BROOKLYN LODGE, MARGATE, KENT
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? If you’re looking for a stylish place to stay in Margate, look no further. Located in a former hospital, this cool New York-style apartment is a real treat – and from the outside, you’d never know it existed.
With exposed brick walls, high ceilings and a mezzanine floor that doubles as a second bedroom and snug, it’s easy to forget you’re in an English seaside town and not the heart of Manhattan. The apartment is also just a stone’s throw from all of Margate’s main attractions, including the Shell Grotto, Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? They most certainly are, and dogs stay for free! No special provisions are made for pets though, so you’ll need to bring your own bedding, treats and food.
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your favourite spot to chill out here. Will it be the comfy sofa in front of the roaring log fire or the cosy snug complete with futon, bean bags and a case full of DVDs? The atmospheric window seat or the deliciously soft double bed tucked under the stairs? Wherever you choose, one thing’s for sure – you’ll fall in love with this beautifully-renovated apartment.
The stylish kitchen, with its retro fittings and fixtures, is a real delight and the underfloor heating in the bathroom is a treat. There is lots of handy information in the apartment too, from menus for the best takeaways to local magazines packed with details about what’s going on in and around town. The artwork on the walls is worthy of a mention too, and it’s all for sale.
Guests will have access to free parking, which is a real bonus in Margate. Once we had secured our space, we didn’t use our car at all until we had to leave.
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? Brooklyn Lodge is a self-catering apartment but a few essentials – such as tea, coffee and milk – are provided. The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook up a feast but it would be a shame not to make the most of Margate’s up-and-coming eateries.
Cheese fiends will be in heaven at Cheesy Tiger, where you can indulge in amazing grilled sandwiches and other dairy delights, while The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House – now run by the Brewdog crew – does a great line in pie and mash. All are dog-friendly. For more ideas, check out my Ruff Guide to the area or see the Visit Thanet tourism website for more inspiration.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? No, but owner Paul has a dog and can recommend lots of pooch-friendly places to go. You’re also sure to bump into lots of other dogs when you’re out and about in the town.
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? Dane Park is at the end of the road – a large green space with a cafe that opens during the summer months. The apartment is also a short walk from the beautiful beaches of Margate, where the sand is nice and compact so it’s easy to walk – and run – on.
Dogs are allowed on most of Thanet’s beaches all year round but restrictions do apply on some of the more popular ones from 1st May to 30th September. If you’re hoping to factor in some beach action during your stay, make sure visit the council website to check the rules before you travel.
There are some great seafront walks to be had in and around Margate, too. The five-mile coastal stroll to genteel Broadstairs is well worth doing if you have a few hours to spare. The route recommended by the Independent takes in Kingsgate Bay and offers breathtaking views of Kent’s chalk cliffs.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: Curling up in front of the wood burner, being so close to both the beach and park, snuggling up in the snug
WHAT I LOVED: The stylish interior, the cosy snug, the window seat