|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
With sea glimpses from the first floor, this splendid 1937 house is resplendent in its position in the prestigious, peaceful Palm Bay area of Cliftonville between Margate and Broadstairs on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. The famous sandy Blue Flag beaches are within a few minutes walk and the seaside resort of Margate and the enchanting town of Broadstairs both about half an hour stroll or ten minutes drive. If you are looking for an all-mod-cons type of stay then the Pink House is not for you but if you would feel at home in a truly original 1930s house, with retro crockery and original features, then you will love it!
We're about 90 mins from London, either by road or new high-speed train from St Pancras. We can arrange a cab to collect you from the station or you can easily get the bus. We are only 7 miles from Ramsgate Ferry (Ostende) and 20 miles from Dover (Calais) and we have welcomed French, Belgian, Dutch and German guests for weekends and holidays. Please see our reviews!
The Pink House: The Pink House is a fabulous example of 1930s architecture; often thought of as 'deco' but actually 'modern', which confuses people who are expecting a brick box! It has a lovely large light living/dining room with three walls of windows including French doors onto the sunny terrace and a jaw-dropping huge circular window, a generous hall with study area, kitchen and downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom and separate loo. The front bedroom has a wall of windows offering sea glimpses and a door to the wrap-around balcony. It has a very comfortable king-size bed sourced from the Savoy hotel and original built-in wardrobes and bedside tables.
The garden bedroom faces south and west and is also very light with sea glimpses from the west windows. This room also boasts a bed from the Savoy and matching bedside tables. The third bedroom is bijou but pretty and can be a single or twin room.
Palm Bay: The house is the finest surviving example of the Palm Bay estate, an 1930s architect-designed estate with strict planning rules to ensure the highest quality build. Virtually all the other houses have been re-roofed or extended although you can still see two nice examples from the back bedroom.
Palm Bay is a very genteel residential area of Cliftonville, which has a parade of useful shops including Batchelors, a wonderful old-fashioned tea shop and top-rate patisserie, and other small independent shops along with banks, cafés and a Tesco Metro. The beach is just around the corner with a permanent seawater swimming pool a little way along and the Palm Bay café for home-cooked treats. There's water sports available and miles of beach in both directions. Joss Bay is a pleasant walk away and is a surfers' paradise and other beautiful bays include Botany and Walpole Bay. Thanet has a record ten Blue Flag beaches (that's an eighth of the country's total!) so you can be assured that they are safe as well as stunning.
'Planet Thanet': Thanet used to be an island and still retains that feeling of being slightly different....Margate was the first ever English seaside resort and retains the traditional activities - donkey rides, deckchairs, paddling, 99s - it's all still here! There's also the fascinating Shell Grotto, the amazing Mad Hatter's Tea Shop in the quaint Old Town and the eccentric Walpole Bay Hotel with its delicious old-fashioned Sunday lunches, with piano accompaniment. Tracy Emin's new neon sculpture on the restored Harbour is testament to the energetic arts scene, soon to be cemented by the new Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has over 400 listed buildings! including the deco gem Dreamland, the Theatre Royal, the Tudor House and the Carlton Cinema in Westgate.With its Dickens heritage, Broadstairs is totally charming with quaint shops, restaurants and original ice cream parlours. Ramsgate is only a few minutes drive further and its Royal Harbour offers boat trips and cafe culture.
Everything about this getaway has been wonderful. Ottilie is such a genuinely friendly and hospitable person that it would not have mattered if the house had been less than we were expecting but it is much more lovely than the photos. The light is incredible. There are more windows than wall in the drawing room. The furnishings are a mix of modern but in keeping (so the leather sofa is new for example) and genuine Art Deco including beautiful lights and mirrors. Having a second loo is always a bonus and we loved the original bathroom and kitchen. A washing machine is on the cards for next year I believe and this will be very helpful for those with families but we do not usually do our washing whilst on holiday.
We took Ottilie's advice and went to some places we would not have found - Bachelors for the most fabulous cakes ever, Scotts' Emporium (could have stayed days), the Mad Hatter Tea Room (you won't believe it) and The Walpole Bay (ditto). Margate is truly a refuge for the eccentric. But I mean that in the nicest way. Who wants boring? The Pink House is certainly not although it is located in a wonderful 1930s Palm Bay estate and it is so peaceful I (coming from East 17) could not believe it.
We are coming back for a weekend very soon but, as long as you don't book that one, I warmly recommend that you stay in the Pink House. Think Pink!
Looking for a unique homestay by the sea? Definitely consider the Pink Palace!
This charming art deco house set in a pretty, well-tended garden has survived the decades almost untouched, with its original kitchen and bathroom intact, albeit with the addition of thoughtful modern extras like a microwave and dishwasher. Retro fiends will love the authentic furnishings and knick-knacks but the house is comfortable and practical too. The huge, floor to ceiling windows fill the rooms with light even on a dull day. At night, the triple-aspect sitting room transformed with a swish of the glamorous full length curtains, for cosy nights in with a fitting collection of film noir DVDs.
The owner's notes provide plenty of useful information about the house and local area, as well as the reassuring sense that if we needed help she was only a phone-call away. While it's ready for a little redecoration, we found the Pink Palace immaculately clean and tidy, its inborn charisma easily overcoming any scuffed paintwork.
We loved exploring the calm, wide streets of Cliftonville, a quiet suburban neighbourhood east of the town centre and moments from the sea. Frequent buses along nearby Northdown Road (the local shopping street) will speed you into Margate’s happening Old Town (5 mins) with its shops and eateries, or along the coast to Broadstairs (15 mins) and Ramsgate.
The Pink Palace would make a perfect base for a week exploring the north Kent coast, or a fun weekend bolthole if you’re headed for one of Margate’s weekenders, an event at the Winter Gardens, or maybe, one day Dreamland, currently undergoing renovations. Whatever the purpose of your visit, I'm sure you'll love this charming and unique house as much as we did.
One of the most amazing properties I have ever stayed in. I knew from the photos it was going to be lovely, but nothing could prepare me for the absolutely stunning features inside! Me and my partner arrived late Friday evening and were welcomed by classical music playing and lovely M&S biscuits on the table, milk in the fridge and pink poodle icecube trays in the freezer! Every inch of the house is beautifully decorated in 1930's - 1950's vases, trinkets and ornaments. Ottilie has an eye for detail that's for sure! I was completely charmed by this house and although the weather wasn't too kind on us this weekend, we much preferred sitting in by the fire watching some of the great films that are left in the house for vistors to view ( we chose priscilla queen of the desert and the birdcage ) and drunk baileys from the babycham glasses in the cupboard. We stayed in the main bedroom upstairs and I didn't want to get up in the morning, so comfy!!
The kitchen is full of old crockery and has a lovely old fashioned gas oven, but for visitors who don't wish to use this, there is a microwave /toaster etc. We made some lovely meals!
There was a list of things to do in Margate - Walpole Bay Hotel, Shell Grotto, Mad Matters Tea rooms left in the house and each one we visited was just as charming as the other. We came from London by train and got a taxi from Margate station which was only £4.50 and we walked into Margate along the coast every morning which was lovely. No car is really needed if you like to explore. We were only there for the weekend and couldn't believe how much there really was to do. The Pink Palace has become my dream house! I'm saving my pennies now to come back as soon as I can!
We stayed two weeks before easter. Everything was blooming. The house is very lovingly decorated in the original style. It is airy and has all the amenities of a modern house combined with remnants of the 50ies. My husband felt like being with his Schottish grandma again esp. in the kitchen or in the living room in front of the gas fire place. The beds are comfortable and I liked the colorful blankets and I am still about to buy some for our home in Germany. The area is great for hiking, bike rides, sight seeing and visits to London by train. We loved the art museum at the edge of the sea, the quietness of the street at night and the awful British TV shows. Our two girls commented on the silly guys trying to win stupid contests and we nearly died with laughter. The house smelled a little bit moldy when we arrived but after airing it out everything was fine.We could have used a shower extension. It would have saved the house a lot of water cost but it was manageable. Ottilie was extremely helpful and caring and we would love to come back to this beautiful part of the earth. Thank you!
This is a beautiful house. The owners have retained the true character of the property and yet the house is light and airy and very comfortable. It is a real home from home. The house is on a lovely quiet estate, yet everything you need is close to hand. You can walk to the beach, good local shops and close enough to walk into Margate itself.I can highly recommend the local Fish and Chip shop, in particular the kids cod nuggets. Proper chunks of cod in batter and enough to feed an adult too. As a holiday destination, Margate and the general area has something for everyone. For families, the beaches are lovely. It would be a good place for bicycles as there are lovely cycle routes marked along the coast. Margate has some lovely retro shops and Galleries - well worth a mooch. During our stay, it was on the news that the local Authority plan to redevelop Dreamland. I hope they do, as then Margate will be just as lively and fashionable as Brighton only with better beaches! Broadstairs was very lively during our stay as it was Folk Festival week but a lovely place to visit. Good Ice cream at Marcello's and a Punch and Judy show on the beach. We also went to the Hornby visitor centre over towards Westgate Bay. Excellent for kids and big kids as well. All in all, a lovely week in a very comfortable home. I definitely recommend a visit.
Me and a group of friends stayed here over new year and had a wonderful time! If you're a vintage fan this place will tickle your fancy! So many period details, beautiful vintage kitchen (with the cutest dishwasher I've ever seen!) lovely windows and stunning little details all over the place. The house is cosy and bright. 10 mins walk from the beach and 20 mins to the vintage shops in the old town. We had a great stay and will aim to return one day! Thanks Pink Palace.
We had a perfect week for our summer half term break.
The house is child friendly, stylish and easy. It is close to the beach with it's lovely cafes, and only a 10 min walk into Margate.
The road is quiet and friendly and it is a perfect base from which to explore the Kent coast. Broadstairs was a revelation - especially Morelli's gelateria.
There is so much to see and do that I literally don't have room to list it all here! There is simply something for everyone. Please see Further Details or contact me for links and information. Even if Thanet only had its beautiful bays and beaches it would be enough but there's so much more. Whether you want a traditional family holiday for all ages, a romantic break for two, a walking (or cycling) weekend or an arty or architecture adventure it's all here waiting for you to discover it.
You can stick to Margate Main Sands for a 'Kiss Me Quick' donkey rides and candy floss style break or escape along the coast to the almost-deserted beaches. There's clubs, bars and a casino or simply peace and quiet with fresh sea air and resident parakeets in Palm Bay. Explore the Viking Trail or have fish'n'chips from the paper on the
majestic harbour. Take tea, go retro shopping or gallery-going in the Old Town or simply relax. And you'll never forget the gorgeous Turner-inspiring sunsets.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jul 2015 - 1 Sep 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The minimum rate for any stay is 300 GBP.
We ask for 50% to reserve the property and then 50% within 90 days of the stay. Any amounts paid are unrefundable after 90 days prior to the stay but we do our utmost to rebook the time and return as much of the money as possible.
Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (GBP), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.