Stay with us at East Cottage

Standing in one of the most dramatic and well-known locations in Britain, adjoining the beautiful Victorian lighthouse and positioned on top of the White Cliffs of Dover, East Cottage offered a truly stunning and unique holiday.

History and home

Before South Foreland Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1988 there would have been three keepers of different ranks working two day shifts to keep everything ship shape and, most importantly, ensure the light kept running. The principal keeper and their family would have had the luxury of having on the job living quarters and so East Cottage is a delightful example of a lighthouse keeper's home. 

A lighthouse keeping family
George and Katherine Knott, George was the lighthouse keeper at South Foreland for many years.
A lighthouse keeping family

The family with the longest association of South Foreland as a home was the Knotts, who gave the lighthouse five generations of keepers. Of all these Knotts the particular favourites are George and Catherine. This couple had 13 children in their years of lighthouse service and would have spent some of this time living snugly in East Cottage.

The cottage itself was built in 1843 as part of the improvements made to the upper lighthouse and provided a very good standard of living with large rooms and even an inside toilet, very unusual for the time.

The cottage today 

A room with a view
Lounge in East Cottage
A room with a view

Home comforts

The cottage has been fully modernised and provides comfortable accommodation with good facilities. Its single most important feature, however, is the location, with both the lounge and kitchen enjoying breath-taking views directly over the channel. The secluded setting, complemented by a private courtyard, is ideal for escaping the rigours of modern life. Early, unrivalled sunrises over views of the world's busiest shipping lane add to the uniqueness of a stay at South Foreland.