The Gun Emplacement - a self-catering holiday cottage at The Front, Beach Road, St. Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent
views from the cottage - you can see France on a clear day
converted Gun Emplacement with large picture windows in the sitting room
One of the double bedrooms
The Gun Emplacement is the nearest house to France. It's perched on the cliff top on Lighthouse Down, the National Trust's protected coastal expanse, which has come to be known as The White Cliffs. The house was built by the Army in 1910, Sir Peter Ustinov was billeted there during the Second War and he bought it from the Ministry of Defence in 1946. I bought it in 1977 and have used it as my seaside home. In 2000, it was extensively renovated inside and out and is now a very comfortable one-storey, centrally-heated residence in a unique location, with uninterrupted views across the Channel to Calais, gardens back and front and offers total peace in glorious unspoiled countryside.
The Gun Emplacement is not suitable for young children but fine for older people, for the disabled (only two small stairs) and for well-behaved pets. NO SMOKERS.
The accommodation comprises:
The shingle beach is very near (7 mins. walk) and there are many other delightful walks - to Dover over the cliff tops, to Kingsdown and Sandwich.
TRAIN: 90 MINS. CHARING CROSS TO MARTIN MILL, roughly every hour. Taxi at Martin Mill Station.
The shingle beach is very near just a 7 minute walk away and there are many other delightful walks - to Dover over the cliff tops, to Kingsdown and Sandwich.
are various excellent local establishments for meals out; Wallett's Court -
a gourmet restaurant in St. Margaret's, The Cliffe Tavern - for excellent pub meals,
and The Swingate Inn for superb fish & chips.
Canterbury with its renowned Cathedral, Folkestone, Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Rye, Walmer, Chilham and of course France (via the Tunnel), are all a short drive away.
Rates vary depending on the time of year as follows:
a week or a weekend, all the same price There are 3 double bedrooms.
A couch in the sitting-room can also be used. 6 people is a maximum
weekly (and any part of a week) prices are:
£300.00 Off Peak , November to March
, November to March
£400.00 Peak April to October
April to October
£425.00 Bank hols
£500.00 Christmas/New Year and Golf open
Payment in full to confirm the booking. In the event of cancellation, if you can re-let for those dates, or we can, 100% refund.
For further information and to make a booking contact the owner by telephoning 020 8946 9394 or email