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Christmas stockings

Christmas is one of the most special and exciting times of the year, but it can get very stressful when you are having to do it all.

So if you fancy doing Christmas in style this year (while leaving time to enjoy the festivities with the family) then how does sitting tucked up by the fire with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine in a Kent Christmas cottage sound?

And if you are worried that you have left your booking to the last minute then don’t panic; we’ve got some beautiful cottages on the Kent coast to get your short break sorted. 

Father Christmas

Wait for Santa in style in Deal

Deal isn’t just for summer; Christmas is the time where this Kent town really comes to life.

From the magical winter wonderland at the Old Marine Station, to the family-friendly ice rink, get bundled up in your cosy clothes, grab a hot chocolate and go and explore all that Deal has to offer.

And if you’re looking to do a spot of last-minute gift shopping, why not stop by nearby City of Canterbury and peruse popular high street stores and independent boutiques to get the family something they’ll love?

To make this festive season extra special this year, we have plenty of Christmas cottages in Deal to discover.

Whether you are in need of a large cottage for all the family or a cosy, romantic hideaway for two, browse our range of available holiday homes to pick the right one for your Christmas getaway.

Just don’t forget to tell Santa where you are… 

Create cherished Christmas memories in Walmer

With amazing seafront views, picture-perfect homes and the iconic Timeball Tower, Walmer is the place to really enjoy the magic of Christmas.

Something you mustn’t miss, head to Walmer Castle after hours for their special Christmas tour. See the interior rooms in all their festive glory and learn how the Tudors would have dressed their stately homes. 

And when it’s time to call it a day, hunker down in one of our cosy Walmer cottages with a mulled wine in hand. And why not crack out some board games for some old fashioned family fun? Most of our cottages have a large TV too, meaning you can sit down to watch some Christmas classics to really get the festive excitement flowing. 

Kent coastline

Discover a coastal Christmas at Kingsdown

If you are looking for a Kent coastal holiday home this Christmas, then a holiday cottage in Kingsdown is definitely one to put on your list.

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning and looking out at the beautiful sea views as you celebrate Santa’s arrival.

And with a range of dog-friendly homes on offer, your pooch doesn’t need to be left behind either. In fact, there are plenty of stunning beach walks in Kingsdown to help you walk off your Christmas dinner, leaving more room for pud! 

Our cottages in Kingsdown offer a lovely quiet retreat, so if you’re looking for some quality time with the family then this is the place for you.

Deck the halls with festive decs, cook a delicious Sunday roast and get away from it all in the sanctuary of one of these beautiful holiday homes. You’ll have the best Christmas yet. 

Need help finding a Kent holiday cottage for Christmas?

We have a wonderful range of holiday cottages on the Kent coast (and further inland) for you to choose from, including Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown.

If you would like help finding the best holiday cottage for Christmas 2019, then just get in touch and our friendly team will let you know what we have to meet your requirements.

With Christmas creeping up on us, it’s a great time to get prepared for the season and start planning the festivities with the family. There’s lots to do in East Kent during December. Come and stay in one of our cottages and enjoy the best of the season in comfort. Here are some of our favourite events taking place locally. 

Mother Goose at The Marlowe Theatre

28 Nov 2019 ‐ 12 Jan 2020

This year’s ever-popular panto, Mother Goose, stars Dr Ranj (CBeebies, This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing) and Jenna Russell (EastEnders, West End Star). Enjoy dazzling costumes and sets, sing-along music and hilarious panto moments. Indulge in a bit of audience participation and a good old sing-along.  Mother Goose is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Book your tickets now.

Father Christmas

Magical Medieval Christmas at Canterbury Tales

December 14th – 15th

Navigate the medieval streets of Canterbury to find Father Christmas and convince him to return to the present day!

There will be festive activities to complete, games to be played and songs to be sung. Followed by the chance to meet with Father Christmas himself: children on the ‘nice’ list will even go home with a present from St Nick himself. Suitable for children aged 2-10 years. Booking is essential.

Winterland Margate at Dreamland

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, then daily 21st – 31st December 2019 (excluding 25 December), 11am-5pm

Bring the whole family to the seaside for a Christmassy day out at Dreamland. There’s a winter market with food and drink, film screenings, a fairy light walk, crafts and seasonal rides.

Climb inside a giant snow globe and play in the mini blizzard. Great news for animal lovers, because dogs will also be allowed in the park with their owners. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had, so leave time in the build-up for some fun at the fair.

Enchanted Walmer Castle

Dates available throughout December

Take a tour of Walmer Castle grounds as they are illuminated in spectacular colours for the season.

Take this opportunity to see the new historic Glen, which has been newly restored. With dancing fairies, talking trees and enchanting trails to follow, children will be in for a treat. There will be mince pies and mulled wine waiting for you at the end of your tour, and fairground rides and games will keep the fun going long into the evening.

A brilliant way to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Walmer Castle as you’ve never seen them before. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Europe Christmas Markets

Keepers cottages are a short trip across the channel from the continent.

Take advantage of our unique location and book in a day trip to a European Christmas market. With lots of travel options available, including euro star, ferry, and coach trips you can make the crossing with ease.

Stock up on gifts in Lille, take in the sights of Prague and indulge in some yuletide treats in Bruges. By the end of the day you’ll be tucked up in your cottage Instagramming the highlights. Read Eurostar’s guide to Europe’s best Christmas Markets.

Booking a Christmas cottage in Kent might be the last thing on your mind during the summer months, when the weather lends itself more to barbecues and beach days on the Kent coast.

However, the best Kent self-catering cottages soon get booked up, and this is especially true of larger houses which are already being snapped up for festive family and friend breaks.

Christmas tree

Don’t wait for the seasonal surge in last-minute holiday cottage bookings once the summer starts to give way to colder autumn days.

By booking now, you can make sure you get a luxury Kent coastal cottage with room for the whole family – even including the family dog in our pet friendly cottages on the Kent coastline.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and after 12 months of hard work, you deserve the most wonderful Christmas Kent cottage to kick back and relax for a few days of festive celebrations.

Here at Keepers Cottages, we have a wide range of holiday rentals still available over the festive season, in seaside locations such as Deal, Kingsdown and Walmer – some of which come with incredible views out to sea.

Ho-ho-holiday homes in Kent for Christmas

Give the children a Christmas to remember in picture perfect Kent holiday homes that capture that iconic Christmas card cottage look and feel.

If there’s snow, it will only add to the effect – but even if not, short breaks in Kent coastal villages and towns, such as Walmer, St Margaret’s Bay and Deal around Christmastime will be picturesque either way.

Why not take the chance to pose for some family photos against the backdrop of a Kent Christmas market or brightly decorated Christmas tree?

You might even find you like your holiday snaps enough to get them printed up as your family’s greetings card for next year’s festive season!

And if you have little ones, make sure to book a Kent holiday cottage that comes fully equipped with a chimney, so Santa can get in on Christmas Eve to drop off their presents.

Christmas on the Kent coast

Kent coastal walks are a great way to enjoy the crisp winter weather around Christmastime, so bundle up warm and get some much-needed winter sun and fresh air.

You’ll find traditional Christmas markets, decorations and illuminations throughout the villages and seaside towns of the Kent coast.

And the county has plenty of historic sites and heritage railways that run right through the winter months, creating unique photo opportunities and alternative festive day trips too.

Many of these are also pet friendly, especially the railways, so if you’re looking for dog friendly days out in Kent, they’re well worth considering.

The same is true at many of the stately homes and historic estates across the county, so again, if you’re planning pet friendly day trips, Kent is an ideal place to stay.

Last minute festive breaks in Kent

When you book a Christmas cottage in Kent, you take care of one of the biggest parts of your holiday – the accommodation – and that means there’s less left to the last minute.

As the year goes on, there will no doubt be more details of Christmas events in Kent from right across the region, and it’s much easier to add these to your schedule if you know you have accommodation already booked.

Because of this, it’s important to book a holiday cottage well in advance, even if you plan to leave the rest of your schedule to late November to decide in detail.

Christmas presents

With festive activities taking place from Deal to Dover, not to mention religious Christmas celebrations at iconic landmarks like Canterbury Cathedral, there’s a way to spend the season whatever Christmas means to you and your family.

Contact Keepers Cottages to book your Christmas cottage

Don’t miss out by waiting too long to book Christmas accommodation in Kent – get your holiday home secured before the end of summer, and you can be among the lucky ones spending this Christmas holiday season in the lap of luxury.

We have a festive property to suit you and are more than happy to chat through any of your requirements – including a decorated Christmas tree!

Simply call us on 01304 382044 or email

Should I stay or should I go?
Can’t decide whether to stay at home or get away this Christmas? We’ll show you how you can make it a magical time, away from home.

Be Around family
If your family live in East Kent, but don’t have enough room to put you up for the season this is the ideal solution. You’ll be able to spend some quality time together and come back to your own space at the end of the day. A perfect balance that doesn’t leave anyone feeling overwhelmed. After all, family is what Christmas is all about.

Stay somewhere cosy
Chose from our selection of properties with wood burners and fireplaces to add to that cosy ambience. Get the family together over a plate of mince pies. A Cracking fire and stockings hung, Christmas perfection!


Let someone else do the dishes
Enjoy a Christmas dinner at one of Deal’s restaurants. Dine in style at the newly opened Rose Hotel, dinner and a side of sea views are the order of the day at The Royal Hotel and 81 Beach Street. Book your dinner now.


More time to spend on what you love
Think about the time you spend cleaning, cooking and running around trying to make everything perfect for the big day. We’ll take care of everything for you so this year, you can spend that time on what you love. Whether its family, partner or yourself, reclaim your time!


Make new traditions
Don’t miss out on all the fun preparations and traditions you do at home. Instead make up new ones, like a fish supper by the sea on Christmas Eve, or carol singing by the bandstand. It will make this year all the more special and memorable. Read our guide to Christmas in Kent for more ideas


Get away from it all
Or if Christmas isn’t your thing escape the madness this time of year brings. Get away from it all in your own private retreat. Time to decompress and take some time out. Make some time for yourself before the new year, bring some books and a box set for some relaxation.

There’s still time to get away this Christmas and new years, take a look at our availability here

The old cruise terminal building in Dover provides the perfect setting for a festive experience. It’s a great opportunity to entertain the whole family in one day. Make sure you wrap up warm as it gets cold in the drafty space. It’s time to get festive, this is your one stop shop to everything christmassy under one roof.


The children can meet father christmas in his grotto, pet the reindeer, and even post off their christmas lists. Clear out those cobwebs and get the blood pumping with a spin around the ice rink, discover you inner figure skater or break a limb just in time for Christmas. It’s a good idea to book your session before you go as it can get busy. Wander round the stalls soaking up the atmosphere, there’s an array of vendors this year ranging from homemade christmas crafts and photography to festive food and drink. A great chance to stock up on stocking fillers and cracker prizes. Look out for last minute cards and wrapping paper too.


The evening is a good time to visit, the place comes alive with lights and can enjoy the live music by local bands and choirs. There’s even a pop up bar on site, the Bohemian pub from Deal has set up shop for the season and you can sample some of their finest drinks. Grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks, choose from delicious philly cheese steaks, tempting pancakes and rustic wood fired pizzas. Keep warm with a festive hot cider from the drinks truck or a warming hot chocolate.


There’s all the fun of the fayre with a selection of rides and games to enjoy like hook an elf and coconut shy. Take the kids for a ride on the chair- o- planes, or have a turn on the merry go round. If rides aren’t your speed, take a look at the vintage cars and service vehicles on display from Dover Transport Museum, they’re dotted about the entrance, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. Symbols of bygone eras, the vintage cars add a great aesthetic and will satisfy the car enthusiasts.

There really is something for everyone here, bring the whole family along and enjoy a fun filled festive day out.


Opening Times

Open Thursday – Friday evenings (16:00 – 20:00 hrs)

20th & 21st (10:00 – 20:00 hrs)

Saturdays (10:00 – 21:00 hrs)

Sundays (10:00 – 19:00 hrs)

27th November – 1st January (10:00 – 19:00 hrs)


Getting There

The terminal can be found at Western Docks. With signs throughout Dover directing you to the cruise terminals. Parking is free and located outside the entrance to the terminal.

For more info visit the Port of Dover events page.

As Christmas approaches, the pressure is on to find gifts for the important people in your life. But you don’t have to waste time queuing in traffic going to out of town shopping centres to find great shopping. With a plethora of independent retailers on our doorstep here in Deal, you can shop indie and local. You find lots of unique items for your Christmas shopping this year.


Retro Cook Shop

A great place to shop for the home cooks you know. You’ll find everything in here, from kitchen gadgets, Joseph and Joseph products, cake decorating accessories, colourful tea towels, oven gloves, and every cookie cutter shape you could ever need. There’s lots of gift ideas to be found, travel mugs, coaster sets and plaques for the home. Visit before you make a start on Christmas baking, to stock up on christmas cake cases and all the essentials.


The Beach

The Beach is a real treasure trove of interesting and individual objects for the home and items of furniture. Choose from Christmas ornaments, locally made placemat, coasters, and novelty gift items. There’s also a massive selection of Yankee Candles so you’ll be sure to find your favorite scent.


Urban Chic

Another hidden gem of Deal’s high street. Urban Chic is run by two sisters with an eye for fashion. In amongst the clothes racks you’ll find stylish pieced with cool patterns and embellishments. Theres also mountains of jewellery, rummage through their selection of earrings and you’ll be sure to find a stocking filler for all the women you know.



Smugglers Records

For the music lover in your life, you can’t go wrong with Smugglers. As you’d expect there’s a selection of vinyl you can choose from, if they don’t have the album you want they’ll even order it in for you. Turntables, t shirts, CDs and cassettes are all here too. If you want to stock up on craft beers, their selection from local breweries will see you through till new years.



Will and Yates

New to Deal, Will and Yates sell beautiful wares for the home. You can pick up items like artworks, throws ceramics and candles. Everything is meticulously curated and has a rustic stylishness to it. You can also stock up on Margate based natural skincare brand Haeckels. Pop along and browse through their selection.


Taylor Jones and Son

A beautiful shop to wander around, Taylor Jones have a wonderful little selection of ornaments this year. Shimmering whales, robins and foxes among glittering baubles, grab yours quick before they all get snapped up. In the back room you’ll find a mini gallery, with ever changing collections from local artists. There’s lots to chose from and with each corner brimming with gift inspiration, you’ll have that list ticked off in no time.



Tamarisk Boutique

Tamarisk is home to a range of quality brands like White Stuff and Joules. There’s lots of gift ideas for you in Tamarisk, including organic bamboo socks, hats and scarves and night ware. Tamarisk have their own range of Indian hand printed cotton night shirts, carrying their own label.


Book your stay with us this Christmas and receive 10% off your booking, take a look at the cottages available throughout the season.

Christmas is always a special time in Deal as the town comes alive and looks magical when it’s lit up at night. It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best reasons to stay in Deal this December.


Let Someone else do the Cooking

In Deal were lucky to have loads of great restaurants to enjoy. Many of them are offering special Christmas menus, get ahead of the rush and book you and the family in for Christmas dinner. The Lane have a great menu and do great food and cocktails, they’re putting on a christmas buffet for larger parties. 

While Dunkerleys, renowned for their fresh local seafood and friendly relaxed atmosphere, are offering a few different menus over the christmas period, so you can continue the celebrations into the new year. 

Or you can enjoy your turkey with a seaview from the Royal Hotel on Christmas day, where they specialise in using seasonal and local produce. Check out their menu.


Go ice skating and meet Father Christmas

The Old Marine Station will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland. The ice rink will be back and bigger than last year, also returning will be the christmas market, festive bar and santa’s grotto. This event really gets you in the mood for christmas, wrap up warm and enjoy a hot spiced cider from the bar, peruse the market stalls. Meet Father Christmas, you can even bring a letter to send off to the North Pole. The unique setting will be packed with christmassy atmosphere, definitely worth making a visit to get you in the mood.


See Canterbury at Christmas

If you need to do some last minute christmas shopping, or just want to treat yourself during your stay, head to Canterbury for the best shopping in the area. With a large selection of high street shops, department stores and independents you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. There are Park and ride options available so you don’t have to worry about parking in the city. Whitefriars shopping centre even put on an annual market featuring lots of colourful and quirky stalls selling gifts, decorations and food. A walk around Canterbury at christmas is magical, you can even visit the famous Cathedral, be sure to catch it lit up at night with their nativity scene outside.

Photo: Steve Evans


See Walmer Castle transform for Christmas

From the 7th December, the castle will be decorated for Christmas and you can take a tour out of hours. Visit the Tudor fortress formerly the residence of the Duke of Wellington and the Queen Mother during the festive season. The rooms have been freshly re decorated and are now more authentic than ever. What could be more christmassy than exploring a castle during Christmas.

Take a look round Walmer’s award winning gardens during the enchanted lantern festival where you will follow a trail round the gardens. You can make your own lantern and enjoy a hot chocolate at the end of the night. Booking is required for both these events, so be sure to visit the English Heritage website for more information.


Take Part in a Local Tradition

originating from a dare in 1981, the Boxing Day Dip has grown each year with over 200 dippers taking part. The concept is simple, dress up in your most ridiculous attire and run into the sea on Boxing Day morning. Participants often raise money for charities, and they draw big crowds of people who come to watch. But you don’t have to take part to enjoy the event, watching is just as fun. You can cheer on the dippers from the beach, and the pier is a good place to stand and watch the proceedings. It’s a great way to spend boxing day morning, and a tradition to many people from Deal.


Up your Christmas Dinner Game

If you’d rather be making your own dinner this year, brush up on your skills by taking a cooking class. Chequers Kitchen offer a lot of cooking classes to people of all abilities. Come along to their Christmas lunch demo and pick up some tips on how to prepare a delicious meal, using the best local ingredients. Including a trio of starters, and a cranberry and orange meringue roulade. After the demo is over you’ll get to enjoy a tasty meal in a communal setting, whilst meeting lots of new people. Check their website for dates and to book tickets

Sing some Carols

If you’re feeling in fine voice then on On Saturday 16th December at 5pm, come along to Walmer green for a carol concert at the bandstand. The concert often features a choir from a local primary school along with a band. The bandstand hosts concerts all year round and draws crowds of thousands for the Royal Marines Band concert during the summer. The Christmas carol service is a local favorite also, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without a sing song. You could enjoy a fish supper from a chip shop along The Strand then cross the road to see the carol concert on the green.


Come along to a Christmas Fayre

On Saturday 2nd December from 10 am, the Astor Theatre in Deal is hosting a Christmas Fayre. Deal is home to a large community of makers and artists, many of them will have their wares available to buy at this event. This is a great  chance to get some christmas shopping done as there will be an array of homemade gifts and quirky items on offer from the stall holders. But save your pennies and bring along the children as there will also be a tombola and festive lucky dip to take part in.

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Keepers Cottages and Elite Pampering are pleased to be working together to provide our guests with a truly indulgent and relaxing holiday experience.

Elite Pampering are a local mobile spa that deliver high end, quality spa treatments in the comfort of your holiday home. As much as we love Christmas, the madness in the run up to it can leave the best of us stressed out with the rush of buying presents, food, travel arrangements and family plans. Elite Pampering’s team of qualified therapists are on hand to relax, de-stress and rejuvenate so you are ready to enjoy this special time of year.  Body treatments, amongst others, include a de-stress massage, a lava shell relax massage; for the hands and feet a luxury manicure and pedicure; or why not go for a spray tan and party lashes ready to party.

It’s not too late to book your spa treatment for Xmas and the New Year so do call Elite Pampering now – all treatments booked on Friday 25 November will receive a 10% discount (this 10% cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer). During December and January, the ultimate indulgence of a Lava Shell Relax Body Massage together with Booster Facial is just £115 (saving £20 on current prices), as an exclusive offer to guests of Keepers Cottages. The wonderful Lava Shell Full Body Relax Massage combines the warmth of the hot Tiger clam shells with deeply relaxing massage techniques, working over the body to drain the lymphatic system and fully relax your mind and muscles, coupled with a Booster Facial to leave you feeling utter bliss.

Whatever the occasion whether it’s Xmas, an anniversary, birthday celebration, reunion, romantic break, family fun or girly get together, Elite Pampering has a treatment to suit you. For further information and to discuss your requirements, please call Elite Pampering on 07501 837522. To see there range of services visit – bespoke packages can be arranged to suit your needs and budget.


The countdown to Christmas has officially begun so we have been busy as elves here at Keepers Cottages to give you the very best places to take family and friends!

Christmas market Leeds

Leeds Castle Christmas Market – 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th to 23rd December 2015

Leeds Castle hosts the annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover an array of seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations, food and drink. Visit the Leeds Castle reindeer and birds of prey in the animal area.

Enjoy our nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment at the band stand. The organ from the beautiful traditional horse carousel will add to the festive atmosphere and is a favourite with families. Leisurely trips will also be available on the big wheel, giving spectacular birds eye views of the Castle and Christmas market. Small additional charges apply.

Xmas around the world Hever

Hever Castle – Christmas Around the World

28 November – 13 December: Open Wednesday – Sunday Only

14 – 24 December: Open Daily

For a fun-filled Christmas family day out, discover how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas and the history behind their traditions. Travel across the continents uncovering Christmas practices and rituals from various cultures.

Walk through the rooms of the fairytale castle, adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires and discover how people in various countries decorate their homes, what they eat and how and when they celebrate over the Christmas period.

Follow the magical fairy lit Christmas trail along the snowy path and around the illuminated grounds. Journey through the enchanted fairy dell, past Father Christmas’ grotto, around the colour washed Italian Garden and on to the beautifully lit Tudor Garden.

Canterbury Tales Artisan


28 Nov 2015 – 29 Nov 2015

For one weekend only the Canterbury Tales will be opening its doors free for all guests to come and enjoy our Artisan Christmas Fair. Building on the success of last year, this is a totally unique experience for your visit to the Canterbury Tales.

Frosted Fairground Margate


05 Dec 2015 – 03 Jan 2016

For our first Christmas at Dreamland, we present The Frosted Fairground!

Here at the UK’s original pleasure park join us for festive fun, thrills and good times!

Roller Skate photo

Roller Room Tinsel-Tastic Christmas

5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th – 24th December 10am – 4pm

Off-Peak (Monday – Thursday): £4.50, On-Peak (Friday – Sunday): £4.95, Family of 4: £14.99

Skate into Christmas and Dreamlands Roller Room, playing a selection of feel good Christmas Anthems and Nostalgic Christmas Oldies alongside our daily Christmas Movie Soundtrack hour. Is there a better way to get into the Christmas spirit, and burn a few calories before the big day too? Christmas bobble hats will be included with skate hire, Christmas Jumpers encouraged!

Winter at Dover Castle

Winter at Dover Castle – Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov 2015

Enjoy music, dance and storytelling around the roaring open fire. Step inside and experience the magic of the castle in winter.

Santa Specials at Romney


05 Dec 2015 – 24 Dec 2015

For hundreds of families who return year on year, no christmas would be complete without joining us for one our famous Santa Specials. Included is a steam train ride to see santa in his grotto, a visit to the Model Railway exhibition, festive nibbles and treats for all, plus the snow machine!

Peter Pan Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

Peter Pan 2-6 December


Fresh on the heels on last year’s ‘Rapunzel’ this year MOS proudly present their NODA Award Winning production of Peter Pan.

Ho Ho Ho Dreamland photo

Christmas Grotto at Dream, Margate 5-24th Decemberland

Welcome to our magical Christmas Grotto and Toy Workshop!

Father Christmas’s magical Grotto has landed right the middle of Dreamland’s Scenic Railway. Come and help the elf department of Hornby Hobbies as they busy themselves making toys for the big day.

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A truly magical Christmas at The Rare Breeds 5-6 December

One of our guests recently wrote a blog post about Deal after staying with us. It received a fantastic response on social media so we have re-posted here for our other guests to read, with Cate’s permission of course! You can read the original article and all of the comments it drew at the link below:

Delightful Deal

I think that the British seaside is a wonderful place to be at this time of year and after spending the Christmas week in Deal in Kent, I have completely fallen for the place. I booked a cottage (I highly recommend Keepers Cottages) which was very fortunately in the Middle Street district which I now know is the place to be. There is Georgian gorgeousness about the buildings and the streets between the sea front and the high street are charming but still have a lovely rawness about them. Interestingly, there are a number of delectable shops and restaurants that seem to have sprung up recently and would be just at home in the trendy bits of East London as on the Kent coast.


A house on the High Street


These are the sort of houses you find between the sea front and the High Street in the Middle Street conservation area.


I think Farrow and Ball arrived in Deal before I did – I bet that is Pelt.


Lovely interiors, art and gift shop Dunlin and Diver on the High Street selling Thornback and Peel (which I thoroughly approve of!) and other fab things


Hoxton Store opened just before Christmas and completely gorgeous


Super stylish shop with something for everyone stylish – and a tiny (stylish) art gallery at the back. Taylor-Jones and Son


Great wine bar and wine merchant – run by a French man, need I say more.


Very inviting pub in Middle Street


The two restaurants I can recommend are 81 Beach Street which is excellent (don’t be fooled by the website which isn’t excellent but you can successfully book through) and Dunkerleys which has great food and a somewhat, erm, Faulty Towers inspired approach to service and the two that top of my list when I go back are Victuals and Co and The Dining Club based on local recommendation and by pressing my face against the window when they were closed.


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I was sorry to leave this delightful town but visiting again soon is on my list of resolutions. Happy New Year to you all.