Cottages that you might enjoy;
For amazing views, you won’t do better than the Sea Purse which sleeps seven people is located right on the beach in St Margaret’s Bay. Other beach front properties include The Beach House in Deal, and Clipper House opposite the Royal Marines’ bandstand on Walmer Green. Kingfisher Cottage is one of those old fishermen’s cottages at Kingsdown. We also have some beautiful properties in the historic Deal Conservation area including Hamilton House and 148 Middle Street.
For more information, please visit our website www.keeperscottages.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01304 370939.