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The Pilot's House

Deal, Kent

The 200-year-old Pilot’s House, in Deal, Kent has been lovingly renovated by the current owners, both of whom work in design, to blend contemporary style and cosy cottage charm. The result is a welcoming and comfortable little house, full of interesting objects and artwork. The cottage sleeps four guests and has whitewashed walls and floorboards and a subtle seaside palette of greens, blues and yellows which, along with original wood features, warms things up. It has been furnished and decorated to feel very much like a home from home. The cottage also has a gorgeous paved garden which is a real suntrap. The charming property, which gets its name thanks to the occupation of one of its earliest residents, a ship pilot in the port of Deal in the 1840s, sleeps four, with one double bedroom and one twin, and would be perfect for a couple or a small family. Due to a steep staircase, it is probably not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Located in the heart of Deal’s conservation area, it is only a minute’s walk to the seafront and the vibrant town centre.
From £624 for 7 nights

Key Features

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Child Friendly
  • Pet Friendly (up to 2 pets)


Key Features

  • Open fire/log burner
  • Outside space
  • Pub near by
  • Garden
  • Wifi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Courtyard Garden

Kitchen / Housekeeping

  • Coffee Machine
  • Iron and board
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dishwasher


  • Close to amenities
  • Coastal


  • BBQ
  • TV
  • Cable / Satellite TV

Children / Infants

  • Children Welcome

Pricing & Availability

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"Amazing cottage in Deal. Perfect location with an easy stroll to the seafront and the centre of Deal. The cottage was spotless and the perfect place for our holiday."

Amy, Jul 2022

"All really good. A perfect weekend away for me and my daughter. Such a lovely house and many thanks for the treats on arrival!"

Alixandra Fazzina, May 2021

"I spent 8 days in this lovely house. The owner has tastefully decorated it with such thought . She certainly has a good eye for decorations,
The little street it is set on is very quiet. A short walk to the sea, but away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street ( even though the High st is just at the end of tge street ) you certainly can relax in this home, I had a wonderful stay,
Thank you to the staff Keepers cottage , you were so helpful. Also thank you to the owner of this home."

Nico O'Mahony, May 2021

"Gorgeous little cottage. Comfy bed. Nice touches with t-bags and condiments in the cupboards. A record player too. And lots of books."

Paul Hallet, Sep 2020

"Pilot's Cottage is a really cute and cosy place to stay, with tasteful touches throughout. Lovely main bedroom. Great book collection too. Close to the beach and main shopping and eating areas -Lovely little cottage, had a lovely stay. thank you!"

Mr R Sheffle, Sep 2020


Property Description

Ground Floor

Entrance and sitting room

Typical of the Georgian workers’ cottages in Deal, the front door opens onto a sweet, cosy sitting room, where the focal point is an original open fireplace (there will be smokeless fuel and kindling waiting for you during the chillier months). There’s a comfy armchair and a deep, button-back velvet sofa with lots of cushions as well as shelves full of good books for you to dive into during your stay. Or enjoy the brand new smart TV.

There is a baby gate available (the owners use it to keep their naughty Jack Russells in the kitchen at night!) between front and back of the house.


The sitting room leads to a compact shaker style kitchen with butler sink, limewashed wooden worktops and rustic copper taps. A variety of light sources ensures you can see what you’re cooking, then dim everything down for a relaxed evening meal. The kitchen is equipped with a single range-style oven and a dishwasher. In the adjacent utility there’s a microwave and fridge with freezer compartment. Look out for the Breville sandwich toaster tucked in one of the cupboards if you fancy a retro style snack!

Utility area

Off the kitchen, behind an antique glazed ‘starburst’ door is a small utility area with a washer/dryer, Sheila Maid clothes airer and the fridge and microwave.


A door leads onto the paved garden, which is a real suntrap. There are chairs and tables and, in the summer, a barbecue.

Downstairs bathroom

At the very back of the house behind a sliding barn door and off the utility room is a brand new bathroom with a bath and a brass shower (the water pressure’s brilliant). There is also a butler sink and vintage-style black and white mosaic floor tiles. Cotton wool, cotton buds, shampoo/bodywash and conditioner are provided.

First floor

Master bedroom

Up the winding staircase there are two bedrooms. Ahead, the tranquil master bedroom at the front of the house. Simply decorated with a fireplace (currently just decorative), it has a comfy double bed with inviting washed-linen bedding, a dressing table, chair and a full-length mirror. There is a built-in cupboard behind the original wood panelling with hooks and shelves.

Twin bedroom

The other room, which overlooks the garden, is the twin room with two single beds. There is a small chest of drawers and a coat rack for hanging clothes.

Things You Need to Know

Bath towels and all bed linen provided - no beach towels are provided
Cot and/or high chair available upon request
One dog is welcome. Please note additional pet charges are £25 per pet
Please note the stairs are typical of an old cottage (steep and wooden) and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Young children will need to be accompanied by an adult when using the stairs and as the bathroom is on the ground floor, please take care when using the loo in the night.
There is an enclosed patio to the rear with seating.
Wi-Fi access
Central heating throughout
Log burner - normal logs are not to be used and are not safe in the fireplace - the owners have provided some bags of smokeless fuel logs.

House Rules

We would respectfully ask that the following house rules are adhered to, to avoid any damages to our beautiful holiday home. Should any damages arise please note charges may be taken from your security deposit.
Please note check out is 10am. Please ensure you vacate on time to allow our housekeepers to enter the property and prepare it for the next guests.
Smoking is not permitted in the property at any time.
Please note for insurance purposes the number of guests must not exceed the total occupancy of the house.
For fire safety reasons please do not use any candles in the property.
Please be respectful to neighbours Quiet hours are between 11pm and 9am.
Parties and loud music are not permitted.

Local Information

Water Street is a pretty road and the cottage looks across to a row of beautiful Georgian townhouses. It is directly off the ‘indie’ end of the high street, with its vintage stores, a French wine shop/bar, a cheese-filled deli and the bustling Saturday market with its bric-a-brac stalls, plants for sale and – yes – more wine drinking opportunities. In less than a minute you can be on the beach, and your local pub is the Deal Hoy, a lovely, welcoming boozer with a wood burner and amazing pizzas. The very nice, old-school Prince Albert is also nearby so book ahead if you want to eat there as it is very popular! The much-feted and insanely stylish Rose Hotel is just a five-minute walk, which serves incredible food and has a wonderful garden and terrace.