Once an English-seafront pub, Nautic House bright exterior conjures images of bawdy mariners on shore leave, carousing their weekend away over lashings of rum. But there’s a different feel inside the place these days. Completely renovated, the five-bed house retains only a few Georgian features and its beachfront access.
Right out the front, the English Channel appears in surround-sound widescreen, with waves washing over the beach at Deal, gulls strafing the pier and smacks bringing home their catch. Fresh Kentish seafood, local ale and breezy golf courses abound, but don’t get too hasty. There’s charm and comfort aplenty on the inside, too.
Luxury flows here like golden keg beer. Sip your cocktails in the copper-topped bar overlooking the water. Pamper yourself with White Company bedding, monsoon showers and underfloor heating in the en-suites. Take croissants and cappuccinos with your paper in the breakfast and coffee bar. Embrace a real sense of escape.
The real garden here’s across the coast road, with Deal’s beach fronting a long prom to Deal Castle and footpath for coastal walks. Pass the beach huts, crunch the pebbles and skim stones past the fishing smacks.
Walk the pier, watch the ships headed to France, and follow-up your fresh fish-and-chips with ice cream from the Beach Parlour.
Make every night a movie night, down in the old beer cellar, now an indulgent cinema room with 65” TV. Kick back on the bean bags, open the popcorn and pour the drinks. Pick from Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, Google TV and Sky cable. Or bring your own movies for the Blu-ray player.
Once a pub, always a pub. Although the Nautic House couldn’t be more swish, there’s a nod or two towards the past, with the former saloon bar now the main living area and equipped with a copper-topped bar. Mix yourself a cocktail, watch the waves, gaze at the gulls.
Escape with a bite and a book to the breakfast-and-coffee bar by the kitchen. Catch up with the world on your tablet or laptop, with the fast free wifi that whistles around the place. Get some tunes going with the Bluetooth speakers. Shut off the world and indulge and unwind awhile with the people who matter the most.
Amid the gleam of the immaculate kitchen, a two-tiered oven and large induction hob invite you to get all Gordon Ramsay. You’ll swear by the space, the generous facilities and the adjoining breakfast-coffee bar. But if you’d rather just chill, we’ve got chefs on hand to come up with a celebratory meal or a fully catered break.
Gather 10 around the dining table, break the bread and keep the wine flowing. When you’re all done, head to the filter coffee machine or espresso machine. Fire up the ice machine and make it an iced latte. There’s even a dishwasher, so there’s no need to get down and dirty with the dishes.
Out and about, it’s a breezy stroll to 81 Beach Street for casual seaside dining, or to The Lane for wraps, brunch or quesadillas. At The Court Yard, dine on fresh lobster caught a stone’s throw away and sip on wine under the stars exposed by the sliding glass roof.
In Dover, Namaste serves authentic Indian, while The Marquis at Alkham offers fine dining in the shape of a seven-course tasting menu that includes pan-roast Hythe seabass and parsnip veloute. For sparkling menus that earned a Michelin star, head to Sportsman in Seasalter or the West House at Biddenden.
Four floors of perfectly finished luxury find perhaps their crowning glory in the five bedrooms, sleeping ten adults plus children. All rooms come with superking beds and you’ll snooze soundly in White Company bedding and wash with Korres toiletries.
Underfloor heating keeps toes toasty in the en-suites, while powerful monsoon showers stimulate the senses.
Sleep with the sash windows open to be lulled by the gentle ripple of the Channel water and the sound of early-morning seagulls swooping for fish. In the morning, take your paper down to the breakfast-and-coffee bar for rolled oats and latte.