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This area may have travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Perfect for romatic breaks, history enthusiasts and families, sleeping 2 +2.
The bedroom has a romantic feel with canopied bed and dressing table in the turret.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Pets are charged at £25 per petPets are charged at £25 per pet
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Please do not leave dogs unattended in the cottage at any time.
- Due to Covid 19, it is not possible for us to dispose of guests rubbish so we respectfully ask guests to take their rubbish home with them.
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
There is so much to enjoy in the surrounding area, from the medieval town of Sandwich and ancient City of Canterbury to the traditional seaside towns of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.
Just 20 minutes drive away, Canterbury is a wonderful city to explore with fantastic shopping, the famous cathedral, river tours around the ancient waterways and the Canterbury Tales attraction.
For sandy beaches head to Braodstairs, Ramsgate or Margate (which has a seven mile stretch of glorious sand!) Famous for the Turner Gallery and Dreamland, vintage theme park, Margate is enjoying a wonderful renaissance with plenty of independent shops to browse. For a 1950s feel head to Braodstairs, with it's 7 bays to choose from, there is something for everyone. Surfing on Joss Bay, traditional rides and fun on Viking Bay or peace and quiet on Louisa Bay and the stunning rocks of Botany Bay. Dogs are welcome on these beaches from Autumn to Spring.
The whole area is an absolute haven for history enthusiasts with Dover Castle literally on our doorstep. Take a tour of the war time and hospital tunnels for an unrivalled experience of life underground during WW2. The rest of the castle is brought to life during the many events held throughout the year with costumed performers, jousting and re-enactments of battles. There is so much to see and do that it is hard to fit everything in to just one day. Climb to the top of the Keep for amazing views of the coast and even across to France on a clear day.
There are two other castles very close by which offer completely differing experiences to Dover: Walmer Castle with its' beautiful gardens and Deal Castle, just a mile up the road. All three of these castles are managed by English Heritage so free to enter for members.
Step back in time visiting Sandwich, just 15 minutes drive along the coast. Known as the most complete medieval town in the country, it is full of narrow winding street with overhanging medieval houses and hosts many exciting festivals throughout the year. The picturesque quay, tree lines river walks around the town walls and many independent shops and eateries, many happy hours can be wiled away in this beautifully preserved town.
Whitstable, another fascinating seaside town is close by, with the famous Oyster Festival, though is a lovely place to visit all year round. Again, a plethora of independent shops and eateries this unspoilt town is a joy.
With easy access to both the ferries and channel tunnel, the Gate House is the perfect place to stay for a day trip across to France or Belgium.
Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are close by and are famous for their conservation work. Take a walk through the lemurs enclosure and watch the tigers being fed for a real close up experience.
A little further are several more fascinating places to visit: Leeds Castle just an hour away; Hever Castle with it's stunning grounds; the pantiles at Tunbridge Wells. The list goes on. There is so much to see and do here you'll want to visit again and again to see everything.
About Michelle Harrison
My name is Michelle and I live in the nearby town of Sandwich with my 3 daughters and 5 cats. I spend my time managing my two holiday cottages, working and being Mum.
Michelle Harrison purchased this castle in 2011
Why Michelle Harrison chose Dover
I bought the Gate House in 2011 at auction. When I first saw it, I just loved the history of the building and knew it could be a fairy tale place to stay for holidays. The cottage was completely renovated and turned into the beautiful cottage it is today. It was featured on Homes Under the Hammer, which was a very nerve wracking process! I have another holiday cottage in Sandwich which sleeps 2. My website is: www.michellescottages.co.uk
What makes this castle unique
The Gate House has such a romantic feel to it that it is perfect for special anniversaries, honeymoons and romantic breaks. It is equally appealing to history enthusiasts and families who enjoy unique cottages. Equally, children love staying in their own little castle for holidays, so this cottage really does have universal appeal. The cottage is Grade II listed so, although being thoroughly modernised inside, does still have the ambience of staying in a genuine castle.