This beautiful two bedroom apartment overlooks Vale Square, the most pleasant secluded little oasis in the whole of Ramsgate. This area of Ramsgate affords you the peace and serenity you find in prestigious squares in London with the comfort of the sea being at the end of your road. Where else can you boast of such surroundings.
The property has access to this beautiful square, but if you feel a little sluggish and want to admire the square from afar, why sit in your balcony window whilst having breakfast or if a little later in the day, a glass of white wine.
The property has two fabulous bedrooms, a spacious living room, a separate kitchen and a separate dining room, a WC and magnificent bathroom with a marble bath with space for two.
We have off road parking which is hard to coe by in Ramsgate and returning home from your day-trip or visit to the beach, having negotiated the opulent Regency staircase you'll be welcomed back in to the warmth of this charming holiday property.
This stunning apartment, occupying the top two floors of this commanding Regency property, is set on the historic and prestigious Vale Square. It is chic, light and spacious with the ambience of a boutique hotel. The property is listed 4 Star Gold by Visit Kent and as such is stylish, welcoming and flawlessly decorated.
From the moment you enter on the first floor, you are greeted by the stunning, double height, sweeping Regency staircase, carpeted in eye catching red.
The sitting room is south facing with beautiful views over the private garden square. Key features are high ceilings, a Regency fireplace and French doors onto a stone balcony, framed by full-length velvet curtains. The room is carpeted with an original piece from the Royal Festival Hall, the iconic Bat and Ball, designed by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin, which was laid for the Festival of Britain. On the walls the British theme continues with a giant Union Jack wall panel designed by Vivienne Westwood.
The dining room offers another spacious entertaining room with a large wooden table seating four to six people. It contains a feature fireplace and Fornansetti library wallpaper, with a large oversized 1960’s style feature light.
The separate kitchen is well equipped with state of the art Smeg appliances, including a fridge freezer (1950’s style), dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob and microwave. The surfaces are topped with an Iroko wooden worktop with a butler’s sink and gorgeous views onto the garden square.
The master bedroom, on the top floor, is an extremely spacious double with an elegant French Louis bed, mirrored bedside tables, fitted wardrobes, gold silk curtains and feature wallpaper designed by British fashion designer Matthew Williamson.
The second bedroom, has a super king size double bed, side tables, wardrobe and dressing table. From here, there are far reaching views onto the rear garden and over the rooftops of Ramsgate.
The very large marble bathroom is a real feature of this apartment, with full size bath, handheld shower, WC, washbasin and heated towel rail. This bathroom is extremely luxurious with Italian marble throughout. The room enjoys south facing views over the treetops down to the garden square. This is perfect place to relax after a busy day sightseeing and discovering this special part of East Kent.
Ramsgate is a fabulously rich and historical port town with a beautiful beach also and those interested in history as well as natural beauty would be well advised visiting the area to sample the local delights. From Ramsgate's beautiful architecture, through to Margate's old town charm, Sandwich's medieval buildings and Broadstairs quintessential British seaside feel, there is a wide variety of choices of things to do and see.
Recently in the Telegraph, there was an article written about the culinary pedigree of the area and how many of the local restaurants are being nationally recognised. The Sportsman in Seasalter up the road near Whitstable, the well established Eddie Gilberts fish restaurant and Age & Sons, the well renowned local eatery in Ramsgate has had rave reviews. There is a tremendous choice here in East kent and particularly Ramsgate and Thanet.
Local attractions such as (in no order of preference):
The Beach - Ramsgate, Broadstairs or Margate
The Turner Contemporary Gallery
The tennis courts at Spencer Square
The bike hire at Spencer Square
Shell Grotto in Margate
Sandwich town (it's a very old historic town with lots to see)
Dover tunnels (30 minutes from Dover in the car - are you hiring a car?)
Ellington Park is a good place for football. Kids convene up there and have a knock about.
Crabbing in the local rock pools
Roller-skating (quite a lot of fun actually and lots of girls go - that might entice him)
Ramsgate Leisure Centre
Ramsgate swimming pool
The big swimming pool in front of the beach called the English Channel
Boat trip in Sandwich
Buggsy Bowling (ten pin bowling in Margate)
Crazy golf in Broadstairs
Trip to France (crazy I know but some of guests do it)
Wingham wildlife Park
What an incredible week in Ramsgate, what a time we've had exploring the delights of the area, be it the exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery , the magical Shell Grotto of Cliftonville . Ice creams on the beach at Broadstairs . And of course Dining by the harbour in Royal Ramsgate. Too many memories to share.
Then the best bit to return to this Vale Sq apartment, with its beautiful space and light, over looking what must be one of the best kept secrets on Thanet the private gardens of Vale Sq.
Exhausted by our adventures what better place to relax in the evening than this space, be it in the spacious dining room (where we enjoyed a special Birthday dinner, Waitrose so handy ! ) or the sitting room with balcony over the garden. Or finally the deep tub in the white marble bathroom, thank you so much, it felt like heaven.
Sadly this wasnt what was as advertised. Not luxury by means.
The mock chesterfield sofa in lounge was beyond tatty sporting a gaping hole in the middle of the seat cushion,i used the duvet off the bed to cover during my stay, the carpet looked recycled from a commercial premises, being strips laid down with a variety of stains and different shades of colour, kitchen outdated and needs lifting. Bathroom has no fixed shower, you have to sit in bath with sprayer, if you stand is difficult and no shower screen so everywhere gets wet.
Beds and bedding ok, clean enough. There is not much attention to detail in relation to cleaning, the draws and cupboards have lots of junk and clutter, leading me to the impression someone lives there and moves out for rentals.
First impressions are not wonderful as you enter the house via a grimy entrance hall, overall uninspiring compared to whats on the market, it needs investment to upgrade to better standard.
Thanet is renowned for the quality of its beaches, and Ramsgate has some of the best in the area. Ramsgate Main Sands, situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Harbour, has been awarded a Blue Flag – a tribute to the cleanliness of its water, its safety record and its range of facilities. Hire out a deckchair and dig your toes into the soft sand.
Scenic Pegwell Bay is a National Nature Reserve and a great place for spotting birds. Curlews, oyster catchers and sanderlings all call Pegwell Bay home.
Viking Bay, just around the corner in Broadstairs, is, with its donkey rides, sticks of rock, and Punch and Judy shows, a throwback to the classic age of seaside holidays and makes for a fantastic day out.
East Kent is renowned for its numerous golf courses. Within 20 minutes of Ramsgate you will find two famous links courses – Prince’s G.C and Royal St. George’s G.C, host to golf’s prestigious 2011 Open Championship.
Canterbury G.C and North Foreland G.C are also in close proximity, while you may wish to visit the excellent driving range and nine-hole course at the Manston Golf Centre.
You can play tennis free of charge at the three courts on Spencer Sq – once the home of Vincent Van Gogh - or enjoy a workout followed by well-deserved sauna or steam-room session at the Ramsgate Sports Centre.
An excellent way of discovering Ramsgate’s attractions – and those nearby – is to take the Viking Coastal Trail. The 27-mile long trail, divided into six themed routes, takes in some of Thanet’s many places of interest, so put on your walking boots or jump on a bike, and set off for a day of exploring.
Along the way you can see the Viking ship Hugin which commemorates the Viking landings here in AD449. Also, you could visit the Minster Abbey, build in 1027 and reckoned to be the oldest inhabited property in the land.
And the beautiful, bright-white North Foreland Lighthouse is a sight to behold. It was also the last manually operated lighthouse in the country, finally converting to automatic operation in 1998.
On the seafront you will find Ramsgate Marina and the Royal Harbour. The Royal title was bestowed upon the Harbour by King George IV in 1821. Surrounded by stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, the Harbour front is a hive of activity.
Here, discover Ramsgate’s rich nautical history at the fascinating Ramsgate Maritime Museum, or take a trip out to Goodwin Sands or the Stour Estuary and visit the resident seals.
And if there is anything else you wish to know about the town you’ll find the Ramsgate Tourism Office here too.
After all this activity, sit back and embrace Ramsgate’s cosmopolitan café culture. Relax in one of the sea-facing cafés or restaurants, watching the boats come and go in the marina and admiring the skies that J.M.W Turner described as the loveliest in all of Europe.
Come and visit our vibrant, charming town. Whether you are looking to discover fascinating places, or simply wish to relax, a Ramsgate holiday will have the answer.