Back in July I rounded up some of The Most Instagrammable Airbnbs in Cornwall, and resolved to make this a monthly feature. Partly for that search-friendly content experience, ofc, but also because it almost justifies the hours I spend scrolling through Airbnb on a frequent basis, planning far more fantasy trips than I could possibly afford in a single lifetime.
So for August, I thought: what makes a nice change from Cornwall? Perhaps a collection of UK city break stays with an industrial edge, or remote Scottish bothies surrounded by nothing but heather as far as the eye can see.
But it seems my sand dancer roots are burning brightly during this wash-out of a summer as I couldn’t stay away from salty air and sea foam. So take four minutes of escapism, pretend you have some too-hot, too-salty (aka: perfect) seaside chips in front of you because…we’re going to Margate.
Stripped floorboards, industrial lighting and exposed brick as far as the eye can see: this is Brooklyn loft living on the south east coast of England. People will tell you the sea side is for summer, but this place is made for cold, bright winters days. Those high ceilings and sash windows will flood the space with light for breakfast in the banquettes, while curled-up-in-front-of-that-log-burner is the only place I want to be after a day spent greedily drinking up sea air.
Spin that chair around (I want to believe it only faces away from the window for the photo; the unfortunate alternative is that the owners of this place are sociopaths), pass me a book and I will spend the whole day pretending to read that book while actually I’m watching people walk their dogs along the seafront. I’d be the happiest I could be.
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a few days in a bright, airy, seaside home where the plants – and I can’t emphasise this point enough – are alive? Quite the novelty, I think. This third floor west-facing apartment gets sunset views to die for, and is filled with a carefully curated collection of beautiful furniture.
If you’re looking for a room rather than a whole place, this first floor double in an end-of-terrace Victorian house in Cliftonville is quietly beautiful, with thoughtfully non-matching furniture and contrasting textiles. It’s a short walk to the seafront and perfectly located for the excellent Turner Gallery.
Stormy seas are the best seas, blue-sky sunshine seas are vastly inferior and I absolutely won’t be accepting feedback on this point at this time. If you agree – congrats on being right – this is the perfect apartment to enjoy Some Real Weather from. The deep paintwork and dark stained wooden floor bring all sorts of mood, while the log burning stove is so delightful if the weather outside turns frightful.
For something a bit different: this Cabin Cwtch (“Cuddle Cabin”) is a few minutes from the beach and quarter of an hour’s walk from Margate town centre. It’s traditional and comforting, with an easy laid back design to put guests at ease. And if that isn’t enough to relax you, the log burner and the hot tub surely will.
This one-bedroom apartment in a Grade II Georgian townhouse on the seafront is effortlessly elegant and beautifully furnished. The floor-to-ceiling picture windows are the perfect frame for those golden hour moments where the surface of the water seems to turn to liquid gold.
This sentimentally-addressed apartment is home to an artist and an architect – and it shows. The flint-walled ‘Dutch House’ has cafes, restaurants and vintage boutiques on its door steps for the truly bougie Margate experience. The design, as you’d expect, is impeccable – vintage furniture is mixed effortlessly with bright white paintwork and the kind of thoughtful and personal decor that is often missing from holiday properties.
The panoramic sea views, sash windows and central location are all aces in this apartment’s deck of cards. But it’s custom plywood kitchen is the corner that has really won me over. It’s also a good size, with two bedroom and two bathrooms amidst a sea (pun intended) of studios and one-beds in Margate.
This bright and beautiful apartment is in the heart of old town (check out those architectural details across the road!) but effortlessly mixes ultra-contemporary layout and industrial finishes with its historic surroundings.
This home purports to be located in “the finest Georgian garden square in Margate” which is exactly the sort of reason I’m DESPERATE TO VISIT MARGATE! The owners have pulled off an immaculately judged light-touch renovation, favouring lime plaster over paint finishes, and patinated wooden sash windows over restored glossy woodwork. It’s stunning.
Don’t be fooled by this 18th century apartment’s rural references – it’s bang in the middle of Margate. But with its faux hide rugs, exposed brickwork and timber beams, it gives serious Landed Gentry vibes. It also boasts a courtyard garden and barbecue, so is a great option if you’re planning a fair-weather get-away.