This wonderful house enjoys a splendid position in an elegant sweeping crescent on the East Cliff with marvellous panoramic sea views. It was built in 1819; Samual Taylor Coleridge is recorded as having stayed here and as a princess Queen Victoria stayed in the house next door! The floors are original oak and rooms has been carefully decorated to reflect their Georgian heritage. All stairs are carpeted. There is a paved courtyard to the rear with garden furniture. The balcony enjoys fantastic views of the English Channel, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and beach. There is a table and cane chairs available to sit and enjoy the view and sunshine. The rooms are large and spread over 5 floors so that it is easy to find a quiet place as well as enjoy a gathering together in the communal rooms. Not suitable for the people with mobility difficulties,pets or children under 5 due to the numerous stairs.
Parking is on street free parking or metered parking 50 metres away. Good bus service.
The history: In common with Nelson Crescent its opposite number on West Cliff, Wellington Crescent first came into existence following the Napoleonic defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Before that the East Cliff was open countryside and was used during the summer months by the military with Canvas camps laid out and troops using the cliff for exercises and parades. It is believed that the columns along the crescent are cut from the masts of the French ships defeated in the battle.
In the 1700s during the Napoleonic times, Ramsgate became a garrison town and later developed as a seaside town when the aristocracy were forced to curtail their travelling and take their holidays in England. Handsome terraces and squares of Regency villas were built and today the Georgian architecture is evident on every corner. Many of the houses on the East Cliff were used as lodging houses for the rich and fashionable. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is recorded as having stayed at 28 Wellington Crescent between 1819 and 1833.
The history (cont.): Between 1843 and 1844 Augustus Pugin, a leader of Gothic Revival at this time built The Grange on the West Cliff at Ramsgate. Listed Grade 1, the house is now owned by the Landmark Trust and is open to the public. Pugin was one of the most influential architects of the nineteenth century and designed the interiors of the Houses of Parlament. In 1862 his son Edward Pugin designed St Augustine's Monastery opposite The Grange and also the Granville Hotel which is on the East Cliff.
Tha harbour dates from 1759 which established Ramsgate as a port for trade although there was a fishing village in Ramsgate long before that. in 1821 King George IV bestowed Royal status on the harbour - still the only one in England.
As a princess,Queen Victoria holidayed in Ramsgate several times - she stayed at Albion House which is just to the left of 28 Wellington Crescent. The Victorain artist Frith immortalised Ramsgate Sands in his painting 'A Day at the Seaside'. A copy is in the house.
Just wanted to say thanks again and to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at 28 Wellington Crescent. I have referred you to a number of people!
Ramsgate is on the tip of Kent in South East England with views across the Channel to France. The port has a great maritime history including power boat racing and sailing. With the marina nearby there are a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from both on the harbour and also in the town. There is a local butcher, geengrocer,original shops and Waitrose within easy walking and markets on Friday and Saturday. Major retail shops can be reached by car or bus.
There is a tourist information office in Ramsgate. Canterbury has a beautiful cathedral and individual small shops.The Walpole Bay Hotel at Cliftonville is an hotel/museum. Dickens House and Bleak House are at Broadstairs. Sandwich is a lovely old village with the Bell Hotel. Whitstable is famous for oysters. Margate has the Turner exhibition. Between Ramsgate and Broadstairs is the King George VI park and Montefiore House. The walk along the sand from Ramsgate should not be missed when the tide is out.
Other Activities: There ia new ferry service from Ramsgate to Boulogne to enjoy day trips to France.