Ramsgate Rambles

“A unique destination with dark, dramatic décor”

Whether it was growing up in an era that saw my otherwise conservative parents decorate their lounge with a feature wall in sauna-look pine and a carpet of ombre swirls; I’ve always had mixed feelings about the décor of my childhood era. I am essentially a mid-century kid…give or take a few years in my favour. That might be why the Dulux colour of the year makes me a bit twitchy…I swear I had party dresses in that colour for the first five years of my life that have left me with never quite the same appreciation for…let’s be honest. Brown.

However, give me the flick of a mid-century furniture leg, the sleek curves of a sideboard, the honeyed-tones (OK, brown again) of a teak GPlan table of gorgeousness and I am your gal! So to say I was thrilled at the prospect of staying at the fabulous holiday apartment of the lovely Wendy from @homeplaceonline was an understatement. My best friend can attest to how annoyingly over-excited I was in the passenger seat all the way from Bristol to Ramsgate; I nearly got ejected somewhere on the M25 after he’d confiscated the Werther’s Originals.

Wendy ‘knew when she viewed’ straight away that the apartment had potential, telling me that ‘The sheer size of the open plan kitchen/living area is hugely spacious so I knew it would be perfect for entertaining in and also to work as a space for multiple guests staying’.

Starting to renovate her magical mid-century beachfront apartment a couple of years ago, inspiration came easily, with Wendy explaining ‘I’m always hugely influenced by Dimore Studio who mix the most amazing vintage pieces into their designs. I was also influenced by the apartment’s close proximity to the sea, so tried to fill it with our take on the coastal vibe’.

In February 2018 Wendy launched it on to Instagram as a bookable destination; scrabbling to secure a booking at such a popular place to stay, I convinced my friend he had always secretly adored vintage furniture and the British seaside. As a ‘strawberry blonde when he had hair’ man he’s usually slathered in Factor 50 and indoors from April, so he took some convincing, but nonetheless he caved when I promised to supply the gin.

The apartment is a unique destination with dark, dramatic décor, a curated collection of iconic, vintage finds and luxurious finishing touches to give it a boutique ambience. Wendy was keen to create a home away from home for guests and has set about ‘…filling it with things that make you happy! From pictures and paintings, to favourite types of tableware’.

Three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cinema room and a spacious lounge means it can comfortably accommodate 6 guests.

High-end attention to detail basically meant I wanted to move in. Bathroom envy was evident; I deliberately used both of them just because I could. But clearly was always going to baggsy the beautiful ensuite as is my girl-given right.

A range of ‘vintage’ games (that yes, I had as a kid – way to make a gal feel ancient, but happy with nostalgia), DVDs, Netflix and fire-effect heating in the lounge provides a cosy night in, but if the sun is shining then Ramsgate has an abundance of characterful dining destinations and bars to enjoy.

The Royal Harbour Brasserie is a unique dining destination situated in the old Harbour Station that pours a powerful cocktail, whilst La Magnolia serves delicious fish dishes. Meanwhile The Royal Victoria Pavilion has been renovated by Wetherspoons to create a striking bar with a sea-facing balcony as a unique flagship in the chain. Wetherspoons may not be your thing, but the outlook on to the beach is fabulous and the building’s period architecture well worth a visit. Even the beach steps are Insta-grammable, even if my post-pub pose was not so much.

Ramsgate and nearby Margate are admittedly a little tired in some places, but retain a seaside charm that is chic in its shabbiness and completely beguiling. Wandering the streets and Victorian squares then dipping down on to the harbour side makes for a relaxing afternoon.

Wartime tunnels and shell grottoes create historic ambience and uniquely interesting things to do, not to mention one of the most unusual and charming underground cafes!

And if Wendy’s apartment whets your appetite for all things vintage then the Petticoat Emporium is walking distance to uncover mid-century treasures of your own. I scored this little side-table there, albeit not the gin. Cheers.

To book the apartment or to check availability drop Wendy an email at hello@homeplace.co.uk

Also keep an eye out for Wendy’s  latest renovation project;  a 3 bedroom apartment in a 1960s built block in Bonfim, Porto. Preserved with many of the amazing, original features including parquet flooring, chequerboard tiled kitchen floor, original bathroom and doors throughout. The Porto apartment will be ready to rent as a holiday let from January 2019, but here’s a sneak peek…

And if you feel inspired by Wendy’s style then she runs Homeplace – an online store offering an eclectic, but considered mix of vintage and contemporary homeware.