The best stays to stay in a lighthouse | Travel News | Travel
Our partner site 2Chill has rounded up nine of the best lighthouses to book in the UK – and with sea views and spectacular locations guaranteed, all you need to bring is your bucket and spade.
(Foreland Lighthouse in Devon. National Trust)
The Foreland Lighthouse has been guiding ships through the Bristol Channel since 1900. It was also equipped with a deafening fog signal, which luckily for guests was taken out of service decades ago! The spectacular site of the ever-active lighthouse – its light flashing four times every 15 seconds – makes this Insta-worthy. The spacious accommodation can accommodate 10 people and has a large balcony for visitors to observe seabirds and porpoises. Nearby, Lynmouth is a pretty village admired by poets and artists, and as it sits right on the edge of Exmoor, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore.
Book it: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/the-lighthouse-keepers-cottage-devon
Sleeping eight in three bedrooms, Winterton Lighthouse dates from the 1860s and offers panoramic views of choppy waves and a beautiful sandy beach. Mentioned in Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe, it most recently appeared on Channel 4’s Homes By The Sea. Now a magnificent retreat, the lighthouse benefits from an elegant extension opening onto a cedar deck in a tranquil garden. If you miss the hustle and bustle Great Yarmouth is just 8 miles away and Norwich is a 40 minute drive away.
Book it: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/33681445?source_impression_id=p3_1623249301_6%2F%2BHWhOeD%2F8RvikZ&guests=1&adults=1
Lundy Island, Bristol Channel
(The Old Light Lower lounge on Lundy Island. Landmark Trust)
Once the haunt of Barbary pirates who preyed on merchant ships sailing the dangerous tidal currents of the Bristol Channel, Lundy is now a peaceful place. Old Light was built in 1819, but due to its height it was often shrouded in fog, causing ships to run aground. It was replaced by two new lighthouses in 1897 and now welcomes visitors to its two apartments located in the former lighthouse keeper quarter. Old Light Lower has an expansive six-foot chimney, while Old Light Upper has views of the north of the island. Puffins nest in burrows around Lundy, and you’ll also see kittiwakes, storm petrels, and penguins. For the more active, try rock climbing, scuba diving – there are plenty of wrecks to explore in the surrounding waters – and snorkelling.
Book it: Old Light Upper https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/old-light-upper-13819/#Overview
Old Light Lower https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/old-light-lower-13790/#Overview
(North Foreland Lighthouse, Broadstairs. Antony J Shepherd)
The oldest of 2Chill’s lighthouses, North Foreland was built in 1691 and expanded and improved over the centuries. Still in operation, it overlooks the entrance to the Channel. Khina and Lodestone, the cottages once inhabited by lighthouse keepers, can accommodate up to four people. Broadstairs is a short distance away, with Margate and Ramsgate not much further. Beach lovers should head to Joss Bay, a 10-minute walk from the accommodation.
Book it: Khina https://www.ruralretreats.co.uk/england/kent-holiday-cottage/khina-cottage_ke018?variableid=34223
West Usk, Wales
Guarding the mouth of the River Usk on the Severn Estuary, this charming stocky lighthouse was built in 1821. Now a hotel and wedding venue, which starred in an episode of Doctor Who, the owner describes the property as “eccentric” – and with a Tardis on the roof (used as a changing room for the hot tub) and a Dalek downstairs, you can see why! Newport is just a 10 minute drive away, or you can explore the nearby Tredegar House, Caerphilly Castle or even visit the Twin Lighthouse across the river in the Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve.
Book it: http://www.westusklighthouse.co.uk/
Nash Point, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
(Nash Point Lighthouse, Marcross, Vale of Glamorgan. Dai Lygad)
In the past, smugglers attracted wealthy merchant ships sailing the Bristol Channel on the rugged Welsh coast. After a paddle steamer sank in 1831, Nash Point Lighthouse was built – and it remained inhabited until 1998. Guests can stay in the cottages of the lighthouse keepers, Ariel and Stella. The properties have fully enclosed gardens and are dog friendly. You can enjoy fossil hunting on the beach, and Swansea and Cardiff are less than an hour away by car. One thing to note – although the fog signal has been disabled, it sounds twice a month, weather permitting!
Book it: Ariel https://www.ruralretreats.co.uk/wales/vale-of-glamorgan-holiday-cottage/ariel_vg003
Dramatically located at the tip of the Roseland Peninsula, St Anthony’s Lighthouse was built in 1835 to warn mariners of a cluster of boulders known as The Manacles. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, the property has a sunny patio so you can enjoy a leisurely meal and watch the boats go by. St Mawes Castle is a short distance away and Falmouth’s many attractions are within an hour’s drive. The headlight remains operational, and on foggy days the automatic fog signal will sound – but don’t worry, earplugs are provided!
Book it: https://www.ruralretreats.co.uk/england/cornwall-holiday-cottage/sally-port-cottage_cw045
Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway
(Corsewell Lighthouse Hotel, Stranraer. Credit: Mary and Angus Hogg)
Corsewell Lighthouse has stood at the entrance to Loch Ryan since 1817. Still operational, it illuminates the former lighthouse keepers’ accommodation, now a hotel. Stay in one of the six double rooms or choose from the three family suites. Corsewell offers a fine dining experience in its restaurant and also arranges photo tours and pony rides for guests. Enjoy the nearby Logan Botanical Gardens, or if you want to venture further afield, book a ferry from Cairnryan for a day trip to Belfast.
Book it: https://www.lighthousehotel.co.uk/
Whitby Lighthouse, Yorkshire
(Whitby South Lighthouse, Yorkshire. Still.epsilon)
Standing on the cliffs, Whitby South Lighthouse was built in 1857 and remains operational – although the enormous foghorn is thankfully silent these days. Two dog-friendly cottages, Galatea and Vanguard, sleep five in three bedrooms and offer stunning views of the Yorkshire coast. The Cleveland Way passes the property, and you can choose to walk to Whitby to the north, where you’ll find attractions such as the North York Moors Railway and the Captain Cook Museum, or go south to explore Robin Hood Bay. . Scarborough is an hour’s drive away and it takes less than 90 minutes to reach the beautiful walled city of York.
Book it: Galatea https://www.ruralretreats.co.uk/england/yorkshire-holiday-cottage/galatea_yo029