Only two minutes walk from Viking bay beach, Donkey May Cottage is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in central Broadstairs, with station, restaurants, pubs and shops all within easy walking distance. A TV-free historic cottage that has been fully renovated.
Donkey May cottage occupies an end-of-terrace location with light coming in from three sides of the house, making it a bright and airy property.
The ground floor comprises of a living/dining room with a fireplace woodstove, two sofas and swivel armchair. There is also an expandable dining table with five chairs. At the back of the ground floor there is a kitchen and small private patio with seating for two.
Upstairs are two bedrooms. The front one contains two single beds and a pull-out floor mattress. The back bedroon has a double bed with desk and chair: ideal as a quiet workspace. At the back of the upstairs floor is a good sized bathroom with bath, shower and sink.
The whole house has recently been repainted, with new carpets and flooring throughout. All the furniture and bedding is brand new as of April 2015.
Why is it called Donkey May Cottage?
The May family were well known in Broadstairs for some considerable time. A Thos (Thomas) May of the High Street, Broadstairs was listed in Pigotts Directory in 1840 as a baker and confectioner. In the 1926 directory the Misses May of Frederick Villa, Alexandra Road, were listed as keeping a boarding house, one of several on Alexandra Road. They were listed again in 1936. There was a nearby Mr May who was a builder and also Mr May, a brickmaker. At some time after this 1936 entry Mr May and his family (the family which owned the beach donkeys) took over the house - this would have been the whole building. People remember the donkeys being in the area at the side of the house. In 1968 no.33 was divided into 33 and 33a.
33a is called Donkey May Cottage to commemorate the much loved "Donkey May" and his donkeys.
Before arrival, guests are given the code to a lockbox next to the front door containing the house keys. All open parts of the house are accessible, plus the small patio at the back. There is an attic and cellar to which guests have no access.
We will be in London during your stay and will leave our contact details in the house in case you have any enquiries.
No TV. The upstairs floors are reached by carpeted spiral staircase which may pose a problem to guests with impaired mobility or small children (there is no stair gate). The downstairs has a sofa bed.
No pets. We ask that guests do not make too much noise out of consideration for the neighbours, especially in the back patio. Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings from individuals or groups under 21 years of age. Due to the unguarded spiral staircase the house is potentially hazardous for very small children or people with mobility issues.