Seagull’s Nest, Minnis Bay

Exterior of Seagull's Nest, Minnis Bay

What’s Seagull’s Nest like?

This cute guest suite is housed in a converted garage, just a short walk from sandy Minnis Bay. Host Elizabeth lives next-door and will be on hand to make sure your stay is a comfortable one. Seagull’s Nest is perfectly placed for exploring the delights of Thanet, with Birchington-on-Sea close by and the towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs just a few miles along the coast.

How dog-friendly is Seagull’s Nest?

Very good. There was a jar full of dog treats waiting for Ernie and Stan when we arrived and the boys loved exploring the enclosed garden area, which has lots of pot plants and artificial grass. It was immediately clear that Elizabeth was a big dog lover too as not only were throws provided for the sofa and bed, but there were lots of canine-themed trinkets dotted around. It felt like a real home from home! There is no additional charge for pets to stay.

Tell me more about Seagull’s Nest

This one-bedroom guest suite is ideal for couples looking to enjoy a cosy getaway with their pet pooch. While the space is compact, it has been cleverly designed so there’s a full kitchen, separate sleeping and lounge areas and a shower room. Guests can park on the driveway right outside and enjoy their own little garden area, which is a real bonus – and a proper suntrap. The space is nicely secluded too, with additional privacy film on the windows.

While Seagull’s Nest predominantly has fresh, white decor, there are pops of colour and fluffy rugs dotted throughout, giving it a seasidey feel. A skylight and several artificial plants also makes the living space feel light and welcoming. We loved all the little nods to the local area, like the prints of Minnis Bay and Margate. And Elizabeth’s aforementioned love of dogs shines through in everything from the soft furnishings to the kitchen utensils.

There was a cool dog print duvet on the (very comfy) bed when we visited, plus a mirrored wardrobe where we could tuck our luggage away. The huge amount of complimentary toiletries and soft towels in the shower room was also very much appreciated. It was nice to have a selection of local magazines to leaf through too, all packed full of information about things to see and do nearby.

Lounge at Seagull's Nest, Minnis Bay

What’s the food like at Seagull’s Nest?

This is a self-catering property so you’ll need to bring your own, but we had a box of chocolates waiting for us when we arrived as well as a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge. There was also complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits.

The kitchenette may be small but is incredibly well-equipped with an oven, microwave, induction hob, Nespresso machine, toaster and all the other essentials you might expect. There’s not much counter space to prepare meals but at least you can cook! There is also a kettle barbecue in the garden, if the weather is nice during your stay.

If you don’t fancy cooking, there are lots of great options for eating out nearby. Dogs are welcome in the bar at The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie and The Windshack Cafe, further along the seafront, does a mean breakfast bap (and sausage for dogs). Pets are also welcome at Joe’s Cafe and the Old Bay Alehouse. All of the above are within walking distance of Seagull’s Nest.

Are there any resident dogs at Seagull’s Nest?

There weren’t when we visited but after losing her two dogs in recent years, owner Elizabeth hopes to add to her family again soon.

Ernie and Stan at Minnis Bay

Where are the best dog walks near Seagull’s Nest?

Head to the beach – Minnis Bay is literally at the end of the road. This long stretch of sand is particularly popular with families in the summer months but be aware that seasonal restrictions do apply for dogs. There is plenty of room for everyone though, especially if you coincide your visit with low tide. The pet-friendly part of the beach is well signposted, too. Just head to The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie and keep going, past the beach huts.

For a longer walk, look out for the paved footpath that runs parallel to the beach. This forms part of the Viking Coastal Trail and will take you to the Reculver Towers and Roman Fort and Reculver Country Park, high up on a cliff. The walk, which is just under four miles each way, is great fun to do with your dog. Plus, you can refuel at either The King Ethelbert Inn or HatHats before starting your return journey. Both venues welcome dogs. Click here for more walk info.

Ernie relaxes in the garden at Seagull's Nest, Minnis Bay

What Ernie and Stan loved about Seagull’s Nest

Being so close to the beach, having some secure outdoor space, the complimentary treats!

What I loved about Seagull’s Nest

The great location, the quiet neighbourhood, all the lovely little touches

How to book Seagull’s Nest

Breaks start from £80 per night, plus an Airbnb service fee. There is a minimum two-night stay. For more information or to book, see the Seagull’s Nest listing online.


One thought on “Seagull’s Nest, Minnis Bay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *