Back in August, after yet another cancellation of our yearly French holiday (we did try different ways to travel to France this summer since things were booked back last year, but after the second set of Eurostar bookings were cancelled, we gave up) we were facing with 3 weeks of being stuck in the UK, kids were really looking forward being on holiday and not being able to book a single week anywhere at reasonable price. Plus the weather turned bad as well. So we looked at the map, checked where the storm is less likely to hit that 3-4 days and picked Broadstairs in Kent. Not a really big drive from South – West London. We had trouble to find hotels or holiday rents but managed to break the week for 3 nights in Broadstairs and another 3 in Maidstone. So this way, we were able to book a lovely B&B in Broadstairs called Broadstairs House Boutique B&B.
Broadstairs House Boutique B&B
It is a classic B&B of the best kind. The owners live in the house and they do everything around the house that is fully converted into a B&B – everything revolves around the guests. It’s a lovely, big old building with tasteful interior design and redesigned to host a boutique bed & breakfast.
Located from around 10 minutes walk from the main beach in Viking Bay Broadstairs old town with lots of little, independent cafes boutiques, shops, the Dickens House is also about 10 minutes walk away. There’s a Tesco supermarket on the. high street. We didn’t have the chance to try any restaurants during our stay for it was mid week and during the Eat Out To Help Out campaign of August 2020 – so everything was fully booked.
So back to the B&B.
We booked the Cowdrey Room, it was spacious and it was perfect for a family of 4 for three night (not more, but that’s because of our children). We had the king size for us (very comfy) and the children got 2 beds: one in the main room and the other one was the sofa bed in the anteroom – they decided to share this. They are 6 and 4 so it was comfortable for them. The room was spotlessly clean, perfectly ironed linen, nicely updated bathroom (huge! Big bath and a big shower cabin!). I adored the decor throughout the whole house and the room was lovely too. We had a kettle, coffee and tea. Plus, a chilled bottle of water upon arrival and anytime we needed a fresh bottle, we just had to help ourselves from the mini fridge located in the dining room and leave the empty bottles there. The hosts also offered to store our own wine in the guest fridge. Nice touch. The room also had a big flat screen telly and good wifi.
The breakfast was simply amazing! Firstly, the hosts handled the covid-19 social distancing very well, so each room had their own assigned breakfast time, meaning we didn’t have to share the breakfast room with anyone else. Everything was prepared for us and placed on the table and the hosts asked as we arrived if we want coffee or tea, what type of toast or eggs we wanted or even porridge – and they prepared these freshly. We had fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh croissants, pain au chocolate, pancakes made for the children with chocolate spread, orange juice, toast with jam, butter, honey, granola, literally everything you want for breakfast and eggs if we wanted. Very impressive and everything tasted delicious! I mean, I took a breakfast photo every morning! No small packets, aiming for minimum waste – loved it!
The extra miles
See, I worked in hotels for over 15 years, I can spot with a hawk eye when it’s just spot cleaned or thoroughly cleaned. When the smile is fake or it’s coming from the heart. Broadstairs House ticks all the boxes. It’s a hidden gem. The hosts are genuinely caring, welcoming and very friendly – whilst knowing their business very well and running their bed and breakfast totally professionally. They helped us with local attractions (we have never been in Broadstairs before), tips and were very relaxed laid back and the whole place had this rather non-English, beach vibe, it somehow felt as if I’m in Australia or in California again!
I highly recommend this place. We will be surely back!
We paid £150 for the room for a night, which I think was an excellent value for a family of four.
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