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A Front and a half

A coastal estate in a spectacular setting on the White Cliffs of Dover

 

Known as The South Foreland Estate, an 11.5-acre parcel of land overlooking the English Channel at The Front, St Margaret’s Bay in Kent includes a main house, three further residences and a decommissioned lighthouse that was used in a film starring Oliver Reed.

 

Cliff House benefits from a large first floor terrace
Cliff House benefits from a large first floor terrace
The property enjoys bracing views across St Margaret's Bay and the English Channel
The property enjoys bracing views across St Margaret’s Bay and the English Channel

 

Perched on the White Cliffs of Dover and adjoining the National Trust owned South Foreland Lighthouse, The South Foreland Estate comprises a 4,821 square foot residence, Cliff House, that was remodeled in 1999 as well as a one bedroomed New England style summerhouse, a 2 bedroomed cottage named Dolphins Leap and Baby Dolphin, a single storey detached house.

 

The house includes some impressive entertaining spaces
The house includes some impressive entertaining spaces
The modern kitchen is spacious and well appointed
The modern kitchen is spacious and well appointed
Secondary accommodation includes a residence known as Dolphins Leap, another called Baby Dolphin and one named The Summerhouse
Secondary accommodation includes a residence known as Dolphins Leap, another called Baby Dolphin and one named The Summer House
The swimming pool is unusually colourful
The swimming pool is unusually colourful
The Lighthouse has not functioned since 1904
The Lighthouse has not functioned since 1904

The lighthouse building itself was originally known as the Lower South Foreland Lighthouse and the site’s usage for such a purpose dates back as far as 1367. The first towers were built in 1635 and the cost of building the current tower – along with the Upper South Foreland Lighthouse – was £4409 4s 3d in 1843. The lower light was decommissioned in 1904 after the sands shifted whilst the upper light continued in operation until 1988. A scene in the 1967 horror film The Shuttered Room starring Oliver Reed and Flora Robson was shot at the lower lighthouse.

 

£4 million is sought for The South Foreland Estate through agents Strutt & Parker.

 

 

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A plan of The South Foreland Estate's site
A plan of The South Foreland Estate’s site
Floor plan of Cliff House
Floor plan of Cliff House
Floor plans of Baby Dolphin, Dolphin's Leap and The Lighthouse
Floor plans of Baby Dolphin, Dolphin’s Leap and The Lighthouse
Floor plan of garaging and The Summer House
Floor plan of garaging and The Summer House

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2 comments on “A Front and a half”

  1. Imagine how much it costs to run due to the insurance against landslips and annual maintenance costs (salt, erosion, winds, etc) and you’ll run a mile.

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