Coastguard tower near nuclear power station is now a holiday rental

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An abandoned coastguard tower on Britain’s largest shingle beach has been transformed into a stylish holiday bolthole.

The Coastguard Lookout Tower is a prominent building in the landscape of Dungeness, a remote headland in Kent, with amazing, uninterrupted views across the English Channel. Plus uninterrupted views of the advanced gas-cooled Dungeness B nuclear power station that sits a mile away – and the decommissioned one next to that.

It can be rented out for up to £2,150 per week.

The Coastguard Lookout Tower in the landscape of Dungeness, a remote headland in Kent, which has been transformed into a holiday bolthole 

One of the two bedrooms in the tower, which can be rented by holidaymakers for just over £2,000 per week 

One of the two bedrooms in the tower, which can be rented by holidaymakers for just over £2,000 per week 

One of the two bedrooms in the tower, which can be rented by holidaymakers for just over £2,000 per week 

Perfect for a nuclear family holiday: The Coastguard Lookout Tower was first built in 1905 for shipping in the Channel but was decommissioned in 1997. Now it's a quirky bolthole

Perfect for a nuclear family holiday: The Coastguard Lookout Tower was first built in 1905 for shipping in the Channel but was decommissioned in 1997. Now it's a quirky bolthole

Perfect for a nuclear family holiday: The Coastguard Lookout Tower was first built in 1905 for shipping in the Channel but was decommissioned in 1997. Now it’s a quirky bolthole


The advanced gas-cooled Dungeness B nuclear power station, which is about a mile away from the renovated coastguard tower

The advanced gas-cooled Dungeness B nuclear power station, which is about a mile away from the renovated coastguard tower

The advanced gas-cooled Dungeness B nuclear power station, which is about a mile away from the renovated coastguard tower

The Coastguard Lookout Tower was first built in 1905 for shipping in the Channel and the current building was created in the 1950s and used as a radar monitoring station.

It was decommissioned in 1997 once GPS was introduced.

The current owners spotted the coastguard moving out, found out who owned the building and made an offer.

They bought the unusual building and 65ft of shingle around it for £35,000.

At the time it still had its own oil-fired generator, life jackets, rescue equipment and even a poster informing visitors what to do in the event of a nuclear disaster.

The ground floor of the tower has a fully-equipped kitchen with doors that open out on to Britain's biggest shingle beach 

The ground floor of the tower has a fully-equipped kitchen with doors that open out on to Britain's biggest shingle beach 

The ground floor of the tower has a fully-equipped kitchen with doors that open out on to Britain’s biggest shingle beach 

The tower is set across four floors and the current owners bought the unusual building and 65ft of shingle around it for £35,000

The tower is set across four floors and the current owners bought the unusual building and 65ft of shingle around it for £35,000

The tower is set across four floors and the current owners bought the unusual building and 65ft of shingle around it for £35,000

They then spent several years and £75,000 converting it into an unconventional home, completing it in 2000.

It now offers four storeys of accommodation with a ground floor kitchen/dining room, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, living room on the second floor and another bedroom on the top floor.

There are also two balconies on which to enjoy the uninterrupted views and a terrace from the kitchen/dining room that leads directly onto the beach.

On a clear day glimpses of Cap Gris Nez, the closest point of France to England, can be seen from the property.

On the first floor there is a bedroom and bathroom. In total the tower can accommodate up to five people 

On the first floor there is a bedroom and bathroom. In total the tower can accommodate up to five people 

On the first floor there is a bedroom and bathroom. In total the tower can accommodate up to five people 

A spokesman for Mulberry Cottages, which markets the property, said: 'This unique former radar station is one of the most spectacularly located properties in the country'

A spokesman for Mulberry Cottages, which markets the property, said: 'This unique former radar station is one of the most spectacularly located properties in the country'

A spokesman for Mulberry Cottages, which markets the property, said: ‘This unique former radar station is one of the most spectacularly located properties in the country’

The whole property is open plan with no doors. Just walls and the staircase separate rooms

The whole property is open plan with no doors. Just walls and the staircase separate rooms

The whole property is open plan with no doors. Just walls and the staircase separate rooms

The tower was transformed by interior architecture firm Johnson Naylor, which added modern high-quality furnishings such as limestone floors and underfloor heating. A log burner in the sitting room was fitted, too.

The whole property, which sleeps up to five people and is dog friendly, is open plan with no doors. Just walls and a staircase separate rooms.

It is managed by Mulberry Cottages, a boutique self-catering lettings agency.

A spokesman for Mulberry Cottages said: ‘This unique former radar station is one of the most spectacularly located properties in the country.

‘With uninterrupted views of the sea, a few steps from the water’s edge, it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

The view out across the English Channel from the lookout tower. On a clear day glimpses of Cap Gris Nez, the closest point of France to England, can be seen from the property

The view out across the English Channel from the lookout tower. On a clear day glimpses of Cap Gris Nez, the closest point of France to England, can be seen from the property

The view out across the English Channel from the lookout tower. On a clear day glimpses of Cap Gris Nez, the closest point of France to England, can be seen from the property

The tower lit up at night. For holidaymakers it costs from £635 for one night, up to £2,152 for a week-long break

The tower lit up at night. For holidaymakers it costs from £635 for one night, up to £2,152 for a week-long break

The tower lit up at night. For holidaymakers it costs from £635 for one night, up to £2,152 for a week-long break

‘Wake to the sound of the sea, explore the dramatic landscape with its renowned light, then warm up in the atmospheric pubs of Romney Marsh, stroll along the shingle beach, look out across the vast open sea and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in another world.

‘Dungeness, with its wild landscape, is intensely peaceful and there are dramatic views in every direction.

‘Today it is dominated by its nuclear power station and two lighthouses but in the past its position as the largest cuspate foreland in Britain has given rise to a number of unique buildings.

‘Coastguard Lookout is a warm and welcoming place and will appeal to those looking for something cosy, contemporary and different.’


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