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Earliest 1914

Walpole Bay Hotel

Open 2020+

Fifth Avenue


01843 221703

Walpole painting 1930s

Above painting by Alfred Robert Quinton published between 1930 and 1935.

Walpole Bay Hotel 2016

Above photo 2016.

Walpole Bay Hotel 2016

Above photo taken inside, 2016.


Taken from their web site February 2017.

About the Walpole Bay Hotel.

The Walpole Bay Hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914, 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 when we, The Bishops started our fairytale adventure.

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's wonderful 1927 Otis Trellis gated lifts serves all five floors and is the centre piece of our Museum. The Living Museum will eventually engulf the entire Hotel and it is most interesting browsing through our memorabilia and documentation or absorbing our educational displays on the Isle of Thanet with its 26 miles of sandy beaches, geological features and archaeological remains.

There are so many attractions and places of interest to visit such as The Shell Grotto, Quex House, many museums and Galleries, five theatres including the second oldest in Britain, The Theatre Royal or the smallest, The Tom Thumb. From live entertainment at The Winter Gardens to building sand castles our guests experience no difficulty in finding enjoyment in our area.

The Bishop Family story is a lovely one, that is why we are writing a book whilst renovating ‘The Walpole’ but suffice to say here we welcome you to our Home, our Hotel and our Museum, the realisation of a 35 year ambition! We hope you enjoy your visit. Ambience of bygone era Comfort and service; friendly helpful staff; home away from home.

Media History.

As you can imagine the Walpole is an ideal film location and we have been used as a back drop for such diverse happenings as The Republican video for "Try Everything" so have been featured on Top of the Pops and MTV. BBC 2s' "One Foot in the Past" did a piece on us even though they did not mention our Museum and so missed the plot completely! Although Julia Carling filming "Bon Voyage" for Meridian TV gave everyone a super cameo visit to the museum on the programme. We have been a Scottish tenement building in a film by Matt Coleshaw, a Gentlemen's Club on the latest Aston Martin trade advertisement, the "Dastardly Deed" Hotel location in "Mack & Mabel" for the Marlowe Theatre, the secret venue for "Star of the Night" with Jane MacDonald, Sky TV used us for interviews with Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe and our wonderful 1930s veranda has featured on so many modelling assignments, films and advertisements that we have lost count.

BBC2 "One Foot in the Past"

Underworld - Hat Trick Productions, Cast & Crew

Burnside the Bill - Cast & Crew

Jane MacDonald "Star for a Night" hit in the Ballroom

Last Orders - Cast & Crew

Republica Pop Video - "Try Everything"

Julia Carling "Bon Voyage"

Black & White "Dastardly Deed" 1920s for Mack & Mabel @ The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Aston Martin - Advert - Gentlemen's Clubs 1930s

Revolution Films on The Life of Tracy Emin

Feature Film - Purple Orange/ Dark Black - "Lovesick"

Modelling Shoots

Publicity Shoots for Theatres, Plays, New Kent Opera

Scottish Tenement building for a Matt Collishaw Film!

BBC 3 "Diners" Programme - Jane & Mehdi

Tracy Emin for GQ

Eastenders - BBC 1

Top Spot – BBC T.V

Exodus – Bernard Hill

GMTV – Keith Chegwin

Sky Sports – Paula Ratcliffe, Steve Cram, Tim Hutchins

Lion TV – Homes Under the Hammer

BBC's Cash in the Attic with Angela Rippon and Jonty Hearnden

Channel 5's Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi


From 25 September 2011.

Hollywood filmmaker turns spotlight on Margate.

Arnold Schwartzman's father opened a boarding house in Queen's Promenade, Cliftonville.

A Hollywood filmmaker is returning to his roots to make a documentary about the Kent seaside town he grew up in.

Arnold Schwartzman, who directed Genocide, which won an Oscar in 1982, was evacuated from London's East End to Egham in Surrey during World War II.

His father, who was head waiter at The Savoy hotel, later moved his family to Margate and set up a boarding house.

"The film will be a nostalgic love letter to Margate, but also looking to the future," he said.

"I am calling it Margate Paradiso because one of my favourite films was Cinema Paradiso.

"Most of the material will be archive footage with, of course, some live action."

Filming on beach.

Mr Schwartzman is giving a talk about the film on Sunday at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville, Margate, where his father later became the manager.

He said he first became interested in filmmaking as a young boy when he saw the 1948 film The Weaker Sex being made on Margate beach.

He later went on to Thanet School of Art and Canterbury College of Art, now part of the University for the Creative Arts which has campuses across Kent and Surrey.

He is currently a governor of the university.

"I frequently return to the UK and go down to Margate," said Mr Schartzman, who was made an OBE in 2002 for services to the UK film industry in the US.

"The town is picking up rapidly, with the Turner gallery and the development of Dreamland and so on. So I think my planned documentary is quite timely."

Mr Schartzman said filming was expected to take place early in 2012, with the feature-length documentary being shown in local cinemas next summer.

Genocide, about the Holocaust, won a Oscar for best documentary feature.


27 August 2013.

A Kent hotelier has turned discarded dinner napkins into works of art which adorn the dining room and first floor of the building.

The 92 works displayed at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate include doodles by the band Ocean Colour Scene and Hollywood director Arnold Schwartzman, whose father was once the head waiter.




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