We have had some amazing opportunities to travel around England. As a family we always pick to travel west of where we live as I like to think we are exploring the country we live in. Recently we decided to change our habit and Sykes Cottages took us along the east coast of Kent to a beautiful cottage in Broadstairs called Redwood. I took far too many photos during our three night stay and have decided to write my review in a section style post. I hope you enjoy, there are also two videos in this post too.
After our break was booked, we received communication from the property owner. This communication involved an email with all the various information we would need like how to access the property and directions. The owner was very friendly, extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome. It’s very easy to locate although could probably be missed at first if you arrive in the dark as it is down a tight lane between two larger houses. Here is our house tour of Redwood:
Throughout the cottage the ceilings are high. In the living area there is one large corner sofa and two extremely comfy arm chairs. The space has a really cosy feel yet being so well lit by the two huge windows which are dressed with pretty curtains and a roll down blind. There is also a really pretty and very effective electric heater. We ended up using this quite a bit in the evenings after the girls left the front door open to wander in the garden. The television is a really nice size and has Sky HD and a DVD player too. There’s a bookcase just inside the door that is filled with DVDs, more adult friendly games and puzzles. I was really impressed. This room is also the only carpeted room downstairs.
I was pretty excited by the kitchen space. It was modern and was literally my dream kitchen. I was really pleased to find that the kitchen had literally every utensil, every cup or glass and kitchenware you could need for a self catering holiday. There was even a well stocked spice rack and inside the cupboard there was condiments and oil. Cooking oil is always the one thing I forget to pack and always need for cooking. A small milk was also provided and tea bags too. There was a shelf in the kitchen that had useful information on the property and many leaflets for the local area. We had some lovely meals cooked in this kitchen and found the dishwasher and cleaning products super helpful.
At home we don’t have the space for a dining table and so we always eat on lap trays. I was really excited about having a dining table for the weekend and was determined that we would eat every meal there. Which we did. It was lovely to have meal times chats and be a little more focused on eating. The table seats eight. The dining area has a wonderful sliding door to the garden which I can imagine being really lovely in the summer. We ordered a takeaway on one of our nights, we were shocked to find over 60 places to order from on Just Eat!
Redwood has a few bathroom spaces; one downstairs bathroom with a toilet sink and shower in one room, then a separate toilet and a separate room with bath. I hope that makes sense. There is also a wet room style shower room upstairs with toilet. Each bathroom was well equipped with hand soap and bins. There is no other toiletries provided. One large towel and a smaller towel is provided on each bed. Again, we only have a shower at our house so I was excited to be able to bath the girls. I ended up bathing them every day and at one point they joined me in my bath too.
Redwood is definitely a perfect family cottage. It has its own playroom that is more than well equipped. There’s a television and DVD player. Sky is linked to the one in the lounge which just meant we had to have the lounge tv on at the same time. As you can imagine, the girls were thrilled by the playroom. It gave them their own little place to explore with different toys. As I knew this was here I didn’t pack their own toys which gave me one less bag to pack. In the hall there is also a cupboard full of garden and beach toys. Beach towels are also provided in there. At a request you can ask for a high chair or bed guard. I would have liked a few stair gates on the stairs as they were pretty scary steep wooden stairs which you can see in my house tour video. The girls barely argued during our break, they were entertained constantly by space and the toys provided. Although the toys are definitely more female specific like Barbie’s, dolls houses and polly pocket, there are toys for babies too and even Lego.
There are four bedrooms at Redwood. Downstairs has one bunk bed room that is decorated for children. It has a bookcase and plenty of drawer space for clothes. Slightly along the corridor is an adult room with a king size bed. This room is really pretty with beautiful cream drawers and gorgeous paintings, there’s so much space in this room. Upstairs there is another child’s room with a single bed that also has a trundle bed underneath. This room has a dolls house and so much space to play. The main bedroom has a super king size bed, mirror style units and a huge built in wardrobe space. In fact it’s the biggest amount of bedroom storage I’ve ever seen. Out of the window in this room you can see the sea behind the row of houses.
With fear of sounding like a broken record, we don’t have a garden at home. I didn’t have much hopes for enjoying the outside space at Redwood but miraculously the weather was amazing. The garden surrounds the cottage. There’s a beautiful well kept lawn around the right hand side of the cottage, a paved patio to the front and gravel on the left. There is a concrete BBQ which we didn’t get the chance to use. The girls brought out the bean bags and some toys many times so they could enjoy the sun trap garden. The entire garden is enclosed with a wall and the entrance is gated. This gave the girls a really safe place to play. We had a little picnic and P3 definitely took pleasure in wandering around with a dolls pram.
Things To Do Nearby
The beach, specifically Stone Bay, is literally a minutes walk from Redwood. We ended up down the beach every late afternoon for a stroll. P3 wasn’t keen the first time but by the third she was digging and splashing with her wellies. It was really useful that Redwood had beach equipment provided. I also got some beautiful photos when we were down there and with the weather slightly warmer than usual, we had some great bonding moments as a family.
We planned to do some bits on our full days. The girls love going swimming when we go On holidays so we found a local one to Broadstairs called Tides which is in Deal. The pool has slides suitable for all ages including P3. It was clean and not too badly priced either. After swimming we were all so hungry. We decided to go to McDonalds and found one in Broadstairs. There’s a really big industrial style shopping area with lots of well known brands and two large supermarkets. We popped into the Sainsbury’s after eating our meal to grab some food for the break.
On our second full day we headed to Dreamland which is in Margate. It’s actually a theme park but it’s currently closed so we headed in to The Octopus’s Garden which is the soft play at Dreamland. The Octopus’s Garden is suitable for under eights. It had indoor sandpits, role play areas, soft play and a brilliant Cafe. I was really pleased with our trip there. We arrived around 10ish and didn’t leave until after 12! It was very chilled. You can see more of it in my video below. After our trip, we headed back to Broadstairs for a wander in the town. We ended up getting some doughnuts from a bakery and sweets from the sweet shop.
Staying at Redwood really felt like a home from home. I cared for it like I would if it was our own home. I put the dishwasher on every evening, cleaned the work surfaces and even washed our clothes before we came home. It was peaceful with just the occasional sound of seagulls. Hubby and I were able to actually relax whilst the girl entertained themselves in the playroom or simply by running up and down the hall. I honestly could not have faulted our stay at all, I was trying really hard to find a negative but I just couldn’t. I’m pretty sure we will be heading back one day!
Here’s our longer than usual video of our holiday to Broadstairs. I hope you enjoy!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post