The Watch Tower

A selection of what our guests say


"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

"A wonderful place to stay with an excellent host and clean, cosy facilities. Would recommend to anyone thinking of staying in the area."  

Nick and Trina, Cambridge, December 2018

"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

"Alison’s place is in a fantastic location. You can sit in the conservatory and look out over Dungeness and the power station. Really comfy beds and amazing breakfast."  Rebecca, Brighton, October 2018

“We said we’d be back but it took us 3 years!  Here for a weekend of steam!  [trains]  Alison is the best of hosts!”  Sharon and Andrew, West Sussex

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

“Birthday Treat.  Couldn’t have wished for better.  Great accomm, food and Alison you are a super hostess.”  Lyn and Chris, Dormansland

June 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

“Lovely to stay here again – our favourite place to stay in Dungeness – lovely to sit in the conservatory & thanks Alison again!”  Corinne, Antony and Athos the dog, Chertsey, Surrey,

June 2017

“Been to Dungey a few times but was wonderful to stay and enjoy overnight!  Thanks for being a great hostess Alison.  Hope to come back sometime.”  Andrea and Darren, Hornchurch, June 2017

“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 decoré 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

“Another lovely weekend here.  Our second visit and definitely not our last!  Very relaxing.”  Ben & Deb, Shottenden, January 2017

“What a fantastic place to stay and relax, we have had a wonderful time, we will be spreading the word to come and meet Alison!”  Phil and Wendy, Eastbourne, December 2016

“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

“Great welcome.  What a great place.  Baby Tommy loved the stars.  Back hopefully to investigate further.  Thanks.”  Roger, Guy and Tommy (three generations), West Country, October 2016

“Conversations are the best tonic, wide skies, wide open minds, a good egg and the sun shining midst downpours.  Thank you – I’ll be back.”  Annette, London, October 2016

“The perfect regenerative experience!  Comfy, quiet, all essentials covered plus generous luxurious extras.  Thank you, Alison.”  Penny, Hythe and Clare, Canterbury, October 2016

“It has been a pleasure to meet you Alison.  We had such a relaxing 2 days – don’t want to leave!  Take care and see you again.”  Fran and Graham, Faversham, September 2016

“Many thanks for making this stay so relaxing.  We already made plans to come back.” Stanislaw, Warsaw and Mirke, London, September 2016

“Genuinely interesting and quite unique as a location – and a thoroughly helpful host in a comfortable abode.  Thanks.”  David and Shaheen, South Wales, September 2016

“A great find and a lovely welcome, perfect place to see the amazing Dungeness from.  Merci! xxx” Liz, Sib and Chan, London and France, September 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

“Superb!  Don’t change anything!”  Stella and Martin, Cardiff, August 2016

“What a lovely way to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary.  Thank you.”  John and Midge, Ipswich, August 2016

“Thanks so much again, Alison!  Such a wonderful place – creature comforts, friendliness and air, space, light, wildness, wind ... Thank you!”  Lucy and Claire, London and Oxford, July 2016

“Excellent moth-ing.  Lovely B&B!!  Sussex Emerald, White Spot, to name but a few!!  Superb!!”  Paul and Richard, July 2016

“Thanks for the lively chats over breakfast – very enlightening!  I love Dungeness and Romney Marshes so this was perfect spot – private and relaxing – great experience!”  Pamela, Hertfordshire, June 2016

“Beautiful place that we enjoyed exploring.  Loved gazing out of the window too!  Would love to come back at some point.  Thank you Alison.”  Stuart and Ruth, Southend and Sudbury, May 2016

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

“Beautiful house, beautiful eggs, wonderful and inspiring conversation.  Will be back soon (to live if Joe gets his way).  Joe and Lizzie, Kent, London, Preston, March 2016

“A lovely apartment, great breakfast and a great stay.  Amazing views!  And lovely and warm (important).”  Alan, Jenny and Thomas, Scotland and Portsmouth, February 2016

“A dream stay!  And Ula’s first holiday!  Thank you!”  Nicole, Tristram and baby Ula, London, February 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

“Thank you so much for your hospitality, your collection of books, plants, your very nice house, your breakfasts and nice talks.”  Sindre and Aldis, Oslo, September 2015

“Thank you Alison for a lovely stay.  We enjoyed the delights of Dungeness and other areas.  Who needs TV when you have a power station to watch.”  Laura and Bryan, Guildford, May 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

“Our wish-list trip to Dungeness was made perfect by our stay at the Watch Tower.”  Hazel and Tom, Lancashire, February 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

"The 3rd time at The Watch Tower.  Everything is amazing as usual."  Beth, Mike, and Polly, Hackney, London and Hong Kong, August 2014

"Location. Location. Location. Number 1 BandB in the area. Enjoyable 3 nights."  Len and Sheila, Bushey, Hertfordshire, 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

"Delightful to walk and then come back and chill out in the conservatory with our books!!"  Rachel and Nick, May 2014

"A real gem of a BandB!  Beautiful views and all the personal touches add so much.  Thanks for a wonderful stay."  Maria and Steve, Basildon, Essex, April 2014

"Out of the cold and foggy night, to a very warm welcome and pleasant stay, into a beautifully sunny weekend.  Thank you."  Yen-Yen and Juergen, London, March 2014

"Perfect host.  Wonderfully inspiring.  And of course the egg boiler!  Please keep the Watch Tower our secret."  Robin, Blackpool, November 2013

"Alison is a lovely host with a beautiful little corner of Dungeness. Unique place to stay! We loved it."  Camilla and Tim, Brighton, August 2013

"I love the ecological uniqueness of this area and the local history. Thank you for a lovely stay in your excellent BandB."  Yvan, Iver, Bucks and Winnipeg, Canada, August 2013

“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

"We love it here! Seeing the Palace of Fun all lit up at night was just magical.  We'll be back! xx"  Teresa and Kieron, Brighton, 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

“Amazing place! Thanks to you our S/S Terry de Havilland shoot will be awesome”. Jess Morris, London, June 2013

"What a gem of a place!  I want to move here!  So much to see and take in, too much for one night.  Thanks for the wonderful hospitality!"  Alex and Anne Karine, Stoke Newington, London, March 2013

"Exceeded our expectations."  Pippa and Emma, Kent, October 2012

“We enjoyed every single moment in this wonderful, artistic, cosy place. Great thanks for attention to the details. Will recommend this place.”  Irina and Mark, Russia and London W1, July 2012

“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:

“Weird and wonderful Dungeness has very few options when it comes to places to stay, so it's good news that the Watchtower BandB, 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. Though it is part of your host's home, 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, served to you on a tray according to your own specifications; it's a relaxed affair, in keeping with the homely atmosphere – 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. If you find yourself inspired, as so many have been, by the area's dazzling light, the empty views, and the isolated strangeness, simply ask about using the artists' studio in the garden. ”  Copyright Samantha Cook

Photographs and acknowledgements

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