El Ray

Dungeness, Kent
  • 4
  • 2
  • Pet Friendly

The vast poetic landscape of Dungeness is the backdrop for this stunning designer beach house, with glorious sea views and an internal railway carriage!

  • Designer beach house
  • Direct access to the beach and the sea
  • Located on the Dungeness estate
  • Featured in The Times '50 Coolest Cottages in the UK'.

About El Ray

As featured in The Times '50 Coolest Cottages in the UK'.

"Hip name, even hipper design, and just 20 minutes along Dungeness Beach from lobster lunches at the Snack Shack: this cuboid masterpiece is filled with quirky, contemporary design, including a kitchen built into a stripped-back Victorian railway carriage, retro-cool moulded black plastic dining chairs and sliding doors that open to the big-sky shingle beach." - The Times (March, 2018)

El Ray stands like a beacon to contemporary design against the huge seascape beyond its glass wall and yet inside, the kitchen is built around an original 19th-century railway carriage. It is this juxtaposition of ancient and modern that makes El Ray truly unique.

This gorgeous holiday home has an open plan living space with central wood burner and looks out onto a south facing sunny deck, which is built to provide shelter from the winds. The 180 degree views from the deck are spectacular across this unique shingle spit dubbed as Britain's only desert - the perfect location for a romantic holiday getaway. The two bedrooms look onto two internal courtyards which provide lovely sheltered sun traps.

The Dungeness Nature Reserve is a magical place to visit all year round. A recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is an area of shingle beach, saltmarsh & sand dunes. The unique landscape is a nature lover's paradise, perfect for walking and popular with photographers worldwide.


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What makes this area
So special...

The Old Lighthouse is a popular visitor attraction, as is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch steam railway which passes close by, a wonderful way to enjoy Kent's scenery.

There are two pubs on the reserve, The Britannia and The Pilot, and the unique 'Fish Hut' selling caught-on-the day fresh fish and lobster rolls in summer.

Property details

El Ray

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
Parking for 2 cars
Open garden

Ground Floor

Entrance hall leading to large open plan kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood burner and TV/DVD player (the TV is for DVD use only)

Kitchen with electric oven and hob, larder fridge, washing machine

Glass doors opening on to decked area

Bedroom 1 (sleeps 2), double bed

Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2), double bed

Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC


A large south facing deck with garden furniture overlooking the shingle beach and sea

Two internal courtyards protected from the wind


Wi-Fi / Broadband

Electric underfloor heating and wood burner

What you need to know

1 travel cot available 

El Ray welcomes up to 2 dogs, however as the property has no boundaries, please keep your dogs on a lead in the vicinity of the property.  Due to the high quality finishings in the property the owner would be most grateful if guests could ensure their dogs' nails are clipped prior to arrival.

2 private car parking spaces

The TV is for DVD use only 

The property has direct access to the sea so please ensure children are supervised at all times

BBQ not provided

Please note that if the doors of El Ray are not locked as per house information pack, £100 will be deducted from the security deposit

Please note if you wish to hold a photo shoot or a TV/film production at this property an additional fee will apply.  The necessary licences must also be obtained from The Dungeness Estate - http://www.dungenessestate.co.uk/.  Anyone who is found to hold such an event without permission or the relevant licences will be charged retrospectively.


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