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A review of Albion House hotel, Ramsgate, Kent


By Lizzie Enfield For The Mail On Sunday

22:01 17 Oct 2020, updated 22:01 17 Oct 2020

  • Albion House looks out across the harbour to the English Channel and across Ramsgate Sands, Kent 
  • The luxury boutique hotel has 14 rooms, ranging from cosy eaves to airy suites with balconies 
  • Breakfasts merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords

High on the edge of the East Cliff, Albion House looks out across the harbour to the Channel in one direction and across the vast sweep of Ramsgate Sands in the other.

In Georgian, Regency and Victorian times, Ramsgate was a thriving resort, partly due to the largesse of Mary Townley, the then owner of Albion House. She threw balls and entertained nobility, including Victoria herself, who stayed for months as a young princess.

When Mary died in 1839, a little bit of Ramsgate went with her. The house was sold and the resort’s popularity began to wane.

Grand entrance: Husband-and-wife team Ben and Emma Irvine have transformed a once-crumbling edifice into a luxury boutique hotel
There are 14 rooms, ranging from cosy eaves to airy suites with balconies. Pictured is the view from one of the rooms

Fast-forward nearly 200 years and the new host and hostess on the Regency block are husband-and-wife team Ben and Emma Irvine. They set their sights on Albion House and have transformed the crumbling edifice into a luxury boutique hotel.

The interior is full of period furniture from France, restored antique lighting, reproduction busts and contemporary linen and decor.

The walls appear to fade as you ascend the curving Georgian staircase: from a bold, dark, stormy grey in the parlour and restaurant to a pale dawn grey in the bedrooms. The beds are remarkable for their height – designed so that guests can get the best of the sea views.

The real jewel in the crown is the Townley Restaurant, a huge, high-ceilinged room, complete with sketches that hint at Victorian accomplishment and quirky features such as inkwells set into the bar rail.

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French windows open on to a terrace, perfect for soaking up the last of the evening sun with a glass of sparkling Brut from Kent’s Chapel Down vineyard.

Breakfasts and brunches (ricotta pancakes with stewed pears and toasted seeds after my early-morning dip) merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords. 

Breakfasts and brunches merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords
Albion House looks out across the harbour to the Channel in one direction and across the vast sweep of Ramsgate Sands  (above) in the other

TRAVEL FACTS 

B&B from £135 a night (albionhouseramsgate.co.uk).

For dinner I had half a kilo of mussels with garlic, white wine and parsley (£7), followed by lamb chops with kale and salsa verde (£17).

Ramsgate boasts a wealth of Regency crescents, Georgian townhouses and Pugin-designed buildings and a diverse array

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Kent County Parks and Recreation schedules and information

Welcome to Kent County Parks and Recreation at the Kent County Community Center.

At Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR) we strive to provide fun, safe, family oriented recreational activities and programs that promote wellness and build community ties. Parks and Recreation offers traditional activities, such as after school, summer camp, fitness classes, tumbling, and special events, as well as partnering in programming to offer certification classes, bird watching, canoeing, and hiking, to meet the needs of our patrons.

If you have questions about any of our programs, parks, or recreational activities, please use our website or feel free to contact us by email or phone.  We are happy to help you and your family get out there and be active!  At Kent County Parks and Recreation we are always working had so you can play hard!  

PROGRAM AND ACTIVITY REGISTRATION

View the full registration policies here.

To register for a program or activity, registration is accepted *online, in person and by mail. Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. A separate registration/form is required for each participant unless noted otherwise with the program description. Paper forms are not necessary if registering online (if online registration is available for the program) or in person. Many of our programs have multiple pages to be completed and may be downloaded from the program information section on this site. Before completing a paper general registration form/packet, please confirm it is the correct form for the program for which you are registering.

*Online registration requires a nominal processing fee for the convenience of online credit card and electronic check payments.

To register online click below.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES

Weather closing information and general announcements are posted on the Parks and Recreation home page bulletin board, the Kent County Community Center Facebook Page and our Rainout Line at 410-429-1401 or visit https://rainoutline.com/search/dnis/4104291401 (usually no later than 7:30 am or 3 pm for evening programs the day in question when weather related).

SCHOOL YEAR WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
(SEPTEMBER – MAY)

In general, if Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) are closed, close early, or cancel evening programs, all programs at public school sites are closed. Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR) youth programs at the Kent County Community Center (KCCC) and KCPR facilities are closed when county facilities remain *open. KCPR adult programs at county facilities will be open when county facilities remain *open. If KCPS are one hour or 90 minutes late, morning programs will be open. *If KCPS are two hours late, morning programs will be closed. These general policies do not necessarily apply to programs offered by private vendors (please refer to program description) at the Community Center as they determine their opening and closing schedules when the Community Center remains *open on a normal operating schedule when there is inclement weather.

*All programs are closed when the Snow Emergency Plan or the State of Emergency Plan is in effect, however, should Plan(s) be lifted by 2 pm, evening adult programs

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