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Take a picturesque seaside retreat at a Whitstable cottage

The seaside town of Whitstable is an ideal location for a seaside retreat in Kent holiday cottages. Located on the north coast, Whitstable has picturesque locations, delicious fresh seafood and plenty of local events and culture. With a holiday cottage in Whitstable, you can spend your time visiting charming espresso bars and bookshops, strolling along pebbled beaches or exploring the many independent art galleries in the area. Oysters are one of the most popular delicacies in the area, so you’ll find an array of seafood restaurants serving these delicious shellfish dishes with a unique twist.


Historic attractions near your Whitstable holiday rental

The cathedral city of Canterbury, just 20 minutes from Whitstable, is reminiscent of a medieval fairy tale. It's anchored by Canterbury Cathedral, a magnificent place of worship that's been welcoming pilgrims since the Middle Ages. After you're done gazing up at the Gothic façade, venture inside to walk down the soaring nave, admire the stained-glass windows and descend into the cavernous crypt.

Things to do

Sun-drenched beach days with Whitstable holiday cottages

Shingle, sand and shallow water make Whitstable Beach ideal for swimming, sunbathing and picnics. For a traditional bucket-and-space day out, head to nearby Broadstairs, where you'll find a string of sandy beaches. If beach access is a priority, snap up one of the Whitstable holiday cottages strung along the coast. From early morning yoga sessions to sunset drinks, you'll enjoy round-the-clock ocean views.


Sightseeing in and around Whitstable

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Whitstable a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dreamland (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Royal St George's Golf Club (16 mi / 25.7 km)
  • Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Boughton Golf Club (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (7.7 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Faversham Golf Club (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Whitstable

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Whitstable

Travellers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches, which is just a taste of what Whitstable has to offer. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Whitstable. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whitstable Beach (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Tankerton Beach (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Herne Bay Central Beach (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Mount Ephraim Gardens (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Westgate Gardens (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Herne Bay East Beach (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Whitstable

The nearest airport is in Manston (MSE-Kent Intl.), located 14.3 mi (23 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into London (SEN-Southend), which is 20.7 mi (33.3 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Whitstable Station or Whitstable Chestfield and Swalecliffe Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Getting around from your Whitstable holiday rental

Whitstable is easy to get around on foot, with the stroll from High Street to the beach taking mere minutes. Rent a bicycle and explore the town on two wheels, or access Canterbury via the scenic Crab and Winkle Way cycle track. Trains will get you from Whitstable to London Victoria in just over 1 hour. A car offers the freedom to explore Kent at your own pace and will also unlock access to secluded holiday cottages in the countryside.

Food & drink 

Savour ocean-fresh seafood in Whitstable

From lobster and sea trout to crab and periwinkle, seafood is considered a staple in Whitstable. For the best oysters in town, snag a table at Wheelers Oyster Bar, a local institution that's been shucking molluscs since 1856. Beer aficionados will love sipping on brews crafted with East Kent Golding, a local hops variety known for its subtle aromas of lemon, thyme and lavender. Enjoy at local pubs or sit down for a relaxing sundowner in the garden of your Whitstable holiday cottage.

Essential info

Essential info for your Whitstable holiday rentals stay

  • Tipping isn't expected, though is always appreciated for excellent service
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to save on plastic and stay hydrated on your beach holiday
  • Pack layers, as Whitstable can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Planning a staycation? With spacious gardens and easy access to some of the UK's best dog-friendly beaches, Whitstable holiday rentals make it easy to bring Fido along

Eclectic shopping with Whitstable holiday homes

Strolling along Whitstable's characterful High Street, you'll find yourself peering into colourful galleries, boutique outfitters and artisan chocolatiers. Harbour Street is just as characterful, lined with an eclectic mix of clothing stores, cheesemongers, confectionery shops and more. The atmosphere is infectious, so why not stay local, with Whitstable holiday rentals in the heart of the town centre?

How many holiday rentals are available around Whitstable?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 422 holiday lettings around Whitstable. From 176 cottages to 119 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Whitstable?

Perhaps it's the spectacular ocean vistas, or maybe it's the opportunity to lay back all day, every day. But there's just something about a beach escape that calls to all of us. There are 74 beachside rental properties to choose from. Open to other suggestions? HomeAway has a bunch more property options to check out, including:

  • 71 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 60 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 56 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Whitstable?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 229 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices begin at £54 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 81 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £58 per night.
  • Apartment: 55 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £79 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 20 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £41 per night.

Can I stay in Whitstable in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable getaway is relaxing with friends and family in an entirely new place. If you're visiting with a large group, HomeAway has options. Why not take a look at the 54 house holiday rentals featured here? They're the top option for big groups of visitors. Rental properties around here that can house large groups include:

  • Looking for rentals that can sleep 6 guests? We have 104 that will be perfect. Prices start from £43 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your party, you'll be happy to learn that there are 55 holiday rentals perfect. Prices start at £60 per night.
  • Travelling with 8 guests? We have 21 rental properties that will be ideal. Prices start from £90 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can take your aunt, your cousins and all your besties to Whitstable.

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