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East Cottage

St Margaret, Kent

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Standing in one of the most dramatic and well-known locations in Britain; adjoining the beautiful Victorian lighthouse and positioned on top of the White Cliffs of Dover; the cottage has outstanding views of the English Channel and the coast of France. Guests have access to the grounds after hours and can enjoy evening views of the French coastline as they watch ships pass in the channel.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance lobby, bathroom with shower over bath, steps up to kitchen/dining room, sitting room with log effect electric fire, two bedrooms (1 twin and 1 double) and separate lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric convector heating.

Approach to the cottage: The unadopted lane that leads to the cottage is rough and uneven in parts.

Parking: Adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: There is a small enclosed courtyard area. The grounds are fenced in from the cliffs edge but young children should be supervised.

General Information: The lighthouse and foghorn are no longer operational. The lighthouse is open during the season and visitors use the lawn adjacent to the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Unique
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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  • Holiday cottage guests are welcome to enjoy a free tour of the lighthouse during normal opening hours and have private access to the grounds in the evenings to enjoy views of the French coast.
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
South Foreland Lighthouse
South Foreland Lighthouse Fascinating and distinctive Victorian lighthouse
The White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover Magnificent coastal site overlooking the English Channel
Smallhythe Place
Smallhythe Place Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Professor Julia Fionda
    • December 2014
    • Surrey
    Very high standard

    A beautifully appointed cottage, furnished and equipped to a very high standard. A thoroughly enjoyable stay in an absolutely beautiful location. The remote location at the clifftop was extremely special and a fantastic place to stay for a peaceful and reflective Christmas. The views were spectacular, the walking and surrounding countryside were amazing and the lighthouse just made it extra special. The place feels full of history and interesting stories that I was keen to find out more. The private tour around the lighthouse itself made my holiday and was fascinating - gave a really interesting insight into life in a lighthouse.

  • Theresa Scully
    • October 2014
    • Essex
    Made special by:

    We were thrilled to be able to visit the lighthouse with our American Cousins - they are both retired Science Teachers and so were overwhelmed by the history which included the pioneering work of both Farraday and Marconi! We could not have chosen a more perfect location! Our tour of the lighthouse on the first day, with Steve Beck as our guide, was inspirational! The poor weather meant that it was not possible to step out onto the balcony, but it mattered not since our inside tour had been so sensational and we could go back again and again as often as we cared to during our visit! Fabulous!! We were totally overwhelmed with how wonderful the whole experience was. The cottage was perfect for us with every travellers needs thought about and catered for - including binoculars and bird books and kites!! - fresh flowers and a welcome tray were left for us which was such a lovely thought - we were happy happy campers!

  • Peter Jones & Trystan Williams
    • April 2012
    • Shropshire
    The Lighthouse and Cottage remain the best part of the trip

    The directions lead you down a rough track and you know then you’re only a few moments away from your new home at the lighthouse with its view of the English Channel. You might also spot an old windmill, some horses and several rabbits on your approach. Even the pictures didn’t prepare us and the lighthouse teased us with a glimpse of the fairy tale turret – crisp and white. Every detail was well planned by the Trust so no nasty surprises like not finding the key in the box at the gate to spoil first impressions. We were lucky enough to arrive on a particularly clear day and immediately discovered that the claims you could see France were no exaggeration. A tour of the lighthouse was the obvious thing to do, after a visit to the new Mrs Knott’s Tea Room. Once we were able to explore our cottage we weren’t disappointed. In fact, after a week in Kent and usually staying in generic chain hotels, the lighthouse and cottage remain the best part of the trip. Travelling around most of Kent to make the best of our time as we’d come from Shropshire, it was ideally situated for coastal drives to other lighthouses and Dover castle. We were quite happy when we had to delay one morning’s itinerary due to rain as we could just relax and enjoy the place, playing Monopoly which we found in a cupboard. We spent a lot of time in the well-appointed kitchen as it seemed perfect to eat breakfast and evening meals overlooking France, all lit up. The whole place is decorated appropriately, being tasteful, comfy and cosy. In fact the 2012 brochure picture doesn’t do justice to the kitchen which has been modernised since. There was a personal touch rather than a corporate feel about the whole booking – we discovered a pint of milk, flowers and a hand written card wishing us a nice stay. If you too have a penchant for lighthouses, there’s nothing better than getting back in the dark and seeing one looming over your back door.

  • Jo Parry & Family
    The most quirky fabulous lighthouse ever! its totally FAB!

    When you get to the lane you wonder where the heck you are going its a bit like a mystery tour! You bump and trundle along the road , which is over cast by various bushes & tree's there are rabbits darting around & the odd fox and a herd of friendly bull's. When at last you think your lost, you turn a corner and see the most quirky fabulous lighthouse ever! its totally FAB! We have just returned from the lovely Lighthouse & East Cottage. The Cottage is very cozy and welcoming and the facilities are extremly good. Even though it get a little windy outside you would be amazed how still and quiet it is inside, you hardly notice the blustry wind. We have lovley scorching hot days with very little wind. There is so much to do in the area you dont have to drive to far to have a really nice day. The views are amazing and ever changing but the lighthouse just has the "grin factor" if a building could be described as "cute" then this is it! its totally FAB you will have a nice relaxing time.

  • Pauline Greenwood
    Its better than the dream

    Often sailing between UK and France, looking up at the cliffs, dreaming of living in the lighthouse, and now I have done it..... its better than the dream. A huge kiss to the National Trust for making it possible. I hope heaven is like this. I have rebooked......

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