Whitstable gets new 18-room boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
19 October 2014 | Updated 19 October 2014

UK: The Crescent Turner Whitstable has opened for business.

UK: The Crescent Turner Whitstable has opened for business.

The Turner, at the top of Wraik Hill has views over Whitstable, out to sea, and over the town's famed oyster beds.

It follows the opening of its sister hotel, the Crescent Victoria Margate, in June.

General manager Toni Spasovski said: "We are fulfilling an important need in the town, for a location for weddings and celebrations, alongside a place for those from farther afield. There is somewhat of a Kent renaissance with day-trippers, many from London, heading for the Kentish coast for the day but then having to head home, the Crescent Victoria and now the Crescent Turner are fulfilling a need for places to stay whilst also providing a boutique and very British experience."
Interiors are by local designer Marilyn Bridgen, who said: "The dining spaces and terrace are the perfect place for a bottle of rose looking out over the gardens to the sea, and the lounge and bar are filled with deep comfy sofas and surround the focal point of a large open fireplace. We have created spaces where our guests can take time to savour afternoon tea or a post-dinner brandy, and enjoy the warming log fire in the colder months of the year."

Head chef Mark Kember is a Whitstable local and has worked at the Waldorf and Hilton Park Lane in London. He said: "I have worked all over the UK but returning to Whitstable, where I grew up and so many of my family are is a very special thing and to then find myself heading up The Crescent Turner and it's sister Hotel the crescent Victoria, is really incredible. It is an exciting project to be a part of, to be able to reflect in the food offering, the best of Whitstable and also Kent producers, wherever possible."
Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, which is operating the Crescent Turner, said: "Their aim was to evoke a sense of intimacy and rich character synonymous with the coastal town of Whitstable - they have done so wonderfully and it is the perfect weekend getaway. We are looking forward to the coming months, when the team will be able to convey their passion and excitement for their town and the Crescent Turner to their guests."
The hotel will be opening with 18 bedrooms with further bedrooms, sea-view lodges and a cookery academy planned in the next phase of its development. 

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