Coastguard Lookout

Dungeness | Kent
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.

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.

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About The House

Sleeps 5
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
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Coastguard 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 1950’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, upright SMEG fridge/freezer, compact dishwasher, small storage area for food.

First Floor
Family room (sleeps 3), double bed, single bed and open plan bathroom (no doors and only a partial wall with curtain partition separating bedroom from bathroom).
Bathroom including a bath and handheld shower.

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 device).

Top Floor
Compact tower bedroom space, double bed (sleeps 2). Door to balcony with 2 exterior loungers. Curtains on all windows but please note they are not blackout curtains.

Electric underfloor heating throughout.

Patio area running directly onto the beach.
No BBQ is provided, but please feel free to bring your own.
Chairs from inside can be placed on the terrace (fair weather only).



Child Friendly
0.1 Miles to Beach
0.4 Miles to Pub
6 Miles to Shops
Pet Friendly
Christmas Decorations
Vacuum Cleaner
Starter Logs Provided
Woodburning Stove
Bluetooth Speaker
Things You Need to Know
Towels and linen are provided.
We can provide you with a variety of recommended eateries, please get in touch for further detail.
A fold-up cot and a highchair that clamps to the table can be provided - Please ensure this is requested with a member of the booking team prior to your stay.
Reasonable mobile reception, depending on provider and Wi-Fi available.
For larger groups this property is a short walk away from Fog Signal Building which sleeps 2.
Up to two pets are allowed, provided they are included in the original booking.
There is an upright SMEG fridge/freezer.
Please note there is no TV but an iMac is provided.
Please be aware that the adjacent lighthouse may sound necessary fog warning signals, which is dictated by the weather.
The property is located on a public beach and therefore you may experience people nearby. There is a terrace outside for seating,  

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.
Cot/highchair/dog bowls on request. Electric underfloor heating throughout.

Please note: Only bedrooms have blinds/curtains fitted at the windows. There is limited space for clothes storage for longer stays.

Coastguard Lookout is an old building and though built to the Coastguard Agency Standards, it sits in a very extreme and exposed position on the beach, which is one of its virtues, but also exposes it in storms to water ingress no matter what construction details are used. Both doors on the North East elevation utilise a storm section profile and water bars at ground level but in extreme north easterly storms water can penetrate these precautions. 

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
Anyone who is found to hold such an event without permission or the relevant licences will be charged retrospectively.
Please note check in is 3pm and check out is 10am.
House Rules
We would respectfully ask that the following house rules are adhered to, to avoid any damages to our beautiful holiday home. Should any damages arise please note charges may be taken from your security deposit.

Please ensure you vacate on time to allow our housekeepers to enter the property and prepare it for the next guests.
Smoking is not permitted in the property at any time.
Please note for insurance purposes the number of guests must not exceed the total occupancy of the house.
For fire safety reasons please do not use any candles in the property.
Please note quiet hours are between 11pm and 9am. Please be respectful to neighbours.
Please note parties and loud music are not permitted.

In The Area

Dungeness is located in an unspoilt 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 and 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.

What our guests really think

Lovely place   5/5
"We had such a lovely time here perfect place to get away to have family time and peace. What a view to wake up too .We will definitely be returning one day."
Samantha Wallace  |  7 June 2021
Short break - new location   4.2/5
"We are a family of 4 (2 17 year olds) and booked 4 nights. Hadn't been to the area and the property was very quirky/interesting and the location was very unusual. Area didn't disappoint, you really are at the end of the road - but its a schlep to come and go as a result. Views fantastic - including the power station. Migrants arrived while we were there, so very newsworthy! Comfort is so-so -i.e. top bed small and not comfortable, the bath/shower/loo area doesn't really work - it is as described, but its poorly designed, could be much better and more personal. Go for a couple of nights if you are a couple and/or have younger kids (not too young - the stairs are plentiful for obvious reasons) and enjoy the peace/sense of otherness."
Nick Triggs  |  22 July 2021
Perfect   4.3/5
"This was a perfect location for a post-lockdown holiday - we loved it. Thank you. For BLOOM - one of the small fridges kept turning itself off... think it needs replacing. Also, the mattress on the top floor has springs that you can feel when you sleep on it, one of them left a scratch on me...... It's very old and honestly, I think it needs replacing. Aside from this, the coastguard look out is a unique and wonderful space and we feel lucky to have had the chance to stay there. Thank you so much"
Jo Ensor  |  27 July 2021
Unique Dungeness   4/5
"Wanting to spend a milestone birthday somewhere different, we chose Dungeness in January! Covid however prevented this and a subsequent re-booking for March was also affected, eventually we got there in September. We booked the Coastguard lookout and expecting something unusual we were not disappointed. The impression this building makes on entering is a ‘wow’. Exploring all floors with the views, the tasteful and elegant design is so right for the building, we liked it so much that we wanted to re-book but sadly for next January it was already reserved. However, we did manage to book the Fog Warning station next door…can’t wait. P.S. dogs liked it too. Just one thing, remember all your provisions, there is no shop and the nearest is a drive away! Fortunately, we did."
Diane Navara  |  2 October 2021
A wonderful location   4.3/5
"The most wonderful isolated location on the unique estate of Dungeness. The property is very well equipped and comfortable with exception of the beds. The four floors can be a little confusing at first but all part of the fun and the two balconies give a great 360 degree view and a space to soak up the sun or blow the cobwebs away in the wind. Even in December the place was toasty warm with comfy seating and a log burner. No doors mean the 2 bedrooms are fairly open but a clever curtain system isolates the bathroom. The one big disappointment was the mattresses which have definitely seen better days and despite toppers could do with replacing as they made for uncomfortable sleep. I would definitely recommend the beauty of this unusual venue when the mattresses are changed."
Michael Taylor  |  13 December 2021
Just wow   4.8/5
"Loved our stay out the Coastguard Lookout and really didn’t want it to end. The location is amazing and the building itself is very unique. As soon as we walked in we were just in awe of the interior design and the views from every window. The kitchen utensils and appliances were all of a very high standard and made cooking a joy. Plenty of different areas to sit and enjoy a cup of tea/glass of wine whilst admiring the views. We were really lucky and had some amazing sunsets to watch from the top balcony. The bedrooms are cosy and you do need to be comfortable with who you are staying with (we were two couples) as the bath and toilet are in one of the bedrooms, only separated by a rail curtain. We had a range of weather during our stay from sun to rain and strong winds all of which we thoroughly enjoyed as they created different atmospheres and light. We would love to stay again!"
Jamie Small  |  5 February 2022
Fantastic getaway in a shingle wilderness   4.7/5
"Went down immediately after the stormy weekend of Eunice and Franklin which had cut the power. Communication with the team was great and they were understanding and flexible had we not wanted to go until power was definitely restored . However decided to go anyway and hope power was reconnected by the time we got there, which it was. The lookout is easily the best accommodation in Dungeness and has fantastic views and is nice and cosy (and we experienced some pretty wet and windy days!) and when the sun comes out the balconies are great to sit and watch the world, or lack of it go by. Ate lunch (family of 5 with 3 teenage children) at both Britannia and Pilot Inns which was good food reasonable priced (Burgers are better at the Britannia but Fish and chips great at both). Loo and bathroom a little 'quirky' for a family of 5 but certainly manageable. Day trips out are possible (Rye, listening ears even Ashford International is close to pick up a family member coming by train and of course Prospect Cottage) but we wanted to just get away and have a break which we certainly did. Will look to book again next time with hopefully a little less storm trauma."
Louise Hancock  |  28 February 2022
Not for us - beware the toilet is in one of the bedrooms   2.5/5
"Firstly, the good points which are the location, the kitchen (which is well equipped), the views and the ability to walk out on the pebbly beach. Now for the not so good points - The biggest issue is that the only toilet is IN the second bedroom. There is a curtain you can draw across but there is no extractor or door and even the window by the toilet has no blind and is clear glass so you can be watched from outside while you do your business. Not really acceptable and meant our grown up children who were coming to stay in that room decided not to come in the end. That bedroom also contains the bath and shower (via hose) and is also screened by the same curtain as the toilet - if you have any form of restricted movement you will find it a challenge to get in and out of the bath given the layout. - There isn't a comfortable seat in the house. The main viewing area there a bench with a home made? cushion on it that is so so uncomfortable - there are two other chairs but they are all so low you have to sit bolt upright to just about see out of the windows for the view you have presumably come to see. The kitchen seats and benches are no better. Maybe a place for the summer when you can sit outside but would suggest you bring your own seats/chairs. - The double glazing units in one of the patio doors and one of the picture windows on the 3rd floor are blown and full of condensation - given the high end price tag this isn't really ideal as it limits the view unless you don't mind looking through "fog" - The info pack could do with updating as some of it is no longer correct - And a TV would also be a good idea for the longer winter evenings – we couldn't work out how to use the Mac so listened to the radio we brought with us - It is noisy if the wind is above 15 mph – if the gaps in and around the doors and windows were filled this would help make it quieter so sleep wasn’t disturbed. I imagine in summer when you can make full use of the outside it could be an amazing place to stay but unless you are very very close or uninhibited with the people you are staying with its really only a property for couples not 5 people."
Andrew Maidment  |  14 March 2022

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