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.
not under 15.
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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