The Gate House

UK England South East England Kent Dover

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
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.


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

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Available all year


Sleeps up to 4 people in a romantic master bedroom upstairs, plus there's double sofa-bed in the living room.


The Gate House, Victoria Park Dover Kent CT16 1QR

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