We are very passionate at Twentieth Century to ensure that we do our bit to help the environment.
We use this as our guide to ensure we have high standards and offer a unique B&B experience for our customers.
THE HOUSE: Twentieth Century was built in the late 1930’s. Various aspects have been altered over the decades, with many of its original features unfortunately being removed, along with unsympathetic additions. We have, and will, be working towards putting back the charm of this Art Deco house, whilst making it as energy efficient as possible. To that end we have already replaced the existing flat roof with insulated EPDM. We will be insulating the exterior and re-rendering the outside. The current PVC windows are going to be replaced with A+ rated double thermally insulated aluminium 30s style windows.
FURNITURE: Most of our furniture in the house comes from the Art Deco and Mid-Century period. We have been all over the country sourcing the right pieces for the B&B. Some have been restored, bringing these items back to life contributes to Twentieth Century’s unique charm.
TOILETERIES: We are currently testing ranges of organic toiletries from various companies to see which products will be best for our guests. Our toilet paper is made from 100% recycled forest friendly Bamboo from the rather aptly named company ‘Who Gives a Crap’.
HONEY, JAM, MARMALADE AND FRUITS: We always use local producers. The honey we use is bought from local bee keepers. The jams and marmalades are currently either home made for us by friends or local producers. Next year we plan to start making are own jams and preserves to offer our guests. When in season, we will offer fresh and stewed fruits picked from our own garden.
VEGGIE AND VEGAN BREAKFAST OPTIONS: Kat has been a vegetarian for over 30 years, so we know the importance of ensuring that there is a good range of breakfast options for everyone. We like to ensure that everyone is catered for so we always ask if there are any dietary requirements, as it’s important to us that our guests thoroughly enjoy the start of your day.
EGGS AND MEAT: Our eggs are free range and delivered to us by Dave, our local egg man. Bacon and sausages we get from the butchers at Quex Barn in Birchington, whose animals are all outdoor reared.
TEA, COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE, CEREALS AND SUGAR: Where possible we try and ensure that these products are both Fairtrade and organic.
RECYCLING: We are very keen to separate our waste so plastics, paper, cans, glass, card, food waste and bulky garden waste are all collected by our local councils recycling service. We ask our customers if they would help us with the recycling and use the recycling bins provided for our customers.
Vegetable and fruit peelings along with some of the garden waste are placed in our compost bins in the garden and use when ready for growing our own fruit and veg.
TRANSPORT: You can easily get to us by public transport by train from London Victoria, London St Pancras and Stratford International to Birchington-on-Sea, which is a 10 minute walk from Twentieth Century. Additionally, National Express have regular coaches that depart London Victoria and stop at several pick up points along the route to Birchington. We are also very near a local bus services to Margate, Ramsgate and Canterbury.
Twentieth Century is situated on a corner plot. There is ample parking in front and to the side of the house. If you have an electric car there are several recharging points located at various sites across Thanet.
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