Sunny Seaside House for Group Holidays


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Enjoy Margate in style!

Ballarat House is a spacious yet cosy Victorian beachside holiday home in Margate. Lovingly renovated with quirky, colourful decor, 12 beds, 3 bathrooms, a delightful walled garden with gas bbq, wood burners, views over the iconic Lido sign on the seafront.

Immaculately cleaned and minutes from the glorious sandy beaches of Cliftonville. Turner Contemporary: 5 mins walk, Walpole Bay 10 mins. Dine at home with take outs from our outstanding local restaurants or eat out.

I have just spent two years renovating Ballarat House to a luxurious standard for my guests and look forward to welcoming you.
Here’s what you will find...

Grand monochrome geometric tiled steps lead up to the original front door, bordered with box plants, now painted aubergine and adorned with brass hardware including a retro modernist seagull door knocker.
A local sign artist has reinstated the name in gold leaf on the fan light. The airy lobby leads through the original engraved glass shop door into a dramatic hallway space, featuring a large gilt mirror and oversized sputnik chandelier.

Living Area:
This large area has two super comfy sofas, an armchair and gold rocking chair. Soft cushions and throws aplenty!
Large gold palm leaf lamp, side tables, assortment of board games.
Large television with Netflix.
The huge bay window is adorned with bespoke curtains swept back in vintage sun tie backs.
Put the woodburner on to create a cozy winter bolthole, or open the windows on each side of the window to let the summer breezes blow through.
Open plan to the kitchen, fantastic for large group gatherings.

The colourful kitchen features brass handles and backsplash, modern black sink and taps and marble composite surfaces.
Large duck egg blue range cooker and freestanding retro fridge/freezer.
Pink retro microwave, Lavazza coffee maker with eco pods, crystal glasses, high quality cookware and everything you will need to create wonderful meals.
Vintage dresser and industrial chandelier style lighting. Views over the garden from the sink.
Large bespoke wooden table with benches.

Upstairs there are four unique bedrooms.

Bedroom 1: Seascapes
Large forest green room featuring kingsize bed with velvet headboard, switched wall lights, and vintage rattan side tables.
Spacious built in wardrobe, retro occasional chair, original marble fireplace and opulent gold framed mirrors.
Luxurious bespoke seaweed patterned velvet curtains at the floor length windows leading on to the balcony with views over the iconic Lido sign.

Bedroom 2: Tamarisk
Large inky blue room featuring kingsize bed with velvet headboard, switched wall lights and vintage Flemish side tables.
Ample wardrobe space, a revamped rattan occasional chair, shelves, decorative tiled fireplace and large art deco sideboard topped with a large vintage gilt mirror.
Large window with views of the garden, dressed in a bespoke roman blind patterned with the Tamarisk that grows along our coastline in such abundance.

Bedroom 3: Sunshine
This bedroom is a small and cosy bedroom at the top of the house, painted in ombre shades of midsummer on the beach.
Handmade Taurus Kyoto zip n link wooden beds can be configured as twin singles or as a double bed - just let me know what you prefer.
Velvet fringed lampshade, switched wall lights, rustic log bedside tables, rattan shelves/drawers and use of a small cupboard with hanging rail in the upper hallway.
Bespoke roman blinds inspired by Dog Whelks from our beaches.

Bedroom 4: Sunrise
This bedroom is a small and cosy bedroom on the mezzanine level just down from the main bedrooms. Its colour mimics the ombre tangerine colours of our coastline at the start of a cloudless day.
Handmade Taurus Kyoto zip n link wooden beds can be configured as twin singles or as a double bed - just let me know what you prefer.
Patterned gold lampshade, switched wall lights, rustic log bedside tables and a small Art Deco wardrobe.
Bespoke roman blinds inspired by Netted Dog Whelks from our beaches.

Two bedrooms are on the Lower Ground floor:

Bedroom 5: Alexanders
This bedroom is apple green with a view of the tiled sunken patio area out back.
It has a king size dusky pink velvet king size bed with a headboard, hanging bedside lights, and quirky wood and resin bedside tables.
There is a large Art Deco wardrobe and Art Deco sideboard topped with a vintage brass mirror. A large fringed velvet lampshade adorns the central light.
A vintage Victorian bedroom chair has been painted yellow to match the Alexanders featured in the bespoke velvet curtains.

Bedroom 6: Ragwort
This room has a very good quality yellow velvet double sofa bed by Willow & Hall, bordered by brass wall lights.
It has a fold up vintage table with 4 upcycled chairs (which can be moved upstairs to increase table space in the main living area, please let me know)
It has a large TV with netflix and a woodburner to keep you warm in the winter months.
The built in storage cupboards and shelves feature plenty of board games and provide storage for clothes.
It can either be used as a spacious 6th bedroom or a second living room and kitchen. It’s a great room for teenagers or children who want their own space.


Upper Bathroom:
Large bath with electric shower and glass shower enclosure, toilet, built in cupboards and luxury marble surfaces. A great bath to put the kids in! Or dim the lights and enjoy a soak.
Bespoke blinds inspired by the seaweed from our beaches.

Ground Floor Shower Room:
At the back of the building there is a small wet room shower and toilet with modern black fittings and marble surfaces.

Lower Ground Bathroom:
With wet room shower, freestanding bath, basin and toilet. Marble surfaces and brass hardware throughout.

The spacious internal lower ground hallway has an industrial chandelier and a cozy nook under the staircase which is home to a small velvet sofa bed that can be used for children or as a snug place to curl up with a good book.
Rattan mini bench containing children's books.

Tiled steps into garden from the ground floor.
With limestone paving, feature tiled area and cottage garden planting. Wrought iron table with 2 chairs.
Pergola area with large custom made wooden table to seat 10.
Large gas bbq.
Wood store, play boat and compost bin.

Steps down to lower Patio Garden:
With a large picnic table, pot plants, external switched brass bulkhead light and wood store. Electric socket on back wall.
Can be gated off. Can be accessed direct from the lower ground floor without steps.

Coronavirus Rule of 6:
Ballarat House sleeps 12 when rented as one place - currently I am only taking 6 people unless you are one family unit. The lower ground apartment is separated by a thick fire door which locks closed. Please respect the current regulations and do not mix if there are guests staying in both parts of the house.

If you would like to stay in the upper house or in the lower ground apartment only please check out my other listings, both available to view from my profile.

Ballarat House upper house sleeps 8 in total. I can currently only accommodate 6 people unless you are one family unit. It's a fabulous place to spread out in!
The lower ground Apartment sleeps a maximum of 4, with 2 people on the sofa bed in the living room/diner.

On arrival you descend to the Lower Ground front door, right past decorative monochrome tiles and a colourful assortment of wildlife friendly planters. Retrieve your keys from the secure lock boxes, on the wall and in the lower ground lobby. All exterior lights are on sensors to enable easy well lit access.

Curtain patterns:
Richly patterned curtains feature bespoke designs by myself, inspired by local habitats and wildlife such as shells and wild flowers.


Ballarat House has a fascinating history, built 150 years ago as Margate was expanding to accommodate the upscale travellers who flocked to the beautiful sandy beaches and the seawater plunge pool dug out of the chalk cliffs at Clifton Baths, created in 1855 and still to be found deep inside the Lido complex. It was owned for many years by one Isaac de Bock Kennard, who opened Kennard’s piano store in his front room.

The huge and unusual square bay window that illuminates the large living space was presumably fitted during this era circa 1899, along with the double strength wooden floors. A full length glass window in the lobby gave customers a sneak peak of the pianos before they entered through a beautiful engraved glass door, both of which remain to this day. Isaac named the house after a trip to Australia during the gold rush of the 1860s: he allegedly played the piano on the ship there and came home with a large gold nugget, much enamoured of the Australian town where he stayed.

Kennard’s eventually moved to nearby Northdown Road, then much further afield. The family business lives on with direct descendent Vernon Kennard, as Loch Ness Pianos in Inverness. During Margate’s early 20th century heyday Ballarat House became a guest house, enlarged by knocking through to the house next door and adding a room to the top floor. Finally, it became a much loved family home, before falling on hard times as an HMO. It has now been lovingly renovated to create the perfect holiday home by the sea.

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Ballarat House is 5 minutes walk from the famous Turner Contemporary art gallery, the enigmatic Shell Grotto, the Winter Gardens, newly opened Margate Caves, Walpole Bay tidal pool, The Libertines’ Albion Rooms and the thriving cafes and shops of trendy Northdown Road. Enjoy a clifftop wander with outstanding views out to sea, particularly the beautiful skies made famous by Turner: the sunsets really are breathtaking.

Walk a few minutes further to visit Margate Main Sands, Dreamland, the bustling Harbour Arm and all that the Old Town has to offer.

Ballarat House is also minutes from two Escape Rooms and Rossyln Court, a fantastic new folk music venue.

Domaćin je Amelia

  1. Član od avgust 2016.
  • 74 utiska
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I’m a single mum, creative, and lover of trees! I moved from Brick Lane, London to Margate 3 years ago , where I live in a flat overlooking Walpole Bay with my two small children. I bought Ballarat House to renovate as a holiday home to provide an income for my family, and to support my creative and community endeavours. It has taken two years to bring this beautiful derelict property back to life, and has been the one of the hardest but most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Every single aspect of the renovation has been lovingly considered and designed to create a unique and vibrant space so that groups of friends and families can enjoy a brilliant holiday in our quirky seaside town. I trained as a printed textile designer, and designed all the patterned curtains inside the house, inspired by local wildlife on the beaches and in our fields and hedges. Prior to my move I created the arts publication Amelia’s Magazine and a series of illustration books. Over the past two years I have cofounded two local community groups; Thanet Trees to protect, plant and promote trees in Thanet, and Friends of Cliftonville Coastline, to protect the heritage of our coastline for our community and visitors such as yourselves. Look out for our newly planted flowerbeds when you walk along the coast! I love taking photos, getting outside, camping, being with my kids, making things, cooking, writing, gardening, being a community activist, discovering new creatives and sharing my finds with others via Amelia’s Magazine (soon to be relaunched) and on social media. Having spent two years planning and creating my holiday home, I am really excited to finally open the doors of Ballarat House to guests. I live close by and whilst I cannot welcome you in person (being a single mum somewhat limits my availability) I am available at any time to answer your queries and help make your guest experience the best it can be. Follow Ballarat House on Social Media using the hashtag #ballarathouse and hunt for my Holiday in Margate group for more tips on the local area.
I’m a single mum, creative, and lover of trees! I moved from Brick Lane, London to Margate 3 years ago , where I live in a flat overlooking Walpole Bay with my two small children.…

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I live close by and whilst I cannot welcome you in person (being a single mum somewhat limits my availability) I am available at any time to answer your queries and help make your guest experience the best it can be.

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