‘Outside space? That’s the beach’: restoring a 300-year-old fishing cottage

A once-neglected Georgian property in Deal, Kent, has been brought back to life with care, colour and modern design touches

It wasn’t Deal’s beach or pretty back streets that made Miria and Tom Harris want to buy a home there, but the Kent town’s butcher, fishmonger and deli.

“We’d been looking for ages, mostly around Whitstable, but nothing felt right,” says Miria, a garden designer. But she knew the specialist food shops would be important to her chef-restaurateur husband. A bunch of virtual viewings later, they came upon a tiny, Georgian fisherman’s cottage in Deal’s old town, between the beach and the high street with its independent shops.

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