Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne, Sussex

A beacon of hospitality in a remote situation between Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, this iconic 19th-century lighthouse, decommissioned in 1902, found new purpose in 2010 when it first opened to guests. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A beacon of hospitality in a remote situation between Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, this iconic 19th-century lighthouse, decommissioned in 1902, found new purpose in 2010 when it first opened to guests. Trusted readers, arriving in a gale, were blown away by the warmth of the welcome from general manager Ian Noall, and found ‘the whole place immaculate’. The Keeper’s Loft, in the tower, is strictly for the limber, with exposed brick walls, a view of the usurper Beachy Head Lighthouse through an arched window, and a ladder to a double bed. For the more faint-hearted, rooms in the adjoining house are fresh and bright, light filled, with lots of white paint and all expected facilities. At 5 pm guests are invited to mingle over drinks in the cosy lounge, where some might then settle in for a supper from the Beehive deli in the nearest village, East Dean, a drive away, before climbing stairs to the lantern to marvel at the 365-degree views of a star-filled sky. ‘Breakfast was superb. I had a full English that included two sausages, which we put in a doggy bag for lunch as the plate was so full.’ (RB)

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 16.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £175, singles from £122.50. Min. 2 nights, though 1-night bookings may be accepted (check for availability in the week before proposed stay).