Whitstable lies on a part of the Kent coastline that has been associated with fishing and most notably with oysters for nearly 2,000 years. Fisherman’s huts line the shore; maritime paraphernalia sits happily with the contemporary art scene to create an eclectic mix of past and present.
Whitstable celebrates its historic maritime heritage each year with a Regatta, Carnival and the Whitstable Oyster Festival. The harbour, built in the 1830’s, is still a commercial port and early risers can watch the day’s catch being unloaded from the fishing boats before eating it later in one of the many popular seafood restaurants. Within the immediate vicinity of this cottage you will find restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, bus stop, golf club, art galleries, Bridge House School of Art (provides art classes for adults and children).
The bustling High Street and Harbour Street are lined with an array of boutiques, delicatessens, art galleries, restaurants and even an old-fashioned hardware shop. The choice of coffee shops and eateries are endless, favourites include Tea and Times for a relaxed easy going breakfast or lunch in a bohemian style cafe and for a treat why not visit the family owned bistro Samphire ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering a superb selection of locally produced fayre.
Slightly further afield is the vibrant city of Canterbury which is a lovely medieval city with the very best of both worlds! An historic cultural centre with two theatres, open air Shakespeare in the summer months in the stunning grounds of St Augustine’s Abbey, river trips in punts and walking ghost tours of the City originally founded by the Romans. There are many museums to visit including the Museum of Canterbury which is sited opposite the cottage. Outside Canterbury too, there are many historic places to visit with Kent having more castles than any other county in England.
The Whitefriars shopping development offers a good range of boutiques and high street shops with the many smaller streets surrounding the centre offering individual specialist shops.