Right on the English Channel and eight miles from Dover is Deal, Kent. Once a fishing town, this seaside resort boasts a gorgeous coastline with an expanse of activities and self catering cottages that will appeal to holiday visitors of all ages. Take a dip in the sea, and then stroll over to The Bohemian – a quirky beach bar that’s always buzzing. If unique pubs and hearty food makes your heart sing, there’s also The Just Reproach, which boasts a rotating menu of local ales. Take the kids and your bikes to Fowlmead Country Park, and explore its two-mile cycle lane around the wetlands. After a day packed with lively action, you might want to sit back and enjoy old-fashioned entertainment at The Astor Theatre.

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Established as a port by the 14th century, the Cinque Port of Deal offers splendid views of the French coast on clear days – only twenty-five miles away! Much closer at six miles from Deal is Walmer, which some believe is where Julius Caesar first arrived in the country. Walmer Castle and Gardens is a gorgeous English heritage site, built under King Henry VIII. Also commissioned by the Tudor king is Deal Castle, showcasing a wonderful rose floor. The castle was built to protect the land against naval attack, and you can explore Deal’s history further at the Deal Maritime and Local History Museum. Find out about the town’s notorious smugglers (don’t worry, they lived four centuries ago!), and stand on the ground that James Cook was on in 1711, after his travels to Australia.

A wonderful, self-catered seaside cottage in Deal gives you the freedom to wander through quaint town shops, take part in outdoor activity or immerse yourself in culture. There’s something for all, from couples looking to get away, to groups of friends looking for unique nights out, to families wanting to spend some quality time together. This particular town has also featured in many cherished literary works – so come find out what Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Daniel Defoe were on about!