Welcome to Heron House – spruce and perfectly placed, between the high street and the sea. Its restoration, from ‘sorry state’ to much-loved home (neat-as-a-pin but not precious) is down to Julie, who has thought in much detail about your stay. Her passion for the place, and her love of Whitstable and all it offers, will rub off on you the moment you meet her. Downstairs are two sitting rooms, one smaller (with a wood-burner), one large, and a kitchen-diner in the extension, in beautiful, bright, Victorian-modern style. Find a table topped with candles and a basket of nice things, and doors to a pretty courtyard with a garden room for dreaming on a day bed. Bedrooms on the upper floors are a mix of vintage pine pieces and Farrow & Ball colours, new rugs on stripped floors, bathrooms with thick towels and shining sash windows – only the best. For a group of friends or two families it’s perfect, and dogs are welcome, too. Wander through trendy Whitstable, it has it all: shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs, oysters, chips, beach huts by the sea, and a proper coffee shop in Tankerton called JoJo’s.