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The Pilot's house in Deal, Kent is a cosy holiday cottage in the heart of Deal's famous high street, sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms. This property is pet friendly, close to the beach and has a small courtyard garden, making it the perfect family seaside getaway.

The 200-year-old Pilot’s House on Water Street 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 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

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.

To see prices and to book, please check availability below.

Key Features

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Coastal Property
Children Welcome
Pets Welcome
Close to Amenities

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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, September 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, September 2020
Dear team We would like to thank you for organizing the booking of this lovely period cottage. The Pilot House is really quirky and very cosy it felt like a home from home. Deal itself is really charming, loads of interesting shops and lovely restaurants. Would certainly recommend kind regards Veronique & Nick, February 2020
Andreas Andreas Wolff A very nice and well located property in the nice coastal village Deal. The house is furnished with love, we all felt right at home. Also for dogs it is ideal, different areas are separated with bars, so that the dog can not get into the sleeping areas. Small and nice outdoor area with barbecue available. The local beach, surrounding pubs and bars as well as the promenade are all within walking distance. The parking situation is ok, in the street limited possible, free long term parking a few corners further, maximum 5min walk. Overall, we felt very comfortable and would come back Andreas and family, August 2019
staycec5383 Wiesbaden, Germany Wonderful family friendly holiday Left on Jul 19, 2019 for a stay in Jul 2019 The Pilot’s House is a quaint house located in the conservation area of Deal with lots of character and personal accents. We stayed here for 11 days in July with a 7 month old, 2.5 year old, and dog. We enjoyed breakfasts in the cozy kitchen (two high chairs provided) and the location makes this house perfect for beach trips or day trips. A playground is located about 10 minutes away by foot, the beach is about 5 minutes, the beach where dogs are allowed is about 10 minutes, and the bus stops and train station are all under a 10 minutes walk. We did day trips to Dover, St. Margaret’s, and Canterbury. The master bedroom was large enough to place our baby’s travel cot in, and since our toddler is not yet using a normal bed, we were able to fit another travel cot in the second bedroom (although tight). Keeper’s Cottages made our stay pleasant and perfect. They even raced to get us a BBQ when one wasn’t found in the garden (a perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening, by the way). We would definitely stay here again, and hope that our next trip to Deal and the Pilot’s House is not too far into the future! Wiesbaden, Germany, August 2019
An absolutely delightful and charming place to stay. It has been lovingly restored and it simply oozes character. The courtyard garden was lovely to relax in and everything you needed was supplied. Deal is a lovely place to visit - wonderful quirky shops, great restaurants, fantastic markets and super friendly pubs. Would highly recommend a stay for a night or a few weeks if you want to get to know Kent a little better! Michelle, June 2019
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