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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
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

Home Counties
Exterior view of Emley Farm House, Bowlhead Green, Surrey

You could think it may be densely populated and just home to the bustling metropolis of London, but don't underestimate the South East's capacity for hidden charms, secluded landscapes and shady nooks to catch your breath. There's lots to explore from the hazy meadows and pastoral valleys of the South Downs, the dazzling White Cliffs of Dover and the glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Polesden Lacey.

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place to visit
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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

  • Caroline Smith
    • April 2015
    • London
    Fabulous location

    The location is fabulous. Being able to have breakfast and watch ships in the channel was amazing. The volunteers at South Foreland Lighthouse, White Cliffs and Mrs Knott's tea room were lovely. They were very friendly and knowledgable. They were very helpful, our daughter has a wheelchair and the light house staff gave us a special tour.

  • Smith
    • April 2015
    • London
    Warm and comfortable cottage

    This was a truly relaxing break, looking out over the Channel each morning was a great start to each day. The cottage was warm and comfortable. A superb place to escape for a week, the lack of mobile signal helped us all switch off and relax. The location is unique and the staff at the lighthouse, Mrs Knott's teashop and White Cliffs made us feel very welcome to the area.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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