When you think of England’s coast, the White Cliffs of Dover are often the first thing that springs to mind. And while Dover could stake a claim to being the country’s most famous white cliff (Richard remains resolutely dark-haired), we’re glad that Botany Bay in Thanet, Kent flies a little more under the radar. Indeed, it could be one of the UK’s best-kept secrets, the fact it’s a path less trodden meaning it’s tranquil and untouched. Bliss. The sheer white chalk cliffs are pure picturesque perfection, and worth the trip alone. If you’re making that trip, then there may be no better place to stay than Botany Bay House.

IDEA

The house is part of Mulberry Cottages, a boutique holiday lettings agency with over 600 unique, handpicked, self-catering properties across the South of England. Founded by property expert Sarah Wood in 2011, the independent agency specialises in luxury breaks away in the UK. They have a portfolio of properties which spans stately homes, converted railway carriages, coastal grand designs and ultra-modern city pads. More than half the portfolio is pet-friendly and over 250 are in Kent.

LOCATION

Botany Bay House is located on The Viking Coastal Trail, a 25 mile walking and cycle-rail around the coast of the Isle of Thanet taking in the vibrant towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. For those who don’t want to walk far, the Botany Bay Hotel is a few yards away serving food and Kentish brewer Shepherd Neame ales. The town of Broadstairs is just under three miles away, and can be reached by a pleasant coastal walk or by car. Once there, a wide range of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants can be explored. The coastal park directly opposite as perfect for dog walking or a morning jog in sunshine or rain.

STYLE AND CHARACTER

Although a modern build, Botany Bay House doesn’t want for character. The communal areas are gloriously light airy and spacious, but with plenty of homely touches to make it feel cosy in the winter. Framed illustrations of animals, shelves full of cooking books and shabby chic seaside brick-a-brack make it feel like a proper family home, however the high-tech appliances such as the electric fire in the lounge, space age toaster and kettle and of course the hot tub make it feel a luxurious place to stay.

ROOMS

The bedrooms feel more like hotel rooms than a rented home, offering a comfortable, homely feel.The combed is stacked with soft throws and decorative cushions in tasteful hues. The master bedroom is impressive with an amazing large balcony overlooking the sea providing sheltered views across to France. There’s a beautiful en-suite decorated with shimmering oil-spill seashell tiles. With three guestrooms in total, there’s another cosy double room and twin room each with their own TV.

FACILITIES

The private, suntrap garden with hot tub makes the property fantastic for even winter stays. The lovely golden sands of Botany Bay is on your doorstep and the owner provides everything you need for a fabulous day by the sea – beach chairs, beach towels, buckets and spades and a cool box. All you need to buy is the ice cream.

Welcome provisions from the owners included a bottle of English sparkling wine, Parmesan bites and dark chocolate Florentines, plus tea and coffee. There’s plenty of easy parking right at the front of the house, which faces directly out to the bay.

WHY GO

Botany Bay House ticks all the boxes for the most fabulous seaside holiday home. Sea views across to France, contemporary open plan layout with conservatory kitchen and dining area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large decked garden with hot tub complete the idyllic setupOnly a couple of hours drive from London, Botany Bay house is the seaside holiday home of dreams. Plus its also dog-friendly!

For more info visit: www.mulberrycottages.com

Priced at: £563 – 3 nights / £750 – 7 nights