About

The Reading Rooms is a luxury boutique bed and breakfast in a recently restored, Grade II listed Georgian town house in Margate, England. The Reading Rooms was awarded the prestigious 5* Gold by Quality in Tourism. The house has three expansive  guest rooms, each encompassing an entire floor of the house with windows overlooking a tree lined Georgian square.

Situated in Hawley Square, Margate's finest Georgian square, The Reading Rooms is less than five minutes walk to the sea and to the historic Old Town cultural quarter.

 

 

 

Margate, is one of England's first seaside resorts  where 18th century tourists came to enjoy the newly fashionable health giving properties of seabathing. Famed for its beautiful, expansive beaches and historic architecture, as well being a pioneer of British seaside culture, Margate is  enjoying the rennaissance of a major arts regeneration programme. This includes the construction of the Turner Contemporary art gallery by RIBA Stirling prize-winning architect David Chipperfield, the development of a heritage theme park at the Dreamland site and the active encouragement of artists to live, work and exhibit in the town.

Inspiration for The Reading Rooms' name comes from Margate's 18th century heyday when visitors to Margate were entertained in a variety of spas and reading rooms throughout the town. There was a famous library on Hawley Square itself, called Bettison's Library, which housed one of the largest collections of the finest journals of the era. The name also envokes the  quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the house.

 

 

The Reading Rooms is owned and run by Louise and Liam, originally from Sheffield and Manchester respectively, they met and lived together in Florence where Liam grew up. They moved to Margate from Hackney in East London where they previously worked in graphic design and the music industry. Liam is still studiying architecture.

Their renovation has acknowledged the passing of time. Layers have been stripped back to reveal original Georgian plasterwork, which have in parts been preserved.