Ever wanted to stay inside a lighthouse? One lighthouse where it’s possible is the The Belle Tout Lighthouse at Beachy Head on the southern tip of England.
With 360 degree views of the English Channel, beautiful landscape, countryside and the enigmatic Seven Sisters, Belle Tout Lighthouse is a remarkable place to stay.
With themed rooms such as ‘The Captains Cabin’, ‘Old England’ and ‘Keepers Loft’, the accommodation and facilities will ensure a comfortable and memorable break.
The Belle Tout Lighthouse was built in 1832 and came into operation on Oct. 11, 1834. It was decommissioned in 1902 due to constant cliff top fogs and the threat of erosion.
It then became a tea house, bought as a family home by Sir James Purves-Stewart in 1923, and almost completely destroyed during the Second World War.
It was restored as a family home, owned by the BBC to film The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, and then moved back from the eroding cliff in 1999.
David and Barbara Shaw bought Belle Tout Lighthouse in 2008 and spent two years renovating it until, finally, in 2010, the Belle Tout Lighthouse opened for guests as a unique bed and breakfast.
Belle Tout has a fascinating history, from its Neolithic ancestors and Roman farming, through to the brave acts of Parson Darby and “Mad Jack” Fuller’s influence that led to the first temporary lighthouse being built.
Here’s a look at the rooms available (minimum two-night stay in each is required)
Keepers Loft at Belle Tout Lighthouse – Mezzanine level double bed, en-suite facilities and breakfast included
The original Lighthouse Keeper’s bunk room is round with feature brick walls and fireplace.
Intimate and quirky, climb up the original ladder to the double loft bed.
Small window with view of Beachy Head Lighthouse and coastline. The Lighthouse Keeper’s bunk room has en-suite facilities including shower.
New England at Belle Tout Lighthouse – King size double or twin bed, with en suite facilities and breakfast included
The New England room has wall to wall picture windows overlooking the stunning South Downs, landscaped gardens and the fish pond.
This room is furnished in a modern New England style with traditional colors.
The room can be configured for either a super king size double bed or a twin bed as requested. The New England contains en-suite facilities including shower.
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Shiraz at Belle Tout Lighthouse – King size double bed, en suite facilities and breakfast included
Warm rich colours reminding guests of sunnier and more exotic climes in the Shiraz room.
Double aspect with stunning views along the Seven Sisters coastline towards Birling gap and back over the undulating contours of the Downs
The Shiraz includes its own en-suite facilities with shower.
Old England at Belle Tout Lighthouse – King size double bed, with ensuite facilities and breakfast included
A traditional, luxuriously comfortable experience awaits in the Old England room.
Picture windows along one entire wall with panoramic views over the South Downs, landscaped gardens and the fish pond.
The en-suite facilities include a bath and shower.
Beach Hut at Belle Tout Lighthouse – King size double bed, with en suite facilities and breakfast included
Seaside colors with a beachside influence transporting guests to beach holidays of yesteryear in the Beach Hut room.
Double aspect with unrivalled coastal views of Beachy Head Lighthouse and the glorious landscape of the Downs.
The Beach Hut room has en-suite facilities including shower.
Captains Cabin at Belle Tout Lighthouse – Double bed, with en suite facilities and breakfast included
Enjoy being the Captain and his guest in this cosy cabin at Belle Tout Lighthouse.
The original bunk bed has now been replaced with a double bed.
The Captains Cabin features a brick wall and fireplace, fabulous sea views including Beachy Head Lighthouse, and en-suite facilities including a shower.
For more information on Belle Tout Lighthouse at Beachy Head, visit www.belletout.co.uk.