Chalet Retreats and Relaxing Breaks
My chalet on the beach facing the sea is a wonderful place to unwind, relax and heal. A vital part of that process is getting away from familiar surroundings and especially urban environments and being in nature. It's easy to connect with nature at this fantastic and magical location.
The chalet is suitable for short breaks on your own, with a partner or with family (sorry, no dogs). The beach here is very flat for a long distance out, making it very safe for young children to play in the water. It is a private beach, shared with a few other chalets. There is also a designated childrens play area, including swings and a sunken boat.
The Seasalter area
The chalet is located outside Seasalter village on the North Kent coast, on the old coastal road between Whitstable and Faversham. The Isle of Sheppey can be seen 1½ miles across The Swale, and this is a great place for birdlife. The tidal waters of the Swale estuary teem with shellfish and certain specialised plants. These attract huge numbers of birds to feed, especially as the tide goes out. Grey plover, dunlin, oystercatcher, godwits and curlew all probe the mud for food. Wigeon and Brent geese graze on eelgrass, which grows below the high tide mark. Buntings and finches often search for seeds on the beach. Over the sea wall, look for flocks of golden plover and the occasional short-eared owl or hen harrier hunting for small mammals or unsuspecting birds. The merlin, which eats mainly birds, is also a frequent winter visitor. Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected there since Roman times, and the town holds an annual Oyster festival. Seasalter itself was the the location of the Battle of Graveney Marsh, the last fighting to take place on mainland British soil. It was a minor skirmish, nobody was killed, and the British soldiers took their prisoners to the Sportsman pub for a beer afterwards!
About the chalet
It is fully equipped for self-catering, and has 3 bedrooms:
- Bed 1 - Double bed
- Bed 2 - Single bed
- Bed 3 - Bunk beds
You can bring your own towels and bed linen, or I can provide these for a fee.
The chalet has a wood/coal burning stove, great for a cosy night in. If you are unfamiliar with lighting a stove, check out this YouTube video.
Contact Jeanne-Marie for the exchange. See below.
Things to do
This is a place to get away from it all and simply swim, walk the coast and countryside - or do nothing at all. There are few amenities in the immediate area. The Sportsman, an excellent Michelin-award gastropub, is a very short walk away. There is a seaside shop nearby that sells anything from shells and decorative mobiles to beachware and baked beans! There is also a convenience store in Seasalter about 1 mile away, while the nearest major supermarket is in Whitstable about 4.5 miles away.
The Faversham Miniature Railway can be found at Brogdale Farm in Faversham, a few miles from the chalet. This tiny 9-inch gauge railway train takes adults and children on an 18 minute ride and goes all through the apple orchards, very beautiful. It operates on Sundays, Bank Holidays and Special Events from March to November. Click here for more details.
To learn more about Seasalter, visit the Seasalter Tourist Information website.
If you want to treat yourself to a pampering massage or holistic therapy during your stay, I recommend Soul Solutions in Faversham.
If you want to know the times of high and low tides, you can view them here. Swimmers might like to view current sea temperatures.
A place to relax
"All's great here. We've been rowing, collecting stones, walked to Whitstable, cooking outside, ball games and water pistols, and drawing mermaids. Watching the water and the sky is so good for the soul. The wind is up tonight - the perfect lullaby!" (Olivia)
"Fantastic views - charming chalet." (Mike & Sarah)
Getting to the chalet
The chalet has easy access from London via the M2. The postcode is CT5 4BP (use for GPS).
Please contact me for further details and bookings.
While staying at the chalet, musician and songwriter Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets was inspired to write a song. The nearby Red Sands sea forts appear in the music video to mark his inspiration:
Mystery Jets - Bubblegum
Mystery Jets - Making of Bubblegum
Registered General Nurse, Kinesiologist, Flower Remedy Practitioner, EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, Reiki Master, Matrix Energetics