The hotel was simply stunning - I thought the interior design and the styling was just lovely and really unique. I fell in love with it completely and it's lovely setting.
The apartment was so cosy and welcoming we thought we would spend the evening was very relaxing and the boys loved it (especially the dressing up box!). I was lucky as most of the rooms were open when I arrived so I did have a really good nose around - I thought I'd like to come back with my husband and have a grown up break away from the kids and enjoy the bar and the snug leather sofas for Sunday papers and Bloody Mary's!

It was a heavenly place full of charm, good taste and really everything I'd want from a hotel.



Think more cosy, country cottage than gleaming marble opulence. The White Cliffs is picture-postcard cute with roaring log fires, soft squishy sofas and beams. Rooms are clean, smart and very homely. Good


The White Cliffs has more of an 'ahh' factor. It's the quintessential English country hotel, ideal for girly weekends or romantic breaks, and a great setting for a winter getaway. The tiny village is set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. A bracing walk across the White Cliffs is a must. Excellent

The White Cliffs: Simply spa-tastic



The hotel's Bay Restaurant offers the very best in comfort food. Guests are unlikely to be able to resist the traditional English breakfast. Much of the food is sourced locally and is organic. Sin


Upon arrival, you will feel an overwhelming urge to curl up on the sofa in front of the fire with a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Nothing seems too much trouble for the staff. Excellent


The hotel is happy to arrange golf, and there's kayaking, too. Its nearby sister hotel, Wallett's Court, also offers a gym for £10 a day. Excellent


Owner Gavin Oakley is often on hand to greet his guests and make sure their every need is met. Service is excellent and enthusiastic, but never intrusive. Excellent


A wide range of massage treatments is available, as well as Reiki and acupuncture. Ben Barnett's signature treatment  -  the Hydrotherm massage, where you lie on a heated waterbed  -  is not to be missed. It's absolute bliss. Good


MSN UK Restaurant of the month


16th August 08 - MSN has today carried The Bay restaurant as its "UK Restaurant of the Month".

As the old song (almost) goes: there'll be foodies over the White Cliffs of Dover tomorrow, just you wait and see... And a brand new restaurant, The Bay, has got both locals and visitors licking their lips accordingly in the Kent seaside village of St Margaret's-at-Cliffe.

Situated in the recently refurbished and renamed White Cliffs Hotel, The Bay is the brainchild of celebrated hotelier and restaurateur Gavin Oakley - the man behind the nearby award-winning Wallett's Court Country House Hotel, which has become a favourite with visiting celebrities.

His team's mission? "We want to capture the essence of life in coastal England by introducing a fresh, contemporary look and feel that will appeal to a wide audience," says Gavin. "The Bay is already very popular, and we hope to build on that success by introducing innovative new menu ideas which reflect our passion for locally sourced, organic, free-range produce."

A quick glance at the menu is enough to get your mouth watering. Sample starters include pea and nettle soup with black pig pancetta and nutmeg cream, Sussex goat's cheese fritters with beetroot pickle and rocket salad, or brown crab with walnut, apple and celery in a soft egg dressing.

And for main course, you can tuck into char-grilled 28-day matured Alkham beef with chips, roasted free-range chicken with basil, goat's cheese and braised lentils, or Kentish asparagus with leek and potato pave and mustard seed and carrot jam. Hungry yet?

However, the menu items that really got us rushing to book a table were the desserts. Take your pick from bread and butter pudding with hand-cut orange marmalade and custard, Kentish strawberry sabl é with balsamic ice cream, or our favourite, Montezuma's bitter chocolate and whisky cream. Sheer bliss!

The hotel and restaurant are centred around a traditional Kentish inn, parts of which date back to Elizabethan times. If you visit while it's still summer, you can soak up the sun in the rose-filled walled garden - but later in the year, you may prefer to snuggle up in front of a roaring log fire instead.



Mobile Food Guide Kent

Moblie Food Guide Review - An exciting new venture from the team behind nearby Wallett's Court, the Bay Restaurant is the 'beating heart' of the White Cliffs Hotel in the centre of delightful St Margaret's at Cliffe. It's a cool uncluttered dining room that is equally popular for light lunches and fully-blown evening meals.

The kitchen is headed up by Gavin Oakley (culinary supremo from Wallett's Court), who brings his own brand of creative modern cooking to proceedings. A passion for 'local, free-range, organic and sustainable' ingredients underpins his efforts and it shows in his seasonal larder: here you will find Kentish asparagus, Romney Marsh lamb, St Margaret's Bay lobsters and other fish from the coast. Among the vivid modern dishes on offer might be line-caught mackerel fillets with sun-dried tomatoes and fennel seeds, Sussex goats' cheese fritters with beetroot pickle, organic pork with mustard mash, caramelised pears and apples, and desserts such as custard tart with rhubarb.

Robust daily specials are also worth noting (Wednesday might bring game pie) and on Sundays, a summertime 'steak and king prawn' barbecue is fired up from 4 o'clock (a 'lounging menu' serves for the cooler months of the year). To drink, choose from an eclectic selection of locally brewed beers, juices and global wines.

The hotel itself is just ten minutes drive from Dover, yet still ranks as one of White Cliff Country's best-kept secrets. It's centred around an archetypal Kentish weatherboarded inn that has been sympathetically upgraded to a luxury venue complete with a 'micro spa', conference and wedding facilities and a delightful walled garden full of roses.


'Hotel only recently opened and if it can be this good after a few days then in my opinion once it is fully operational it will be exceptional, (ie, still awaiting draught beers - we were told this will be in by 23/05/2008). We stayed in one of the four poster rooms and found it very comfortable and cosy, the food in the restaurant was excellent and the general atmosphere was very relaxed.'

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Staying at White Cliffs was a piece of paradise! It had just opened and yet we felt like we had been welcomed as long standing friends. The place is peaceful yet sophisticated in its design and style. It had a magical garden, fantastic locally sourced food. The staff were fantastic. It is small enough to feel like you are part of a special exclusive club yet big enough to get some privacy. The public area is very attractive and the bar drinks were really affordable.
Go and stay - you wont be disappointed.

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We booked this hotel last minute for night out of london and have to say everything exceeded expectations. The hotel was rated at 3 Star accommodation but everything from presentation, customer service and food were of 5 star quality. We like to travel around the country and Europe for weekend getaways or short holidays and this had to be one of my favourite in recent memory. Dover is beautiful and at White Cliffs you completely get the quaint, excellence that makes England such an exciting, diverse place to be! Thanks for a great stay!

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We wanted a quiet hotel with a very good restaurant which had an , easily accessible room ensuite, all within 10 mins or so of the Dover ferry. We found one.In the 60's I stayed at an hotel which I thought was called the White Cliffs in Dover town and I thought that this hotel might have been the same one. I so wanted a Dover Sole which I remember from those days. It was not the same hotel and it did not serve Dover Sole BUT neither of us was disappointed and we hope to stay again the next time we return to France from the UK. Usually 4 times a year. Thank you to all concerned with the booking and at the Hotel.

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This is a very well run family hotel. The decor is very relaxing, staff are very friendly, the rooms are very comfortable and clean. The resturant menu is good and well priced. Situated in the quiet village of St Margrets at Cliffe, but central to the ferry terminal at Dover, walking the cliffs or sightseeing other towns and villages in the area. Definitely one of the best!

 Best Loved Hotel Dover

This restored Kentish weather-boarded inn is at the centre of a new luxury hotel concept that takes an independently modern approach to hotel-keeping. Sophisticated in style, with a fresh atmosphere it offers an authentic taste... More About White Cliffs of East Coast living. As the sister hotel of award winning Wallett's Court, White Cliffs comes with an excellent pedigree. Six bedrooms, including two fabulous four-posters, have recently been restyled using stunning wall coverings and sumptuous silk fabrics. Crisp white linen, goose down quilts, DVD players and wi-fi are to be found in all rooms. The Bay Restaurant's creative direction comes from culinary whiz Gavin Oakley who is passionate about sourcing local, free range, organic and sustainable ingredients. On the menu you'll find Romney Marsh lamb, Kentish asparagus and fruit and vegetables from the hotel's own allotment. There are allowances, however, and such delights as Scottish Scallops also find their way onto the menu. At the top of the house, away from the hustle and bustle below, is the Loft Micro Spa - a calm space where guests can indulge in a variety of holistic treatments. If you can tear yourselves away there's much to see and do in this beautiful and historic corner of England, from walks along the White Cliffs themselves to the historic centre of nearby Canterbury.





"For Ben ,Thanks for always making me feel so good. Love Kylie " 
Kylie Minogue - (Signed on the cover of her no 1 single Spinning around )      
"The Star massage therapist........Ben Barnett might not be a household name wonder Kylie takes Ben with her when she goes on tour."
Hello magazine
" By the time he's finished his stuff I've got a spring in my step and a smile on my face......" Telegraph magazine 
"As far as I am concerned Ben Barnett is a gifted therapist and masseur" 
Kathy Phillips associate Editor of Vogue Health and Beauty writing for the Evening Standard 
"It was incredible. I have never experienced a treatment where you work with the masseur in this way.
It's very empowering and I felt genuinely in tune with my body and mind for the first time in ages. Fantastic." 
Suzzanne Duckett writing for M magazine (supplement for the Sunday mirror)
"The soothing words might not be to everyone's taste.... But they are certainly relaxing and he is an incredible masseur."
The Times Newspaper
I feel noticeably more awake, alert and energized. And the massage has given me such a terrific mood lift...." 
Rebecca Barnes , M health section, Daily Mirror
"Rather like Hypnosis you are aware of all the positive messages and questions he asks you yet are completely calm and relaxed in your surroundings"  
100 best beauty treatments, Vogue supplement
"Interestingly Despite all the talking and thinking, I found myself very relaxed indeed......I felt great" 
Julia Carling's Beauty Diary Hello magazine 
" The Intelligent woman's massage ....If you want to know what a magic touch really feels like you'll need to meet Ben Barnett. To call him a masseur is to underestimate
 the power of his hands and voice"
Sylvia smith The Village local magazine for Knightsbridge, Chelsea Belgravia Pimlico and St James
"Transformational Hydrotherm massage is .....psychoanalysis for the senses"
Emily London ,Vogue
"Hydrotherm Prgenancy massage....relax on warm water-filled pillows while therapist Ben Barnett improves your ........through massage without even having to turn
you over" Vogue Beauty  

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