A unique family cottage that's styled for luxurious nautical comfort, with glorious sea-and-wildlife views from the mesmerising South Walney Nature Reserve.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

Dreamily positioned at the southern tip of Cumbria, South Walney Nature Reserve is a paradise for wildlife-watchers.

Home to a grey seal colony, nesting gulls, and richly diverse bird life, the rugged island also features towering dunes and spectacular sea views, for a stay that’s rich in scenic, windswept fascination.

Nestled at the bottom of the 19th century, Grade II listed lighthouse tower, Lighthouse Cottage is ideal for a family in need of a natureful escape, sleeping six guests in three ground-floor bedrooms.

These include a sumptuous kingsize master, with an en-suite walk-in shower, and a wall-mounted TV to watch before you drift off to a sound night’s sleep.

The second whimsically decorated bedroom features a skylight, with zip-and-link twin beds that can be made into a kingsize if needed, while the art-adorned ‘Red Room’ comes equipped with a kingsize sofa bed – when you’re not using the room as a chic second lounge, that is.

You’ll find the spacious family bathroom on the ground floor too, gainfully equipped with a large shower-over bath… oh, and there’s a utility room with a washing machine and a tumble dryer, both essential items after a long day exploring the nature reserve!

Head upstairs to discover the sociable living and dining space, complete with a warming woodburner, squishy sofas, and binoculars to help you spot the wildlife amongst the dunes a little better! Use the guidebooks provided to help you identify the many species you’re sure to see.

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At a glance

  • A unique family cottage, positioned at the bottom of the Grade II-listed Walney Lighthouse, in the heart of South Walney Nature Reserve, Cumbria.
  • The cottage is fully self-contained, with a fitted contemporary kitchen and a family bathroom on the ground floor, and a living/kitchen area on the first floor.
  • There are three ground-floor bedrooms; an en-suite kingsize master room, a second kingsize or twin room, and a third bedroom/second lounge that features a kingsize sofa bed.
  • Explore the surrounding dunes and nature reserve, with its grey seal colony and diverse bird life. Shops and restaurants are two miles away, in nearby Barrow-in-Furness.
  • The neighbouring cottage can also be booked to accommodate larger groups of up to 8 guests.


  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Seaside Breaks


Unique lighthouse cottage, sleeps 6 guests.  Ground floor: three bedrooms (1 kingsize en-suite master with wall mounted TV, second bedroom with kingsize/twin beds, third room with kingsize sofa bed), family bathroom with shower over bath, WC. Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.  Stairs to first floor: lounge/diner with dining table and chairs, sofas, TV/DVD player, binoculars and wildlife guidebooks, log-burner.  Fitted kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer, integrated dishwasher, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, dishes, cutlery, utensils.  Outside: furnished patio, private parking.

Local Activities

Nature reserve, seal spotting, bird watching, walking, cafés and restaurants

More information

The fitted kitchen area is packed with modern culinary equipment and a little more besides, such as a sleek Krups/Nespresso coffee machine, and an integrated dishwasher… though if you prefer eating out, you’ll find nearby Barrow-in-Furness teeming with cafés and restaurants.

If you’re staying put, you could start with wandering the many trails you’ll find leading through the dunes… why not keep track of the different bird species you spot on your way?

Managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the surrounding nature reserve is also a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, which means there’s plenty to see and do in almost every direction, while slightly further afield lie the many and varied charms of the Lake District.

However you decide to spend the day, the highlight will surely involve coming together by evening, either in that magnificent lounge, or out on the furnished patio, for a relaxing round of storytelling and sunset-watching.

Things to note

Check in between 4pm – 10pm, check out at 10am. Due to the cottage’s position on a protected and closely monitored nature reserve, no pets are permitted. A high chair is available on request. Please note there is a long bumpy road to access the property.

Where you'll be staying

Walney, Cumbria

What the guests of Lighthouse Cottage say

“We had an amazing break in your superb house. The house had everything one could need. We loved just walking out of the house and seeing the wonderful scenery. The kids loved the seals and the birds! We are going home very well rested.”

“We have had a lovely and relaxing stay at the lighthouse. It was lovely being surrounded by the cows the seals and the birds. We loved our daily walks listening to the sea and coming back to the lighthouse which was warm and cosy with the fire on. Thank you so much for the lovely stay. We will definitely be back!”

“An amazingly quiet and peaceful stay. This part of the NW is beautiful with so much to see and do. The Lakes aren’t far away either! Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely house. The island is so tranquil.”

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