A historic Lighthouse B&B perched on the white cliffs of Beachy Head, with show-stopping panoramic views and many original features.  
  • Sleeps: 2 per room
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1 per room
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Picture this – a former working lighthouse, steeped in history, which has in its time been a home, a teashop and a filming location for a cult TV classic. Standing proudly atop the stunning white cliffs of Beachy Head, it’s surrounded by heavenly views of the rolling South Downs, the English Channel and the legendary Seven Sisters. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it gets better – you can stay there!

Belle Tout Lighthouse offers a quirky, yet utterly relaxing, bed-and-breakfast experience.  Built in 1832, it has been carefully restored to offer six bedrooms with stunning views of this iconic area, but still retains original features to remind guests of its former purpose.

Watch for ships in the original Lantern Room with a drink in hand, or relax and enjoy panoramic views of spectacular sunsets. The next morning, tuck in to a delicious home-cooked breakfast while looking out across green-topped cliffs and endless sky.

There’s something very special about waking to the sound of seagulls and waves crashing on the rocks below. Belle Tout’s comfortable bedrooms are finished to a very high standard, and each one has en-suite shower facilities (the beautiful Old England room offers an extra splash of luxury with a full-size bath).

New England offers wall-to-wall views of the South Downs, while the seaside-inspired Beach Hut room gives an additional view of the Beachy Head lighthouse. To look out upon the legendary Seven Sisters, stay in Shiraz with its luxurious soft furnishings. But if it’s original features that top your list, opt for The Captain’s Cabin with its brick fireplace, or for ultra-quirkiness, spend a night in The Keeper’s Loft – the former lighthouse keeper’s bunkroom. It’s not every day you get to sleep in a round brick room, climbing the original ladder to the mezzanine bed for a cosy night’s sleep!

Belle Tout is ideally located for walkers, being situated on the popular South Downs Way – a 100-mile trail through prehistoric sites, pretty villages and unspoilt nature. And if you’re not quite that ambitious, you can still get your daily dose of sea air on your way to the local pub! The Beachy Head is only five minutes away, offering hearty meals, cask ales and fine wines, while The Tiger Inn is a little step further in the sleepy village of East Dean (enjoy delicious food out on the green – weather permitting!).

A stay at Belle Tout is also perfect for discovering the south coast’s many gems. Drive to Eastbourne in less than 15 minutes for the town’s many shops and restaurants, or relax on the golden sands of its award-winning beaches. Further afield, Brighton and Hastings are under an hour away – ideal for day-trippers!

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At a glance

  • Six beautifully decorated rooms offering fantastic vistas, en-suite facilities and original features
  • Unspoilt views of the English Channel, South Downs, Beachy Head lighthouse, Seven Sisters and Birling Gap from original Lantern Room
  • Ideally located for walking the South Downs Way
  • Only 15-mins drive from Eastbourne; less than an hour from Brighton and Hastings


  • Seaside Breaks


All en-suite rooms (plus full size bath in Old England room), heating, towels, breakfast, WiFi/internet access, hairdryer, DVD player, TV, open fire/woodburner, lantern room, garden/terrace, panoramic views, free onside parking, breakfast with finest local ingredients.

Please contact the owner directly with any questions.

Local activities

Beach, cycling, golf, boat trips, museums, galleries, guided walks, zoo/wildlife parks, horse riding, wine tasting, historic/heritage sites.

More information

Photography by Rob Wassell.

Things to note

2 night minimum stay. A 1 night stay booking can be made, subject to availability, within 7-10 days of your proposed arrival date. 50% deposit charged at the time of your reservation, with the remaining balance payable on departure.

30% discount given off room rate for single occupancy in Captain’s Cabin and Keeper’s Loft and 15% off all other rooms.

The Belle Tout regrets they are unable to accommodate children under the age of 15 years, Stag and Hen parties or pets.

Where you'll be staying

Beachy Head, East Sussex

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