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!
We found a comfortable house, warm and cosy, with an excellent view over the sea. The house provides a new main bathroom, with a new shower and a very big bathtub. When we entered, everything was in good order, ready and clean. Although a severe storm blew for three days the house remained warm. The kitchen is spaceful with an up to date dishwasher and a professional oven. We enjoyed a nice holiday and will come back soon.
A family with 3 children from Germany.
As return visitors we were really excited to stay at this property once again. However, upon our arrival at the property we were greeted with a scrawled message on a used envelope located stating that throughout our stay (3 weeks, booked 7 months in advance) tradesmen would be painting the outside of the building and window cleaners would also be visiting the property. While a little bit disappointed in the timeliness and form of communication (should we have been warned earlier that the property was undergoing renovations we would have sought accommodation elsewhere) my husband and I decided to not let it ruin our holiday and to proceed as normal. Initially we were glad to see that efforts had been made to seal the upstairs bedroom windows - an improvement on our last stay. However our expectations soon ended when we saw that a window on the top floor of the property could not close at all leaving a 3-4cm gap between it and the sill. The window itself lead onto the painters scaffolding allowing anyone to climb it and access the property. In hindsight we should have left the property then. We persevered only to find that the main bathroom had deteriorated somewhat, and that the shower drained at a snail's pace, tiles and grout fell away with every other use and to top it off, the owner had left a bucket full of dirty water in the corner of the room. Despite evidence of some cleaning having been attempted, the toilet also needed cleaning before use. Perhaps the worst incident occurred halfway through our stay when, taking a shower one morning (my husband and children were out at the time), a tradesmen entered the property without consent and continued to wander around until confronted. It was a completely horrific experience, one in which the owner seemed quick to dismiss. She claimed that he was an old friend, harmless and would never hurt ourselves or our property. Defiant until the end, I don't think that the owner understood that we had paid for a holiday rental and not to live on someone's construction site. Understandably, we will never return. Sadly we now also understand why the guest book laid empty for almost 18 months before our stay. Beware.
I had a wonderful time in this beautiful place and the location was great...easy walk to the local pubs and town. I would stay here again. Thanks Linda for your help and all the good Information and easy transactions.
I wanted a sandy beach holiday and my husband wasn't too sure about choosing Ramsgate, but there was no need to worry. We had 6 glorious days on the great beach just opposite the house - the Lift was a fantastic help - (no dogs allowed, lifeguard patrolled, and cleaned of litter every day).
But, the true star of our week was the house. As long as you don't mind stairs, 28, Wellington Crescent has everything you'd want for a relaxing, versatile holiday. We loved sitting on the terrace every evening and watching the array of boats sail back into the harbour and were treated to a firework display on our last night.
The Loop bus service was very convenient for Broadstairs and Margate and the Royal Harbour restaurants within walking distance - we went to the Oak Tavern twice. Ramsgate town centre was close - we cut through Albion Place gardens - pedestianised, had market days, lots of charity shops, had the essential Caffe Nero for my husband!
Thank you, Linda, for the obvious care you take to maintain the house and all its splendour - we had a a truly wonderful stay and I found myself missing the house for days after.
The weather that week was not what we'd hoped for, when booking a holiday for us and the grandchildren! Rain, wind, storms...it didn't feel like June. However, the house more than made up for it. There was plenty of room for us all to 'spread out'; it was comfortable and warm and all the stairs certainly helped keep us fit - we made use of our mobiles, tho,to find out if anyone one in the sitting room wanted a drink, whilst we were down in the kitchen.
The views over the channel were great, and the lift opposite to the beach and harbour was a bonus.
Being Ramsgate born and bred, I was sad to see how run-down the town centre has become, but that also meant I know to visit Westwood Cross for shops and take the 'loop' bus to the Tate in Margate and the beach at Broadstairs. We had a wonderful Sunday lunch in The Oak and our son-in-law enjoyed his birthday meal at Pizza Express - both just 5 minutes away. It's not far, either to Howletts zoo and to Deal castle.
Thank you Linda for putting up with all my emails - I feel as though I know you. I'd recommend 28 Wellington Crescent to anyone wishing for a 'staycation' - unless you can't manage stairs! We had a wonderful time and would be very happy to go back.
We stayed here between Christmas and New Year and fell in love this beautiful house, once lived in by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The house is at the start of a beautiful and historic Georgian crescent overlooking the beach, all sand, and at that time of the year deserted except for dog walkers and treasure seekers and, bordering it, the superb Great Wall of Ramsgate, worth the visit for this alone – 100 or more original paintings of the town or its famous residents associated with the place.
This has to be the perfect Georgian house, both elegant and practical. The drawing room is stunning with big comfortable sofas and, best of all, French doors onto the balcony overlooking the sea.
Nothing has been overlooked – there’s everything one could possibly need in the huge kitchen and the bath and shower rooms are outstanding - one with a huge bath and all with the most powerful showers.
So you might get the impression we like this house. You’d be right – as soon as we got back we booked it again for the same break at the end of this year!
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.