The Gun Emplacement
is the nearest house to France. It's perched on the cliff top on Lighthouse Down, the National Trust's protected coastal expanse, which has come to be known as The White Cliffs. The house was built by the Army in 1910, Sir Peter Ustinov was billeted there during the Second War and he bought it from the Ministry of Defence in 1946. I bought it in 1977 and have used it as my seaside home. In 2000, it was extensively renovated inside and out and is now a very comfortable one-storey, centrally-heated residence in a unique location, with uninterrupted views across the Channel to Calais, gardens back and front and offers total peace in glorious, unspoiled countryside. The property has three double bedrooms, an airy sitting room, with open fire, over looking the sea with sliding, double -glazed windows on three sides. A small kitchen fitted with a fridge freezer, oven, dishwasher and microwave.
A large bathroom with a bath & walk-in shower also houses the washing machine with separate WC
The shingle beach is a short walk away. and there are many other delightful walks - to Dover over the cliff tops, to Kingsdown and Sandwich.
The village of St Margaret's Bay has some wonderful eateries and Pubs to enjoy
Sandwich Golf course, Canterbury with its renowned Cathedral, Folkestone, Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Rye, Walmer, Chilham and of course France (via the Tunnel), are all a short drive away.