OVER THE WHITE CLIFFS
Own a Waterfront English Icon. The Cliff House, Kent
Guide price: £4,250,000
The Cliff House in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover offers a special opportunity to own a residence complete with its own inactive lighthouse on one of England’s most iconic seafront sites. The extensive estate of close to twelve acres includes direct frontage on the White Cliffs of Dover, a spirit-stirring, heart-warming emblem for the entire British Isles.
The distinctive chalk cliffs are the closest part of England to continental Europe, directly facing France and towering 350 feet at their highest. Over the past two thousand years they have acted as a natural defence and been the emotive first or last sight of England for travellers and soldiers as well as being immortalised in song by the late Vera Lynn during World War II. The environmental and heritage conservation charity the National Trust described them simply as “an icon of Britain and a symbol of home”.
The National Trust own a significant portion of the eight mile stretch of coastline, ensuring protection of the clifftop grasslands and its wildlife. The Cliff House shares this extraordinary privilege, having its own private frontage of the White Cliffs along with secluded grounds of woodland and pasture encircled by further acres of National Trust land.
Along with this privacy, The Cliff House offers flexible accommodation with four houses in total, a double garage and a Grade II listed lighthouse.
The main house sits in the centre of the ample grounds, around 50 metres from the cliffs with all principal reception rooms and bedrooms facing eastwards towards the Dover Straits. A flat lawn in front of the house is ideal for entertaining and leads to a swimming pool and light woodland. Designed in a fresh, coastal, New-England style, the Cliff House is spacious and airy, with an impressive drawing room, a triple-aspect sitting room, family-friendly snug and study and five ensuite bedrooms.
Further accommodation is divided between the Annexe, Dolphins Leap and Little Dolphins, all freshly decorated detached properties with two bedrooms. Spread throughout the grounds, these properties could serve as guest or staff accommodation.
“The Cliff House is a rare gem, a unique home offering unbelievable privacy on a private swathe of the White Cliffs of Dover,” says Oliver Rodbourne, Knight Frank’s Head of Country Homes covering Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
“The location is extraordinary, so high yet remarkably still and quiet. The adaptable accommodation is joyfully quirky in parts. For example the lighthouse, decommissioned in 1904, could make a superb artist’s studio. And there are evocative reminders of the history of this coast such as an old lookout tower above the cliff, now overgrown and well concealed.”
The legendary waterfront location with its clear view to France and occasional Spitfires flying overhead on scenic tours of the White Cliffs is immensely inspiring.
The Cliff House is five miles from Dover, fifteen from the Eurotunnel in Folkestone and three from the A2. There are several nearby golf clubs, notably Royal St George’s in Sandwich, fourteen times the venue for the Open Championship, and horse racing at Folkestone and Dover Downs.
The Cliff House is a rare gem, a unique home offering unbelievable privacy on a private swathe of the White Cliffs of Dover