Witness the Making of Golf History on our Doorstep, with the Golf Open at Royal St George’s

There’s a buzz of excitement in the golfing world at the moment as the 149th Golf Open comes home to Kent, causing the surrounding area to be a very popular holiday destination for the summer of 2020. Accommodation searches are underway for group bookings and cottage rentals in and around the beautiful English South East County, and Deal is the ideal tranquil town to retreat to after a gorgeous day out watching sporting history being made. At less than 5 miles away, the Little Deal Cottage is the perfect place to get back to, after strolling around the green, to put your feet up with a glass of Pimms.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts, and rental properties in the surrounding areas are already being booked in advance, and Deal is one of those ideal locations. The Little Deal Cottage has all the luxuries of a home away from home and only 15 minutes from the course by car. Any avid golf fan would relish this week away to soak in the atmosphere and still get away from it all, with a high chance of spotting one of their sporting heroes.

The Royal St George’s historic links course has been announced to host the Open, from 12-19 July 2020, making it the home of sporting history for the 15th time. The tournament will undoubtedly be as unforgettable as 2011 when the Irish winner, Darren Clarke, lifted the Claret Jug, beating Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to become Champion Golfer of the Year.

Clarke followed a bevy of other famous sportsmen to win the Open at the Royal St George’s, including Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Bobby Locke, Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman, who secured a two-shot victory over Sir Nick Faldo in 1993.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to lift the Claret Jug and know that my name was displayed on the trophy alongside so many of the greatest players ever to play the game,” said Clarke.

“The Open is what it is all about for me as a golfer and it is the championship I always dreamt of winning from when I first took up the game as a kid. I have so many wonderful memories from that week at Sandwich and I will be thrilled to go back there for The Open...”

Royal St George’s has been the stage of sporting history for over 120 years, since it first hosted the Open in 1894; the first time it was played outside Scotland. JH Taylor was the first English professional golfer to win the Championship at the 35th Open on these links, and 2020 will no doubt be another monumental occasion that will go down in British and World Sporting History.

Sandwich saw more than 180,000 visitors in 2011, and an extra 37,000 passengers made use of the high speed train service from London St Pancras and we expect this global sporting event to be even more popular in 2020. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that action?

 

On booking the Little Deal Cottage for this event please click here

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Looking for a weekend getaway by the seaside, we’ve got a great "Little Deal Cottage' for you!

The madness and mayhem of Christmas is over, New Year has been and gone, chocolates were scoffed, decorations are down, and the tree is stashed somewhere in the attic. Welcome to 2018, your bright sparkling brand new year. What are you going to do with it?

Many of us have made more realistic resolutions this year, to actually better ourselves and our lives. Instead of wondering how to lose weight, how to stop smoking, how to drink less, or how to get rich quick, we’re wondering how we can be nicer to ourselves. We all worked far too hard in 2017, we all put way too much pressure on ourselves. And did it do anyone any good?

So it’s unsurprising that many of us are resolving to relax more this year, spend more time with friends and family, and attempt to achieve that ever elusive work life balance. It seems like an illusion, or something that everyone else manages to grasp, everyone else can afford…

Well, fear not, it can be done! And it can be done by you, in a cost effective, time efficient way.

Everyone needs a little weekend getaway now and again, to recharge the batteries. Everyone needs some downtime, some quiet time, some me-time, to give them that boost and motivation to keep their achievements and successes ticking along nicely.

Picture a perfect little cottage, with everything you could possibly need, for a few days away from it all. Forget the expensive city break, packed like sardines, in a cramped neon orange flight. You can hop on a train or jump in the car and get away from London in an hour and a half, park right outside the blue front door, take a leisurely stroll to the beach, pick up some fish and chips, and be back to the cottage again while they’re still hot enough to eat.

You could spend a couple of days in bed, in the garden, on the beach, or explore the town of Deal; a classic English seaside town on the Kent coastline, complete with refreshing sea air to detox anyone who wants to escape the city smog. It could easily be the setting of a romance novel and the peace and quiet would inspire many writers and artists seeking that peaceful break from daily life to write, paint, create, or simply daydream. But what are you looking for, in a weekend away?

The Little Deal Cottage is the perfect little deal to make all of your weekend wishes come true.

For more information on booking the Little Deal Cottage click here.

 

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Drone footage of Little Deal Cottage and proximity to the Kent Coast

Holiday seekers booking last minute weekend trips on the Kent Coast often ask the Little Deal Cottage team to describe the exact location and proximity to Deal's Beach, Highstreet and Pier. We decided the only way we could truely capture the Cottage's fantastic location would be throught Drone Aerial footage. Navigating the Drone through the low level buildings and avoiding the seaguls we managed to capture the cottage in it's beautiful surrounding area. The footage demonstrates the Little Deal Cottage is situated directly in the heart of Deal's Conservation area and a stone's throw from the stunning Kent Coast. The parking area directly outside the cottage is clearly visible and guests have the privilege of being able to park in these spaces using the complimentary permits we provide for guests who stay a minimum of 7 nights (a unique service we offer). Guests can drive to the cottage knowing that there will be parking spaces available directly outside their accommodation which is a rarity for those wishing to stay within Deal's conservation area. The footage was captured on a December morning, demonstrating how Deal does have a micro-climate like no other and whilst the rest of the country is suffering with rain and winds, Deal often finds itself in a pocket of sunshine. As the drone scans along the glorious seafront we can see the beautful pier is only 5 minutes walk away to the south and stretches of beach to the north. By treating ourselves to an early Christmas present of a GoPro Drone will enable us to capture the magic of Deal all year round and upload these scenes to our blog posts so we can all enjoy what the Little Deal Cottage can offer all year round.  

10 essential tips for enjoying a Christmas in magical Deal

Planning on a Christmas away from home? A hidden treasure called Deal might be the answer to your perfect festive getaway. Situated on the Kent Coast, Deal is the perfect location for a family to experience a traditional Christmas on a beach! 

1.Pick somewhere family-friendly to stay.

For any family trip it is important to make sure the accommodation is the correct size. A cottage may quote that it ‘sleeps 6’ but does it have sufficient space for 6 people to comfortably live during your break. At The Little Deal Cottage we sleep 5 Adults and account for living space for 5 adults, whether it be sitting around our dining table to enjoy your Christmas dinner or lounging on the sofas watching festive movies, there is adequate space for 5. 

2. Organise your face-to-face for Christmas morning.

With developments in modern technology we can all spare a few minutes on christmas morning catching up with those family members we have left behind. Facetime, whatsapp and Skype are to name a few ways in which we can communicate with loved-ones via the internet. Arrange a time for each family member and drop them a call. At the Little Deal Cottage we offer unlimited free Wi-Fi making connectivity to family members around the world that little bit easier. 

3. Book some distraction for Christmas Eve. 

A big part of keeping the holiday exciting is building in plenty of activity, especially when homesickness is likely to hit the adults as well as the kids. Book a Pantomime or Church Service in Deal, all details are provided in The Little Deal Cottage’s Guest Guide.

4. Make time for shopping. 

With the car filled with Christmas outfits and cosy jumpers for snuggling up on the sofa please leave a little space for a comfortable drive. Deal’s award winning High Street won’t let you down for last minute stocking fillers and your favourite Christmas food treats. The joy of Deal is the balance between small independent shops and the stores you will find on every UK High Street. Amongst the Waterstones and Mark’s & Spencer you will find hidden gems such as The Hoxton Store bringing the latest trends inspired by London. Every Saturday Deal is spoilt with a Market bringing the finest Traders from all over Kent and a couple from neighbouring France. With produce ranging from award winning Rooks Butchers sausages to fine French linen found on our favourite stall – Fleur de Lys. We are very lucky The Little Deal Cottage is situated just a 2 minute walk from the High Street.

6. Take a few familiar friends on your travels. 

We are not encouraging you to bring the entire football team on your ‘family trip’, just a few small Christmas items that have always been a part of your typical Christmas at home. Whether it be a small Christmas tree bauble or an illuminated window Santa, it is important that your stay away from home is not too detached from traditions and customs. At The Little Deal Cottage there will be a pre-decorated REAL Christmas tree, window lights and small decorations to make your stay a Christmas one. 

7. Make local Christmas customs part of the fun. 

Do as the locals do, whether it be a Church Christmas Service or a mulled one in a local pub, embrace Deal for the traditions it has maintained for centuries.

8. Avoid all potential disappointments.

Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year for kids, but it’s also the busiest and most booked up in advance. Before you make any promises about holiday events, festivals, shows, theme-parks or experiences, check what’s on and get tickets organised.

9. Have a local festive feast and add in some familiar treats. 

By all means bring the family favourites as there is nothing worse than seeing granddads face when the pigs in blanket aren’t from his local butcher, but trust in what deal has to offer. Rookes Butchers is one of the finest in Kent and produce is available up until Christmas Day. Also try the cuisine in Deal as even the pubs have fantastic offerings. With the Saracens Head pub situated directly opposite The Little Deal Cottage, having a French Chef often is a welcomed treat to break up Traditional British Christmas cuisine. 

10. Santa has a Satnav!

Most importantly reassure the kids that Santa can find them at their temporary new home. The Little Deal Cottage has a stunning Wood-burning Stove so the children can write their Christmas Lists and send up the chimney and direct to Lapland.

 

 

 

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Deal Number 1. location choice for Film and TV production.

With a preserved historical conservation area retaining a two story high skyline along the seafront, Deal has become the number 1. location choice for both Film and Television production. Sky Arts recently filmed their drama The Tunnel in Deal, and ITV’s Vanity Fair found the conservation area and seafront complemented their Napoleonic theme. Currently aired on ITV is Liar, a TV drama frequently uses Deal’s glorious Pier and fishing boats as backdrop for most of the scenes. You don’t have to have an eye for what looks good on camera to realise Deal truly is a hidden gem on the Kent Coast. Dover & District Council have done a great job of preserving Deal’s charm by declining numerous attempts for property development on the Seafront. Like it or not the secret is out, with more Londoners realising just how close this picturesque town is to the capital. The Streets are heaving at weekends with Down From Londoners (DFLs) escaping into the small alleyways and Dickensian Streets, making them feel they have escaped to a bygone era. At the Little Deal Cottage we have seen the rise in Londoners staying at our Holiday Let and provided numerous artist with accommodation for them to complete projects in Deal. With the Cottage being situated within the conservation area and 100m from the seafront TV producers often snap-up the cottage before the actors have a chance to book. We are often given the feedback in our Guest Book that the draw is Deal itself, and being central to the heart of the Town is what makes our guests return time after time.  

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Completing the renovation of The Little Deal Cottage

Commencing the renovation of The Little Deal Cottage in January 2016, we have been on a very long journey. Inheriting this dilapidated Victorian house requiring full modernisation and some tender love and care, we could not have imagined the project would result in a perfect cottage on the Kent coast. We transformed the cottage with total devotion and every detail was based on this cottage being our home. Situated in Deal’s Conservation Area, we were committed to retaining all the original features and character of the cottage. Intricate restoration of each brick in the chimney running the height of the building lends to a fantastic visual feature, and the wood burning stove illuminates this centrepiece. A handcrafted staircase was constructed, as the shape of the building would not permit conventional installation. A Horse Farrier family friend created a bespoke Cast Iron handrail and balustrade to compliment the traditional but modernised theme of the cottage. Being only 30 miles from France we took great inspiration from our european neighbour in the interior design of the cottage. Items were purchased at brocantes in France and local Kent markets, finding some great beds, mirrors and furnishings. The project has been long and challenging but this creation has resulted in The Little Deal Cottage being one of the most sought-after Holiday Lettings on the Kent Coast in 2017. 

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Queen's Regimental Association Corps of Drums play Alfred Square

In keeping with our previous post regarding Deal's close association with the Military, on Thusday night the Queen's Regimental Association Corps of Drums played in Alfred Square. The event was organised by Alasdair Goulden, our neighbour in Alfred Square,  to raise money for the Local Veteran's Fund. Our small little Square is always pleased to hear the sound of fantastic drum playing especially for such a great charitable cause. The Little Deal Cottage is situated directly in the cente of Alfred Square and we are often spoilt by the add hoc events held in this prime location. The sense of community is what makes The Little Deal Cottage a favourite holiday destination on the Kent coast for those looking to escape London life. 

The Band of HM Royal Marines tribute to those fallen.

Sunday the 10th of July 2017 marked the 27th Anniversary of the IRA bomb that tragically killed 11 Royal Marines - 22 September 1989. The Band of HM Royal Marines annually play a rousing musical tribute to those who lost their lives. Since the Royal Marines School of Music moved to Deal from Portsmouth in 1950 the proud military heritage in Deal has always been prevalent in the local community. Deal came out in force for this event to pay their respects and enjoy the band’s talent. Some 2000 got thier seats early to ensure they were close to the bandstand and facing the English Channel, a typically British day by the sea at The little Deal Cottage. 

The Amateur Championships 2017 - Golf - Deal

Today the Amateur Championships commences at The Royal St George's and Prince's golf courses in Deal, Kent.  With 250 players from across the globe competing to qualify for the final 60 match-play spots, it is sure to be a fantastic event. Royal St George was voted the No. 1 Course in the country by Golf World magazine and Prince's known to be one of the best links courses, the players couldnt be in a better environment. The Little Deal Cottage, situated just 15 minute drive from the both courses has been inundated with enquiries by competitiors wishing to book a last minute golfstay. However, one player confirmed his booking some time ago and is currently enjoying the tranquility of Alfred Square and being 100m from the beautiful Deal Seafront. We wish good luck to all players.

7 top tips for a UK staycation

1. Get up early and avoid the traffic. Rather than kick around the house the evening before your trip, get an early night and an early start. Relive the days of quiet roads and make the most of your first day on holiday. Breakfast always tastes better by the sea.

2. Take a ‘wind-cheater’ type coat. The weather is always warm if you cut out the Kent coast breeze.

3. Try haggling! Just because we don’t generally go for it in the UK, it doesn’t mean it won’t work. Especially the case with antiques, bric-a-brac shops and the like. You may even get 50p off an ice cream if you ask nicely. www.littledealcottage.co.uk will offer last minute discounts too!

4. Have loose change in your car for parking meters. It’s one less stress when you find the perfect place to park if you don’t have to beg passers-by or shopkeepers for coinage.

5. Go for the ‘specials’ on the menu. These are basically the things that the chef wants to cook and is most proud of, so why go for the stuff he or she isn’t in the mood for?

6. Explore. Some of the most interesting places and in UK resorts are small, not well publicised, and fascinating. Just because you’re in the UK does not mean that you have seen all the quirky stuff the British have to offer.

7. Relax. This is as much a holiday as it would be if you were to venture abroad. Get away from the ‘at home’ mindset and treat every visit, journey and new location as an adventure, as seen through the eyes of a tourist.

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Here’s 10 other things you probably didn’t know about Deal?!

1. It is thought that Julius Caesar first landed on the UK shore in nearby Walmer in 55BC. He reportedly came ashore already wearing his flip-flops.

2. Deal has enjoyed having three piers over the centuries and the current attraction is the oldest fully intact pier on the Kent coastline.

3. In 1660 Samuel Pepys described Deal as ‘pitiful’, but this from the man who spent much of his time suffering the ill effects of too much wine and too many women, so what did he know?

4. Many houses in Deal, particularly those near the seafront, have evidence of tunnels and hiding places that were used by smugglers. So if you lose the kids… 

5. The Regent Cinema will one day rise again! It’s one of the most iconic buildings in Deal and there is popular support for it to re-open. https://www.reopentheregent.com.

6. Deal was so important as a place of safe anchorage that at its peak in the 17th century hundreds of ships could be seen from the shore. It was the Ikea car park of its day.

7. You’ll soon be able to buy a pint of Deal Ale. A community hop growing scheme starts in 2017. http://transitiondeal.blogspot.co.uk/p/deal-hop-farm.html

8. Deal was officially recognised in 2016 as a Marine Conservation Zone. See what’s living here by clicking the Kent Wildlife Trust link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq8xnh1lC3o&feature=youtu.be

9. Jane Austen refers to balls held at the Assembly Rooms on the corner of Duke Street.

10. In an unusual publicity and sponsorship move by the Chamber of Commerce, for a single day in 2016 Deal was officially renamed, ‘Voucherbox: Home of Deal’!