Just over an hour by high speed train from central London, 49 The Marina in Deal is ideal for a few days and longer by the sea on the Kent coast.
A scrunchy, crunchy pebble and shingle beach is right on the doorstep where youngsters will happily collect the smoothest, prettiest colours and strangest shapes as irresistible souvenirs. Small fishing boats are also pulled up onto the shore, loaded with the locals’ catch of the day and available for fishing trips – hardly surprising the local fish and chips is among the best ever tasted by guests staying at 49 The Marina and the shop will even deliver!
The centre of Deal is just a short buggy friendly walk along the promenade, renowned for its ¼ mile long ‘pier of the year’, winner of The Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 spots to lay your beach towel’ and a seaside town described as ‘the genuine Georgian article’. The quaint cobbled streets are full of pubs, restaurants and speciality shops for all kinds of gifts and goodies including handmade chocolates and Italian patisserie. Every Wednesday a farmers market of local produce takes place at the Town Hall and there are all kinds if bargains to be had at the bustling Saturday market in Union Road. Besides the beach, Deal has two castles built by Henry VIII, an intriguing ‘Time Ball Tower’ and two museums. Being so flat, the area is also easy for exploring on bikes, whether just pootling along the prom or doing the 7 mile route from Deal to Ringwould, recommended in The Times’ ‘Where to cycle by the sea’ and described as ‘short and sweet with a bit of everything’.
For a complete change of scene and to stock up on fine wines, Dover is also close by for a day trip to France.
Nearest Medical Services: GP within 1 mile. Minor Injuries Unit within 1.5 miles. 24 hr A&E within 16 miles/ 30 mins.