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.