Wow, what a strange year it has been so far! I hope you’re all doing well and starting to get back to some sort of normality.
It’s been super-hard to make any extravagant travel plans this summer due to Covid-19, and I must admit, I’m very jealous of those of you that have managed to escape the country at some point! I was keen to go away but my partner was less than enthusiastic about the idea, so reluctantly we opted for lots of days out and about in Norfolk and a UK staycation in Canterbury.
Canterbury has always been on my wish-list. I love Cambridge and have always been under the impression that Canterbury has a similar vibe, with their historical buildings and central rivers used for punting.
We took the drive from Norwich at the end of August (around 2hrs 40mins). We were invited to stay at the relatively new apartment building, West House which comprises of 4 modern apartments. Located in the vibrant St Dunstan’s area, the stylish accommodation is just a short 10-minute stroll into the city centre.
As check-in was at 4pm, we stopped off at the medieval market town of Faversham en-route for some lunch, which was more than worth it.
The streets in the town are completely adorable! I could have spent hours there snapping away at the pretty buildings and shops. We popped along to a gorgeous little café called The Yard hidden away off the main high street on Jacob Yard. I opted for the Pear & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Crispy Bacon which was so delicious, and the service was fantastic.
Once our bellies were satisfied, we headed back to the car and made the onward journey to Canterbury (another 20mins).
Upon arrival at West House we followed the instructions we had received via email to collect our keys which was very easy and straightforward. We were booked in to stay in The Terrace, one of the larger apartments at West House, which was perfect for us as we had the option to add a children’s bed for Lilah.
The contemporary apartment is decorated beautifully in collaboration with Danish interior designers Bo Concept, and consists of a double bedroom, an open-plan modern kitchen/lounge area, bathroom and terrace. Every room was incredibly spacious and welcoming, which made us feel right at home from the moment we walked through the door.
A gorgeous hamper of goodies was left for us including all the essentials for our stay (yes, even wine!). We loved all the little touches left around the apartment like the rainy day box which came in very handy on our second day when we weren’t so lucky with the weather.
Once we had unpacked and settled in, we popped out for some dinner. The stroll into town is just stunning as you enter under the impressive medieval Westgate Towers. We took the lift up to City Terrace for some pizza, cocktails and milkshakes. The trendy restaurant and bar had a real holiday vibe and we started to relax into our little getaway.
After we headed back to the apartment and put Lilah to bed, we cracked open the wine, got cosy in the lounge area and watched some Netflix, which comes with the TV, so we were able to pick up where we left off with our favourite shows. The apartment had such a lovely atmosphere in the evening with all the gorgeous lamps and light features available in the rooms.
We had a wonderful first night’s sleep at the apartment. In the morning we got stuck into the hamper and had jam on toast on the terrace with a cup of tea, before heading into Whitstable, a seaside town just 5 miles north of Canterbury.
We had a long stroll along the harbour, exploring all the market stalls selling hand-crafted goodies, then headed into the town for some lunch. A few of the places we planned to eat at were closed unfortunately, but we did find eventually find a suitable spot for a brie and bacon panini and milkshake. The weather started to turn when we finished lunch, so we headed swiftly back to the car and then back to Canterbury. I made sure to get a snap of the insta-famous Wheeler’s Oyster Bar before we left though, of course!
It continued to rain through the evening so we ended up ordering Deliveroo to the apartment and had a cosy night in, which was just what we needed!
We had such a fantastic stay at West House, it was just what we needed, a complete change of scenery, a break from the working from home routine and a stay in stunning accommodation. The apartments are such fantastic value, starting from just £280 for 2 nights and can be booked through their website: https://escape-uk.co/
*Disclaimer – We were guests of West House for 2 nights.