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East Cottage

St Margaret, Kent

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Standing in one of the most dramatic and best-known locations in Britain; perched on top of the White Cliffs of Dover and adjoining the beautiful Victorian lighthouse; East 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.

You are twenty minutes’ walk or a short drive from the local village of St. Margaret’s and its bay – perfect for paddling and rock pooling! There are a number of nice pubs where you can sit soaking up the sun on a lazy summer’s afternoon or snuggle inside when the sea fog sets in on cooler days.

There are beautiful walks to enjoy in the area, along the soaring coastal paths or into the lush Kent countryside. The area has a very rich history, from Julius Caesar landing ashore to the coastal defences of WWII, and there are many attractions for all ages in the local area. Go to nearby picturesque Deal and visit the Time Ball Tower or Maritime Museum to find out more about the seafaring history of this area. Bustling Dover and historical Sandwich are both a short drive away, or get some not-so-faded seaside glamour with a trip to Margate; where you can visit the Turner Contemporary for a dose of culture.

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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Dogs allowed
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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

  • Linda Moore
    • February 2016
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    Particularly enjoyed...

    The location of the property and the views from the cottage. Lovely walks.

  • Plaskett
    • February 2016
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    Initially, it was the opportunity to stay in a historic property in a secluded location with beautiful views and good access to coastal walks. Once we arrived, it was also the welcome from the manager and the private tour. And that the cottage was so clean, comfortable and well equipped. We've been singing its praises to everyone.

  • Lipka
    • January 2016
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    We enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of South Foreland. Staying at the lighthouse was something very special, and it was a warm and cosy home away from home. The volunteers we met were lovely people, and the service we received was fantastic and even included welcome presents. Thank you so much for making our stay memorable.

  • Peter Faulkner
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Another superb lighthouse experience. We enjoyed all aspects. Many Thanks to Ellie, the N.T. employee at the site. She was friendly, knowledgeable and readily available, if required.

  • Paul
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    We enjoyed the view, the excellent cottage, the friendly staff of the lighttower ,the cliffs . Really a never forgettable holiday.

  • 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.

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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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