Unique 2 - 4 bed luxury apartments, penthouse & detached cottage
Set back from the road behind double wrought iron gates, these 12 apartments and a detached cottage come with allocated parking and all have use of impressive communal facilities which include outside space and a gym. Each apartment is accessed through a breath-taking communal reception hall with original Pugin style floor tiles accompanied by black and gold painted archways, ornamental architrave, ceiling roses and exotic wallpaper panels leading you up the original staircase. There is also a lift designed completely of mirrors and gold chrome. The properties have a mixture of vaulted ceilings and interesting beams and each kitchen comes with granite worktops and integrated appliances that include a built in oven, induction hob, combination microwave oven, plate warmer, integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher, wine cooler and washer/dryer. The decadent bathrooms have been individually designed and some of the features include built in saunas, standalone copper and cast iron baths as well as basins with marble tops and onyx taps, that sit on a hand carved gilt vanity unit. Solid oak doors and further hand painted / sprayed coving and ceiling roses continue to feature throughout each property. Unique to the penthouse suite are stairs up to the top of the atrium/viewing gallery in the tower. This glass surround area provides a 360 degree view over Westgate and to the sea. Each property is unique and sizes range from 68sqm (741sqft) through to 172sqm (1,853sqft).
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Tower House is situated centrally within Westgate-on-Sea. Once coined as "Mayfair by the Sea", Westgate has evolved over the years and a row of Victorian canopied shops can still be found along the High Street, which include a supermarket, chemist, bakery, deli, Indian Restaurant and Fish and Chip Shop. There are Cafes, a Cinema and Mainline Railway Station. There are a number of excellent cycle routes including forming part of the 32 mile stretch of coastline from Ramsgate to Reculver via the Viking Coastal Trail. The local Secondary and Primary schools have good reputations and the beaches and Coastline of Westgate are both award winning and stunning. The nearby West Bay has a lovely beach and café/restaurant. It is surrounded by beach huts and is a popular location for soaking up the sun in the summer and watching the fantastic sunsets of an evening as loved by the artist Turner. The new Turner Contemporary gallery is a popular local attraction in the neighbouring town of Margate with exhibitions throughout the year.
There are excellent road links with the main access to the Thanet Way for Canterbury and London outside the main entrance. For more indepth retail therapy and entertainment there is the Westwood Cross shopping centre with its plethora of high street stores and restaurants, casino and bingo hall.
The residents of Tower House can enjoy landscaped communal gardens to the rear of the building where there is a large patio area plus benches scattered around under the shade of mature trees. The communal gym is also at the rear which is available to book by appointment. There is a bin store for household refuse and recycling and a lockable bike store. To the front there is allocated parking for one car, plus visitor parking all behind secure gates.
From Margate station, head towards the A28. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Marine Terrace/A28 and continue to follow this road. After aprrox. 1.7 miles, at the Westgate traffic lights go straight across and then take the third driveway on the left into a shared entrance for Tower House and St Augustines wedding venue. The entrance for Tower House is then on your left through the electric gates.
Dr Otani and his family moved from Japan about 40 years ago. They purchased St Augustine's and the adjoining Tower House but sold St Augustine's and much of the surrounding land some years ago, retaining the Tower House and a cottage within the remaining grounds. The Tower was originally built in the 1880’s as a rehab centre for wealthy Londoners recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It was subsequently purchased by the Canonesses of St Augustine (Les Oiseaux) fleeing from persecution in Paris in 1905 and where, towards the end of the decade, their grand plans for a large convent and convent chapel next door came to fruition. In 1971, Tower House became St Augustine’s college until it closed in 1995.
Dr Otani is immensely proud to have been a part of creating these stunning apartments retaining as much of the original period features as possible. By profession, he is a doctor of computer science, as opposed to a property developer, however he says that restoring and developing this property has been a real labour of love as he endeavours to create the atmosphere of a five star boutique hotel. Tower House offers an opulent life style rather than just beautiful homes.