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Dramatic clifftop house in Kent

Located on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, Cliff House offers spectacular views across the Dover Straits to the coastline of France, and is quite likely to be the largest privately-owned frontage on the cliff top. Adjacent to the South Foreland Lighthouse and National Trust land, the property remains secluded and home to rare flora and fauna.

The principal property, along with the summer house and Dolphin’s Leap have all been extensively remodeled and upgraded. The main house has a welcoming reception hall, and a triple aspect summer sitting room/library, while the kitchen is surrounded by a wonderful glazed cupola and offers far-reaching views over the Channel.

Access to the principal reception room is through the kitchen, and the triple aspect views are quite remarkable from here; this room has been created as a wonderful entertaining space. The master suite is located on the ground floor and is approached by means of a private sitting room with double doors out to the south terrace, and also to the en-suite bathroom.

Back in the hall a turned staircase leads to the first floor which has two double bedrooms at the front, each with en-suite bathrooms and access to the veranda, which runs round the front at the first floor level. At the back is a children’s bedroom, while the attic room is reached by ladder from the first floor, and is currently arranged as a playroom.

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The summerhouse has been constructed in New England clapboard style and offers a full-height reception room, kitchenette, two bedrooms, a terrace and swimming pool.

Dolphin’s Leap lies at the eastern end of the land and comprises a white weather-boarded cottage with accommodation over two floors comprising a drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room and a sitting room as well as two upstairs bedrooms. Baby Dolphin is a single storey property currently let.

The Lighthouse building was decommissioned in 1904 after many years of use and has three floors plus a lower ground floor. The views from the top are, obviously, some of the best in the area.

The property is approached via a private road and the garden on the approach sits on two levels with shrub beds and mature trees. The main garden itself has a magnificent lawn with 180-degree views across the English Channel. The swimming pool is encased in broad shrub beds, and a series of steps descend to a lower terraced lawn.

Swathes of woodland protect the house to the east and paddocks mainly run to pasture run down to the cliff edge; a WWII gun emplacement lies close to the paddocks by the sea.

St Margaret’s Bay has a range of local amenities, and Deal is just seven miles, Dover five miles and Canterbury 20 miles from the small estate which has over 11 acres of land.

The guide price is £3.5m. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01227 473 707 or visit

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