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There is just one B&B at Dungeness; ‘The WatchTower’ It has a unique history and provides a welcoming and comfortable stay for those wishing to explore this unique area.
The Watch Tower
The Watch Tower B&B opened in December 2011 and is currently the only B&B on Dungeness. It offers guests a self contained three room suite! There is a twin bedroom, an interesting large bathroom and a conservatory breakfast cum living room enjoying the views across Dungeness. A continental breakfast is provided.
Located to the right hand side as you turn off the ‘main’ road and adjacent to the row of ex-coast guard cottages, the central part of the Watch Tower was a lookout post to keep an eye out for the vortically challenged, yet never-the-less threatening Napoleon. The structure was soundly made, constructed from poured concrete made using the immediate shingle beach. It was manned by the neighbouring coast guards. The owners don’t know its original name but by 1931 it had become The Watch House and by 1971 The Watch Tower. A couple, Mr and Mrs Bates purchased it in 1985, developed and extended round it. Eileen Bates, with local, Jean Couperthwaite, catered for and ran the RHDR Light Railway Cafe – and Eileen turns up in Derek Jarman’s diaries.
Half a mile or so along Coast Drive is a well established and under new ownership –’Castaways B&B – ‘ ‘Friendly, Family Run B&B Situated a casts away from the sea’ Delphine, Simon, Jessica and Fleur (our extremely friendly spaniel) warmly welcome you to Castaways B&B and Guest House.
Uniquely situated, the beach to front and shingle to rear are within the Dungeness National Nature Reserve and for the train enthusiast, the delightful Romney Hythe and Dymchurch steam train passes directly behind us.
Central to a wide range of local attractions, fishing, birdwatching and beachcombing are on our doorstep (as is cockle collecting for the shellfish enthusiast)! Dover, Hasting and Leeds Castle are all within a 45 minute drive. Hythe and Rye 20 minutes away and the sandy beaches of Dymchurch and Camber Sands both a leisurely 15 minute drive away.
Castaways offers 6 guest rooms all en-suite . In each room is a freesat TV with build in DVD players, Hospitality trays with a selection of teas, hot chocolate, coffee and decaf coffee and a packet of biscuits in case you get the munchies. Our double and family room both have baths and showers, our other rooms all have showers. Hairdryers and ironing boards are available. All our duvets and pillow are hypoallergenic.
Our large guest lounge offers a comfortable environment to relax, read, play one of the many board games available or watch TV (full range of satellite sports and movies). In winter the log burner creates a lovely warming glow on a cold windy night, in the summer our garden offers stunning sunsets over the marsh (you bring the wine, we’ll supply the glasses!).
- Each room has a TV & Freeview
- Hospitality trays with a selection of teas, hot chocolate, coffee and decaf coffee and a packet of biscuits in case you get the munchies
- Hairdryers and ironing boards are available. All our duvets and pillow are hypoallergenic.
The Gallivant Hotel
‘The Gallivant Hotel’ is NOT at Dungeness but a few miles away in Camber. Originally called ‘The Place’ it was an upmarket eating spot with good accommodation. Under new management. I have no personal knowledge of it now although if standards have been maintained then certainly a good place to stay and eat.
The Greatest Boutique Hotels in Britain Top 30, The Telegraph Oct 2018
50 of the Best Hotels in the UK, The Guardian Nov 2018