Lighthouse holiday cottages
Lighthouses have been keeping sailors on the right course since the early 18th century and it’s estimated there are approximately 60 of them dotted around the UK coastline.
So what exactly do they do and how can you go about booking one of these quirky and unusual buildings as a holiday cottage?
What exactly is a lighthouse?
Designed to warn sailors of dangerous coastline, rocks and reefs, lighthouses are tall structures which can be found right on the edge of the UK coastline.
They emit light in order to help ships navigate at sea (as well as some inland waterways) and were originally kept maintained by lighthouse keepers, who lived on site.
Nowadays, those that remain working are automated, leaving the buildings surrounding them free as some of the most quirky holiday cottage accommodation you can book in the UK.
What are the benefits of booking a lighthouse holiday cottage?
1.Uninterrupted sea views to die for!
Since lighthouses directly overlook the sea, staying in a lighthouse holiday cottage will give you fantastic sea views, right on the edge of the coast. They’re generally in less populated and more remote places, so the great news is that you’re unlikely to find hordes of other people sharing your views!
2.Watch the weather come in from the comfort of your lighthouse
Lighthouses are wonderful in the summertime, with long evenings and beautiful sunsets to admire over a chilled glass of Prosecco.
But they are also fantastic places to stay when the weather is less favourable. There’s very little to beat a bracing walk along the UK coastline only to return to watch an incoming storm from the warmth of your cosy cottage…
3.Support a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers
Many of the lighthouses in the UK are looked after and kept operational by the charity Trinity House, which is dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers.
How to book a lighthouse holiday cottage in the UK
When you book a break away in a lighthouse on the UK coastline, generally speaking, you will be staying in one of the former lighthouse keeper’s cottages, located around the base of the lighthouse tower itself.
In order to find the perfect lighthouse for you, you can choose to narrow down your search by date and also location – for example, there are several lighthouses for rent in Cornwall as well as Norfolk, Kent and the north east coast.
We have lighthouse cottages that sleep from 2 people through to 6 people. As well as some that welcomes your pets. There’s even one with its own swimming pool!
And if you were a fan of TV in the ’80-‘90s, you can always opt to stay in the lighthouse made famous in the children’s TV programme Fraggle Rock!
Need a hand looking for a lighthouse holiday cottage?
You can browse all our of lighthouse holiday cottages in the UK below. And then use the filter options on the left, to narrow down what is available until you find your favourite property. They are just one of our many quirky and unusual holiday cottages available to rent throughout the UK.
If you have any questions about booking a lighthouse holiday cottage please feel free to contact us – we’re always happy to help with questions about the cottages and to give you advice before you go ahead and book.
Or if you’d rather put your feet up and have a cuppa whilst we find the perfect place for you, then please contact our concierge service and tell us what you are looking for in your next holiday cottage.
We aim to get back to you with tailored suggestions within 24 hours.
You might also like to read our blog post on 4 Reasons To Stay In A Lighthouse Holiday Cottage.