Perfect for romatic breaks, history enthusiasts and families, sleeping 2 +2.
About Michelle Harrison
My name is Michelle and I live in the nearby town of Sandwich with my 3 daughters, 4 cats and 2 rabbits. I spend my time managing my two holiday cottages and being Mum.
Michelle Harrison purchased this Castle in 2011
Why Michelle Harrison chose Dover
I bought the Gate House in 2011 at auction. When I first saw it, I just loved the history of the building and knew it could be a fairy tale place to stay for holidays. The cottage was completely renovated and turned into the beautiful cottage it is today. It was featured on Homes Under the Hammer, which was a very nerve wracking process! I have another holiday cottage in Sandwich which sleeps 2. My website is: www.michellescottages.co.uk
What makes this Castle unique
The Gate House has such a romantic feel to it that it is perfect for special anniversaries, honeymoons and romantic breaks. It is equally appealing to history enthusiasts and families who enjoy unique cottages. Equally, children love staying in their own little castle for holidays, so this cottage really does have universal appeal. The cottage is Grade II listed so, although being thoroughly modernised inside, does still have the ambience of staying in a genuine castle.
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Lovely clean well thought of. We had everything we needed and more. Beautiful little place.
5 stars all day long, will defiantly want to stay again.
Something a little different to make you feel special.
Let Down By A Few Rundown Furnishings.
-Excellent in terms of location for Dover Castle and the Seafront, plus distance to other historical locations (comfortable driving distance). However, flats opposite and views are rather rundown even though they are presumed listed buildings (This is noted after having to help a “resident” drunk into her flat after advice from 999)
- Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, floors and linens and towels are very clean. The bathroom in particular was a dream to use. However, living area needs new curtains and sofa bed to be replaced. This includes the carpet, needing a deep clean. Plastics from window could do with being removed this time of year (Aware that we could remove them, however it seemed like hassle for a weekend, so only one small window can be opened downstairs)
- What really brings the property down is that the stool in the turret was broken (owner has been notified and it is to be replaced). The sofa bed is very uncomfortable and I would deem unsafe. Having found bruises after spending an evening in the bed and trapping my arm in the top of it. (Again, owner has been made aware.)
- Garden was overgrown and hadn’t seemed to be touched in months, however a gardener turned up just as we were leaving so this should be rectified.
-Be careful of the fence. The fence is very insecure and left us feeling rather unsafe without any kind of gate.
-Bedroom comfortable with very comfy towels. Windows can be open upstairs to which I would certainly recommend because the air was rather thick and left us all struggling to breathe.
-Overall, beautiful little building with those listed above being replaced would create a much more beautiful place to stay. Lovely for a weekend break, certainly small but not too small. However, sofa bed really does need to be replaced and I would question the safety of children in the bed due to injuries and allergies- If this was taken into consideration and fixed, the property would be perfect, bar the location being a little rundown.
Checking out was rushed. We did leave late however, it felt rather invasive to be watched as we rushed to leave. (Reflected in checking in grade)
I'm sorry you felt let down by various aspects of my cottage. I'm afraid I felt very let down by the state it was left in by yourselves. Bringing an untrained puppy to a holiday cottage and leaving unwrapped dirty puppy pads in various bins around the cottage as well as a collection of filled poo bags in the garden is disrespectful to say the least.
So, I will address some of your points: there is no carpet downstairs, though there is a rug which needed a thorough shampooing after you left due to being full of dog hair. The rest of the flooring is tiled downstairs.
I have no idea what you could find wrong with the downstairs curtains, they are clean and in almost new condition.
The downstairs windows do not have any "plastics". I really don't know what you are referring to.
The dressing table stool was in good condition when the cottage was cleaned before you arrived, so I can only conclude that accidents happen.
Regarding the sofa bed, I have quite a few families of 4 who are regular guests, always use the sofa bed and have never reported any problems with it at all. I'm sorry you did not get on with it.
The garden was tended just 3 weeks ago and again the gardener arrived on your departure day to do more work. It is a time of year when everything is growing rapidly, hence the gardener being booked to visit regularly. There is a garden gate which makes the main part of the garden secure for guests who bring their dogs.
There is only a short amount of time to clean between guests leaving and the next ones arriving, hence guests being asked to vacate by 10am. Both the cleaner and gardener had been booked for this time for this reason, they both also had other jobs to go on too afterwards. Unfortunately, leaving well over an hour late did adversely affect the cleaning time available, especially when it was such a lengthy clean.
If guests compare your own review to that of the many others I have, I hope they will be able to see that most of my guests are extremely happy with the cottage and appreciate it's history and quirkiness which make it a very exciting and romantic holiday destination. .
Historic and cozy
What a joy to stay in this historic mini castle! It was well equipped and had loads of really hot water. Just a 20 minute walk up to Dover Castle and the Dover Museum was charming. It was an excellent place for day trips to Sandwich, Canterbury. Ramsgate, and Margate. Communication with Michelle went well and she made us feel welcome.
I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and managed to explore the local area lots too. I hope you'll come and stay again!
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay, please do come and stay again!
This cottage is like the Tardis, bigger on the inside. Looks tiny, but is quite spacious inside. 2 adults and 2 children slept comfortably. Central too, can walk to Dover Castle.
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay, especially that you found both the bed and sofa bed comfortable. Please do come and visit again soon.
The perfect weekend get away
What a lovely place! Perfect positioning in Dover to walk or drive. The gatehouse was very neat and tidy with little added extras and thoughtfulness like the milk in the fridge and lovely soft towels. It has everything you need under one roof. The bed.... Thank you :-) it was "just right" most places these days have such hard beds. It was great to be able to bring our dog with too. 10/10 for that :-)
I would definitely recommend staying at your fairy tale mini Gothic Castle gatehouse and we would love to come down again and stay.
Thank you so much for a great weekend getaway
Aiden, Sharon and Mr T (the dog)
There is so much to enjoy in the surrounding area, from the medieval town of Sandwich and ancient City of Canterbury to the traditional seaside towns of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.
Just 20 minutes drive away, Canterbury is a wonderful city to explore with fantastic shopping, the famous cathedral, river tours around the ancient waterways and the Canterbury Tales attraction.
For sandy beaches head to Braodstairs, Ramsgate or Margate (which has a seven mile stretch of glorious sand!) Famous for the Turner Gallery and Dreamland, vintage theme park, Margate is enjoying a wonderful renaissance with plenty of independent shops to browse. For a 1950s feel head to Braodstairs, with it's 7 bays to choose from, there is something for everyone. Surfing on Joss Bay, traditional rides and fun on Viking Bay or peace and quiet on Louisa Bay and the stunning rocks of Botany Bay. Dogs are welcome on these beaches from Autumn to Spring.
The whole area is an absolute haven for history enthusiasts with Dover Castle literally on our doorstep. Take a tour of the war time and hospital tunnels for an unrivalled experience of life underground during WW2. The rest of the castle is brought to life during the many events held throughout the year with costumed performers, jousting and re-enactments of battles. There is so much to see and do that it is hard to fit everything in to just one day. Climb to the top of the Keep for amazing views of the coast and even across to France on a clear day.
There are two other castles very close by which offer completely differing experiences to Dover: Walmer Castle with its' beautiful gardens and Deal Castle, just a mile up the road. All three of these castles are managed by English Heritage so free to enter for members.
Step back in time visiting Sandwich, just 15 minutes drive along the coast. Known as the most complete medieval town in the country, it is full of narrow winding street with overhanging medieval houses and hosts many exciting festivals throughout the year. The picturesque quay, tree lines river walks around the town walls and many independent shops and eateries, many happy hours can be wiled away in this beautifully preserved town.
Whitstable, another fascinating seaside town is close by, with the famous Oyster Festival, though is a lovely place to visit all year round. Again, a plethora of independent shops and eateries this unspoilt town is a joy.
With easy access to both the ferries and channel tunnel, the Gate House is the perfect place to stay for a day trip across to France or Belgium.
Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are close by and are famous for their conservation work. Take a walk through the lemurs enclosure and watch the tigers being fed for a real close up experience.
A little further are several more fascinating places to visit: Leeds Castle just an hour away; Hever Castle with it's stunning grounds; the pantiles at Tunbridge Wells. The list goes on. There is so much to see and do here you'll want to visit again and again to see everything.