The Watch Tower
Come and stay in the Watch Tower's partly self-catering rental suite. We provide a bedroom (double or twin beds), a charming en-suite bathroom and a conservatory living room. You also have use of the patio, garden and garden benches. Two-night minimum please.
The suite is a private unit at one end of our house (but with an intervening door). In it are a kettle, toaster, egg boiler and proper-sized fridge, together with a cupboard full of instant coffees, teas, Pukka teas, hot chocolate and marmite.
The beds, which can be arranged as singles or twins or made into a proper double (no gaps), are very comfortable. The bathroom is decorated by a local ceramic artist with tiles depicting the Dungeness landscape, beach, boats, lighthouses and steam train.
En-suite bathroom, with shower, Jacuzzi and scenes of Dungeness painted on the tiles.
Your private entrance (with key) is through the conservatory door and the conservatory gives you stunning views and sunsets. You are warm and dry indoors but it is like being in open Dungeness. You are but mere minutes from the Pilot Inn and the beach. You may come and go as you please, day and night. We live in the other half of the house, with our own entrance.
We provide an enhanced Covid clean and are able to maintain social distance from you if you prefer. If wished, there is also self check-in.
We serve a delicious, large, vegetarian breakfast in the privacy of the suite, which we can put out the night before so you are entirely private, or brought through in the morning. You choose! Alternative milks, vegan and gluten-free options are available on sufficient prior request.
Smokers are very welcome to smoke in the garden.
We provide free, off-the-road parking. Smokers are very welcome to smoke in the garden.
Babies are very welcome and we make no charge for babies up to age 3 but please bring your baby's own bedding and food. Most dogs are very welcome but could we please discuss them beforehand please!
We are five minutes on foot from the beach (great swimming) and famous Pilot Inn. We are in walking (or short driving) distance of other, sandier beaches, Derek Jarman's cottage, Snack Shack, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Old Lighthouse, Dungeness Bird Observatory, RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve, Sound Mirros, Britannia Inn and Demetrios Greek restaurant. We are in easy driving distance of Rye, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Hastings, Hythe, Folkestone, Port Lympne Zoo, Great Dixter and many other attractions.
Dungeness is an artists, photographers and nature-lovers dream. Perfect for birdwatchers, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and kite-surfers (particularly at Camber Sands, 15 minutes away). Also this is a Dark Skies place and wonderful for star-gazing. It is great for wildflower enthusiasts (with 2/3 of British wildflower species) and moth-ers (with 2/3 of British moth species, including rareties such as the Sussex Emerald, plus cross-Channel migrants). Our land is suitable for moth traps. Look out too for butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies to name but a few.
We are open every day of the year. Each season on Dungeness has a particular charm. Summer brings a brilliant array of red poppies and blue-mauve viper's bugloss. Or come in winter for its huge pink-tinted skies. Spring and autumn bring migrating birds of course. The sea is wonderful at all times and Dungeness even in the fog is satisfyingly mysterious.
Do note that the Watch Tower is lovely for a Christmas or New Year break. For Christmas lunch or New Year's Eve dinner, there are good restaurants a half hour drive away (in Rye and other places), or Christmas lunch at Demetrios three miles away. Booking meals for the festive days or evenings is essential. The Pilot Inn and Demetrios also serve food during this season but you would need to check precisely when. Alternatively, why not bring your own picnic food and we are happy to microwave simple meals for you in this season.