Heron House

Whitstable, Kent

Good restaurants, beach walks, a grand welcome for dogs: that’s Whitstable. Bring friends and stay in this smart house close to it all


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Welcome to Heron House – spruce and perfectly placed, between the high street and the sea.  Its restoration, from ‘sorry state’ to much-loved home (neat-as-a-pin but not precious) is down to Julie, who has thought in much detail about your stay. Her passion for the place, and her love of Whitstable and all it offers, will rub off on you the moment you meet her. Downstairs are two sitting rooms, one smaller (with a wood-burner), one large, and a kitchen-diner in the extension, in beautiful, bright, Victorian-modern style. Find a table topped with candles and a basket of nice things, and doors to a pretty courtyard with a garden room for dreaming on a day bed. Bedrooms on the upper floors are a mix of vintage pine pieces and Farrow & Ball colours, new rugs on stripped floors, bathrooms with thick towels and shining sash windows – only the best. For a group of friends or two families it’s perfect, and dogs are welcome, too. Wander through trendy Whitstable, it has it all: shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs, oysters, chips, beach huts by the sea, and a proper coffee shop in Tankerton called JoJo’s.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Towels, blankets, biscuits and water bowls.

Max. 3 dogs.

Secure small garden, beach and woodland walks and dog-friendly restaurants and pubs. Further information and walking routes provided on booking.

Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £175
Weekly price
from £1225
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £1756 beds4 bedrooms


We had a wonderful week. Heron house has been beautifully and tastefully decorated with every fixture and fitting of very high quality. A really thoughtfully designed house, and absolutely everything we needed to run the house was provided. Whitstable centre with great restaurants, shops, and the harbour is an easy walk away, and the beach is reached in minutes. A great holiday place and a joy to return to each evening! Thank you.

Maria, Newbury

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julie FitzGerald Vitelli

  • We're located in the town's Conservation Area, just a short walk from the beach and high street. We offer 1 private parking space; or just leave the car at home - Whitstable Station is just 10 minutes away on foot.
  • Fancy a good rummage? Lose yourself in the many local vintage shops and monthly fairs - you're sure to find something, and all very reasonably priced.
  • Whitstable's many small galleries and exhibitions are a great way to while away an afternoon in town. Spend the day on the beach and walk for miles along the shore, or stay put in a hired hut, fire up the BBQ and watch the sun go down...
  • Hire a racket and play a game of tennis by the beach or rent a bike and ride along the Crab & Winkle Way. There's also a 9-hole golf course just a minute's walk from the back gate.
  • Take the bus into Canterbury for the day and visit the historic Cathedral and town centre. Margate's also within easy reach by car, with the wonderful Turner Gallery overlooking the sea.
  • Enjoy a fish supper at one of the many seafood outlets - be it fresh from the harbour, fried with chips to enjoy on the beach or a plate of oysters in the parlour at Wheeler's Bar.