With eye-stretching views over Deal Beach to the sea, The Boatman’s Reading Rooms is a charming, spacious yet cosy escape, thoughtfully restored and redesigned by Quince to bathe you in sunlight by day. At night, turn to bubble-bathing under the stars outside in your own secluded copper bathtub.
The Boatman’s Reading rooms sleep 10 guests (and a hound too) in four stylish bedrooms, with only comfort and the sound of the sea as easy bed fellows. Simply relax knowing the mattresses are the highest spec, made in Ipswich, and mattress toppers are layered above.
Large bay windows from 4 of the rooms invite the ocean inside, as kaleidoscopic light dances across the rooms. You’ll indulge in luxury and local flavour filling the house, from the soft touches of Wills and Yates specialist furnishings decorating the bay windows and benches, to the stunning wall art from Mileage.
The custom-made-for-foodies kitchen is a veritable gourmet’s galley, and today’s modern Reading Rooms will surprise you with quirky Quince touches of love throughout. How about an outdoor copper bathtub for star-bathing, a sun terrace for sunbathing, or Nicholas Nickleby’s prose on the walls?
And when laid-back, low-impact living is just as important for you, we encourage leaving the cars in your carport and venturing out by foot.
Bedroom 1 - (sleeps 4) super king size bed, double sofa bed
Bedroom 2 - (sleeps 2) twin beds, sea views, window seat
Bedroom 3 - (sleeps 2) twin beds, sea views, window seat
Shower room 1 - walk in shower, basin and wc
Bedroom 4 - (sleeps 2) king size bed, sea views, window seat
Shower room 2 - walk in shower, basin and wc
Sitting room - window seat, electric log burner and sea views.
Kitchen/breakfast room - sea views, seating for 10, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, two ovens, electric hob, food processor, nespresso coffee machine, door to roof terrace with sea views
Utility room - washing machine, dryer and sink.
Internet - fast Wi-Fi with download speeds around 36Mbps.
Outside - first floor roof terrace with soft seating and table, ground floor courtyard, outside bath house with tin bath, lights and heating, carport with parking for 2 cars, electric car charger.
From the comfort of your window seat at The Boatman's Reading Rooms, you can gaze upon the fishing boats and beach huts, enjoy the brass band playing in the Victorian bandstand, watch the kids play on the lawn outside… or simply meditate upon the hypnotic meeting of the North Sea and the English Channel.
Just a few steps from the enchanting view, you can stroll down the wide promenade to experience the age-old culture of local life in the quintessentially English town of Deal. It is one of the quirkiest, coolest beach towns on the UK’s South East Coast. Vintage stores, fishmongers and indie shops make their home in pastel-coloured Georgian buildings by the sea. And for a spot of exercise, walk, cycle or jog to the fine Tudor defences of Deal Castle, built by Henry VIII.
A wee tale...Once upon a time, the original owner, a certain Mrs Wollaston, established a library here that became a place of rest and restoration from the stormy seas. A literary lighthouse for sailors, shipwrecked seafarers and – who knows – perhaps even the odd pirate. To this day, Mrs Wollaston’s fine tradition lives on. Weary travellers find their very own bright, sunshiny days in her sanctuary by the sea. The Boatman’s Reading Rooms is still nestled amongst colourful Georgian buildings and fishing boats, all within a few briny steps of beaches, vibrant huts, local seafood restaurants and traditional pubs.
Dive deeper into the history >
My goodness, my goodies - There’s nothing better than coming into a holiday home and seeing a basket full of treats waiting for you to delve into, all packed up into our specially branded apple crate. Our welcome hampers are thoughtfully curated by our wonderful Quince team with selected brands that connect with our values. Our welcome hamper encompasses gifts from us to you. Breathe in the sweet smell of our Wixy Rosemary and Juniper candle, indulge in our Tracklements Quince jam, delight in our sophisticated bottle of french white wine. Welcome to Quince
Take a break from the peeling, chopping and boiling, we’ve got this. If you’re looking for that home cooked meal but you don’t want to labour over a hot stove, we have a variety of trusted, local caterers that will come in and do it all for you, and yes, before you ask, even the washing up.
If you fancy getting your hands dirty, there is plenty on offer. From candle painting in the kitchen to clay throwing in the local towns, we’ve got you covered. Creative activities for all ages are on offer during your multi-generational stay.
Get into gear and pedal on through your holiday. We’ve got any physical activity you require at our fingertips. Whether you’re looking for bicycle hire, canoe hire, or you’re feeling adventurous and want to attempt kite surfing, you name it, we’ve got the details
South Foreland Lighthouse is a Victorian lighthouse on the South Foreland in St. Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent. It was used to warn ships approaching the nearby Goodwin Sands. It was built in 1843 but went out of service in 1988 and is currently owned by the National Trust. It's a great place to visit and you feel on top of the world a great day with all the family.
The Deal Time Ball is a Victorian maritime Greenwich Mean Time signal located on Deal seafront. Established in 1855 the time ball, just like the Greenwich time ball fell at 1pm precisely, triggered by an electric signal directly from the Royal Observatory. Definitely worth a visit and has great views out to sea from the top!