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The Gate House

UK England South East England Kent Dover

A miniature castle in the lee of Dover's vast castle.

Small, but perfectly formed, the Gate House is a near neighbour of Dover Castle and offers a unique opportunity to stay in a miniature Neo-Gothic castle. With turret, beams and a canopied bed, where better for a retro romantic break? Dating from around 1850 and now Grade II listed, the cottage is thought to have been built to control access to the crescent of houses in Victoria Park, home to the officers of the Dover Castle garrison. A guard stationed in the Gate House would have manned the gates to the park. More recently, the building’s purchase and renovation was followed in the TV series Homes Under the Hammer, a process that involved the addition of all sorts of modern comforts including central heating, a fully-equipped kitchen and wi-fi.

Inside, the vintage cottage sleeps two plus two. Downstairs there’s a living/dining room with a gas wood-burner and comfy sofa bed, plus a fully equipped kitchen. Upstairs is the master bedroom with that romantic canopied bed, along with a dressing room in the turret and good-sized bathroom. Outside there’s a small enclosed garden with patio area and outdoor furniture.

As well as being the ideal spot for visiting the castle, the Gate House is close to Dover's amenities, with a pub and shops within half a mile; it’s also just five minutes' drive from the port or twenty minutes from the Channel Tunnel. There’s plenty of free parking nearby. As well as Dover itself, local attractions include the medieval Cinque Port town of Sandwich – now isolated far from the sea – the attractive seaside towns of Deal and Broadstairs, the cathedral city of Canterbury, and of course walks along the famous White Cliffs.

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The Gate House is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, whether it be a honeymoon, birthday, anniversary or just a special treat. Where else can you stay in your own mini castle?  I am very happy to work with guests to make a celebration that extra special by arranging for flowers, bubbly, chocolates or your own particular requests to be in the cottage ready for you.

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I went to great lengths to give the whole cottage a sumptuous feeling, where guests could feel they were in luxurious yet cosy surroundings.  However, my favourite room has to be the bedroom with the adjoined turret. It's a real romantic fairy tale room, a complete hideaway from the reality of life where you can relax and dream. There can't be many cottages where can you sit at  the dressing table in a turret!


The whole of East Kent is so beautiful with a large number of sandy as well as shingle beaches and coves. There are so many places to visit from: historical castles, wildlife parks and quaint villages and towns where you feel as though you have taken a step back in time, to modern shopping in historic Canterbury with it's majestic Cathedral and wonderful seaside walks with vintage themed ice cream parlours for refreshments. Having so many amazing places on our doorstep means we are never short of somewhere to go or something to do.

Visiting the Continent couldn't be easier either, the Gate House is just 10 minutes from the Port of Dover or 20 minutes from the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. It's the perfect base for popping across the Channel and exploring the whole East Kent coast.


Full weeks from £375 to £600, short breaks £260 to £450.

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