I hadn’t planned to write about our trip to Whitstable last weekend. But when I arrived at the apartment on the Kent coast that we booked through Airbnb, it felt too lovely not to share. I’ve stayed in some good Airbnbs and I’ve stayed in some bad ones and this was a really good one. There are loads of lovely places to stay in Whitstable, but I’m just sharing this one as it’s stylish, spacious, and affordable.
On arrival, there were twinkly fairylights in the hallway and a string pinned with messages – full of praise for the landlord – written on colourful paper.
We walked up the stairs to Seaside Escape number 2 and when we opened the door of the apartment, we were greeted with a light and airy room of pastel coloured walls, mixed in with chintzy wallpaper.
The kitchen was a cheery yellow, with duck egg-coloured appliances, a farmhouse sink and seaside themed artwork.
The owner had left us with cookies, milk, hot cross-buns and pastries and all the essentials for breakfast. There was a selection of books (including travel books – tick!) on the shelves. They even had a DVD of the week in the corner (The Holiday – a host after my own heart).
As for the bedroom, it had the same gorgeous white flooring throughout, shabby chic furniture and a lovely fireplace. The only downside (if I had to choose one) would be the bathroom. It was very tiny with no bath, but it had a brand new shower and was stocked with extra toiletries (because I always forget something). There was also a hairdryer, magazines, wifi, vases of fresh flowers and a list of recommendations for eating out.
The whole place made for a really lovely stay.
Things to do in Whitstable
Walk along the seafront
The seafront goes on for miles here and while the beach is very pebbly, there’s a path you can take that runs along the edge of the multi-coloured beach huts. Take in the sea air and dream about which one you’re going to buy…
Peruse the shops
The high street in Whitstable has many well-known chains and coffee shops but it’s also packed with some really quirky gifts shops and boutiques with really quaint facades.
The Kent Coast is famous for its oysters and as you walk along the seafront you’ll see mountains of oyster shells from where they’ve been brought in from the sea. If you’re keen to eat oysters (and other seafood), try Wheelers Oyster Bar, The Whitstable Oyster Company and you’ll find various pop-up markets selling them along the seafront. The Lobster Shack at the East Quay Venue also looks great for fish and chips and seafood.
Find a cosy pub
Whitstable is great for pubs. Some of the best here include The Pearson’s Arms, The Old Neptune, The Rose in Bloom, The Prince Albert and The Duke of Cumberland. Just walk along the seafront or high street and you’ll find one within minutes! Many have live music and good food menus.
Visit the Harbour Market
Harbour Market is a collection of stalls selling everything from seaside-inspired home interiors and crafts, to artisanal snacks, coffee and mouth-watering food. You may also spot one or two stalls around here selling doughnuts with a flake through the middle. I doubt you need anymore persuading….
We were in Whitstable for my friends Gemma and Tom’s wedding held at the fantastic East Quay Venue on the sea front. Like the apartment and the gorgeous beach huts that line the seafront, their day was fun, colourful and above all, filled with love. Congratulations Gemma & Tom!
If you’re interested in this apartment, you’ll find it here at No 2 Seaside Escape on Airbnb.
Have you been to Whitstable? Do you have any tips on where to stay? Feel free to share your comments. I’ve created a Pinterest board on British seaside inspiration too – check it out here.