Close to Dover castle and port
Posted Jan 15, 2016
The cottage, which is B&B Fathingloe, is located away from the main habitation area of Dover, on a track of land that only a few years ago housed barracks of workers involved in the construction of the Chunnel (so we were told by the hosts). No traces of those barracks remain, the track of land looks like long green fields hemmed in by the road on the one side and a rising earth bank on the other, but a special road was built off the highway to lead there. It is now a private road closed off by a barrier that needs to be moved by hand if one wants to enter. Not a problem in itself, unless you had not been warned about that, arrive in the dark and it's pouring rain... The sign for a turn-off to B&B is also non-existent. We relied on the navigator, but still got it wrong.
We were the only guests on Saturday night, but perhaps not a surprise in the middle of January. Welcomed by the hosts with tea and cake, but a little too much of conversation upon arrival. The room (superior en-suite) was spacious, but furnishings decidedly dated. Clean. No television. No tissues. One soap bar and one shampoo. The shower did not work, so we had to put up with separate hot and cold water taps for the bath tub and sink. We arrived late, so decided not to bother the hosts about the shower... but we did miss it on a cold winter night.
Slept okay, despite the terrific storm outside. The breakfast was alright, but nothing to write home about. Your regular English fare.