From Your Dover, 9 July 2008.
FOUR-STAR: Gavin Oakley (inset) says guests can expect top-class
accommodation and cuisine at the White Cliffs Hotel.
Enjoy taste of New England at White Cliffs
BY MARIJKE COX
A LAVISH new hotel has been launched in St Margaret's, offering guests a
luxurious stay with a contemporary New England twist.
The owner, Gavin Oakley; 37 had already taken the hotel industry by storm
with the award-winning "Wallett's Court" Country House and Spa in Westcliffe.
Originally a derelict manor house the four-star hotel now offers fine dining
and boasts two AA rosettes as well as a mention in The Good Food Guide.
the entrepreneur, known locally for his charity hike to Kilimanjaro, has
launched The White Cliffs Hotel, near St Margaret's village, following an
investment of £1.5 million.
Formerly The Garden House Hotel, and even earlier the "Cliff
Tavern", the new
establishment focuses on the traditional Kentish weather-boarded inn and
offers 15 bedrooms restyled to give them a contemporary New England feel.
Oakley said: "We are taking a new approach to rural and village hotel
"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
"At the same time we will be maintaining the same level of quality
and service guests have come to expect from "Wallett's Court"."
The loft of the new hotel has been converted into a luxury micro-spa
offering 'his-and her' treatments using organic hand-made products.
Exclusive British Scandinavian and Italian home and garden products can also
be bought at the hotel's White Cliffs Trading Company store.
another major factor of the new venture, with The Bay Restaurant providing
good quality food for guests.
Mr Oakley said: "The Bay Restaurant is already
"We hope to build on that success by introducing innovative
new menu ideas, which will reflect our passion for locally sound, organic,
The success of "Wallett's Court" Hotel has already
attracted a host of celebrities, including Little Britain star David Walliams, Ryder Cup golfer Colin Montgomerie and TV couple Richard Madeley
and Judy Finnegan.
The White Cliffs Hotel and The Bay Restaurant caters for
weddings, meetings and conferences, along with private parties and dining.
For more information or to book, visit
www.thewhitecliffs.com, or phone