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Stay in a Lighthouse

October 17, 2019 by midweek

Is it your dream to stay in a lighthouse?

Ships warned away from the rocks by the lighthouse on the cliffLighthouses were once essential to the safety of our sailors from around the globe.  Full time lighthouse keepers were employed to man the lighthouses and keep them lit and working well to ensure ships navigated safely around the rocky UK coastline.

Over the years the lighthouse workings have become automated and the need for Lighthouse keepers has ceased.   As a consequence their cottages and accommodation have been renovated and tweaked to become delightfully quirky accommodation for travellers looking for a historic short break in hard to reach places.

It would be hard to find more rural and secluded accommodation,  the lighthouse keepers cottages are often not suitable for those with mobility issues.  Usually dogs are not allowed and children must be well supervised.  Some cottages have enclosed gardens but the very fact that they sit upon the top of cliffs means that care must be taken and it is best advised to arrive in daylight.

The power of the sea can be seen in all its beauty from the safety of the lighthouse keepers cottages.  Enjoy the stunning views when the weather is good.  Feel the breeze and watch the wildlife.

Lighthouse holiday cottages

Our top tips for staying in a lighthouse cottage for your short break

  • Book early – these quirky cottages are often very popular. Putting your booking in the calendar and planning ahead can mean you have time to book a tour, find other local activities and discover more about the area before your trip.


  • Pack light – often lighthouse cottages can be located in extreme and hard to reach corners of the UK.  You may have to carry all of your luggage the last part of the journey.


  • Pack some binoculars if they are not provided at the cottage you are staying in.  You might get the chance to spot some rare bird life or get a closer look at passing ships.


  • The sea breeze – The forecast may look calm and bright but believe me when I say that you would be well advised to bring a hat!  The wind ‘up top’ the cliffs can seem relentless and soon give you a chill even on the brightest of days.

Self catering lighthouse keepers cottages in Cornwall

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You could be lucky enough to see seals on the rocks around the lighthouse. Enjoy amazing sunsets with uninterrupted views along the coastline. Even though some of the lighthouses are automated there can be times when maintenance staff need access in an emergency.  They will aim to be as unobtrusive as possible during your stay. The TV and mobile signal can often be intermittent or non available due to the remote location of the holiday lets.

Take a look around the unique accommodation that a lighthouse keepers cottage provides – you will be sure to make some lasting memories.

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