West Cottage


Dungeness, Kent

A Grade II-listed and interior-designed cottage surrounded by nature reserve and sea views (sleeps 4)

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly


Walk to a pub



Space & setting.

Set in the unique, almost post-apocalyptic landscape of Dungeness, this Grade II-listed cottage is a thoughtfully renovated former lighthouse keeper’s residence, set beside the Old Lighthouse itself, which dates back to 1904. Its distinctive red chimneys stand out against the wild, desolate surroundings, but inside the atmosphere is homely and welcoming: gilt mirrors, beautiful fireplaces, and fresh flowers in speckled enamel mugs. Neutral tones of cream and greys are a backdrop for pops of colour found in patterned cushions and striped curtains, while raffia rugs, pressed flower artwork and pretty tiling add real charm. The terracotta floor in the hallway, with its arched doorway, is a particularly lovely feature.

Ideal for 2 couples or a small family (2 double bedrooms), it’s a place to be immersed in Dungeness’ wild beauty, but also a retreat from the elements; Britain’s only desert, this can be a windy or extremely hot place. The sheltered wildflower garden is a gorgeous spot for alfresco meals and drinks, and there are stunning views of sea and the surrounding nature reserve from every window. Long walks along the shingle beach will have you spotting shipwrecks, abandoned shacks, epic architectural builds and masses of birdlife. Then spend evenings cooking, playing games or just getting lost in a good book.

Getting here: train to Rye, then taxi (30 mins)

“Dungeness has been my family home for the last 30 years. My father, artist Martin Turner, bought the Roundhouse in the 90s (then without water or electricity), and I still live there today. I have always loved the vastness and elemental beauty of the landscape; There is a wildness here that is unique to this part of England. I managed the sensitive restoration of the 2 lighthouse keepers’ cottages next door, to create welcoming and comfortable sanctuaries from the wild surroundings.” Owner, Kathryn

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Drifting off to the sound of waves and waking up to birdsong.”

We love
 The Arts and Crafts chair in the master bedroom; one of a pair, designed by William Birch.

You may not love
Poor phone signal but WiFi is reliable. You’ll need a car to reach shops.

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  • "Second visit. Fabulous location and managed to get in to visit the nearby lighthouse. Kite flying great as so windy! The cottage is cosy, well equipped and comfortable with great log burners which were appreciated on the windy days."

    Mary Oakes, April 2024


  • Dungeness Fish Hut
    Dungeness Fish Hut
  • Mermaid Street, Rye
  • Dungeness by NShepherdphotography
    Dungeness by NShepherdphotography
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    Romney Marsh, Kent
  • Climb to the top of the Old Lighthouse for panoramic views of the vast Dungeness landscape and the RSPB nature reserve.
  • Tuck into scallop rolls and crab flatbreads at the Fish Shack, just a 15-minute walk from the cottage.
  • Visit Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage, a striking black-and-yellow Victorian fisherman’s hut that has inspired artists and gardeners for decades.
  • Twitchers will love it here: the unusual habitats support over 240 species of birds, and in spring and autumn the Dungeness skies are alive with migrating swallows, swifts and martins.
  • Take a mini road trip through the marshes, stopping off to visit some of England’s prettiest churches and villages which scatter the landscape.
  • Further afield, stroll along the sandy dunes of Greatstone or Camber Beach, perfect for kite flying, swimming, building sandcastles and generally soaking up the sun.
  • Head to the historic cobbled streets of Rye, known for its dining scene and eclectic vintage and interior shops, which draw a creative crowd at the weekend.
  • Taste biodynamic English wines at Tillingham Vineyard, and have a long lunch in their excellent restaurant.


  • Detached cottage
  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king + 1 twin/super-king
  • Bathroom with shower over bath
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine/dryer; basics provided
  • Lounge warmed by a wood-burner
  • Cot and high chair available on request
  • Open gardens with table and chairs; path leading to sunny courtyard area with seating
  • The owner lives in the next-door Roundhouse; available by phone
  • Walk to local pub and Fish Hut (5-15 mins)
  • Hire bikes locally
  • Parking for 1 car on adjacent driveway
  • One large dog/2 small dogs allowed (extra cost, see FAQs)
  • Booking conditions: a 2-night minimum stay. Please note a security deposit of £500 is payable directly to the owner.
  • Remember to pack: suncream, clothes for windy weather, a kite, beach towels

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 8 weeks of stay.
See our full booking Ts & Cs


Yes, one large dog or 2 small dogs are welcome for an additional cost of £30 per pet per week (or part of). Please note the garden is not secure.

In: 3pm / Out: 10am.

It will be emailed to you 7 days prior to stay.

Yes. Your card will be pre-authorised, but no amount will be charged. This hold will be released 7 days after your stay, assuming no charges are accrued beyond reasonable wear & tear. Please let the owner know asap if anything gets damaged.

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