The Watch Tower

A selection of what our guests say


"We had a wonderful stay with Alison. It is a great place to relax and enjoy Dungeness. Alison was very helpful and is a great host. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. We highly recommended staying and it is a great base to explore the local area." Julia and Graeme, Russia and Scotland, 2020

"A lovely, friendly welcome and everything we needed - cosy and warm in some windy wet weather and our favourite vegan milk bought specially." Barley and Pete, Hastings, February 2020

"Second time I have stayed here now. A wonderful place, Alison is a brilliant host. The area is amazing with lots of places to visit. If you're wanting to come to Dungeness, the Watchtower is the place to stay!" William, Sandgate, February 2020

"We loved our stay at Alison's. The conservatory was so comfortable and relaxing to be in after our cold windy walks. Alison's knowledge and tips on local places were especially invaluable. Also the most amazing location with everything on your doorstep." Morokoth, Hastings, January 2020

"Really pleasant New Year getaway. Dungeness is a unique place and lovely for a blustery, winter stroll on the beach. Alison is a really interesting and knowledgable lady and I enjoyed our chats and her recommendations for walks. Beds are super comfy and loved the bubbly bath. Would recommend - thanks, Alison!" Paula, London, New Year 2020

"We loved staying at Alison's place. It is quiet and cosy, even in December. Alison is a wonderful host and is a great source of local travel tips. Breakfast is delicious, especially the cheesy scrambled eggs! We would definitely recommend staying here to anyone looking to visit Dungeness." Ella, Redditch, December 2019

"The rooms were exactly as advertised, extremely clean and very relaxing. Super cosy, even (or maybe especially?) on the dark rainy nights! Everything was very comfortable and Alison was very friendly and kind; it was fab to chat with her. The location was great: few minutes walk to beach and the local pub and right by the gates to Dungeness estate. Alison had lots of helpful tips too." Kyra, Brighton, December 2019

"Just had an absolutely fantastic time staying at the Watch Tower in wonderful Dungeness. Alison is a great host and provided lovely breakfasts every day as well as great local tips and recommendations for places to visit and eat Moreover she is a lovely woman and very interesting to talk to about many other interests The facilities and location of the Watch Tower are excellent Very comfortable and clean Fantastic views and a very very comfy bed." Tony, October 2019

"Fascinating and unusual Dungeness - so pleased to have stayed with Alison. The Watch Tower was perfect!" Caroline and Nigel, London, September 2019

"We had a wonderful time in Dungeness. Alison is a great host and had plenty of suggestions for how to make the most of our stay. The apartment has its own entrance and amenities so you are quite self contained and it is spotlessly clean. From the sitting area you have great views across the shingle to the power station. It's very near to the Pilot pub too, which is friendly and does very good pub food." Richard, London, August 2019

"A very comfortable stay with excellent breakfast. Great host - a fount of local knowledge! Bert dog had a fabulous time too." Marie, Matt and Bert (terrier), London, July 2019

"The magic and joy of Dungeness enhanced by a wonderful host, thank you so much. A perfect break in a delightful home from home. I will look forward to another visit." Richard, Caversham, June 2019

"Such a total pleasure to stay with you, Alison. We loved Dungeness and your beautiful library. Thanks for your hospitality - we will be back!" George and Eleanor, London, May 2019

"Very relaxing and quirky. Made to feel very welcome. Could sit and stare at view forever!" Sue and Jon, Swale, April 2019

"We had a great over night stay at The Watch Tower. It was our first visit to Dungeness and we really loved it. Alison was warm, welcoming and gave us plenty of local tips. The accommodation and location was perfect for us. Thank you." Lorna, Leicester, February 2019

"Really great hospitality, good breakfast and all questions answered. Allison even gave us a lift up to the RSPB reserve. Very cute and cosy space." Rachel and Jordan, London and Glasgow, January 2019

"Allison was great and thoughtful host who paid attention to every detail of our stay: from fire safety, position of beds, method of bringing in breakfast and even blinds. Dungeness really wouldn't be the same without Allison. Thanks for being you. PS: Had a great time in the jacuzzi. x" Sebastian, London and Denmark, December 2018

"The watchtower was a lovely place to stay - lovely rooms, great tub/jacuzzi, and, of course, the egg boiler. Alison was a very warm, friendly and welcoming host who gave us lots of tips about places to eat, swim, walk, birdwatch. Will definitely come back if we decide to stay in Dungeness again!" Vijay, London, October 2018

"A unique B&B in a superb location. A marvellous find, that I shall feel compelled to return to. A perfect base for Dungeness birders. But also from which to discover the subtle beauty of Romney Marsh." Stephen, Hampshire, September 2018

"Our first encounter with Dungeness felt colder then Svalbard! Glad for a warm bath and homely atmosphere. Thank you, Alison, for everything!" Stu and Mary, Woburn Sands, March 2018

"A wonderful place with lovely hospitality and comfort and with many MOTHS to keep us happy. Thank you for a great visit. Very happy memories of Dungeness." Mark and Jemma Young, Aberdeenshire, May 2017

"Accueil chaleureux dans petit logement decorê avec goût. Bon coin hors du commun. Merci pour tout." Famille Kaelin, May 2017

"Wonderful second stay. Thank you. Dungeness is not bleak!! Lovely hostess, beautiful location and steam! Choo choo!" Holly and Mark, Colchester, April 2017

"An extremely comfortable short break. Alison is ever so hospitable. The unique landscape is one to be savoured." Nilofar, London and Natasha, Pakistan, November 2016

"This is our 5th year in Watch Tower. Everything is amazing as usual. Had such a relaxing stay. Thanks Alison for making it happen. We saw a fox under the sunset." Mike and Beth, London and Hong Kong, September 2016

"We were all spellbound, inspired and restored by the otherworldly serenity of Dungeness. Thanks so much, Alison, for your hospitality, from the towels and swimming advice to talk of poetry, politics and pets! We'll be back xxx" Jon and Jim, David and Dave, Oxford and Manchester, August 2016

"Thank you, Alison, everything I had hoped for ... and more!" Father Kevin Hooper, Kenilworth, April 2016

"Well, clearly a 2 night stay is not long enough either! Jack and I have had a wonderful time!" Paul and Jack (father and son), Gillingham, October 2015

"What a wonderful place! Very relaxing stay - great to have the conservatory to sit in, nice little touches that make the stay even better - Thanks Alison!" Corinne and Antony, Chertsey, Surrey, April 2015

"Lovely, relaxed and personal - exactly what we were after. Really appreciated all the attention to detail - great breakfast, Fairtrade and sustainable goods!" Tam Tim, Margate, Kent, January 2015

"A very lovely place to stay and relax and enjoy - with a very lovely hostess, too! Thank you." Sr. Mary Magdalene, Minster Abbey, Thanet, November 2014

"A calm and peaceful night feeling small under the big sky and smiling as we watched shooting stars. Thank you Alison x." Thom and Julien, London, August 2014

"Dear Alison, thank you so much! We could not have wished for a better host in such a magical place. Definitely come back!" Philippe, Natalie and Ilya, Belgium, July 2014

"Thanks so much for a perfect few days. The accommodation and eggs were fab. It was the perfect back-drop to our wedding" (at the Old Lighthouse). Hayley and Steve, South East London, July 2013

"Thank you very much. What a view, two lighthouses and two nuclear reactors, who could top that. Loved all your personal touches". Jeanne and Richard, London, June 2013

"Thank you for your hospitality! A charming BandB in a charming and fascinating location! A wonderful honeymooning destination." Jenny and Anthony, July 2012

The Rough Guide to Kent (and online Cool Places) says: "...the Watchtower ... an arty, one-room hideaway just footsteps from the shingle, is such a welcoming place. The building itself is as quirky as any on the headland, based around a concrete lookout post dating back to Napoleonic times, and extended now to include modern living quarters and a conservatory. The one guestroom is a cosy twin, with an en-suite, jauntily nautical bathroom. ... it has its own private entrance, and you get the sunny conservatory and weatherbeaten back garden, filled with arty flotsam and jetsam, all to yourself. You can linger here for hours, keeping warm and toasty on cool days in the conservatory, curling up with one of the many local books on offer, or, when it's sunny, taking a drink into the garden to enjoy the iconic power station views and vast Dungeness skies. The conservatory is where you eat your large continental breakfast ... you can boil eggs and make your own toast while sipping fresh-brewed coffee and gazing at the views. Food is fairtrade and organic where possible. Dungeness has a rich artistic community, of course, and the Watchtower is no exception. ..." Copyright Samantha Cook

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