Belle Tout Lighthouse

‘Great place. More

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Beachy Head Road
BN20 0AE
01323 423185

Hotel information


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


all year except Christmas/New Year.


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



not under 15.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £160–£240. Min. 2 nights, though 1-night bookings may be accepted (check for availability in the week before proposed stay).

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Great place. Wonderful breakfast.’ A thumbs-up this year from visitors to David and Barbara Shaw’s unusual B&B, at a decommissioned granite lighthouse in a ‘dramatic, empty landscape’ in the South Downs national park. First impressions are stark: ‘not a tree, not a flower’. But within, a friendly welcome awaits at the upstairs reception. Most of the accommodation is in an adjacent house. The Keeper’s Loft, in the lighthouse itself, has brick walls, a fireplace, a ladder to climb to your bunk bed. The other bedrooms are contemporary and pristine. The lounge and breakfast room share the open-plan second floor – a cosy space, with ‘lots of leather sofas, a grandfather clock, a working fire, fresh flowers’, views of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. Here, guests gather at 5 pm for complimentary drinks, ‘a clever way to make newcomers feel at home in this remote situation’. Some buy supper from the delicatessen in the nearest village, East Dean, while others head there for the ancient Tiger Inn. For the true lighthouse experience, you need to ascend to the lantern on a dark, star-filled night.

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Belle Tout Lighthouse
Beachy Head Road
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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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide