Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Lighthouse converted in to a charming and unique B&B, slap bang on the South Downs Way, complete with panoramic views of the English Channel, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

  • 12
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
£160-240 per night


Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

How to book

Belle Tout Lighthouse is owned and managed by David Shaw.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with David Shaw.

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The highlights
  • Belle Tout serves a wonderful breakfast - with a large offering including full English, Tuscan toast and Eggs Benedict.
  • Belle Tout has a fascinating history - it was built in 1832, decommissioned in 1902, was once a home and a tea shop, was part destroyed in WWII and rebuilt in the 1950’s. The entire building was even moved to make sure it didn’t fall into the sea!
  • The Lighthouse’s position on the Sussex Heritage coast, and on the South Downs Way, is simply perfect - miles of beauty to explore and close enough to both Eastbourne to the east and Brighton to the west to ensure you always have something to do.

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You should know
  • Belle Tout’s rooms are not the largest as they are built into the original structure of the lighthouse - the largest rooms are the New and Old England rooms and the smallest is the the lighthouse keeper’s room.
  • The hotel doesn’t offer dinner or lunch options but there are plenty of restaurants in nearby Eastbourne and a handful of pubs and restaurants all within 10 minutes of the lighthouse.

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The detail

A lovingly converted 19th Century lighthouse perched on the pristine chalky white cliffs of Beachy Head, just west of Eastbourne with 360-degree views of the English Channel. The Belle Tout mixes modern luxuries with a unique setting quite literally on the very edge of England’s south coast. Belle Tout’s rooms are individually styled - Shiraz & Old England are two of our favourites, and each is bright and airy with well-considered touches to make each stay perfectly sublime.

The views are spectacular. No matter which way you look, you are faced with the splendours of the English wilds. On one side - the blue waters of the Channel crash onto the rocks, providing not just idyllic scenery, but also a calming soundtrack should you venture out for a late night stroll, while on the other - the green tops of the Seven Sisters cliffs rise up and down in elegant undulations into the rich blue hues of the sky. Every effort has been made to keep the original features of the lighthouse, but you’ll marvel at just how much attention has been paid to comfort and enjoyment. The lamp room for example is lit blue at night and comes with a telescope to help you spy on passing ships, or you can simply sit back in comfort and enjoy view.

Belle Tout’s cosy rooms are furnished to a high standard and come with large double aspect windows, white walls and some with exposed brickwork, soft homely furnishings and inviting shower rooms. The reception floor is home to three rooms - Shiraz which is decorated in warm colours and looks out onto the Birling Gap, the colourful Beach Hut room which has some of the best views of the Beachy Head working lighthouse and the Captains Cabin which comes with a fireplace and exposed brick walls. The lower ground floor has a further two rooms - the traditional Old England room and the modern New England Room - Old England is our favourite and comes with splendid views over the countryside and a spacious bath. The circular Lighthouse Keeper’s bunkroom comes with a exposed brick walls, a fireplace and views out over Beachy Head.

This is the perfect spot to go for walks as it is slap bang on the South Downs Way. You can explore the rustic coastline and visit the nearby town of Eastbourne - which is perfectly situated just a few miles east of Beachy Head. If you get peckish and don’t feel like a journey into the town, then the Beachy Head pub is just five minutes away and serves seasonal pub food in a charming environment. Slightly further is The Tiger at East Dean - The quintessential English country pub on the village green.

  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Heating
  • No Dogs
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Off road free parking
  • Beach (sea)
  • Restaurants
  • Mountain Biking
  • Zoo/Wildlife park
  • Wine tasting
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Historical sites
  • Golf
  • Bird watching
£160-240 per night

Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

How to book

Belle Tout Lighthouse is owned and managed by David Shaw.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with David Shaw.

Request To Book
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  Nearest Airport
1 1/2 hours from Gatwick Airport

Detailed pricing info

Prices are per double en-suite room per night with breakfast for 2 people.


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