Just along the coast from Margate, with views out over Westgate-on-Sea’s sandy seafront, Hamilton Lodge was chosen by its current owners as the perfect foil to the bustle of London, making it the ideal weekend retreat.

Everything you’ve ever read about Margate’s charming mix of tacky seaside attractions – the quaintly faded Georgian old town and striking new Turner Contemporary Gallery, all energised by the influx of hipster East London emigrés – can be taken in the moment your car wheels hit the seafront.

In the sitting room, one wall is papered in Cole & Son ‘Narina’ Above: The dining table is from Sweet Pea and Willow and dining chairs from Twenty10. The mid-century sideboard is from Crystal Palace Antiques

The dining table is from Sweet Pea and Willow and dining chairs from Twenty10. The mid-century sideboard is from Crystal Palace Antiques

The sitting room’s fitted bookcases are painted a striking teal blue, with a sleek cocktail chair and ottoman from Made.com in the same colour velvet. A painting by Marijke Hoekstra hangs over the fireplace

“We wanted space, high ceilings – and working fireplaces were a must. It had to be close to the beach and have a sea view from at least one bedroom.”

“I lived next to artist Marijke Hoekstra when I was a student. I loved her work, but I couldn’t afford to buy one, so when I inherited some money from my parents I thought it would be a lovely way to spend it.”

“I lived next to artist Marijke Hoekstra when I was a student. I loved her work, but I couldn’t afford to buy one, so when I inherited some money from my parents I thought it would be a lovely way to spend it.”

“We wanted space, high ceilings – and working fireplaces were a must. It had to be close to the beach and have a sea view from at least one bedroom.”

The sitting room’s fitted bookcases are painted a striking teal blue, with a sleek cocktail chair and ottoman from Made.com in the same colour velvet. A painting by Marijke Hoekstra hangs over the fireplace

A leather chesterfield armchair and a club chair contrast pleasingly with a bold and bright modern abstract painting by Marijke Hoekstra on the wall above them

A leather chesterfield armchair and a club chair contrast pleasingly with a bold and bright modern abstract painting by Marijke Hoekstra on the wall above them

Flamingo wallpaper and a striking mother-of-pearl waterfall chandelier are a memorable addition to the guest loo

Flamingo wallpaper and a striking mother-of-pearl waterfall chandelier are a memorable addition to the guest loo

A guest bedroom features a padded and buttoned pink velvet headboard against a wall of deco wallpaper, which gives it a bit of a Biba air

A guest bedroom features a padded and buttoned pink velvet headboard against a wall of deco wallpaper, which gives it a bit of a Biba air

The sixth bedroom is referred to as the ‘French Room’, with a 1960s Louis Fooey chest of drawers and pretty, patterned wallpaper

The sixth bedroom is referred to as the ‘French Room’, with a 1960s Louis Fooey chest of drawers and pretty, patterned wallpaper

A beautiful petrol-blue bathroom has opposing counter-top basins

A beautiful petrol-blue bathroom has opposing counter-top basins

At the top and the front of the house is a large, light and airy bedroom, with bold stripe wallpaper on the sloping eaves. The dressing table was found in a London junk shop

At the top and the front of the house is a large, light and airy bedroom, with bold stripe wallpaper on the sloping eaves. The dressing table was found in a London junk shop

The huge master bedroom is home to a splendid 17th century armoire. The four-poster frame bed was tracked down on eBay

The four-poster frame bed was tracked down on eBay

The huge master bedroom is home to a splendid 17th century armoire. The four-poster frame bed was tracked down on eBay

The huge master bedroom is home to a splendid 17th century armoire

In this bedroom, a cool scheme of perfect whites and rich blues alludes to the house’s coastal location

In this bedroom, a cool scheme of perfect whites and rich blues alludes to the house’s coastal location

At the top and the front of the house is a large, light and airy bedroom, with bold stripe wallpaper on the sloping eaves. The dressing table was found in a London junk shop

At the top and the front of the house is a large, light and airy bedroom

a beautiful American blue and white antique patchwork quilt which belonged to Owner Two’s mother, hanging on the wall – where you can admire every tiny precise stitch as you pass

A beautiful American blue and white antique patchwork quilt which belonged to Owner Two’s mother, hanging on the wall – where you can admire every tiny precise stitch as you pass

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