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If you’ve grown tired of the hipster shepherds huts, can’t face spending another night inside a yurt or just want something a little more out of the ordinary, swap the cityscape for a rural stay with a trip to one of the UK’s finest lighthouse hotels.

With tonnes of the UK’s lighthouses now being converted into bougie hotels and apartments, we take a look at some of the UK’s best for soaring sea views, rural locations and catching the sunset come nightfall. 

Living in a Lighthouse, Norfolk

The beauty of a lighthouse doesn’t come more modern than this monochrome spot in Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk. This 18th-century lighthouse was first used as a lookout tower during the Second World War, but has since been given a 21st century refurb, decked out with a stainless steel kitchen, a wood-burning stove and cosy, banquette-style seating with views out over the sea. 

The space itself sleeps up to eight guests, with three bedrooms available and has been curated with a real, Scandinavian-meets-minimalist feel. It’s also been featured on Channel 4’s ‘Homes by the Sea’. A perfect spot for a family reunion once the rule of six restrictions have been lifted.

Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Isle of Man

For a truly remote, castaway getaway, it’s got to be this lighthouse keepers cottage nuzzled on the Isle of Man. 

Although you won’t be sleeping up by the flashing lights – it’s probably a relief! – the cottage itself can sleep up to ten guests and has been recently refurbished, providing a quaint, modern space to while away your time.

It’s just a short walk from Douglas, the Isle of Man’s capital and largest town, which is perfect for those who love to delve into the local area and get to know the local culture and customs. 

The Lighthouse, Kent

Expect soaring sea views, miles of deserted beach just a moment’s glide away and a ninety acre bird reserve to ponder around and spot a rare breed when you settle in for a night at The Lighthouse in Kent. 

Although it doesn’t house your typical spirally shape, this lighthouse-cum-cottage is perfect for groups up to eight (when the rule of six has been eased, obviously). It’s modernly furnished and you’ll be able to spot the sea from every window of the house.

Sloop, Killough – Northern Ireland 

Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing below when you settle in for a night at St John’s Point Lighthouse station in Killough, Northern Ireland. Distinguishable thanks to its animated yellow and black bands, the lighthouse can sleep up to four guests and provides the perfect backdrop to any photograph. 

It’s rural location is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and it’s home to great walking routes, nearby Strangford Lough, a natural beauty that’s perfecting for scoring some great photo ops.

St Catherines Lighthouse, Isle of Wight 

A quick ferry ride over to the Isle of Wight and you’ll find St Catherines Lighthouse slotted delicately on the southernmost point of the miniature island. 

Just a short ten minute drive from the coastal resort of Ventnor, the castle-like lighthouse is located just outside the small village of Niton. There are three properties on the site, one being the former lighthouse keepers’ cottage, which sleeps up to four guests, while both Gurnard Cottage and Penda Cottage sleep five guests. It’s a pretty destination that’s perfect for hosting a family reunion, post-covid. A short stroll through the village you’ll find a traditional ale pub and local shops, perfect for sinking a pint in after stocking up on groceries for the week.

St Anthony’s Lighthouse, Cornwall

With its crystal clear coastline and sandy beaches, you can’t go wrong with a rural holiday to Cornwall away from the big smoke, and the thought of a holiday just got a whole lot better thanks to St Anthony’s Lighthouse, which sleeps up to four guests. 

Situated at the furthest point of Roseland Peninsula, the lighthouse is completely remote, with no public access down to the building. Look out over the glistening sea in the observation room, that’s decked out with a huge picture window, perfect for catching the sunset or rise. The lighthouse really does look as if it’s been plucked from a painting.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Scotland

You’ll feel as though you’re sleeping in the clouds when you book in for Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel in Scotland. 

Tucked in the North Rhinns of Galloway, it’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway thanks to its rural location, away from any of the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus it’s home to a really sweet award-winning restaurant too, perfect for elevating date night up a notch. 

Even if you don’t want to stay in the lighthouse, the restaurant is open to non-residents too, meaning you can enjoy the sea views while you dine.


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