Top 7 Lighthouse Stays
Being an island nation with one of the most dangerous coastlines with the world, it’s rather unsurprising that there are a myriad of lighthouses scattered along our shores, from Robert Stevenson’s elegant yet functional designs to strange and eerie off-shore lighthouses in the English Channel.
And none more eerie perhaps, than that of the story associated with the mysterious disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers in the remote Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
What is infinitely more surprising is that many of these lighthouses have now been converted to hotels or self-catering cottages for your holidaying enjoyment! In this week’s blog post we’ve highlighted seven of our favourite lighthouse stays in Britain, all of which are designed for a holiday to remember.
1. Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B, Eastbourne, East Sussex
According to reviews the breakfasts here are fantastic, and there is also a sitting room at the top of the lighthouse where guests can relax next to a log fire.
If you are looking to stay at Belle Tout, our recommendation is to aim for the Keepers Loft room which is situated on the upper floor of the tower. As the name suggests, this was the original bunk room of the lighthouse keepers and still features the original ladder to the double loft bed.
2. Strathy Point Lighthouse Cottages, near Thurso, Northern Highlands
Sleeps 5 + 5 people
Completed in 1958, Strathy Point was the first lighthouse in Scotland, specifically built to be electrically operated. Although the lighthouse was originally fitted with a fog horn, guests can sleep soundly at night with the knowledge that it in no longer used.
South Keeper’s Cottage can be booked together with Principal Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage to accommodate up to 10 guests.
3. Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Corsewall often runs special offers so be sure to check their website before booking.
4. Lighthouse Cottage, near Cromer, Norfolk
Sleeps 5 people
Standing 26 metres tall, Happisburgh is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and is open to the public on Sundays during the summer season.
5. Aberdeen Lighthouse Cottages, North East Scotland
For those of you interested in the history of the lighthouse, it dates back to 1833 and was designed by none other than Robert Stevenson. The Astronomer Royal, on a visit in 1860, described it as ‘the best lighthouse that I have ever seen’, and it also saw a bit of action during World War II when a mine drifted ashore and caused some damage to the lighthouse’s doors and windows.
6. The West Usk Lighthouse, near Newport, South Wales
West Usk was the first lighthouse to be designed by the Scottish civil engineer, James Walker, who went on to build another 21 lighthouses. With its distinctive short squat design, the lighthouse originally stood on an island at the mouth of the River Usk.
The B&B also offers a floatation tank, aromatherapy sessions and lots of complementary therapies.
7. St Abbs Lighthouse Cottages – The Flag House, Scottish Borders
Sleeps 2 people
The Flag House was indeed where the flags were stored. Now offering comfortable studio accommodation, it features spectacular sea views from every window, the stuff of special holiday memories.