Warm + stylish apartment, near beach + hiking trails with breakfast hamper!
About Kate I
Although I was born and bred in St Margaret's Bay, I spent much of my teenage years planning my small town escape: ending up at university in York, before graduating to Australia and then to Japan. Several years later, upon meeting the lovely Chris in London we decided to buy and eventually move to St Margaret's Bay. After a decade against the odds, there really is nothing like living by the sea! Myself and Chris (from Bedford but has lived in Romania and Canada) between us are very passionate about travelling, food, tea, art, motorsport (not me) and snowboarding. In addition to the recent arrival of our daughter Maia, we have spent the last few years working hard to build our dream home and relaxing holiday let retreat very much inspired by our travels.
Kate I purchased this Apartment in 2016
Why Kate I chose Saint Margaret's At Cliffe
Located in the heart of St Margaret's Bay, our location is peaceful, pet friendly and private. Though not too isolated (1 minute's walk to the beach, the closest pub to France and moments from local tearooms). This makes us ideal for dog walkers, sea side lovers and visitors with and without their own transport.
What makes this Apartment unique
Spectacular views, private sauna, warm, modern yet light and airy, dog friendly with full amenities for 2. You may find that due to the proximity of France, your mobiles network is limited. Though we do provide Fibre Optic 40mb broadband/ Smart TV devices for our guests and we are available to book taxis and the like. The shower is connected to a drainage pump and makes a noise when on, we are sorry for this inconvenience. Please note you are staying in a family home, not a hotel. We are very mindful of our guests, however you may hear us from time to time.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
So lovely (again)
This is the second time that we have stayed at Calais View and, once again, it couldn't have been lovelier. We will definitely be back!
Comfortable and cosy.
We needed somewhere quiet to stay to get away from it all with a view of the sea. Our stay was not straightforward from our side and Kate was both understanding and accommodating.
Thank you for your review. It was our gesture of good will to accommodate you an early check in, due to your own personal emergency circumstances. We are therefore disappointed and confused by the low rating since you expressed nothing but gratitude and positive feedback throughout your stay. We wish to assure our future guests that we are committed to making sure all of our guests are satisfied and comfortable.
All the best,
The apartment and facilities are exactly as you read on the website. Which is wonderful.
Only here for 3 nights, but it was truly a delight, the hosts were very helpful, my only observation is that a new kettle should be purchased.
The views of the English Channel are fab, however the weather wasn’t! Would come back again.
Thanks Penny, noted and kettle is sorted.
We had the best stay in this beautiful apartment. We are getting married in a year's time just down the road from this apartment so it was amazing to stay here for the bank holiday weekend. The apartment was incredible - the owners (Kate and Chris) have done an amazing job. It was clean, stylish and so relaxing. It's in a brilliant location, a 2 minute walk down the hill to the beach and coastal walks straight from the apartment. We will definitely be staying here again and have already suggested it to friends and family. Thank you to Kate and Chris for making our stay so amazing, we came back feeling so relaxed and ready to book again! Would highly recommend.
Good if you want to walk along the Dover cliffs
The owners welcomed us with a lovely food basket. The accommodation is all newly refurbished in a tasteful way, and the kitchen has everything you need. There are some noise issues when the water is turned on. The tv only has Apple TV and Amazon as you don’t get a signal there. Same with the phones but Email and WhatsApp work with the WiFi. The owners need to put some curtains up at the main doors as people can easily look in.
Walks along the Dover cliffs are nice and there’s two small local pubs but other than that not a lot else to do there.
Welcome to coastal life! Thank you for taking the time to write your opinion however upon careful review we do deem much of what you have rated us on to be subjective. We stress that all points raised were made clear in our profile prior to booking. Even so, we warmly encourage all guests to give feedback directly to us (at the time, rather than month later) so we have chance to improve guest’s experience before check out. We are therefore disappointed by many of the issues raised here. The shower is electric and connected to a drainage pump which was made very clear upon arrival. The entrance is sea facing, adjoins a very private and secluded patio enclosed with tall shrubs: this is shown in the listing photos. We continue to deem front facing curtains unnecessary to keep the apartment light and airy however the bedroom and bathroom located at the back of the space have doors, curtains and blinds to ensure maximum privacy.
The area: St Margaret’s Bay is a secluded and protected national trust official “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, extremely close to the French coast (hence the French phone signal and limited network also made clear in the listing). This is what makes the area and experience we offer, appealing to so many who chose to visit. Notwithstanding the above, if guests choose to remain inside the apartment for the duration of their stay, the WiFi is fibre optic broadband 40 mb, with Apple TV and Amazon Fire entertainment options. It’s not clear what the guest’s complaint is here.
We are one minute’s walk to a quiet beach with a pub restaurant and hiking distance to Walmer, Deal and Dover castle with many notable points of cultural and historic interest including the white cliffs, Deal, Canterbury and Sandwich.
Once again we thank you for your custom however recommend in future you may be better suited and more comfortable in a commercial hotel setting.
Calais View is marvelous
Absoluteley phantastic appartement with sea view and Pub within 500m ... an ideal place for 2, thanks to Kate
Thank you for your kind review Silke and Bernd, we really appreciate it! All the best, Kate
St Margaret’s Bay is a village located within the Kent Downs (AONB) and the closest point to the French coast (under 19 miles away). It is famous for its panoramic views of the white cliffs of Dover and infamous for its smuggler and pirate base past. Since late Victorian times it has been a holiday resort and retreat for amongst others, Lord Byron, Sir Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward who have all stayed or lived here. So why not stop off or stay for a long weekend and explore an area rich in history, culture and outstanding natural beauty.