For the ultimate unique getaway there’s the Fog Signal Building on the shingle bank at Dungeness. The former foghorn testing station complete with steel tower has been transformed into an unforgettable holiday home with an industrial design limestone floor with underfloor heating indulgent bathroom and contemporary furniture.
The sounds of the sea and the birds greet you at this intriguing and graceful seafront holiday home for two. With dramatic views from every angle of the house this is truly ’a room with a view.’ Whether you are relaxing, reading, cooking in the beautifully equipped kitchen or enjoying some music on the Bose sound system the dramatic unspoiled landscape around you beguiles and invites you to explore the completely unique Dungeness.
Create an unforgettable experience here and admire Dungeness from ’Fog Signal’ a former foghorn testing station run by Trinity House which was originally set up by Henry VIII.
Beautifully designed and equipped with Miele appliances it has a limestone floor with underfloor heating and contrasting bare oak ceiling to floor glass and beautiful contemporary furniture pieces ensuring not only a unique stay but a wonderfully comfortable and memorable one too.
The estate in which the building sits is a bed of seemingly endless pebbles surrounded by a unique and fascinating landscape. The sea invites you to the front of the home whilst the vast open landscape of Romney Marsh is behind. Not forgetting the most undeniably interesting backdrop of the Nuclear Power station. Quite like being in the middle of a film set.
The interior has been transformed with the highest quality fittings and materials and the addition of a log burner in the open plan sitting dining room makes it ideal for those crisp winter breaks. Through the large windows with beautiful large double doors catch a glimpse of ’Cap Gris Nez’ the closest point of France to England on a clear day.
The indulgent bathroom has two teak baths and a shower - perfect after a long walk. Transform the space in the evening and retire to the sleeping area drawing the bespoke curtaining to completely envelope you.
This really is one of our most unique holiday cottages in Dungeness. Enjoy a stay at this extra special retreat for two in the middle of a National Nature Reserve. It promises a uniquely memorable and peaceful stay.
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Fog Signal Building: sleeps 2, open plan living space, with independent kitchen and bathroom. Outdoor terrace seating with sea views
All on one floor
Open living room, with an array of seating. Computer monitor for online TV connectivity. Dining table and chairs for 4.
Sleeping area (sleeps 2) curtained space, king size bed.
Kitchen, independent, complete with essentials. Electric oven and hob. Fridge with freezer box, dishwasher.
Bathroom, luxury teak wood baths, one a plunge style bath (ideally for those who can brave a cold bath) and a full length bath, with overhead shower. Please note there are no blinds at the window.
Triple aspect decked terraces directly onto the shingle. Chairs from inside can be placed on the terrace (fair weather only).
Parking for one car.
Dungeness is located in an unspoilt area on the southernmost corner of the bay that stretches from Folkestone to Rye. There are some beautiful walks to explore the wild landscape, and experience the beauty of the sea and the enormous skies. The Old Lighthouse is a popular visitor attraction, as is the Romney, Hythe Dymchurch steam railway which passes close by with the miniature steam train meandering along the coast to Hythe, a wonderful way to enjoy Kent’s scenery. There are two pubs on the reserve, The Britannia and The Pilot, and the unique ’Fish Hut’ selling caught-on-the day fresh fish. The wonderful former smuggler’s town of Rye with its choice of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants is well worth a visit and only 10 miles away.
Great location but property needs some TLC 3.7/5
An interesting property in a unique location, warm and comfortable in spite of cold and stormy weather, and a good size for 2. There were a few issues that needed attention - leaking roof, lights not working, and several of the outside doors sticking. There was an excellent positive response to us pointing the issues out - but not all of them were fixable while we were there, so I'd suggest the property really needs a full check and refurb before letting. It is an expensive property, so it seems reasonable to expect it to be in excellent condition. The 2 baths seemed a rather strange arrangement, hard to access (I imagine very difficult for anyone with mobility issues) and take an hour to fill.
Marie-claire Uhart | 25 January 2023
Wild, remote and brilliant design 4.8/5
An incredible place, inside and out. We loved being surrounded by light on all sides, the furniture, overall design and location at the end of the track on the incredible Dungeness peninsula. Our dog Mungo loved living on a massive beach for the week too. If youre looking for somewhere to totally reset brain and body, this is it. The big baths take a while to run but complete the neo-monastic, post-apocalyptic scene.
George Proudfoot | 26 June 2022
May bank holiday long weekend stay. Fog Signal Building 3.7/5
The directions and information forwarded to us were spot on . Clear and concise . On entering the property bit strange main door had no handle as it was dark no pre warning of this . However it was spotlessly clean and just right for 2 people. Sainsbury deliver at 10.30pm even tracked us down The kitchen equipment was excellent just a shame we did not know what there was before we came . I did ask and no one knew if there was A coffee pot/ cafeteria.? There was . !! Bed comfy and clean . The bathroom is very quirky . Wooden baths Which is fun but how anyone can climb into first bath/ shower tub I don't know ? It was very high and no step provided. The second bath we did climb in and out of with difficulty and we are tall and quite fit. The toilet roll holder is located under the hand basin and unless you are Houdini then you could not reach .!! Only one toilet roll provided for a three night stay and no cleaning products . Particularly with covid expected some antibacterial cleaner and toilet clean/bleach . Nothing in the kitchen either, very strange . Logs and matches provided for log burner was excellent and very warm when lit. We enjoyed our stay it was quirky ,unique and fabulous location. I only gave 3 stars for comfort as the chairs were very low and not comfortable. Bath was difficult to access and toilet roll. Seatee was best place to sit . Condition only 4 as decor and cleanliness excellent but no step to get in bath is a big issue . Also the central ceiling lights did not work in main room. We had other lamps that worked snd kitchen and bathroom worked . We did report. Wi fi was poor due to local problems. Did have engineers trying to repair nearby . It is a top end price rental and well equipped but lack of cleaning products and toilet rolls or shower gel lets it down. I had a big problem with deposit Payment and payment collection company told me they had problems with some Visa cards. Bloom stays did not know this and I forwarded the e mail . Poor communication and a worry for me as a customer with multiple tries on my card . This was stressful that's why I gave a poor customer service rating . Also I had to ring to get this refunded no one rang me .
Lindsay Pardoe | 06 May 2022
Stunning Dungeness 4.8/5
Incredible place. Our first visit to Dungeness and the Fog Signal Building - brilliantly designed, simple, warm, cosy and ever changing views of the stunning Dungeness skies. Loved the windows positioned to capture features like the Lighthouse or Coastguard Lookout. Comfy bed, huge bath, great log burner. Explored the windy coastline and enjoyed Snack Shack fresh fish. Blooms were great in extending check in / check out time. Hope to come again ! Thank you !
Sarah Bartlett | 15 March 2022
Ugly outside, beautiful inside 4.5/5
Our second stay in one of these unique buildings at Dungeness. Bright, comfortable and very relaxing, wished wed booked a longer stay.
Diane Navara | 24 January 2022
A great holiday in a scenic location 4.8/5
A great trip away. Beautiful location. Can't wait to return soon. The fog signal building had everything you needed although it could benefit from a TV. Lovely surrounding views and tucked away from everyone. If you like privacy, this is the place to book.
Hannah Mills | 09 November 2021
A wonderful atmospheric stay 4.7/5
We had a fantastic stay at the Fog Signal building, it was a really amazing building in a great location. The property was clean, the bed was comfy and the providing of starter logs was a nice touch. The kitchen was well equipped but we were unable to work the light and that marred the experience somewhat, especially as there was no note about it. Other than that, it was an amazing stay!
Cate Berry | 30 October 2021
Perfect escape 5/5
We couldnt have loved our stay at Fog Signal Building any more, it exceeded our expectations which were already high! Dungeness is the perfect place to escape to and I now couldnt imagine staying anywhere else. The location really is other worldly and the building itself is fascinating. Loved it, well definitely be returning. Booking, communication and facilities all good too.
Claire Slack | 18 October 2021
7 days 4.5/5
An absolute gem. Stunning views, quirky and wonderful wildlife. Perfect for a couple. Close to pub too.
Guest | 18 October 2021
Fog Signal 3.7/5
We know Dungeness well and have stayed before at another venue. We had a wonderful holiday this time, the weather was perfect and the house and location was a major plus. The open plan and minimalist design with uninterrupted views was inspirational. One problem with simple design solutions, however, is that any blemish is obvious and the house is looking like it needs some TLC. Light switches that don't work, cracks in floor tiles and plaster and a glazed door that won't open will soon detract from the overall effect. When we pay a premium fee the expectations are high and details matter. None of the above spoiled our holiday but they would make us think that we should perhaps try somewhere else when we inevitably return to Dungeness. This review is not intended for publication, which is why we didn't make an entry in the book, but you did ask! PS I would recommend the house but with reservations.
Barrie Page | 21 September 2021
A perfect place to while away time... 5/5
We had such a lovely stay at Fog Signal Station, an immaculate contemporary haven with pretty much 360 degree expansive views. The binoculars were a bonus, who knew watching container ships would be such fun! It was a truly relaxing place to spend a 28th anniversary. We loved the outdoor cinema at the Fish Hut too and exploring the local area. Dungeness in all it's moody glory did not disappoint.
Maya Sushila | 31 August 2021
Fog signal 4.8/5
Amazing location.Fog signal is well equipped and beautifully furnished.Missed having a washing machine.
Guest | 31 August 2021
A little piece of Heaven!! Really hope to visit again sometime. Many thanks for having us Niamh&Claire x
Claire Osbourne | 26 August 2021
Quirky or Over Designed? 4.3/5
We have stayed at Dungeness many times, but this was a first for the Fog Signal Building. The re-design of what was a derelict site is interesting, but lacks some obvious features, such as windows that you can actually open, especially at night when it can get very warm and uncomfortable. The kitchen window opens, but can't be left ajar. The only one that can be safely left open is the bathroom window, which opens two ways and has a wooden grill on the exterior to prevent unauthorised access. For some reason there are about 14 chairs in the property, plus a sofa! Bit of overkill for two occupants and gives the impression that it's become a spare chair depository. When we arrived, the main door, which leads into the kitchen, was unusable, as a key was jammed in it, so we had to use the alternative - a large door that was a bit difficult to shut and, strangely, had a sign on the inside saying 'do not open these doors'. The jammed key was removed at some point during our stay, but the kitchen door cannot be locked from the inside as the mechanism is broken and, judging by other comments, it seems to have been like that for a while. We were assured that no one could access the door from outside (there's no handle) but I'm not convinced and this really ought to be repaired. The bathroom is quite unique with its wooden bath/shower and plunge pool, but it is not suitable for anyone with a disability, or who cannot climb over the strangely tall bath sides. Personally, I would rip out the baths and install a decent shower, thus turning it into a wet room, as it would likely make the site more accessible to a wider clientele. The kitchen is adequate for a few days stay, but don't plan on cooking much more than relatively simple meals as the hob is tiny (two pan limit) as is the oven. There is a microwave instruction book in one of the drawers, but no microwave oven to be found - shame as it would have been useful. During our stay we had an overnight storm - the resulting lightning display was quite amazing, but trying to sleep was a problem as the external shutters continuously banged against their retaining locks all night and the (low voltage?) lights would flicker on and off. We had to turn off one of the lamps at the plug as it decided to turn on randomly during the storm. There is no television in the property. If you want to watch a programme in the evening you have to rely on the Apple computer, which really is unfit for purpose, being too small. You also have to have an iPlayer account which lets you view the news and re-runs of old series, or an Amazon / Netflix account to watch films, but even then you will probably encounter Wi-Fi lag and have to sit there as the blue circle of death rotates. For the price of the rental a TV is the very least one should expect. Other than that, Dungeness lived up to it's usual charm, peace and quiet, which is what we came for.
John Nicholson | 05 August 2021
FOG SIGNAL BOX ADVENTURES 4.2/5
We had such a lovely break at the fog signal box. It really is an extraordinary place to stay. Super magical. For future it would be nice if there had been loo paper [!] and a few more supplies for guests. When paying this amount per night, in comparison to other places, eg a small amount of milk/eggs/bread/butter - something that shows some thought for the guests who may have travelled a long way -this would be SUCH a nice touch! A welcome basket of nibbles, something... The bed was comfy but the duvet was super old, very thin and scruffy. The bedding also - it had a rip on one side. Feels like it needs an upgrade comfort and quality wise. The bathroom although amazing was difficult to use - the bath tap was so slow and not very hot, so we didn't attempt to fill it. The shower was great though! Finally, the front door didn't lock at all. despite trying many times. This definitely needs fixing! Those are the small suggestions. Honestly it was so incredible to be in such a magical place. If the suggestions were taken on board then I would consider returning and recommending to others.
Jenny Dyson | 15 June 2021
May stay 4.3/5
A very enjoyable 3 night stay. The property was perfect for a couple wishing to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. If the property had more comfortable outside chairs and not the low uncomfortable ones provided I would say it was a 5/5 otherwise I would say 4/5. The design of the building doesnt allow for windows in the bedroom area so the nights can feel a bit stuffy and hot.
Sarah Nortje | 09 June 2021
Beautifully designed and crafted holiday home in a stunning location. 4.8/5
We love this place and have been 4 times. Its aesthetic is modern architectural but also very comfortable. The views from floor to ceiling windows on every side are magnificent. To walk straight out into that strange and beautiful beach/desert landscape is a real treat as is to come back in and light a fire and settle in to the still calm of the property. The building itself is quirky and provides a landmark you can see from a long way off. We enjoy walking in the marsh area behind the beach where there is a lake and bird sanctuary. Will definitely be back again.
Stephania Minici | 05 June 2021
Atmospheric escape 4.8/5
Beautiful bolthole in the wilds of Dungeness. Super stylish yet cosy, the Fog Signal Building is an idyllic escape to immerse yourself in the elements and soak up nature. A wonderful spot for four-legged friends - our dog loved it as much as we did. Thanks a million to the lovely team at Bloom Stays for the fantastic support!
Bronwyn Boyle | 29 May 2021