Captain’s Quarters – Mulberry Cottages, Margate, Kent April 2018

by Emma Bumpus on April 17, 2018

Careertraveller and family take to the Isle of Thanet’s blue flag shores where Margate booty appears in the majestic form of Captain’s Quarters, a luxurious nautical haven!

Imposingly situated at Temeraire Court, a former 19th century hotel overlooking Margate’s famous Winter Gardens and sea, we step into this second floor Regency apartment brimming with history, love and grand hospitality. Light, airy and coastal, corner-to-corner is one big adventure and a tribute to the famous British artist JMW Turner, whose renowned “Fighting Temeraire” hangs perfectly in situ with the building, named in honour of the original painting.

Walking into to the apartment is a sea faring voyage wrapped up in navel history and seaside, which tastefully decorated with Cunard memorabilia and oceanic interiors brings a wave of cruise-like elegance and coastal comfort.

The Careertraveller favourite living room is an admiral’s 21st century sea cabin or Captain’s Quarters furnished with everything including Wi-Fi, sofa bed, LCD TV, restored mahogany naval table and original leather Captain’s chair that make us feel like Captain of our own ship!

Equipped with binoculars, books and a wooden treasure chest of games including scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, we indulge the open planned streamlined galley kitchen, whose sleek white units create an optical illusion of space. Complementary fisherman’s wall lanterns, lighthouse designed cruet set and vintage Treasure Island character toby jugs depict a fun and seriously organised pad fit for all the family, even pet dog!

The pièce de résistance specially commissioned antique wall world map brings travel to the deck and stands stylishly proud amongst the sumptuous paroqueet print cushions, working barometer and tide clock. Everything smacks of maritime wanderlust! Inspiring, clever and fashionably chic we relax and inhale intoxicating seascape from 4 large sash ‘eyes of the house’ windows that in the words of artist Turner himself boom “The skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe”.

Continuing our expedition around Captain’s Quarters, aka home for the next 48 hours, and we venture into the family bathroom, whose canary yellow coloured walls evoke smiles, sunshine and sunblock temperatures of the tropics!

High impact, this is no ordinary bathroom. Tastefully decorated walls adorned with bamboo wall stickers join a trellis displaying humming birds and butterflies, which balance the bamboo accessories and funky plastic pineapple! Ship deck laminate flooring is an ingenious navigational touch that puts us on the bridge of the ship, which looking out to our sun-drenched desert island is a vacation!

Our luxury vessel radiates elegance as we hit the bedrooms, 2 grandiose cabins decked with oceangoing interiors and traces of maritime history including a Cunard’s QE2 40th anniversary print. A blend of fisherman style lanterns and art deco bedside lamps illuminate our on-board experience amongst the rich and velvety hues of regency green, blue and chrome yellow.

Sublimely soft and smooth Egyptian cotton bed linen paired with boldly plump cushions detailing Moby Dick are a deluxe added extra and an on-board sleep oasis, that is after a glamorous shower in the wooden panelled ensuite bathroom that oozes glitz and indulgence.

Whilst inside is a Captain’s playground outside is a scintillating seashore mix of sandy Thanet beaches, trendy retro shops, art, eateries and attractions that pack a holiday!

Dreamland Margate ticks all boxes as one of the UK’s oldest surviving amusement parks with it’s seafront location, music events and thrill seeking restored vintage rides. The Grade II listed Scenic Railway deserves a mention as the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the UK! Inside is a festival of infinite FUN that starts with a retro jaunt in the amusement arcade where authentic pinball mania takes us for a neon light skate in the Roller Disco. Next is the Big Wheel where we take a 35 metre high ride to the sky and inhale Margate Main Sands beach, where poet T.S.Eliot took his inspiration for Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, currently on exhibition at the Turner Contemporary.

From graphic Mirror Maze to Wedgwood Tea Cups entertainment explodes with regeneration amongst the vintage food shacks, Dreamland Ark of animals and unique art installations including Daniel Webb’s “Mural-By-The-Sea” – EveryDay Plastic display of a year’s worth of plastic collected himself!

Our adventure ends with a jaunt to the Shell Grotto, a mysterious subterranean cavern of 4.6 million shells that plunges 70 feet underground to reveal tunnels ornamented with cockles, oysters and mussels galore! Unexplained and mysterious we capture another Margate gem whose elaborate shell mosaics shimmer with Thanetian art and pride.

Margate rocks and we thank Captain’s Quarters for giving us a unique coastal stay!

Just 85 minutes from St. Pancras International in London with Southeastern’s high speed rail service, we will be back.

Further information:

Mulberry Cottages
Visit Thanet – The official Tourism website for Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate
Dreamland Margate
Shell Grotto

Turner Contemporary

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