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Belle Tout LighthouseBeachy Head, England

Perched atop Britain’s highest chalk sea cliffs, Belle Tout Lighthouse occupies a commanding position 160 metres above the English Channel. Leave your vertigo on the doorstep and ascend the tower for a night in the original lighthouse-keeper’s loft.

The quirky, round, brick-walled room features a fireplace and loft double bed, or you can opt for one of the more luxurious downstairs rooms, with sweeping ocean vistas. Hang out in the lantern-room lounge and enjoy 360-degree views so breathtaking you’ll choke on your gin and tonic. The lighthouse is decommissioned, so you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

get there

By rail: Southern Railway operates direct train services every half hour during the day from London Victoria with a journey time of 90 minutes. The Belle Tout Lighthouse is around a 15-minute drive from Eastbourne’s main railway station.

By foot or bicycle: walk or cycle the historic South Downs Way, part of the national park.

  • Six themed rooms such as ‘The Captains Cabin,’ ‘Old England’ and ‘Keepers Loft’
  • 360-degree views of the channel in the Lantern Room
  • Fireplaces in some rooms
  • Ensuite with shower (one room with a bath)

Rooms start at about US$230 for a double, including breakfast.

Belle Tout
belletout.co.uk

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