ILUKA: seaside Self-Catering Holiday Cottage in Herne Bay, Kent
Sleep with the sound of the sea and wake up to the call of seagulls ....


  Iluka Holiday Cottage sleeps 2
 with additional small futon.
  Our standard one-week bookings are Friday 4pm to Friday 10am
   (may be varied at Christmas and New Year)


A compact and charming semi-detached Edwardian seafront cottage looking straight out to sea from across the path and shingle beach. This renovated single storey holiday home has direct access to the beach. The cottage is approached by a flight of steps. There are polished wood floors and attractive rugs throughout.

The property has one double bedroom, a washroom with comfortable shower (please note, no bath), and separate w.c. A compact fitted kitchen includes a cooker, fridge, microwave and washer/dryer, and is adjacent to the rear dining room.

The cosy lounge with wood burning stove offers uninterrupted views of shore and sea. Double folding doors open into an additional small sitting room, with French doors into a glazed veranda affording superb sea views. This room has separate access to the hall and includes a small single futon, suitable for occasional use. A high chair and cot are available on request (no charge).

Summer sunset from Iluka's window
Summer sunset from Iluka's window

There is a secluded sunny rear patio with garden furniture, and a flight of steps up to a steep grassy private slope. Facilities include gas central heating plus a wood burning stove, TV with DVD player, payphone, and wireless broadband internet access (no extra charge).

Limited parking (restricted to residents and holiday tenants) is normally available on the path directly at the front of the property; on Western Esplanade (at the top of the slopes above Iluka, free); or free parking in the Hampton Pier car park at the west end of Spa Esplanade.

Availability of ILUKA  <  click here to check up-to-date bookings/free weeks. Please see current weekly rates below.

* Low season only: If Iluka is already booked on your desired dates, a three-bedroom sea-front cottage may be available at a reduced rate for couples. Please contact us at to discuss.

About Herne Bay

Herne Bay is a Victorian resort located where the busy Thames Estuary opens out to meet the North Sea; this coastal area has always been noted for its healthy and refreshing air, and for its Turner-esque skyscapes and summer sunsets. Herne Bay is a few miles to the east of the attractive fishing port of Whitstable and seven miles from the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury. Beyond Canterbury is some of the most beautiful countryside in southeast England. London is easily accessible by coach and by a frequent rail service from the local station (journey time approx. 1hr 30mins to London Victoria or St. Pancras). By car and with good traffic conditions, Waterloo is a 1hr 30m drive; central London is under 2 hours. Day trips to France, by car or as a foot-passenger, are available via Dover. You can walk along the shore to Whitstable, and there is a fine coastal walk to the east of Herne Bay to the Reculver towers. This is a good location for a cycling holiday. The sea is safe for swimming, and the water quality is high.

Iluka is one of a small group of seaside cottages in a peaceful location on the shoreline, within an easy 15-20 minute walk of the town seafront, and 20 - 25 minutes walk to the station.

The town has many facilities for visitors and is popular for water sports, including angling, windsurfing, pleasure boat trips and even seal watching. There is a selection of pubs and restaurants, a cinema, sports centre, swimming pool and tennis courts, plus a Saturday market, promenade, seafront gardens, a few traditional seaside amusements and a summer festival in August.

ILUKA 2020 rates


23 Apr

24Apr- 21May



25Sep-15 Oct

16Oct- 29Oct


18Dec- 7 Jan

Holiday Cancellation:
We strongly recommend that you make sure that your travel insurance covers UK Holiday Cottage cancellation. Several insurers offer competitive rates (from around £20) for a single week's cover - see links page.

Low-season short breaks (weekend or midweek) are sometimes available at short notice: up to 4 nights 75% of weekly rate, 5 nights 90% weekly rate - please enquire. Long-let bookings may be available at a discount.

Single pet (by prior arrangement only) £20 fixed rate.


Please email or phone to check availability,,
tel: 01227 372 282.

To book Iluka you can download the reservation form in PDF format, print it, fill in and send it to us together with your cheque. You can also use the form to secure a provisional reservation (see paragraph 2 on page 2 of the form):

  Reservation Form (PDF)

To book adjacent three-bedroom Seaside Cottages, please go to our links page.