The Kent village of Dungeness lies on a windswept shingle headland jutting into the Strait of Dover. Arriving in Dungeness on the narrow road which runs into the village from Romney Marsh is an unforgettable experience. The big skies and undulating coastline stretch as far as the eye can see. The shingle is scattered with bungalows, and overlooked by lighthouses and a pair of imposing power stations. Stretching north and south, the shore is dotted with fishing boats. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Dungeness, the village is home to a nature reserve and one of Europe’s largest expanses of shingle. There are more than 600 types of plants and an incredible variety of rare moths, bees, beetles and spiders.

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Wandering along the shoreline, you will notice a tideline strewn with driftwood. Looking northward along the coast, you will be able to see Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover beyond. Swimming is popular during the summer months, as is fishing off the beach for cod. Holiday cottages in Dungeness are popular among visitors seeking a stay in a unique property, in an off-the-beaten-path location. The flat stretch of shingle behind the beach is dotted with wooden, weatherboard homes, most of which were once owned by local fishermen. Prospect Cottage is famous as the former home of the celebrated artist and film director Derek Jarman, featuring a ramshackle garden of pebbles and driftwood.

There are two pubs in Dungeness – the Britannia and the Pilot, both serving local ales and a menu of pub classics. Fresh seafood can be bought at a handful of informal premises. The village is served by the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. A 14-mile ride through the eerie landscapes of Romney Marsh to Hythe is highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Dungeness.