Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne, Sussex

To the lighthouse! More

Good Hotel Guide Review

To the lighthouse! And if you have a mind to visit this unique B&B, make it quite soon. In 1999 it had to be moved from the crumbling chalk cliff edge; in around a decade it will be in peril again. Built in 1831 of Aberdeen granite, and decommissioned in 1902, it is owned by David and Barbara Shaw, managed by Ian Noall. It stands as a beacon of hospitality in a remote landscape of sheep-grazed downs, with views to the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. One bedroom, the Keeper’s Loft, in the actual tower, has a ladder to a double bed. In the adjoining house, the Captain’s Cabin has a feature brick wall, fireplace, sea views. All rooms have immaculate white decor, decent en suite facilities, a basic hospitality tray. A cosy upstairs sitting room with ‘leather sofas, a working fire, fresh flowers, old copies of Sussex Life’, lets guests meet for drinks, before driving to East Dean’s Tiger Inn or enjoying supper from the village deli. Later, they can ascend to the lantern to gaze at the dark sky. A ‘wonderful’ breakfast, cooked to order in a small kitchen alongside the breakfast room, brings ‘good coffee’, a daily special, perhaps poached eggs and prosciutto. ‘We loved this place.’

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