South Foreland Cottage, St. Margarets Bay

  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Receptions

A striking detached residence built in the late 1920's which has been beautifully renovated and improved throughout and is situated…

Key features

  • Substantial 1920's Built Detached Residence
  • Bright & Airy Open Plan Kitchen Dining Room
  • Five Bedrooms & Three Luxury Bathrooms
  • Two Bedroomed Self-Contained Annexe
  • Bursting With Original Features & Creative Decor
  • Beautifully Appointed Throughout
  • Splendid Sea & Garden Views
  • Set Within 0.70 Of An Acre Of Beautiful Gardens
  • Nestled Between The Seaside Towns Of Deal & Dover

Full property description

A striking detached residence built in the late 1920's which has been beautifully renovated and improved throughout and is situated in the heart of St Margaret's Bay, adjoining the Pines Calyx Garden, and only five minutes walk from the beach, and to the National Trust White Cliffs walk.

South Foreland Cottage is set within an impressive 0.70 of an acre of magnificent and secluded grounds. The house includes a self-contained south facing apartment on the lower ground floor and there is a separate two storey building, originally a garage and workshop, but currently used as an artist's studio.

The property offers some wonderful features such as an Arts and Crafts fireplace, an original leaded light window, sanded floorboards, and a beautiful bay window overlooking the garden and a distant sea view.

The property underwent extensive renovation since it was purchased by the current owner, who has creatively reconfigured the layout as well as beautifully showcasing the period features with an artistic eye for detail, the result is a delightful mix of period charm and modern practicality.

The formal entrance has an original glazed front door which opens into a bright entrance hall that leads to both reception rooms.

To the left is an open plan kitchen which has been laid with Italian porcelain tiles and has an array of units which have been finished with walnut work tops that surround a double Butler sink.

The kitchen has been opened up to incorporate the dining area, allowing the light to flood in to this sociable area. The bay window has a curved window seat where one can sit and look out at the beautiful garden with a glimpse of the sea towards the bay.

To the right there is a charming sitting room retaining its original features. The painted wooden panelling provides a lovely contrast to the original wooden internal doors, whilst a woodburning stove is encompassed by a spectacular art deco fireplace surround.

The original leaded window remains and provides division between the sitting room and the glass fronted veranda.

The beautiful, sanded floorboards lead through to two double bedrooms and a well-appointed family bathroom. The master bedroom is particularly large with a full width window with spectacular views and has an ensuite shower room.

To the first floor there is a galleried landing, currently used as an office /art room/playroom, but this space could be turned into an extra bedroom. Leading from here is a further space which has been used for "sleep overs" for visiting grandchildren, and off this area is a double bedroom, a small single bedroom, and an additional bathroom.


The lower ground floor, once the coal cellar and garden rooms used to store garden equipment, has been creatively designed to offer additional living accommodation and is currently used as a successful holiday let, with its own entrance. It offers a double bedroom and very small single room, suitable for a child or small adult, a kitchen /breakfast room and separate living room which leads onto a patio overlooking the garden.


The garden wraps around the entire house, and offers 0.70 of an acre of enchanting, established gardens which incorporate flower beds, mature shrubs, a central feature being a pond, which is a haven

which is a haven for wildlife, and there is a large, wooded area and vegetable garden in the lower end of the garden, the boundary separating it from the beautiful Pine Calyx garden which is open to the public on certain days.

The detached 2 storey vaulted workshop/ garage is accessed on the lower level from the side garden and the upper level from the driveway.


St Margarets-at-Cliffe is nestled in an attractive fold within the dramatic white cliffs of Dover and has long been a retreat of the rich and famous. Its former residents include Noel Coward, Peter Ustinov and Ian Fleming, whose book Moonraker makes reference to James Bond visiting St Margarets Bay and staying in The Granville Hotel. The village itself offers a good range of amenities including several pubs, restaurants, a village stores, a post office, doctors surgery, primary school, churches and a village green. The bay itself is sheltered for bathing, fishing and sailing, whilst the cliff tops to either side of the bay are mainly in the care of the National Trust and offer some delightful walks.

There is a railway station at Martin Mill which provides links to London in less than 75 minutes and the nearby A2 provides access to the port of Dover (3 miles) and the Cathedral city of Canterbury (15 miles) which both offer a wide array of shopping, recreational and educational amenities.

The historic town of Dover is famous for its White Cliffs and its English Heritage site Dover Castle which draws in visitors from around the world. However, Dover is currently going through an extensive period of regeneration, with excellent shopping facilities at the recently completed St James Place Shopping Centre complementing the existing shops and businesses within Dovers thriving town centre.

Furthermore, town has recently completed a 26M leisure centre, with the first county-standard, eight-lane competition swimming pool in Kent, whilst the Dover Western Docks Revival plans to completely transform the Dover waterfront with a new marina pier and curve and a host of new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

We endeavour to make our sales particulars accurate and reliable, however, they do not constitute or form part of an offer or any contract and none is to be relied upon as statements of representation or fact. Any services, systems and appliances listed in this specification have not been tested by us and no guarantee as to their operating ability or efficiency is given. All measurements and floor plans and site plans are a guide to prospective buyers only, and are not precise. Fixtures and fittings shown in any photographs are not necessarily included in the sale and need to be agreed with the seller.

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