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A visit to Margate

PUBLISHED: 07:43 01 August 2015 | UPDATED: 07:43 01 August 2015

Your hosts Richard and Geraldine Gutrige

Your hosts Richard and Geraldine Gutrige

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With Margate firmly on the tourist map thanks to the Turner Contemporary and now Dreamland, visitors are flocking to town. Kent Life recommends where to stay, what to see and where to eat out

The resurgence of their home town inspired Margate born and bred Richard and Geraldine Gutrige to turn the offices and storage space next to their business into a holiday apartment. They started the conversion in October 2014 and finished this April, using two local builders, a local plumber and carpenter and managing the project themselves.

“The building is Grade I listed and over 300 years old, it used to be cottages, but had seen many changes over the years,” explains Richard, who has owned and run The Denture Shop in the Old Town for 16 years. “We had to remove virtually everything upstairs as there was very little to preserve, so we went ultra-modern.”

And deliciously contemporary Turner Holiday Lets is within its nooks and crannies, beautifully decorated and carpeted throughout (it’s a shoes-off sort of place as soon as you enter, then stairs up to the first floor) and the attention to detail is worthy of a hotel – and then some.

The sleek, streamlined kitchen with space for a dining table and chairs astonished us with its facilities – gleaming hob and oven, dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge and freezer.

And the cupboards! Stocked with all you could possibly want in the way of crockery, utensils, pans, even a cafetière and ground coffee.

“Many people who go to holiday lets don’t expect to cook, but with everything we’ve 
provided that’s easy. There’s a supermarket close by and also lots of places to eat,” says Richard.

Bookings so far this year have been mainly families with young children, so the option of eating in will I’m sure be most welcome – with the golden sands of Margate beach just a few steps away, they’re going to be tired and hungry when they get back to their holiday home after a hard day of bucket and spade action.

And it really does feel like home – there’s a snug lounge with flatscreen TV, WIFI and a music system that is operated from your own smart phone, once you have downloaded the app. Free View HD and Netflix are included, plus a selection of dvds that you actually want to watch.

Also on this floor is the fabulous bathroom with its curved, standalone bath and big walk-in shower, then it’s upstairs to the three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a double bed, another room can be two singles or a double and the last room has a single bed; sleeping up to five people.

Decor is cool and modern, lots of white, neutral accents, a lovely knitted bedspread and big matching cushions in the airy main bedroom with its sloping ceilings and neatly concealed cupboard, a teddy on one of the single beds.

We were only there for a night but I can’t wait to return for a longer stay and to explore further.

Richard plans to turn the 16th-century cottage next door he also owns into one two-bedroom flint cottage in a more rustic style and aimed at walkers, dog owners and cyclists. If this visit is anything to go by, this is going to be another fab addition to the burgeoning Margate scene. w

Turner Holiday Lets

35 King Street, Margate CT9 1DD

07816895351 or 01843 571117

info@turnerholidaylets.co.uk

www.turnerholidaylets.co.uk

Where to eat

The Ambrette

44 King St, Margate CT9 1QE

01843 231504

Open: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm

Mains: £11.95-£18.95

Award-winning chef Dev Biswali cooks innovative Anglo-Indian dishes served in clean-cut space with chunky wooden tables and cream walls.

Great British Pizza Company

14a Marine Drive, Margate CT9 1DH

01843 297700

Great home-made pizzas from wood-fired oven, including Kentish ham, Portabello mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella, pear and English blue cheese, veal and sage salami and beef pepperoni. Help yourself to wine by the glass from a cask by the door.

Two courses approx. £10-12

Turner Contemporary Café open 6.30pm– 10pm

2 courses for £16.95 or 3 courses for £19.95.

01843 220253 or cafe@turnercontemporary.org

The Riz

South Indian, unprepossessing setting but great food: dry-fried Kentish mutton curry, vast dosa and home-made kulfi

49 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 2RN

01843 293698

Open: all week, noon-11.30pm

About £15-20 a head, plus drinks and service

The Harbour Arms

Real Ale and cider micro-pub in a former fisherman’s hut on Margate’s Grade II listed 19th-century stone pier which forms a protective arm in front of the town.

Units 7 & 8, Margate Harbour Arm, The Stone Pier, Margate CT9 1JD

01843 260260

Sands Hotel

Beautiful boutique hotel and restaurant with stunning views over Margate Sands from the airy, spacious Bay Restaurant, front-facing bedrooms (some with tiny balconies) and roof terrace.

16 Marine Drive, Margate CT9 1DH

01843 228228

Price range: £26-£40

What to see and do

Turner Contemporary attracts visitors in their thousands to world-class exhibitions of major artists

Dreamland, of course

The Old Town and its eclectic shops, cafés and restaurants

Vintage stores, including Junk Deluxe, Margate Retro, Hunky Dory and Paraphernalia

Blue Flag beaches

Victorian bathing pools

The Shell Grotto

Theatre Royal, Tom Thumb Theatre and the Winter Gardens

Resort Studios (recently visited by the Duchess of Cambridge), a creative hub of artists, photographers and printmakers.

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