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.
- The 360-degree views of the English Channel
- The delicious English breakfasts
- Sharing a glass of wine in the Lantern Room, especially at sunset or during a storm
- The cramped Keeper’s Loft, if you’re a fan of spacious hotel rooms
- You’re on the coast in a lighthouse, so expect a fair hike or a quick drive for your dinner
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.