Denise ditches the city to follow Ramsgate guest house dream

Denise Hill with NatWest Relationship Manager Ahmed Khan.

London city worker Denise Hill has started a new life as a guest house owner in Thanet after securing a six-figure loan from NatWest.

Denise, who is from Bromley, bought Langmead Guest House in Ramsgate from its previous owners with a £242,000 flexible business loan from NatWest.

The funding meant Denise could leave her former job as a quality manager for a housing association in Croydon, to fulfill her dream of starting her own business as a guest house manager.

The Langmead Guest House appeared on Channel 4’s popular Four in a Bed programme in 2016 and was previously owned by husband and wife duo Derek and Lynne Love for 27 years.

Denise now plans to give the guest house a new lease of life, as well as develop a calendar of community focused walking trips.

She said: “I have a friend who quit an office job in London to become a campsite manager and when I saw how happy this friend was, I knew I wanted to do something similar. I realise it will be a challenge, but I don’t want to spend the next 12 years of my working life behind a desk.

“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and now thanks to the funding from NatWest I am able to take the plunge and start my very own business venture. The Langmead Guest House has a great reputation and it is in an ideal location to attract new guests. I am looking forward to building on its legacy and continuing its success.”

NatWest relationship manager, Ahmed Khan, who is a specialist in Real Estate Finance and lending to SMEs, said: “Denise is determined and passionate about her new venture. She has an impressive vision for the future of Langmead Guest House and on behalf of everyone at NatWest I wish her the best of luck.”