I was so excited to be personally invited to stay at Artists’ Beach House and had been counting down the days until my short break in Whitstable. As I approached via the private walkway on Tankerton Beach, I felt a tingle of excitement as I glimpsed the typically British colonial seaside home where I would be staying.  The owner Katrina greeted me with a warm smile and I was shown around and given a choice of bedrooms - what a treat! Each bedroom was colourfully furnished and had its own personality; I opted for the bright room with shades of pastel colours and breath-taking views out to the beach. The house was a treasure chest of poetry, books, art work and curios which made it a really inspiring home-from-home that tickled my creative side. I can see why this unique property is so popular with artists, writers and creative folk!

Having the sea right on the doorstep is such a blissful luxury and I immediately felt any stresses leave me as I let my body and mind unwind sat out on the deck with a glass of wine. I sat out there for a good few hours reading my book before I realised the time! Katrina had invited me to dinner so it was time to get ready and experience the monsoon shower – definitely invigorating!

As we walked back from the foodie town of Whitstable after a delicious meal of locally caught seafood (of course), the star-speckled sky was so bright and clear it felt like we were a million miles from anywhere. We sat in the cosy armchairs by the fire recollecting the day’s events and I felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay at this very special home. Climbing the stairs and tucking myself into bed, the sound of the sea soon lulled me into a deeply satisfying sleep and I awoke early and refreshed to sit on the veranda and watch the local area come to life. The birds singing the dawn chorus, the early morning dog walkers, the seagulls swooping down over the waves... there is simply no better place to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of buttery toast. I wasn’t brave enough to go for an early morning dip but it will certainly be on my ‘to do’ list for next time!

After breakfast Katrina took me on a stroll around Whitstable. It was a bright and sunny spring day as we joined the other lucky souls who were out enjoying the gorgeous weather on the beach. Sat on a blanket munching cockles and whelks from cocktail sticks, we watched children happily playing on the beach and young lovers strolling hand-in-hand in the shorebreak and I simply didn’t want to leave. For anyone wishing to stay here I would describe Artists’ Beach House and the surrounding area as a place which is alive with old fashioned seaside magic. It bursts with personality and romance, is quirky, unpretentious, inspiring, but mostly it is a much loved and very special home. Thank you so much to Katrina for her hospitality- I’ll be back!