A Retreat by the Sea in Kent, England
Our seaside adventure
Cabü by the Sea
*This post is about a gifted stay - I was under no obligation to post this and it is my honest review.
When I received an e-mail from Cabü Cabins offering me a night’s stay, I jumped at the chance; did someone say heated swimming pool? While I am all for colour, quirky and eccentric, the writer in me also likes the idea of locking myself away in a remote location and getting lost in a world of words, only to be disturbed by the occasionally crash of waves.
Cabü by the Sea lies on a natural stretch of privately owned grassland next to the seafront between Romney Marsh and the English Channel.
This intimate retreat has immediate access to the beach with miles of coastline to explore. A variety of luxury accommodations are available, ranging from a Writers Studio cabin for couples to a three bed Boat House perfect for families.
Whether braving the sea, relaxing in the heated pool or chatting with friends in the open-air summerhouse this stylish setting is the perfect base to explore this unique part of England.
Built around a central Cabü House where guests can pick-up groceries, organise picnics or enquire with staff about local attractions, Cabü by the sea offers the perfect coastal escape.
On arrival the first thing you notice is the lack of signage , which is intentional, and while you may miss the black fence summoning your arrival ( like we did) you also feel that you somehow know a secret that others are yet to discover, which does make you feel kind of special. On parking our car we were welcomed at the Cabü House, a very stylish reception area, and a shop stocked with organic food and delicious snacks. The greeting was super-warm and friendly and we were shown to Cabin No.4, Shore House with one bedroom and a mezzanine bedroom.
Our host then left us to explore with a welcome pack and an assurance that she was there if we needed her. The first thing we did was to fling open the lounge and bedroom double doors and put the fan on because it was so hot. Only after a few minutes when the cool air started to drift in were we able to explore. The cabin was cute, cosy, stylish and minimalistic - think beach house Instagram aesthetic and you have it. The log burner in the corner almost had us wishing for colder weather. It’s the little things that caught our eye though, like the telescope and accompanying stargazing book, the cabin book on the bookshelf, the fluffy blankets in the cupboards, the “tea on us” set up and the fridge with wine and drinks and a well stocked mini bar ( which cost extra but not a fortune). All these things made us feel like we were in a home from home and we immediately felt comfortable. The mezzanine bedroom was up a ladder from the front room, not a ladder my mum wanted to climb so I took that bedroom, leaving her the spacious one with views to the sea.
The site itself is on a piece of grassland at the side of the sea and a short walk through a side gate takes you up onto the beach, which was deserted when we went. The site is small yet spacious, all cabins set apart so no one is looking through the window of another and all centred around the swimming pool and Sitooterie. The swimming pool is heated and has enough striped deckchairs and loungers to make the beach girl in me swoon! The most people I saw at the pool were three and from 8-10am we were alone. And the main communal area, the Sitooterie had been well thought about, creating a place for larger groups to dine together or have a barbecue, it’s an outside space to die for, allowing you to sit around fires or griddle barbeques at large tables. While we were there we didn’t see anyone using this area and if we had been a bit more organised, we would have brought something for the barbeque.
The cooking facilities in the cabins are adequate but may be different to what you are used to at home. The hob had two rings and the oven was a micro/grill/oven combo, which took mum forever to figure out. It wasn’t the sort of place where you could cook a roast dinner, but as vegetarians that didn’t really bother us. The kitchen was well stocked and we didn’t find anything missing. I guess what I’m saying is that if like us and you cook with four different hobs and the oven for one meal, you may have to alter your style. If I was to go back it would be vegetable barbequed kebabs all the way.
We slept well; mum says she woke up really early due to the large windows in the bedroom and the light that they let in, so if this kind of thing affects you, take an eye mask.
When it was time to leave, we both felt really sad. In such a short space of time we felt so at home in our cabin; waking up to go swimming, walking on the beach and having an evening around the barbeque was an ideal way to spend the day.
We both left thinking that we wanted more, we wanted to come back. The place, the setting, the vibe had got us and we both will go back. It’s one of the most chilled out places I have ever visited and I feel like one could write a best - selling book there, or make plans for world domination, or just read and relax without anything to disturb me.