Set over four floors, this three-bedroom Victorian townhouse has been carefully renovated over the last two years to create an impressive seaside home, with a private courtyard and roof terrace. Contemporary additions complement the original features of this former boys' school to dramatic effect, all moments from Ramgate's attractive seafront on Paragon Street - a peaceful lane set behind the historic Royal Harbour and just off the fashionable Addington Street.
Step through the elegant brick façade to find a space with stunning and substantial proportions. On the entrance level, the living, kitchen and dining area stretch back across a generous eight metres, with Crittall-style glazed doors set behind the dining space that separate it from - and provide access to - the private courtyard beyond.
Situated to one side at the rear, the kitchen has bespoke steel cabinetry and micro-cement worktops, whilst timber flooring extends across the entire open plan area. Exposed brick and bare plaster add further textural interest to the space. Elsewhere, Venetian plaster and an elegant colour palette of deep blues, bottle greens, and neutral-toned putties create calm and contrast to the building's industrial style.
The ambitious renovation saw the removal of a side section of the original building to create a full-height void that uses internal and external windows to afford each level plenty of natural light and volume. The cantilevered staircase has been designed with the same intention in mind; running up the entire left side of the house, it allows light through its perforated sides whilst providing an attractive focal point at each level.
The first of the three bedrooms is located on the first floor, along with a bathroom. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, the larger of which takes shape as a surprising, treble-height space. It features high-set windows, created from the roof terrace, which provide an abundance of natural light. The third floor roof terrace itself is a peaceful space, offering privacy and shelter along with sea views.
The best of Ramsgate is right on the doorstep of this impressive home. The town is defined by its eclectic mix of new independent businesses and old faithfuls, which include quaint cafes, yoga studios, pubs and restaurants, and antique, homeware and gift shops. Weekends can be spent walking along the windswept clifftops or strolling the area's long stretches of sand, before coffee from a local roastery or a Kent-brewed beer in a cosy pub.
Paragon Street is just a mile from Ramsgate Station, which links directly to London St Pancras (the fast service takes around 75 minutes). There are also excellent road links to London, Canterbury and popular nearby towns on Kent's east coast, such as Margate, Broadstairs, Whitstable and Deal. Folkestone and Dover are also less than an hour's drive away, and offer direct links to France by Eurostar and cross-channel ferries respectively.
Paragon Street is just a mile from Ramsgate Station, which links directly to London St Pancras. There are also excellent road links to London, Canterbury and popular nearby towns on Kent's east coast.