Belle Tout Lighthouse

‘Extraordinary light’ surrounds this ‘characterful B&B’ in a decommissioned lighthouse. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. 5 in house, 1 in lighthouse (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

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £160–£240. Min. 2-night stay, though 1-night bookings may be accepted 7–10 days in advance.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Extraordinary light’ surrounds this ‘characterful B&B’ in a decommissioned lighthouse. It stands remote on the cliffs overlooking the notorious lover’s leap of Beachy Head. Owned by David and Barbara Shaw, it is run, with a ‘generous spirit’, by a team of three managers. ‘On our visit, Paul – welcoming and likeable – was in charge and serenely on top of things.’ Most bedrooms are in a squat extension: ‘If you want to feel you’re in a lighthouse, not just at one, book the Keeper’s Loft, with brick walls and a ladder to climb into bed.’ ‘Our bright, adequately sized room overlooked the Downs, past the car park. Two armchairs sat at the foot of our soft, comfortable bed; the shower room had big towels on a heated rail.’ Gather with fellow guests in the ‘cosy’ second-floor lounge for late-afternoon drinks – ‘it brings people together in an atmosphere that could otherwise feel diffuse’. A takeaway supper from the nearby village may be eaten here, too. In the black of night, ascend to the lantern and marvel at the stars. Wake to a decent breakfast (‘it’s not a fresh-baked-bread, home-made-jam kind of outfit’) of ‘good coffee’, ‘very good fruit salad’, hot dishes cooked to order.

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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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