Whitstable, Kent October 2017

by Emma Bumpus on October 31, 2017

Autumnal sunsets, unspoilt beaches and lashings of charming fishermen’s cottages entice careertraveller and family to Crab Cottage, a harbour side booty of bountiful elegance brimming with coastal wanderlust.

Outside is a 19th century red bricked shell that opens into a whitewashed oasis of contemporary furnishings with subtle oceanic hints, including a paperweight crab that puts the ‘C’ in Crab Cottage!

A sea of authentic boat-like wooden flooring adds a stylishly wow factor welcome that arouses the nautical senses and takes us to the seaside! Trendy pendant lights, white wooden shutters and a beautiful collection of artwork are eye candy, which makes our cottage break special.

Tasteful extras emerge as the kids spot the iPod dock, CD player, flat screen TV and DVD recorder, whilst the adults peruse a rather cool collection of magazines and books relating to art, culture and fiction. As we dip into a mini library, including the likes of Tracey Emin and Banksy, we observe a modern day mix of drama and humour on the shelf, a perfect read for an all year round stay.

Captivated by the vintage suitcases on display we embark on a colourful journey of mod cons including Italian design DeLonghi kitchen appliances that glitter with chic hospitality. Sparkling stainless steel appliances and funky bright mugs bring a fresh and fashionable feel to this modernised fisherman’s cottage that comes fully equipped with dishwasher, washing machine and child friendly crabbing gear!

Rustic finishing touches come in the form of stone floor tiles, natural wood kitchen work surface area and an accent splashback, whose metro flat brick tiles flow nicely into the adjacent downstairs bathroom. Here we enter a harmonious spa-like cabin of coastal chic privacy where crisp white horizontal tiles, punctuated by a porthole-style mirror, add the illusion of being at sea!

A portable funky radio with matching camping aluminium mess tins wet the appetite for some serious beach combing fun whatever the weather, which leads us to the private decked garden of evergreen plants and patio furniture. All seasons covered, the kids play ball and search for shells where a driftwood plaque for the ‘Beach’ summons play and a 2-minute walk to the harbour, where fish, food and fun uncover Whitstable Fish and Food Market, quayside crabbing and Harbour Market Village.

Whitstable comes alive with a plethora of local market traders who display and sell an array of hand made crafts and food from over 30 huts brimming with home made fudge and cheese to driftwood gifts and photography. This active and friendly working harbour presents a creative and enterprising community in a thriving fishing town, which famous for oysters is steeped in maritime history.Fabulous!

An irresistible taster at the nearby Lobster Shack reveals a trendy beach bar of a restaurant, which inside presents a lively menu of fresh lobster, shellfish and show stopping seasonal Fruit De Mer seafood platter. Discovering their oysters are farmed onsite in a purification centre, we explore Kent’s Oyster Bay Trail and cycle towards Herne Bay, a 5-mile cycle ride covering 5 miles of promenade, candy coloured beach huts and wildlife conservation land.

Energised from a piece of Kent’s stunning coastline, we return to Crab Cottage for some well-earned luxury, which comes with a house-warming bottle of prosecco and a slumber in airy crisp white bedrooms. Tall ceilings, vintage shabby chic furniture and white washed floorboards exude space and freedom that come with sash windows beaming with natural light.

Our en-suite is a deluxe wide mirrored space that opens up the interior with dressing table and room for a walk in wardrobe! Modest flat screen TVs remain inconspicuous amongst the fresh white walls and cool statement furniture pieces that range from retro fish crate bedside tables to iconic RAR rocker chair.

Our en-suite is a deluxe wide mirrored area that opens up the interior with dressing table and room for a walk in wardrobe! Modest flat screen TVs remain inconspicuous amongst the fresh white walls and cool statement furniture pieces that that range from retro fish crate bedside tables to iconic RAR rocker chair.

Morning brings joy with a 2-minute walk to Harbour Street, where a playground of cafes, art galleries and independent shops are breakfast! We get lost in a magic of heart-warming friendliness and unique merchandise that smacks of award winning artisan produce, including Kent’s only specialist The Cheese Box and Sundae Sundae, whose homemade salted caramel ice cream deserves a mention!

Quirky, chic, unusual and style led, Whitstable presents an alluring mix of old and new wrapped up in a chocolate box sea world of pebbly beaches, native oysters, smuggler proof alley ways and well-known water sports.

Crab Cottage has it all, one stay is never enough!

Further information:

The Whitstable Cottage Company
Visit Canterbury – The official tourism website for the Canterbury district including Herne Bay and Whitstable
Harbour Market Whitstable

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