A delightful home on the shingle
This odd little residence on the wild shingle shore at Dungeness
might not be everyone’s ideal home – but for the right person, it
could be paradise.
Named after the Triumph, an English ship that fought in the
naval Battle of Dungeness in 1652, this home, formed from a pair of
railway cottages, is one of a cluster of similar dwellings which
are rarely on the market.
A once famous neighbour was the late film director Derek Jarman,
who made a surprising garden from the unpromising shingle at his
own home. He said of his plot: “Paradise haunts gardens and some
gardens are paradises. Mine is one of them.”
On a practical level, the Triumph has mains electricity and
water, double glazing and a garage. It also has a septic tank and
there is a heating system fuelled by gas bottles. You’ll be king of
the castle in the drought as there’s a fresh water well with a pump
in the slightly overgrown garden.
The view includes two lighthouses, two power stations and all
the sea you could wish for.
There is one bedroom, or two, if you can manage without your own
bar and want to remove the bar counter from the second bedroom.
The kitchen, at 10ft by 7ft 6ins, will be cosy on winter
evenings and the bathroom comes with a coloured suite and vinyl
And there’s not one but two lounges, one of them a 22ft long
Sue Goodwin, from agent Lawrence & Co, said: “If you are
looking for a fascinating permanent, or holiday home, away from the
pressures of everyday life, situated amongst an interesting and
diverse community on the largest expanse of shingle in the world,
look no further.
“Apart from a handful of more conventional properties, the homes
in this unique spot are all very similar and started life as
'holiday shacks’ for the Southern Railway workers in the 1920s.
Subsequently, they were predominantly occupied by local fishing
families but more recently have become popular with a collection of
artists and other individualists escaping the stresses of modern
“Although the accommodation can be described as 'basic’ by
modern standards, it has a certain charm.”
For more information ring Lawrence & Co on 01303 266022 or
Tersons on 01797 364600.
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