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By the Seaside

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.
Relaxation awaits.

The Finer Details

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.

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
Bathroom 1 - claw footed bath in bedroom, basin separate wc
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.

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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.


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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.

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Luxurious bath under the stars

Holidays are about escaping and enjoying different experiences and this is one of those! A beautiful luxurious copper bath in its own secluded open cabin where the sun streams in during the day and you can see the stars at night. We have made ledges for your drinks, injected retro charm with our Russian bunker lights all to make it that special space for you to enjoy. We think the children might love it too!