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Swallow Cottage

Herne Bay, Kent (Ref. 1054309)

4.5

(17 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Swallow Cottage."

    The cottage was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. It's a great base to explore Kent!

    Reviewed by MichelleJun 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the cottage but would have liked a larger garden to sit in also a coffee table in the lounge and chopping board in the kitchen, there was a large chopping board in the cupboard with the bins but didn't wish to use this because of being kept next to the bins."

    Overall enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by FrankJun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Cottage is perfect. Bed in main bedroom is so comfortable best nights sleep we've had in ages. Had all the facilities we needed for our stay was well equipped. Perfectly situated as a base to travel to sights easily. Pub nearby called The Curious Cat was very welcoming, good food, walking distance from cottage. Great stay, we would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2022

  • "Upon arriving at the property we were greeted with a notice on the hallway wall saying " All pets may only go in the kitchen or garden"."

    We were least to say horrified as upon the time of booking this was not stated anywhere in the details. We would never have booked this property if we had known prior to booking. We have a large dog and it was in no way means safe to have him in the kitchen with his bed whilst we were trying to cook and even just make a hot drink. The kitchen is small and the floor area is only the size if a single bed. We did make a complaint upon our return and the details have been slightly adjusted. The property was clean and comfortable but there was a hole in the back door and had been covered by a fluffy draught excluder. Also the laminate flooring in the lounge has lifted and could prove dangerous if it carries on to lift more.

    Reviewed by VanessaApr 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay the cottage was cosy."

    There was a musky smell when we entered the cottage and it would be there whenever we came back from being out for a period of time. It seemed to be coming from the downstairs cupboard. The only other thing which surprised us was the cottage was advertised as dog friendly but a notice on the wall stated that they had to stay in the kitchen and garden. There is a child gate on the door way into the kitchen to keep the dog in. Luckily our dog is small but it was still difficult cooking whilst trying to avoid our dog. We can understand not allowing our dog on the furniture or upstairs but having to keep him confined in one small room is not being that dog friendly. Also it would have been nice to be able to lock the toilet and bathroom doors for privacy.

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Everyone was so friendly. It was so lovely to see our family and everything in the cottage was what we needed

    Reviewed by DianaJan 2022

  • "Nice house and a good base to go walking in the area."

    The owner were friendly we I had to phone.

    Reviewed by JoanDec 2021

  • "Sweet and modern cottage with its own parking space."

    All the facilities are there and everything is well maintained. Good location within easy distance to major roads.

    Reviewed by ROct 2021

  • "Lovely stay once again."

    Just as enjoyable as last time!

    Reviewed by ElisabethOct 2021

  • "Cottage had everything we could need."

    Nice to have a large tv to watch with Netflix built in too! Pub across the road is very nice, little expensive but very friendly. Regular bus service outside to the seaside or to Canterbury. Thank you!

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2021

  • "Comfortable cottage."

    Only negative is the distance from Herne Bay but used the excellent bus service so not a problem. Can recommend Goody’s brewery - 10 minute walk from the cottage.

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2021

  • "Much to commend about this cottage."

    Modern, clean, downstairs cloakroom a great bonus. There are some aspects, however, which need attention. When we arrived at 3.30, the owner was trying to fix a broken basin plug. Thought this was unusual as he had 5 hours since the previous visitors left. Unable to do so, we had no plug to the bathroom basin for the duration of our stay. To make it worse, the downstairs basin was also without a plug. Try washing without a plug! Why did he not nip to B and Q and spend a quid getting 2 plastic plugs for temporary use??!! There is also the issue of the bathroom extract fan which operates 24/7 and cannot be switched off! It is not linked to the light, shower, or door. The constant noise is very distracting and can be heard all over the cottage at night. Fortunately we were not using the bedroom next door to the bathroom. There were no instructions for refuse collection arrangements. Finally, there was no leaflets re surrounding attractions. I know some agencies limit this on the grounds of Covid contamination, but it is not completely necessary. Simply get two sets of 4-6 appropriate leaflets from the Tourist Information Centre, and change them between bookings. The virus dies after 72 hours, so they will remain perfectly safe. Sorry if this comes over as overly negative, but we felt that this lovely cottage was not being marketed and maintained to its full potential.

    Thank for your feedback. Regrettably the plugs could not be attended to while the previous guests were in the property or remedied on changeover day due to timescales while extra cleaning is needed during the current situation. The plug replacements however are being resolved and apologies if you had to use the shower or bath taps for washing during your stay. The current guidance from Sykes is also to remove leaflets or literature that are classed as high density touch points and this has been done for the safety of guests. I will see if your suggestion can be implemented in the future however I feel that with information becoming outdated quickly during the covid situation regarding what local establishments are open and closed, that is is better and more accurate for guests to check online pre arrival for up to date information regarding the areas they wish to vist. For any help with advice regarding information needed for refuse collection, appliances etc, my contact number is at the property and am more than happy to provide any necessary information that guests may need, if they contact me. Apologies if the bathroom fan inconvenienced you and I'm glad you found the cottage lovely. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "The cottage was advertised by Sykes as 'dog friendly' and we accept that this means keep dogs off furniture, etc."

    So we were very annoyed to find a notice in the cottage saying 'all pets may only go in the kitchen or gardens'. The rear garden which we were expected to put the dog in was dirty and had not been swept.

    Thank for your feedback, moving forward we will remove the note as we appreciate that guests would prefer their pets to be able to go in the lounge. Outside areas are swept weekly and apologies if any debris had landed during windy weather before your arrival. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EvelynJun 2021

  • "Good location, easy to find."

    Cottage was clean and very well equipped with good quality kitchen items. We had booked for my husband and I, and our adult son but in the end only my son and I travelled. We found the accomodation very good for 2 people but maybe a bit small for the advertised 4. A good base for the beach and many walks - we particularly enjoyed Reculver Park to Herne Bay walk. Our one disappointment was that we had searched for a cottage that welcomed pets and had an enclosed garden. However we found that our (well behaved) dog was only allowed in the kitchen which is quite small, and there has no door just a stair gate, and the 'enclosed garden' was fenced but it was more decorative than functional. Otherwise very happy, we would certainly return - but would leave the dog behind to save his, and our stress.

    Thank for your feedback and we are pleased you found the cottage clean with quality items. Moving forward we will allow pets in the lounge area as we appreciate that guests would prefer their pets to be able to be in the lounge with our guests. The front courtyard has a hedgerow and the rear courtyard is fenced. We will ensure that all third party adverts for Sykes specify that the areas are courtyards to match the Sykes advert and as per the pictures on the advert. We feel that the pictures regarding the size of the property and outside areas are an accurate reflection regarding size. There is also plenty of green space and woods nearby for dog walking and we very much hope to see you and your pet again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2021

  • "Cottage is tastefully decorated, comfortable with well equipped kitchen both with electric appliances and plenty of dishes etc."

    Cottage is well situated for coast. country and city. We did however have a couple of problems due to my husbands mobility (Parkinson's) in that there is not a hand rail on the stairs and that the side of the bath is very high preventing him from getting in the bath for a bath or a shower. This problem was overcome by being able to use the bath at our son's house until lockdown kicked in. While we would love to stay there again we will not be able to due to fore mentioned .

    Reviewed by IreneOct 2020

  • "You say in the information don't forget to bring your Dvds which we did only to find that there is no Dvd player."

    Apart from that everything else was fine and would be back in the future

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage in a quiet setting with good walks close by as well as being ..."

    Comfortable cottage in a quiet setting with good walks close by as well as being close to but away from the busy coastal resorts

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV, 1 x double with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living room/diner
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, three Smart TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one and roadside parking
  • Fenced rear courtyard with seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles, beach 2.8 miles
  • Note: Canterbury is 7 miles
  • Note: Can sleep 5 at an extra cost (Property has a sofa bed)
  • Note: Bike hire available at an extra cost Note: Dogs must be kept in the kitchen unless well behaved, dogs are not allowed upstairs

The property

Swallow Cottage is a traditional brick cottage with a renovated interior situated in the gorgeous seafront town of Herne Bay.

This mid-terrace property boasts everything you need for a self-catered stay, perfect for a small family or group of friends looking to explore the Kent coastline.

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About the location

HERNE BAY

Whitstable 5 miles; Canterbury 7 miles; Broadstairs 13 miles; Dover 23 miles.

Herne Bay has been a popular holiday destination for many years. With its award-winning shingle beach and restored Victorian memorial gardens, this offers families the perfect, relaxing holiday location. Herne Bay's seafront is home to the world's first freestanding purpose-built Clock Tower, built in 1837 which looks down onto the well-kept promenade. As expected when visiting an English seaside town, there are many eateries serving everything from traditional fish and chips to exotic delicacies, and of course, no seaside town is complete without an ice cream parlour and Herne Bay has two! The historic city of Canterbury is only 7 miles away, with its famous cathedral and historic past, offering theatres, museums and art galleries as well as shops, restaurants, and trips along the river. For a day of cobbled streets and browsing around quaint little shops, then make for Whitstable, famous for its Oyster festival and a popular harbour town at any time of year. Herne Bay is ideally situated for exploring this part of the Kent coast.

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