Belle Tout lighthouse

Belle Tout lighthouse on the cliff's edge

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a lighthouse, the Belle Tout Lighthouse at Beachy Head is only an hour & a half train ride to Eastbourne from London. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1902 because it wasn’t visible on foggy nights and it now runs as a b&b. In fact, it was moved back from the cliff edge in 1999 and the rails are in place if it has to be moved further back one more time.

There are spectacular 360° views from the communal top floor. Out to the east, is the working Beachy Head lighthouse down at sea level. And over to the west are the Seven Sisters cliffs – we walked 4 of the 7 before the ups & downs got the better of us, plus we had to walk back !

It was an amazing pre-Christmas weekend and we felt very special staying in the lighthouse. Didn’t everyone want to live in a lighthouse when they were children?

~ Spotted Cow

View east to Beachy Head lighthouse

View west to the Seven Sisters

2 thoughts on “Belle Tout lighthouse

  1. That place is gorgeous! Every time I vist London I plan on doing some kind of daytrip but in the end, I always stay in London. But there are so many nice places to visit!

    1. I live in London and I don’t do enough day trips, for precisely the reason that there’s always something happening in London. Or I’m lazy. But this lighthouse is only 1.5 hours on the train, and one day I decided not to make any excuses. And it really was amazing to stay there.

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