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Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum

extended in 1927 and is now being lovingly restored to her former glory by the Bishop Family. It was built by Louisa Budge and stayed in her family until 1995.

From the moment you enter The Walpole Bay Hotel you step back in time to the ambience of a bygone era. Whether your visit be on business or for pleasure you will appreciate the level of comfort and service the Walpole provides, with our spacious lounges, flower decked veranda, Edwardian restaurant, snooker room and our 1920's Ballroom with its original sprung maple dance floor. The Walpole has a full licence and two bars in which to entertain you.

The Walpole has 35 en-suite rooms, five of which have two bedrooms, so are ideal for families or groups of friends. We are also a pet friendly hotel as our coastline is a paradise for doggy walks! Each of our rooms have tv's, tea & coffee making facilities, telephones with computer ports, hairdryers, an iron and ironing board.

Most of our rooms have balconies, and as Walpole is positioned at right angles to the cliffs every room has stunning, uninterrupted sea views. Thanet is famous for its sun rises and sun sets over the sea as is evidenced by the Turner Centre being opened here, and Walpole Guests have a front row seat everyday! Our friendly and helpful staff are on hand 24 hours a day to cater to your needs and assist where necessary to ensure that you feel that you are home away from home.

The Walpole is such a unique and romantic venue that we now specialise in hosting private events. From small meetings to conferences, exhibitions and lectures, networking and training weekends to hosting beautiful wedding receptions, themed weekends, costumed murder mystery parties, theatre Supper nights and Dinner Dance Parties.

However, we are still more than able to cater for those clients who just wish to escape the madding crowd and come to relax, enjoy the quietness and lose themselves on all that is Walpole. We are open from 7:00am and serve breakfast until 9:30am. Special diets are catered for but we must be informed of any special requirements at the time of your booking.

Bar snacks are served at lunchtime between 12 and 2pm.

Cream Teas are served from 2pm until 5pm

Dinner is served from 7pm until 9pm

Room service is available at an extra charge. Please ask for the details at the Reception.

We are internationally famous for our Traditional Sunday Lunches and Walpole Cream Teas which are a must during your stay! Ours is a lovely story and we are writing a book about our experience whilst renovating The Walpole but suffice to say here that we welcome you to our Home, our Hotel and our Museum, the realisation of a 35 year ambition! We hope you enjoy your visit.

On entering The Walpole you will have walked up the marble steps that have been there since 1914 when the Hotel was originally built by Louisa Budge. The Walpole remained in the ownership of the Budge family, down through the generations, until we arrived in 1995 with our restoration project. Photographs of those early holiday makers can be seen in the exhibition on the 2nd floor. Also, a staff group photograph which shows some of the exterior view and the charabancs which frequented the Walpole in those bygone days.

From the moment you enter The Walpole Bay Hotel, you step back in time to the ambience of a bygone era. With spacious lounges, a flower decked veranda, Edwardian restaurant, snooker room and a 1920s ballroom, guests will appreciate the level of comfort and service The Walpole provides.


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