Local area

Some things that will be worth leaving the house for:

Three very interesting seaside towns, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate are only a short drive away and well worth a visit.

In Ramsgate we recommend visiting the Ramsgate Tunnels , built as a shelter for the whole city during the air-raids of World War 2, it is an incredible story of survival and ingenuity. But the harbour itself is worth the drive there: full of eateries and bars and just such a great place to be on a sunny day.

Broadstairs sits beautifully on the coastline as an “instagram” Victorian seaside town. Charles Dickens used to come and write here andyou can visit the memorabilia-packed Dickens House Museum, set in the historic home of Mary Pearson Strong, the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in Dicken’s novel David Copperfield.

Margate is perhaps the most interesting of these seaside towns, if a little rough around the edges. It is home to the Turner Contemporary , a cutting edge art gallery which is simply world class.

Dreamland, the 1920’s fun park is open and will be fully operative soon. “UK’s original pleasure park: re-imagined”

The Shell Grotto at Grotto Hill has winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber bedecked with 2000sq ft mosaics, fashioned from 4.6 million shells. Why, or how, this was built has remained a mystery.

The Powell Cotton Museum at Quex House and Gardens was built by the eponymous Major Powell-Cotton: an eccentric Victorian adventurer who travelled across the globe, collecting large-scale taxidermy displays, weapons, ceramics, art and archaeology. The onsite café, restaurant and farm shop are stocked with top-quality local treats.

The coastline between Ramsgate and Margate is spectacular and boasts a great number of sandy beaches and bays. Our favourites are Joss Bay and Botany Bay. Surfers should head for Joss Bay and top up their skills with a lesson at the surf school. But Sandwich Bay is the place for beach windsurfing and golf: the world renouned Royal St. George Golf Club and the nearby Princes Golf Club.

Walk up an appetite for lunch by promenading from Botany Bay to Broadstairs – treat yourselves to a pint in one of the waterfront pubs along the way. Stop for afternoon tea at the historic town of Sandwich, which has plenty of mediaeval buildings, cosy cafés and tempting gift shops.

Sandwich has been declared the most complete medieval town in England and is only a short drive (or 20 minute bike ride) from the Grange.

The town contains the highest number of listed buildings per head of population in the country and its street plan has changed very little since the time of doomsday in 1086. Some churches, houses and public buildings date back to the 13thcentury.

The Empire Cinema is an Art Deco treasure and the Salutation Gardens are well worth a visit.

There are four historic churches and a Roman Fort. Sandwich is also home of some world famous golf courses and has a spectacular beach at Sandwich Bay. There are three splendid allweather tennis courts to hire. For more information please contact the Guildhall in Sandwich.

There are so many other things to do and see: we’ll guide you when you get here and suggest things for you.

Kent has plenty of picturesque countryside, including bluebell-rich woods – pack a picnic and drive through The Blean, a very pretty woodland area with a nature reserve between Margate and Whitstable. The latter has been subject to a bit of a buzz lately; admire the rows of beach huts and the town’s newly fashionable bars and boutiques.

Don’t forget:

Whitstable: Drive a little bit further and you get to Whitstable, where you can enjoy some of the most delicious seafood (whether its at Wheelers Oyster Bar – voted one of the 50 best restaurants in the UK, but book ahead (+44(0)1227 73311) – or from a stall on the fishing boats harbour), pick oyster shells off the beach and wander along the pier admiring the eclectic array of quaint beach huts, shacks and curio shops.

Deal, south of Sandwich, a very pretty seaside town. Here you can walk for miles on the

atmospheric beach, over the cliffs down to St Margrets at Cliffe where at the end of the beach there are cottages, once owned by both Noel Coward and Ian Fleming. For the history buff and great family outings Deal Castle and Walmer Castle are well worth a visit.

Dover, a 20 min drive from Paramour Grange will take you to the White Cliffs of Dover (where you can go on a spectacular coastline walk) and to Dover Castle, an

outstanding English Heritage site that will take you a full day to discover!

Canterbury… and then of course there is Canterbury ! Home to the breathtaking Canterbury Cathedral, place of murder and pilgrimage: UNMISSABLE!

Canterbury offers many other interesting attractions, restaurants and shops.

Local restaurants

The Ambrette (+44 (0)1843 231504) at 44 King Street in Margate serves up authentic and contemporary Asian delicacies, including a signature dish of freshwater perch with peppers, coriander, fenugreek and carom seeds. There is also an Ambrette in Canterbury

Venture into Broadstairs for Osteria Posillipo (+44 (0)1843 601133) at 14 Albion Street for Neapolitan fare such as home-made gnocchi with butternut squash and king prawns in a brandy sauce.

The Sportsman (+44 (0)1227 273370) on Faversham Road near the beach is a gutsy gastropub in Whitstable, serving up treats such as rock oysters and hot chorizo, crispy duck with smoked chilli salsa and sour cream and jasmine tea junket with rosehip syrup.

The Royal Harbour Brasserie is a lovely informal eatery in Ramsgate: you will be enchanted by the position, surrounded by water and boats: it’s at the end of the harbour pier, and Ramsgate town’s fine Georgian and Regency houses frame the marina and, in the evening, create a magical backdrop to the harbour.

Bon Appetit is a french “bistrot” style restaurant with exceptional cuisine and views over the Roya Harbour in Ramsgate

The Corner House (+44 (0)1843 823000) in the pretty village of Minster, 42 Station Road, serves high quality fare locally sourced and seasonally available in a very welcoming atmosphere and with attentive service

Elizavet (+44(0)1304 619899) at 3 Bell Lane, Sandwich by the waterfront, is where you can get some really good authentic Greek food in a friendly atmosphere: their moussaka is one of the best we have tasted even in Greece.

The George and Dragon, (+44(0)1304 613106, in Fisher Street, Sandwich, is a lovely and lively neighbourhood pub, a quintessential British institution, that serves good quality traditional English fare and good selection of wines and beers.

No Name Bistro (+44(0)1304 612525) in No Name Street Sandwich ,on the corner, you can’t miss it, is an excellent French Deli and Bistro.

No Name Street, Sandwich

Thai Time (+44(0)1304 619888) Authentic Thai Cuisine run by our good Thai friend Gay: say hello!

11 Market Street, Sandwich

Luigi’s, (what else!) (+44(0)1304 615297) italian cuisine of good quality (a rarity in the countryside unfortunately) on the quay in Sandwich.

There are many more things to do and places to go, but you may not get to read all what’s on these pages, so we will be able to suggest more when you arrive.

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