Bursting with Flavour and Fun: Canterbury and Castle Street Cottage by Lisa Carlson with Emma Reynolds
Emma and I decided to escape the office and spend a morning at Castle Street Cottage in Canterbury. Too much time in the office and not enough time “in the field” so to speak. Plus, you’re never a tourist in your own town. Canterbury is bursting with excellent cafes, restaurants, shops, parks, museums … the list goes on and on. Too much to do, too little time. To start with … punting (Canterbury Punting Company), cleverly located on the same premises as one of Canterbury’s best coffeehouses – Browns (real artisan coffee)!
Canterbury has a great selection of cafes serving locally sourced, home made, seasonal food. We chose Mrs Jones’ Kitchen for a coffee. Here’s a picture of the same place on a lively evening:
There’s also Rafael’s Restaurant at The Goods Shed (this link is to a blog about the fabulous food served there), where I celebrated my birthday:
and the Refectory Kitchen if you’re near Westgate Towers, Salt (more towards the centre of Canterbury on Palace Street) and Deesons (also in the centre, serving traditional British food to a very high standard) … just to name a few of our favourites!
And speaking of The Goods Shed, it’s not just a restaurant, the converted Victorian railway building houses a general store, cheesemaker, fine wine shop, charcuterie, fish monger, butchery, bakery, bottle shop (best local beer), sandwich shop (honestly, worth the wait!), specialist foods and the famous fruit and vegetable stall. Castle Street Cottage is a self-catering holiday house in the right location!
In addition to the bustling high street, there are also amazing green spaces – some with beautiful flowers, others with playgrounds and still others tucked away so that you would never notice them … unless we told you!
The Franciscan Gardens are “hidden” right in the centre of the city. You can access this peaceful and beautiful place, straddling the river and surrounded by lawns and gardens, from Stour Street. As your heading from the High Street to Browns Coffeehouse, look for a small reddish sign framed in wood on the right and head straight through the courtyard. You will feel like you’re going into someone else’s back yard, but it will be worth it!
Ok, we didn’t really do all of this on our morning out of the office, but they are some of our favourite spots in Canterbury. We’re sure you’ll love them!
Back to Castle Street Cottage itself … talk about a sweet, perfect, put your feet up type of cottage. It’s on one of Canterbury’s oldest side streets, and yet it’s just far enough off the high street that when we closed the door behind us, it was all peace and quiet with a perfect English garden. Gorgeous rose bushes providing privacy and a lovely view.
This wonderful period self-catering cottage sleeps 3+1. There are two bedrooms – a master bedroom and a superb use of space in an attic bedroom with beautifully exposed floors and beams throughout.
Our first step was to explore the sweet, sweet touches of this little gem of a cottage.
We couldn’t help but think this would be the perfect self catering cottage if you need to be in Canterbury but don’t want to stay in a hotel. Dropping children off at university? Excellent place to stay. Business in Canterbury – bring your partner and enjoy a romantic break. Did we mention the Marlowe and Gulbenkian Theatres? Searching for a house? Great self-catering home at which to base yourself while house-hunting.
The cottage isn’t huge, but it offers the luxury of a bygone era with beautifully exposed floors, beams and a quirky use of space (especially the attic bedroom!). The only word of warning is that the charming spiral staircase is not for the under 5s and is perhaps best climbed without high heals.
For more information about Castle Street Cottage or another perfect self-catering holiday cottage, please call the Mulberry Cottage booking staff on 01227 464958 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org