Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne, Sussex

The lantern room at this remote B&B between the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head commands 360-degree views over the sea and the South Downs. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The lantern room at this remote B&B between the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head commands 360-degree views over the sea and the South Downs. Built in 1832 and decommissioned in 1902, the lighthouse has been welcoming guests since 2010. The atmospheric Keeper’s Loft, with exposed brick, fireplace, small window and double bed reached by a ladder, is the only bedroom in the tower. The others – lighter and brighter – are in the adjoining house. Here, the Captain’s Cabin, ‘although rather small, has all you would expect from a well-fitted-out hotel room’, write readers this year, who were ‘made very comfortable’. Ian Noall, the manager and ‘very informative host’, invites all guests for drinks between 5 and 6 pm in the cosy lounge with fireplace, lots of comfy seating and great views through plate-glass windows. Some eat a picnic supper here, having made a beeline for the Beehive deli in East Dean, a short drive away, where The Tiger Inn also provides ‘a very good pub supper’. Then it’s back up to the lantern to play CDs and gaze at stars. In all, ‘a fascinating experience’. (Richard Bright)

Hotel details

Address

Beachy Head Road
Eastbourne
Sussex
BN20 0AE
England

Telephone

01323 423185

Bedrooms

6. 5 in house, 1 in lighthouse tower (bunk bed).

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

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £180–£240. Min. 2 nights, though 1-night bookings may be accepted (check for availability in the week before proposed stay).