Spectacular lighthouses that you can stay in

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We’ve selected our favourite lighthouses for holidays with an edge-of-the-world feeling

Lighthouses have stood watch over notorious and awe-inspiring waters for centuries. Today anyone can taste the isolated (like in our featured image by Cape Otway Lightstation) and majestic lifestyle once experienced by the keepers of these now outmoded maritime relics.

Things to consider when choosing to stay in a lighthouse:

The location: is it very remote or is there a town nearby? What’s the view? A sea, lake or river? Is the accommodation in the lighthouse itself or in the keeper’s cottage? Will you be cooking your own breakfast or is there some catering service? Finally, are you willing to volunteer as a keeper (sometimes in exchange for cheap rates)?

Now, look at our suggestions for where to live out your lighthouse fantasies:

BELLE TOUT LIGHTHOUSE – BEACHY HEAD, EASTBOURNE

Location: remote – South Downs countryside beside famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs
Vista: sea – the English Channel
Accommodation: keeper’s cottage – luxurious B&B
The lowdown: decommissioned in 1902, ravaged during World War II and recently restored and relocated 50ft inland due to cliff erosion

Belle Tout Lighthouse – Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Belle Tout Lighthouse. Photo by Rob Wassell
Belle Tout Lighthouse – Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Belle Tout Lighthouse. Photo by Rob Wassell
Belle Tout Lighthouse – Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Photo by Belle Tout Lighthouse

CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION – CAPE OTWAY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Location: remote – situated off the scenic Great Ocean Road
Vista: Sea – sitting on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide
Accommodation: keeper’s cottages – self-catering or B&B (café on site)
The lowdown: built in 1848, it’s the oldest, surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia

Cape Otway Lightstation, Victoria, Australia
Cape Otway Lightstation. Photo by lightstation.com
Cape Otway Lightstation, Victoria, Australia
Photo by Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Lightstation, Victoria, Australia
Photo by Cape Otway Lightstation

ROSE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE – NARRAGANSETT BAY, RHODE ISLAND, USA

Location: semi-remote – located on an 18-acre island a mile off the coast of New England
Vista: sea – Narragansett Bay
Accommodation: attached keeper’s house – become a keeper for a week or a night
The lowdown – abandoned in 1970, subjected to vandalism and decay for 14 years, before being saved and restored by a foundation (during WWI and WWII, the US Navy used Rose Island as a torpedo station)

Rose Island Lighthouse, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA
Rose Island Lighthouse. Photo by charliekwalker
Rose Island Lighthouse, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA
Photo by Rose Island Lighthouse
Rose Island Lighthouse, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA
Photo by Rose Island Lighthouse

GOOSE ROCKS LIGHTHOUSE – NORTH HAVEN, MAINE, USA

Location: Very remote – accessible by boat only
Vista: Sea – Fox Island Thoroughfare between North Haven and Vinalhaven, guarding a “killer” ledge lying just below the water’s surface
Accommodation: actual lighthouse – four levels of surprisingly homely quarters including a kitchen area, sitting room, two queen-sized bedrooms and a overflow room with a bunk bed
The lowdown: donors who support the society that preserves the lighthouse are entitled to an all-day or overnight stay for six people)

Goose Rocks Lighthouse, North Haven, Maine, USA
Goose Rocks Lighthouse. Photo by Beacon Preservation, Inc.
Goose Rocks Lighthouse, North Haven, Maine, USA
Photo by Beacon Preservation, Inc.
Goose Rocks Lighthouse, North Haven, Maine, USA
Photo by Beacon Preservation, Inc.

MOLJA LIGHTHOUSE – ÅLESUND, MÖRE OG ROMSDAL COUNTY, NORWAY

Location: town – guards the entrance to the Ålesund harbour
Accommodation: actual lighthouse – now Room 47 of the Hotel Brosundet (the 46-room hotel is a two-minute walk away on the harbour edge)
The lowdown: a luxury hotel room with exposed stonework, wood panelling, glass partitions and a sparkling white bathroom (designed by prestigious architects) situated in an historic fishing town

Molja Lighthouse, Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway
Photo by Brosundet.no // Marte Garmann Johnsen
Molja Lighthouse, Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway
Photo by 62.no // Steve Røyset
Molja Lighthouse, Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway
Photo by 62.no // Steve Røyset

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Spectacular lighthouses that you can stay in was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.