Why Deal?

What are you looking for?

If you want a relaxed holiday at the seaside, this is for you! Heritage abounds in this idyllic hidden treasure of a seaside town with a rich smuggling history.

If you want to find out more about this delightful ‘hidden gem’, you can see what has been said about Deal in various national media publications by clicking on the links below:

The DealWeb has a mine of useful information. Here are some things to do while you are here….

Lazing on the Beach.. and strolling around the shops…

On a sunny day you can turn left out of your front door and make your way to the beach and on a rainy day you can go right and browse in the local shops to your heart’s content. Deal has been voted Britain’s best High Street by the Telegraph poll- you will see why this is a richly deserved accolade..


There are  the usual high street stores such as Sainsburys, the Coop, Boots, High Street Banks and a Post Office, WH Smith, Costa coffee, Starbucks as well as a very good range of local butchers, greengrocers, bakers, and gift shops.

Dunlin diver has a fascinating selection of hand crafted gifts from local artists and craftsmen

Beach will delight you with their range of items for the home from furniture and rugs to nick nacks

Hoxton Store with its delightful eclectic selection of luxury goods for the home.

Will and Yates – gallery and homewares store

Taylor Jones and Son- gallery and glorious items for the house

Don’t miss the markets – on Saturday in Union Street and on Wednesdays in the Undercroft and the first Friday of the month at the Landmark Centre.

Fancy a bit of culture?

Deal has a thriving artistic community so there are always live music events and art galleries and theatre to entertain you. The Astor Theatre is always buzzing with events

What about a bite to eat?

There are several delightful eateries such as :

and opposite the Pier are the Italian restaurant, Fish and Chips,  and Indian restaurants close by.

As well as the High Street coffee shops  at the Black Douglas on Beach Street  you can indulge in a lazy brunch with Eggs Benedict and the full range of cappuccinos.

 A little light refreshment?

Deal has a rich history of ale houses and other hostelries. Many of them are within very easy walking distance of the cottage. For instance:

and, slightly further away, the Zetland Arms on Kingsdown beach is well worth a visit, we think. You may need to book if you want to eat there, or you can cycle along for a refreshing pint on the pebbles….

In the mood for sport?

If golfing is your delight, then you will be in paradise as there are several, top rated courses within easy reach. If you fancy fishing – this can be done off the pier or the beach and the local tackle shops will give you advice etc.

Out and About…

Timeball Tower a fascinating part of our English Heritage – easy walking distance from the cottage.
Betteshanger Country Park– specially good for cycling and not too far in the car
Deal Castle absolutely on your doorstep – watch out for the flooded bits of the dungeons!
Walmer Castle a delightful tea room, a wonderful garden where you can take your own picnic and enjoy a game of croquet and superb views from the battlements
Dover Castle a brilliant day out steeped in astonishing history
Canterbury Cathedral and the shops nearby of course -something to please all the family – plus check out Sandwich which is a delightful town and Sandwich Bay has a glorious sandy beach and, in the other direction, Kingsdown with the Zetland Arms right on the beach – so you can sip a fizzy lemonade with the waves washing at your feet..


The Lighthouse in Walmer often has live music as does the Saracens Head in Alfred Square, the Deal Hoy  in Union Street, the Port Arms on the beach front and the New Inn in the High Street

A rainy afternoon?

Deal Museum- a glorious way to while away a rainy afternoon – come out immersed in the sense of the history of Deal and the Smuggling past.