Coastguard Lookout

Dungeness, Kent
  • 5
  • 2
  • Pet Friendly

What a find! A unique former radar station, one of the most spectacularly located properties in the country. With uninterrupted views of the sea, a few steps from the water's edge, it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

  • Stunning sea views from the tower
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Stylish beach themed interior design
  • As featured in Coast Magazine

About Coastguard Lookout


"Get away from it all in this beautifully converted tower, originally an HM Coastguard radar monitoring station for shipping in the Channel. Thoughtfully converted to a contemporary building with modern furnishing and high-end comforts, imagine waking to the sound of the sea, blissfully putting the rest of the world aside, with a dramatic view in every direction." - Canterbury Index Magazine (March, 2018)

"Isolated, stylish and quirky - this bolthole has it all. Sat in the middle of the pebbles on Dungeness' quiet shores, this former coastguard's lookout has been reborn by interior architecture firm Johnson Naylor. It's retained the original 50s
structure, while integrating quality furnishings such as limestone floors. The minimalist design calls for no doors - simply walls - and a metal staircase that oozes modernity." - Coast Magazine (October, 2017)

Recently featured on AOL Travel as one of the quirkiest places to stay with the kids in the UK.

Wake to the sound of the sea, explore the dramatic landscape with its renowned light, then warm up in the atmospheric pubs of Romney Marsh, stroll along the shingle beach, look out across the vast open sea and you'll feel like you've arrived in another world.

Stay at Coastguard Lookout and discover a fascinating landscape full of myth and legend, surrounded by the haunting vastness of Romney Marsh, a flat, open landscape of wide skies with a backdrop of the eerie and majestic Nuclear Power station.

Dungeness with its wild landscape is intensely peaceful, there are dramatic views in every direction. Coastguard Lookout is a warm and welcoming place converted by renowned interior architecture firm Johnson Naylor who retained the original 50's structure whilst cleverly transforming the interior using the highest quality fittings and materials, crafted so that it sensitively retains echoes of its former function overlooking the Channel. The unique layout will appeal to those looking for something cosy, contemporary and different.

The tower offers much of the creature comforts, holidaymakers have come to expect, including underfloor heating, beautiful limestone floors, Wifi, and a log burner in the sitting room, ideal for those crisp winter breaks, watching an endless procession of ships on the horizon through the panoramic windows, with on clear days glimpses of Cap Gris Nez, the closest point of France to England.

Built originally as a HM Coastguard radar monitoring station for shipping in the Channel, when this role was no longer needed with the advent of GPS, the building was converted as a studio and weekend home for a growing family, into this contemporary home, the perfect location for a holiday away from the routine and stress of modern life.

Described by the Great Destinations Radio Show as one of the most unusual places to stay in the UK, it really is one of our most unique holiday cottages in Dungeness. Listen to the full interview here.

WHEN
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"Excellent property right by the water's edge. Always something new to look at with dolphins by day and huge liners by night!"

May 2015 - Mr M. Seel

"We stay in a lot of properties- this was by far the most exciting, well stocked and stylish. Thank you and we look forward to staying again."

March 2015 - M.Greenough

"Lovely property."

March 2015 - C. Avery

"“A very special place, with fantastic views”"

Ms Goodfellow - July 2014

What makes this area
So special...

Dungeness is located in an un-spoilt area on the southernmost corner of the bay that stretches from Folkestone to Rye. There are some beautiful walks to explore the wild landscape, and experience the beauty of the sea and the enormous skies. The Old Lighthouse is a popular visitor attraction, as is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch steam railway which passes close by with the miniature steam train meandering along the coast to Hythe, 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. The wonderful former smuggler's town of Rye with its choice of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants is well worth a visit and only 10 miles away.

Property details

Coastguards Lookout: sleeps 5 with 2 receptions, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (via bedroom 1), two balconies, patio on the pebble beach, adjacent parking for several cars.

The property is a converted 50's tower, distributed over four floors with a steep metal staircase; this would not be suited to those with mobility issues or very small children.

The entire property is open plan, no doors - division by way of walls and staircase.

Ground Floor

Reception room, with kitchen and dining area with views over the sea. Dining table and bench seats 6. Underfloor heating.

Kitchen area, electric oven and hob, two fridges with ice box each, compact dishwasher.

First Floor

Family room (sleeps 3), double bed, single bed and open plan bathroom, no doors and only a partial wall, curtain partition separate bathroom including a bath and handheld shower and bedroom area.

Second Floor

Sitting room, with gallery views of the sea, access available to the slim balcony view point, built in seating and armchairs for 6, log burner (startup logs provided from October to March), iMac computer (TV accessible via this devise).

Top Floor

Compact tower bedroom space, double bed (sleeps 2). Door to balcony with 2 exterior loungers

Outside

Patio area running directly onto the beach. Please feel free to bring your own BBQ to the property but unfortunately one is not supplied.


What you need to know

Fold-up cot and a highchair that clamps to table provided - Please ensure this is requested with a member of the booking team.
Please note: there are steep metal staircases at this property and would not be suited to those with mobility issues. Children may need supervising and may not be suitable for very small children.
Reasonable mobile reception, depending on provider.
Startup logs provided from October to March.
For larger groups this property is a short walk away from Fog Signal Building which sleeps 2.  For further details see https://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-kent/382687-fog-signal-building/
Electric underfloor heating throughout.
Please note there are no blinds or curtains fitted at the windows.
Wi-Fi
2 pets allowed
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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