For more than 10 years now, every working lighthouse in the UK has been operating on an automated basis. But fear not, that doesn’t mean to say you can’t experience what it must have been like to spend days on end in isolation. A surprising number of lighthouses scattered across the UK are available for rent. Here we’ve picked out 9 of the best that you can stay in.
LIGHTHOUSES IN ENGLAND
Argus Cottage, Pendeen Lighthouse, Cornwall
Located at Pendeen Lighthouse, this keeper’s cottage has an automated foghorn which still blasts on misty days! Ear plugs are provided. The property is available through Rural Retreats. Sleeps 3. Rates start from £478 per week.
The Burnham High Lighthouse, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Built in 1830, this fairytale lighthouse stretches over eight floors, culminating in a lantern room at the top. There are three en suite doubles, the largest being the lowest bedroom, but what you sacrifice in space, you gain in elevation. Sleeps 6. Rates start from £849 per week.
East Cottage, Dover, Kent
Once a lighthouse keeper’s cottage, East Cottage is today owned and run by the National Trust. It stands in a dramatic location, perched atop the White Cliffs of Dover. Sleeps 4 plus a cot. Rates start from £435 per week.
Old Light, Lundy Island, Devon
The Landmark Trust offers a consider number of self-catering properties on Lundy Island, including Old Light ‘Upper’ and Old Light ‘Lower’. Old Light was completed in 1820 and stands on the highest part of the island. Sleeps 4. Rates start from £458 per week.
St Anthony’s Lighthouse, St Mawes, Cornwall
Positioned on the farthest point of the Roseland peninsula, this lighthouse and adjoining cottage is available through Rural Retreats and surrounded by National Trust land. Snuggle up in the observation room and watch the storms rage. Sleeps 4. Rates start from £770 per week.
LIGHTHOUSES IN SCOTLAND
Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages, Orkney
These two cottages at the base of a whitewashed lighthouse on the Island of Hoy – the largest of the islands in the Orkney archipelago – were constructed in the mid 19th Century. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the southern entrance to the Scapa Flow. Each cottage sleeps 4. Rates start from £410 per week.
Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway
This unique hotel not only has rooms with superb sea views but also an on-site restaurant, which is open to non-residents as well, should you just happen to be passing through. Two further suites were added in 2007 just a few minutes away from the main building. Rates start from £75 pppn.
LIGHTHOUSES IN WALES
The Lighthouse, Llandudno
As much as a fortress as it is a lighthouse, this fabulous beacon within the Great Orme Country Park remained in service up until 1985. Since then it’s become an imposing hotel and lies just two miles from Llandudno. Rates start from £75pppn.
West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Gwent
A Grade II building, this lighthouse offers B&B accommodation just a few miles from Newport in South Wales. From here you can relax in a rooftop hot tub and observe one of the fastest tides in the world. Rates start from £130 per room per night.