We're big fans of Whitstable, which is in many ways the perfect year-round beach destination – a short hop from London and with lots of stuff to do when the sun isn't shining. Driftwood Beach House, run by affable hosts Jez and Michelle Hills, is a great beachfront B&B from which to enjoy the best of this funky resort – far enough out of town for a spot of peace and quiet, but close enough to make the most of its restaurants and shops. Situated just a stone’s throw from Seasalter beach, you can walk around the bay into Whitstable following the beach, perhaps stopping off at the beachfront Old Neptune pub for a restorative pint, along the way. In the other direction lies the excellent Sportsman gastropub, a well-known place beloved of food critics that is a very handy place for a spot of dinner – if you can get a table! If you can't, Jez and Michelle have lots of other local recommendations. Driftwood also makes a great base for Whitstable's annual Oyster Festival every July.
With a cool, shabby chic decor partially inspired by Jez and Michelle's travels, Driftwood Beach House has three double rooms– the soothing Moroccan room, the Chess Room and Hot Tub Heaven – all with comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, smart TVs and ultra-fast wifi. All three rooms have their own private decked areas, while the Chess Room boasts, yes, a giant terrace chess set, and Hot Tub Heaven has – yes, you guessed it! – its own hot tub; the Moroccan plays host to a peacefully shaded decking area with a perfect view of the countryside. Outside there's Seasalter Beach, which has breathtaking views across Whitstable's bay in one direction and the marshes and surrounding countryside in the other. You could walk for miles across the marshes, perhaps even as far as Faversham, if you wanted – part of the area is a designated local nature reserve. But you might prefer to head off in the other direction to the more varied delights of Whitstable itself – after all, those oysters won't eat themselves!
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What to expect?
A funky, contemporary seaside B&B run by two affable locals that's handy for both Whitstable and the quiet countryside around.
Double rooms vary from £65 a night for the Moroccan room to £85 for the Chess Room to £100 for Hot Tub Heaven – all including an excellent breakfast.
Open all year.
How do I get there?
Coming from London on the A299, take the Whitstable exit and follow Borstal Hill down towards the town centre. Just before you come into proper – and Borstal Hill becomes Canterbury Rd – make a left onto Joy Lane (by a bus shelter) and follow this into Seasalter, where it turns away from the sea and becomes Faversham Rd. It shortly turns back towards the sea and reaches Driftwood Beach House on the right, just after the Alberta Holiday Park.
Three double en-suite rooms, with 24hr access.
- Flatscreen TVs
- Hot Tub
- Sensational Views