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.
About The House
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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 http://www.dungenessestate.co.uk/
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.
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.