Primrose Cottage Facilities


Primrose Cottage is a historic, grade 2 listed building dating to the early 17th century. The yellow-brick facade is a 19th-century addition. It has served time variously as a boarding house, shop and tea-room. It now provides bijou self-catering holiday accommodation with period features including beams, pine panelling and a large inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer.


The house is arranged over three floors. It is compact, snug and quirky - designed in a different era so headroom and storage space are restricted in places. There are very steep stairs to the top bedroom which makes the second bedroom unsuitable for young children, older or infirm people. (For this reason, sorry but we do not normally accept children under 11 years of age.) While these features add to the house's charm they may not suit everybody.


The following facilities are provided for your comfort and convenience:

  • Lock-up garage parking just over three minutes walk away. The garage is not huge so please check if you have a particuarly large or tall car, in which case alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Double bedroom on the first floor with a cast-iron Victorian-style double bedstead
  • Attic bedroom on the second floor with twin beds
  • Working woodburner stove (with a chestnut roasting pan for late autumn evenings) 
  • Gas central heating and hot water via a combi boiler
  • Small, fully enclosed, secluded courtyard with table, chairs and unusual garden ornaments including leaded lights from an old convent
  • Wi-fi internet access
  • Comfortable living room with Laura Ashley sofa, William Morris curtains and two leather wing-back chairs
  • Kitchen equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge, toaster, microwave, old pine drop-leaf table with four chairs, slow cooker and a full set of crockery, pans and utensils
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hand-held shower over bath
  • HD TV/DVD combo 
  • Second DVD player in main bedroom
  • DAB radio 
  • Selection of board games and books
  • Bed linen and towels for each guest
  • A basket of logs and kindling for the woodburner
  • Comprehensive guest information folder and a supply of tourist leaflets
  • Welcome pack.

Situated within two minutes' walk are:

  • A range of interesting shops, mostly one-offs
  • Supermarkets, nearest of which opens 7 days until 10 p.m.
  • Banks and ATMs
  • Restaurants, take-aways, cafes, patisserie and wine bar
  • Pubs, which are mostly dog friendly 
  • Ladies and men's hairdressers
  • Pharmacy
  • Public library
  • Boat trips from the Quay
  • Bus services for Deal, Dover, Ramsgate and Canterbury

Within eight minutes on foot:

  • Doctors and dentists
  • Salutation House and Gardens
  • Sandwich Station for direct trains to London.

And inside a one to three-mile radius:

  • Vet
  • Farm shops selling local produce
  • Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust (SBOT)
  • Sandwich Bay and beach
  • Three golf courses: Royal St George's, Prince's and Royal Cinque Ports

All times and distances are approximate.

We use the house ourselves and have added numerous personal touches to give a lived-in feel. Much of the furniture is antique and there are lots of curios to discover. Please note that no smoking is allowed in the house.


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Comments from Previous Guests


Here is a small sample of comments from our guest book. Please take a look when you visit.


"We had a perfect stay at Primrose Cottage over Christmas. Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas decorations and welcome pack, which made it feel even more festive as soon as we walked through the door. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could need and is very comfortable and homely. We would definitely repeat for another visit." 

Nicky - Spain - December 2016  


"We loved the house from the minute we stepped through the door". 

Christine and Uwe - Germany - September 2016 


"Writing this on our last night in this gem of a cottage. we've had a very relaxed few days with two very tired dogs after some great coastal walks. We will definitely be back! The wine, cake and flowers were a very welcome touch". 

Wendy and Marc - March 2016  

"We have had another lovely weekend at Primrose Cottage. Thank you Howard. The doggies have had a lovely holiday. Woof, woof!"  

Beth and John - Essex - 11 January 2016 


"Thanks for the Christmas treats and decorations - made us feel right at home. Loved the walks with our dog around the walls, discovering all the snickleways, and further afield. Turner Contemporary at Margate worth a visit and ice cream lovers should definitely visit Morelli's at Broadstairs - best gelato in Britain I reckon". 

Justin, Bo and Alice - Yorkshire - 29 December 2015

"Stayed for two weeks in this adorable cottage. Peaceful and relaxing. Borrowed a book from the library which gave me lots of info regarding Sandwich and its history. Cottage had everything that was needed for a holiday. Thank you for the loan of your cottage. Wish I could have stayed longer." 

Mrs C M - Kent - 14 November 2015


"Both Primrose Cottage and Sandwich are absolute gems! We have enjoyed our stay very much and are sad to leave. I must also mention Broadstairs which is an architectural and historic delight."

Janet & Peter - West Sussex - 31 October 2015


"We've enjoyed our little holiday here at Primrose Cottage. Thank you for the basket of goodies and flowers. So lucky for weather. We love the cottage and hope to be back again next year". 

Christine & Emma - Sussex - 2 October 2015 - third visit 


"Another perfect week at Primrose Cottage. Thank you for the basket of goodies - very welcome. And thank you Jan for greeting us and making the cottage so clean." 

Michele and Mark - Oxfordshire - 19 September 2015


"We really enjoyed the cottage and Sandwich - a totally new part of England for us. We certainly made the most of our time here and visited many interesting places. We felt relaxed and at home. Thank you." 

Jeremy, Susan, Lina and Jolyon - North Yorks - 29 Aug 2015


"Thank you for such a lovely week in your beautiful cottage and brilliant welcome! We loved every minute and had everything we needed for a perfectly relaxing week. We'd definitely love to come back." 

Catherine and Mike - London - 29 August 2015


"Thank you for letting us use your lovely old cottage. We really have enjoyed our stay in Sandwich. And you know that we will be back in September". 

Rose and Mick - Hertfordshire - 13 June 2015


"We have had a lovely few days in the cottage. The welcome pack made us feel right at home, despite a few bruised heads from the doorways! Sandwich is a very nice, sleepy town and we used the cottage as a base to explore the beaches around here and Thanet. Frida (our dog) very much enjoyed the beaches as it was her first time at the seaside. The weather has been lovely, specially on the walk on the sands from Broadstairs to Ramsgate. We really enjoyed coming back to the cottage after a long walk and setttling down in front of the fire with an exhausted dog and a takeaway! Was very nice to meet up with you for a drink too. We've had a great few days here. Thank you very much!" 

Drummond and Lucy - London - April 2015 


"We were visiting relatives for a family reunion and really enjoyed our stay in Primrose Cottage. It is a very warm and comfortable place with lots of thoughtful extras provided to make the stay very pleasant." 

Hossanah and Sahlan - Cork - 15 May 2015