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Coastal ‘estate’ with its own lighthouse perched on The Front above the White Cliffs of Dover for sale; it was used in scenes featuring Oliver Reed in ‘The Shuttered Room’

In November 2013, The Steeple Times featured the sale of ‘The South Foreland Estate’ for £4 million. Its price bizarrely had been increased by £500,000 from when it was on the market earlier that year and now it is again being promoted – this time for an even more punchy sum of £5 million.


Standing in 11.5 acres of land on the edge of the White Cliffs of Dover in “the most remarkable location on the Kent coast” according to Knight Frank, the freehold property is now known more simply as ‘The Cliff House.’ It is described as having “been renovated by the past two proprietors” and of it, they add: “The current owners have carried out extensive redecoration during their occupation.”


Aside from the main house with 3 reception rooms and 5 bedroom suites, there is a 2 bedroom annexe, a 3 bedroom cottage and a 2 bedroom cottage. Also included is an unused lighthouse, a large garage, a swimming pool, lawned gardens and some “light woodland.”


The agents don’t, however, mention if the owners will be making Dame Vera Lynn available to sing about bluebirds at post lockdown viewings.


The lighthouse, originally known as the Lower South Foreland Lighthouse, itself was built in 1843 on the site of an earlier building. It was decommissioned in 1904 after the sands shifted and is Grade II listed. Agents Knight Frank simply remark of it: “Not use.”
Oliver Reed as ‘Ethan’ at South Foreland Lighthouse in ‘The Shuttered Room’ with Flora Robson as ‘Aunt Agatha’ looking down. The 1967 British horror film was directed by David Greene and starred Gig Young and Carol Lynley.

The Numbers – The Cliff House, The South Foreland Estate, The Front, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HP, United Kingdom


June 2020 – For sale for £5 million ($6.3 million, €5.6 million or درهم22.3 million) through Knight Frank.


November 2018 – For sale for £5 million ($6.3 million, €5.6 million or درهم22.3 million) through Knight Frank.


November 2013 – For sale for £4 million ($5.1 million, €4.5 million or درهم18.6 million) through Strutt & Parker.


July 2013 – For sale for £3.5 million ($4.4 million, €3.9 million or درهم16.3 million) through Strutt & Parker.


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Out on The Front – The main entrance to The Cliff House.
The main entertaining space is a large 27-foot by 17-foot drawing room.
There is also a sitting room.
The kitchen has been redecorated by the current owners.
One of five bedroom suites.
The largest of the bathrooms in the house.
Out on The Front – Views out to sea.
A balcony overlooking the Strait of Dover.
Thrree ancillary properties are included in the sale price.
The interior of one of these spaces.
Looking out to sea.
Looking inland.
The property is surrounded by land owned by the National Trust.
The White Cliffs.
Out on The Front – An aerial shot of the property.


  1. Knock it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or don’t bother —– It’ll probably fall into the ocean very soon anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cliffs crumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wrecking ball required ——-What a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! £5 million smackers for that?????? Have they drunk Petra Ecclestoney’s Kool Aid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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