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.