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The Old Fire Station

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St Margaret's At Cliffe, Kent Show on map


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  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely relaxing place, with everything you need."

    Close to amenities, but didnt feel like it when in the house. Exactly what we needed.

    Reviewed by Leanne4.4Feb 2024

  • "Had a lovely 2 week stay in The Old Fire Station."

    It has been sympathetically renovated, keeping many of the original features. Kitchen fully equipped. Lovely bath. Had a problem with lightswitch, contacted Mark & it was replaced within a few hours. The only reason didn't get full marks was due to stains on one of the settees. As there were only 2 if us wasn't such a problem as we used the other one. (Couldn't find the fault logbook to comment) Lovely area, friendly locals & welcoming pubs. Lots of lovely local walks. .

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage."

    Well equipped. Spacious rooms. We liked it being all on one level. The garden was very secure for the dog. Bath was delightful. Good location for exploring surrounding seaside resorts.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2023

  • "A great quirky property with plenty of space both inside and outside."

    We enjoyed the location, a great local pub with delicious food, also handy to explore the region of Kent and more. The four spacious bedrooms and easy access meant that we managed very well with a wheelchair user and space to store the chair., though not a fully accessible property/bathrooms we managed. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you would need everyday. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2023

  • "It was a well maintained and a very comfortable place to have our family holiday."

    With all home comforts at your fingertips.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with a interesting history lots of room for all the family."

    The facilities were clean but the plumbing needed to be sorted in bathroom and continual drip in kitchen. We loved staying there would love to return and would recommend it

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at the Old Fire Station, nice spacious rooms that are light and airy."

    The lounge is tired though and needs new sofas and the carpet cleaned. The kitchen tap drips continually and the plumbing makes lots of noise. The windows need a good clean, they look awful when the sun shines, and soft close toilet seats need replacing as they aren't soft close anymore! Having said that it is a great place to explore the sea sides of Deal, Walmer, Dover and many more.

    Reviewed by Bev3.1Jun 2023

  • "A very comfortable and spacious property."

    Everything you need Very clean Outside garden furniture could have been a bit better Ideally situated for exploring St Margaret's a delightful place

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4May 2023

  • "We had a great weeks stay at TOFS."

    It really is like a home from home with every single utensil in the kitchen you could ever imagine or need. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2023

  • "The property is in a good location for exploring the Kent coast and countryside."

    We didn’t use our car all week as we found plenty of walking routes from the accommodation. The Old Fire Station is spacious and comfortable. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Apr 2023

  • "An enjoyable and comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely week and would highly recommend The Old Fire Station, for a pleasant, stress free break."

    The property is every bit as spacious, bright and clean as it looks in the pictures and has a secure outside area for the dog, with access to the garden, via a side gate ...for those muddy returns. The owners were welcoming and we contacted them directly with a couple of requests and they were very helpful and accommodating. Everything was just easy! The accommodation itself was well stocked with all the stuff that it's so easy to forget: condiments, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, ...even a welcoming bottle of wine :) It's a nice touch. The owners also have a dog themselves and a very common sense approach to bringing a dog. We weren't given long lists of rules; we were just asked to be sensible and respectful, which goes a long way to making us all feel welcome (2 and 4 legs). - Recommend taking a look at sunrise times. A short walk or drive down to the bay early in the mornings is a must, with beautiful red skies as the sun comes up over the channel and little egrets dotted around the waters edge, looking for breakfast. - We had a couple of very pleasant walks up on the white cliffs. The Lighthouse is only about 20 minutes away and well worth a visit. There's a little cafe and shop ...and even kites to borrow. There are peregrine falcons nesting on the cliffs, which I hadn't expected and was a bit of a treat. A little further along the cliffs, the deep shelter (no dogs) was very interesting (if you like steep steps). Lots of stonechats around the shelter. Wasn't particularly impressed with Samphire Hoe. But that could just have been the time of year. It's supposed to be a good birding site ...perhaps not so much in October. There's a lovely little museum and coffee shop in St Margarets itself. Definitely worth a visit! Also a nice rec with a well stocked kids play area in the corner and a friendly village shop on the other side of the rec. Dover :( doesn't look like it's changed much since I lived there 40+ years ago, though the castle is beautiful up on the hill. For a seaside day out, perhaps Folkestone; the harbour has been done up and, whilst pleasantly quiet in October, I imagine it is quite lively in the summer months. We found black backed gulls devouring small sharks under the harbour wall. Also a lovely walk up to the Martello tower. In the other direction, Deal remains quite a pretty seaside fishing town. The pier is accessible, though there were long queues for the cafe, even in October. Deal castle is my favourite of the three (Walmer and Dover are very expensive in comparison). What I love about Deal castle is the rounds (or dungeons as we used to call them) ...and running round them with pretend guns, playing hide and seek and getting scared in the dark spaces was every bit as much fun at 59 as it was when I was 9. Also close enough for days out: - Maidstone. Mote Park is still nice and has high ropes, and the usual ducks, geese, cormorants, etc. It looks busy, but 2 minutes away from the car park and it's quiet and rather pleasant. - Canterbury. Full of history and beautiful buildings - Sandwich. Where we found flocks of ring-necked parakeets ...didn't see that coming! Loads more to do. But, hey, we only had a week. It's really nice to have the walks, history, birding and sea breeze. But also have a house that is simply nice, spacious and comfortable, for those lazy days.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely property with everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2022

  • "Pictures don’t do this place justice!"

    So spacious and a real home from home, all that is needed is clothes, cleaning equipment and generously stocked with all condiments, best place we have stayed, outdoors was great and the personal touch of guiding map for the local village was great, highly recommend a stay here

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2022

  • "We are a family of 5 and spent a week at the Old Fire Station."

    This is a spacious property and has been newly furbished to a very high quality. Despite being a new building, the actual plot has huge amounts of history, which for those with Fire Engine Obsessed children is ideal The owners are really thoughtful in the way that they welcome guests: a guide to the house and surrounding areas, basic provisions eg milk, coffee, oil and salt to get the holiday started, they even have a selection of games for days when the weather is not ideal and books of all types to peruse. The location is great for exploring the Kent coast and the neighbours are also very friendly. Parking directly in front of the front door and an enclosed simple back garden make this place safe for children too. This was our first holiday in 3 years and was delightful. The hosts’ hospitality, high standards of cleanliness were greatly appreciated and our children particularly enjoyed the little treats that the owners left for them in the freezer. Wonderful stay, would thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by Shyamaly5.0Apr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our week at TOFS."

    Communication with Mark and Annette was superb. House really does have everything you need. Beds are pretty soft, mattress in single needs replacing as you can feel all the springs and TV could do with an upgrade. Information book was great, we'll definitely be back as we love this area. Thank you

    Reviewed by Krystina4.7Apr 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with TV, 1 x double, 1 x single bed
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • 2 x TV, DVD player, Stereo, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with artificial lawn, decking and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, more on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles, beach 1.1 miles

The property

The Old Fire Station is a unique, detached, single-storey holiday home nestled near to the beach in St Margaret's At Cliffe.

With easy access to the spectacular, white cliff coast, local amenities and attractions, this pet-friendly accommodation in Kent is ideal for couples, friends and families alike.

Be welcomed by three off-road parking spaces to start your holiday with ease, whilst inside the property, a contemporary and stylish setting awaits.

The open-plan living space is bright and airy for socialising with your loved ones; settle into the corner sofas in the sitting area, which once hosted fire engines, to watch the TV, play music on the stereo or relax with a hot beverage.

A contemporary kitchen area has everything you need for a self-catering stay, including an electric double oven, coffee maker, washing machine and dishwasher!

Keep the chef company at the breakfast bar before setting the dining table for eight and tucking into a tasty meal.

Make yourself at home in one of four thoughtfully furnished bedrooms; there's a master double with en-suite shower room, a double with TV, another double, and a single with a day bed.

In the morning, freshen up in the sleek family bathroom with a double walk-in shower, then while away the evening with a relaxing soak in the freestanding bath.

If you're bringing your furry friend along for the adventure, savour a hot cup of coffee on the picnic bench in the enclosed garden, whilst your dog plays on the lawn area.

Start your holiday exploring St Margaret's at Cliffe, whether that's taking a break from the kitchen at The Smugglers or The Coastguard Pub or basking in the sun at St Margaret's Beach.

Pack a picnic for a spectacular coastal walk where you'll discover the National Trust's 19th-century South Foreland Lighthouse, Fan Bay Deep Shelter to tour WWII underground passages, and, of course, the fabulous White Cliffs of Dover.

With the coast and Kent Downs AONB within reach, the location is a walker's paradise for hiking, cycling and birdwatching amid rolling hills and lush valleys.

Stop off in Dover to visit the medieval castle, the Western Heights Of Dover with views of France on clear days, or why not embark on a day trip from Dover Pier?

The picturesque town of Deal is also nearby for a sea view dinner on the pier, marvel at the 16th-century castle, or visit the Kent Museum of the Moving Image to explore cinema's fascinating history.

For more historic sights, Folkestone and Canterbury are sure to please the whole family.

With so much to see and do, you'll love returning to The Old Fire Station as you explore the delights of Kent.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Dover 4 miles; Deal 5.5 miles; Folkestone 12 miles; Canterbury 18.5 miles

This delightful little spot rests along the famous and idyllic White Cliffs of Dover, on the South Foreland Heritage Coast of Kent. St Margaret's at Cliffe also contains the neighbouring village of St Margarate's Bay, both of which offer a choice of charming local amenities, you can also find the Dover Patrol Memorial, the Pines Garden Tea Room and Museum and the striking Foreland Lighthouse - all of which are worth a look around. A gap in the cliffs presents a lovely shingle beach with opportunities for rock-pooling and a pub serving food which overlooks it as well as being opposite the house previously occupied by Noel Coward and Ian Fleming. This is the point from which swimmers of the English Channel depart. Dover sits just four miles away with it's famous castle, attractive seafront, pier and marina and much more to see and do. The Kent Downs AONB is within a stone's throw for avid walkers and cyclists, while many more characterful coastal spots can be found close by; Folkestone, Ramsgate and Margate to name but a few. The unique and striking cathedral city of Canterbury is also within reach for a different experience.