What’s the chance of a building coming back into the family after more than 50 years? Kingsdown Beach House was originally built as a pub and owned alongside many others in the area by a family brewery company. The present owner who has renovated Kingsdown Beach House so sympathetically, is a direct descendant of Edmund Thompson, the founder of the brewery.
It seems that there was already a small brewery on the Dover Road just south of the old Walmer Village and that in 1816 this was acquired by Edmund Thompson who then operated it as Thompson & Sons. The Thompson Walmer Brewery went on to own hundreds of pubs locally and Chris Hicks’ grandmother sold the business to Charringtons in the 1960s. At this time The Victory ceased to be a pub and was changed into a house. Chris met with the last landlady of The Victory, she gave him the final tenancy agreement and photos of the pub as it was.
Chris and his interior savvy wife saw the Victory about 5 years ago and saw the fantastic potential. Soon after he bought the property the work commenced. First of all they put the front door back to it’s original place. They lovingly restored the building and added an extension increasing the size of the kitchen, with doors that open up on the most amazing views of the sea.
A loft bedroom was created and the Hicks created a wonderful interior using tongue and groove paneling. The original outside WC made the perfect sauna room and with a gate straight out to the beach, what could be better?
Apart from Chris’s wife (who’s a journalist for an Architecture and Fashion magazine) being a dab hand at interiors, his mother in law Susanne Bagner is an amazing glass artist. Her contribution of the glass lampshades made to look like handkerchiefs covering the lightbulbs.
The Hicks put beams up in the ceiling to create interest.
As the renovations were taking place, Chris and his wife went in search of interesting pieces of furniture to give Kingsdown Beach House the atmosphere they were looking for. They created the kitchen into a utilitarian school art room theme. They found some old school laboratory desk tops for the work surfaces, some even having names carved into them by bored students!
Take a look at the bathroom, totally white with a flash of brass, quite stunning, reminds me of a Mondrian painting without the squares coloured in!
The owners have designed the bathroom with great thought, and clever use of tiles. The dull brass taps are out of this world, some upcycled and some new from a supplier in Denmark called Toni, be warned they are not cheap but these little touches of expense have created style and glamour in this wonderful holiday cottage. Upstairs in the loft, you’ll find perfect use of space, creating a quirky bedroom for 4 with a double bed and 2 single beds, slotted under the eaves.
This house is totally brilliant, quite unique and fun, it’s a perfect place to spend a cosy weekend away or a fun summer break by the seaside.
Kingsdown Beach House is located in Kingsdown, Kent and sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms, breaks start at £300.
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