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“A very chilled and relaxing vacation”

Review of Kiora

Stunning beach location and extensive sea views. Photos by Chris Sowe
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Stunning beach location and extensive sea views. Photos by Chris Sowe
Stunning views of the Street, the shingle spit that magically appears at low tide Enjoy alfresco dining with sea views on the terrace
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27 reviews
Stunning beach location and extensive sea views. Photos by Chris Sowe
Stunning views of the Street, the shingle spit that magically appears at low tide
Enjoy alfresco dining with sea views on the terrace
Charming book lined dining room
Traditional and fully equipped kitchen
Enjoy the comfy sofas and open fire in the cosy lounge with its very own Baby Grand piano
The spacious west bedroom with extensive sea views
The spacious east bedroom with extensive sea views
Twin room with a view
Downstairs double bedroom with garden view
Secluded garden terrace
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Whitstable, Kent, England

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Lianne A
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A very chilled and relaxing vacation”
Reviewed 26 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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When we arrived at our accommodation we met Jez the owner who was very friendly and welcoming and showed us around the place. It has the wow factor being so close to the beach and being able to have breakfast with the sea view. It has plenty of rooms and if the weather is a tad chilly there is an open fire in the living room, which was used on occasion. We enjoyed our evenings listening to the sea and if their are any budding pianists there is a Baby Grand, which was part of the reason we booked Kiora, along with the view and it's location.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The end of the vacation
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Starchfro...
Ithaca, New York
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Truly Outstanding Property!”
Reviewed 6 September 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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This is a very special home, and we had the good fortune to find it for a very special family event.

Our daughter was married on July 3rd on the beach in front of Kiora. We arrived at Kiora about a week before the wedding. Our intention was to have a nice large comfortable place for family and friends to stay, relax, and celebrate.

The photos that we had seen of the property are very accurate, however they cannot transmit the warmth, calm, and contentment that you feel in this home. The house is sited on the side of hill facing the sea, about 30 feet from the shingle beach. It is very private, as it is surrounded by a low wooden fence, hedges, and private terraced gardens. The house flows beautifully from inside to outside. The living room has french doors that open out onto a large terrace with a large dining table, and various seating areas. Not only are your immediate surroundings beautiful, but you are also overlooking a glorious seascape.

The house has 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. There is a large bedroom on each side of the house, with a king/Queen size bed, and a smaller one in the middle, with 2 twin beds. The fourth bedroom is on the first floor, tucked away in a quiet corner. I was a bit concerned about the specifications saying there was only one bathroom, however every bedroom has a sink, thereby eliminating a significant amount of time that one person needs to monopolize a single bathroom. In addition, there is a second small room tucked in next to the full bathroom, with just a toilet. Brilliant! There were never any complaints about bathroom queues.

The house is very well equipped with cooking utensils, towels, sheets, etc. It has reliable internet service. There was a TV in the living room, but we never turned it on. In fact, we move it into a closet for our stay because it just didn't fit the atmosphere. There is a small stereo, in the dining room. That was really the only disappointing element, I would have liked to have had music in the living room, and on the terrace.

The house is located approximately a half mile from the center of town. It is an easy, and refreshing walk to restaurants, and shopping of any kind.

The house is accessed via a private road, with a locked gate. This was a nice surprise, and results in no traffic, and a very peaceful existence. Dealing with the agency that handles booking was very easy. They are very efficient, and professional. The owner, Jez, is a super-nice guy. He met us upon arrival and showed us around, and helped us get settled in. He gave us his cell number to reach him if we needed anything. We did have a few questions while we were there, and Jez was very responsive.

We hope to revisit Kiora regularly in the future. I would recommend this property confidently, and whole heartedly to anyone searching for accomodations in Whitstable.

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Liked best: The warm, and comfortable ambience of the house. Everyone commented on it.
Liked least: The little, old stereo in the dining room.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Annahayma...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Most relaxing place I've ever stayed.”
Reviewed 1 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

If you want a rest - go here. Being on the beach, the town up the road, the house, everything was lovely. It had a feeling of promoting relaxation and genuine enjoyment of the setting. Lots of old pine, high ceilings, a circular sort of house, the rooms flow easily from one to another with a feeling of space and calm. All clean- lots of books, piano, play stuff for kids inc. games. Lots of hot water, decent towels. Lovely.

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Funcgodzi...
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Our spiritual home”
Reviewed 25 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
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Kiora is a truly wonderful dream house in a beautiful matured woodland garden right on the shingle beach overlooking the picturesque “Street” a shingle causeway that magically appears at low tide. Built at the turn of the century (1900) the house is full of seaside charm with open fires and antique furniture including a lovely Baby-Grand piano in the lounge with a great view of the sea, as there is from almost every room. Jez looks after you wonderfully, he collected us from the station and ferried us back the house and left us with a nice bottle of wine after letting us in on all the great walks, pubs, restaurants nearby, not forgetting the picturesque Whitstable Harbour with its handy fish market. All in all you really couldn't ask for a lovelier house, in a incredible location, location, location!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Time we had to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Ruth H
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Bracing stay at Whitstable Bay”
Reviewed 21 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
people found this review helpful

What a fantastic welcome we received to this idyllic cottage on the sea front. Jez is a top bloke; he helped us with our luggage, provided a comprehensive tour, and even provided a chilled bottle of Chardonnay and a home made cake.
Lovely accommodation: real fires, lots of light through white drapes across wooden floorboards. A mini grand piano, if you like to tinkle on the ivories.
Views of the Isle of Sheppey and out across 'the street' (a kind of low tide spit). Lots to do in Whitstable and Tankerton, both within 10 minutes walk.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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