Kiora is a weather-boarded family house located at the foot of Tankerton Slopes, at the eastern end of Whitstable. The house stands at the bottom of its own wooded sloping garden, just above the promenade running along the beach, and looks out directly over "The Street", a natural shingle spit which stretches half a mile out to sea.

View of the beach from the front garden

Kiora is one of a pair of houses built in 1904 on adjacent plots by two brothers. The interior is in Canadian pine (which was imported directly via Whitstable harbour) with wooden floors and many original features throughout, retaining a unique period charm and character.

Kiora sleeps eight people in three generously sized double bedrooms and one smaller bedroom furnished with twin single beds. The three upstairs bedrooms all look out to sea and across to the Isle of Sheppey. All the bedrooms have original washbasins. The upstairs windows also feature lead-lined gutters on the inside designed to carry the seawater away when spray struck the front of the house! Fortunately, thanks to much improved sea defences this is no longer a common occurrence. Nowadays, you can simply lie in bed and listen to the waves on the beach.

entrance hallway

Downstairs, the third double bedroom has views over the pretty wooded garden. Also to the rear of the house there is a bathroom with a deep bath, shower and toilet. There is also an adjacent separate toilet with original fittings.

Enter the house through the glazed porch, and the front door opens onto a large hallway. Off the hall to the left is a book-lined dining room and an adjoining traditional kitchen with wood burning stove (as well as a gas hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washing machine), and simply furnished with a pine table and chairs, ideal for breakfast. To the right of the hall, the living room has an open fireplace, a baby grand piano, and French windows opening onto the paved terrace and garden. The terrace has a large seating area with stunning sea views and the wild steeply-sloping wooded garden features a picturesque original summerhouse. The thick hedge of escallonia and tamarisk along the front of the property provides privacy for the outdoor areas and give the house a ‘secret garden' feel.