A stylish, dog-friendly retreat at the foot of a former lighthouse, rich in historic tales and mesmerisingly positioned in atmospheric, wildlife-steeped Dungeness.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Teeming with rare and diverse wildlife, Dungeness is a designated nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest that’s a must-visit for lovers of both the natural world and unusual, awe-inspiring scenery.

West Cottage is a former lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, set at the foot of what was once the base of the original Dungeness lighthouse itself. Infused with fascinating history, it’s hard to imagine a better retreat from which to savour all that’s so special about this unique part of the world.

Sleeping up to four guests, the cottage is ideal for a small-family break, and since you can also bring your faithful four-legged friend, nobody has to feel left out of the holiday fun.

Boasting expansive views across the enthralling landscape and the shingle beach beyond, there’s plenty to feast your eyes upon, whether you’re gazing out of the double-aspect windows, or relaxing al fresco.

When the weather turns chilly, simply light the wood-burning stove to feel ridiculously cosy… yes, there’s a Smart TV to watch, but be warned: you may find yourselves constantly distracted by scenes of that ever-changing landscape, instead!

Break bread all together in the spacious dining room, with its exquisite ornamental fireplace and comfy seating. You’ll find the kitchen fabulously equipped for feasts of all descriptions, and there’s even a dishwasher to help with the clearing-up afterwards.

All that’s left to do is put the kids to bed in the cosy twin room (which can also be configured as a kingsize for grown-ups!), pour another glass of wine, and chat the evening away without a care in the world!

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At a glance

  • A former lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, set at the foot of what was the original Dungeness lighthouse, for unique views of the shingle beach and protected wildlife-steeped landscape.
  • Ideal for small families, the cottage sleeps 4 guests in a kingsize and twin bedroom (which can be set up as a kingsize on request), with one well-behaved dog also welcome.
  • Light the wood-burning stove and enjoy the views from double-aspect windows, or relax in the open garden and bask in the sun!
  • Take one of many stunning walks to the local pubs, or visit the coastal town of Rye, just 10 miles away. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway also passes close by the cottage.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


Historic lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, sleeps 4 guests.  Lounge with double-aspect windows, wood-burning stove, seating, coffee table, Wi-Fi, Smart TV.  Dining room with ornamental fireplace, table and chairs for 5, well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher.  Kingsize and twin bedrooms (twin can be set up as kingsize on request), bathroom with bath and shower over, wash basin, WC, towels provided.  Open gardens with bench seating, table and chairs for 4.  Parking for one car.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, beaches, coastal towns, historic sites, pubs, cafés, independent shops, steam railway

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When it’s finally time to turn in yourselves, you’ll find an elegant kingsize room waiting; again with double-aspect windows that mean you can look forward to peaceful views of the shingle beach when you wake up.

Freshen up in the family bathroom, complete with a bath and shower over, and then it’s on to the exciting task of planning the day ahead.

Set your own pace, by taking one of the area’s many stunning walks to get up close and personal with the wild landscape – perfect if you’ve been seeking some creative inspiration, or simply craving fresh-air-filled time away from hectic city life.

Take a nostalgic trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway and drink in the picture-perfect views, or drive to the smuggler’s town of Rye, just 10 miles away, and browse its boutique shops.

Closer to home, meander along to one of the two friendly local pubs and hole yourselves up, remembering to stop at the Fish Hut on your way back for a delicious, fresh ‘catch of the day’ supper.

Things to note

A cot is available on request. There is a small additional fee if bringing your dog to stay. Please note that the gardens are not enclosed, so pets and children must be supervised.

Where you'll be staying

Dungeness, Kent

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