Belle Tout Lighthouse

On a ‘remote’ cliff-top at Beachy Head, surrounded by ‘dramatic landscape’, this decommissioned lighthouse hosts an ‘original’, ‘characterful’ B&B. More

Contact details

Belle Tout Lighthouse
Beachy Head Road
Eastbourne
Sussex
BN20 0AE
England
01323 423185
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

6.

Open

all year, except Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

2 lounges, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi (in some rooms and some public areas), in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 15.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £155–£230. Min. 2-night stay, 1-night bookings only accepted 7–10 days in advance.

Good Hotel Guide Review

On a ‘remote’ cliff-top at Beachy Head, surrounded by ‘dramatic landscape’, this decommissioned lighthouse hosts an ‘original’, ‘characterful’ B&B. Guide inspectors visiting in 2016 were impressed by ‘the extraordinary light’ and ‘the generous spirit with which the place is run’. The Keeper’s Loft, with a ladder to climb to bed, is the only bedroom in the lighthouse; others are in a squat extension. ‘Our bright, spacious room had a comfortable king-size bed, a small wardrobe, a shower room with soft towels on a heated rail. At night, it was utterly quiet, and very dark.’ In the late afternoon, guests gather for drinks in the ‘positively cosy’ lounge (fresh flowers, a grandfather clock, a working fire, leather sofas) – ‘a clever way to make newcomers feel at home’. ‘Paul, one of the managers, poured us generous glasses of wine. He obviously loves the lighthouse and speaks easily of it.’ In the morning, breakfast tables are ‘nicely laid with white linens’; ‘good’ coffee is brought to the table; a daily special is cooked to order. ‘They knew we don’t eat meat, and had gone to the trouble of getting veggie sausages.’ ‘We loved it.’

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Belle Tout Lighthouse
Beachy Head Road
Eastbourne
Sussex
BN20 0AE

Guest comments

'We loved it. The address is Eastbourne, but it’s way out of town, on its own remote clifftop; a dramatic, rather empty landscape. Similarly, there is nothing cosy when you enter, just doors off a short corridor, but Paul and Louise, the managers, were very welcoming. Our room, New England, in the house in front of the lighthouse, was bright, spacious enough. Big windows along one wall overlooked the Downs and the car park. The bed was very comfortable and the room utterly quiet. To feel that you are in a lighthouse, book the Keeper’s Loft, with brick walls and a ladder to climb to the bed. In the cosy lounge, guests have a drink in the evening, and a breakfast buffet is laid out on the sideboard. Cereals, yogurts, very good fruit salad. Vegetarian sausages were willingly provided for the cooked breakfast. ' - Rose Schweizer - March, 2016

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