A former coastguard tower, stylishly transformed into a cool, contemporary retreat with spectacular views from Littlehampton's iconic seafront.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Perfectly situated directly on the promenade at Littlehampton, The Little Lookout is a stunning retreat for up to four guests in dire need of some Vitamin Sea!

A former coastguard tower constructed in 1931, the four-storey building was once used as a lookout during the Second World War, and there have been rumours that Ian Fleming wrote some of his famous James Bond Books there, too… so, what better excuse to unleash your own creative spirit?

Expertly renovated by the owners’ family business, The Little Lookout is now a unique, light-filled gem with white walls, soft wood, cosy furnishings, and plenty of high-end fixtures and fittings.

A spiral staircase winds through the tower, effortlessly connecting you with the delights to be found on each storey. You’ll find the bespoke-crafted kitchen on the ground floor, elegantly accented by stone worktops, and a gleaming gold Lusso Stone sink and tap (translation: even non-cooks will love whipping up feasts here!)

Next up is the indulgent first-floor bathroom, created from herringbone marble stone. Freshen up in the walk-in shower, or take a languorous evening soak in the huge bathtub that faces the sea and river mouth… your choice.

The third floor is home to the sumptuous bedroom, with double doors that lead out to a balcony that’s perfect for lazy morning coffee (for the best views, try setting your alarm for sunrise… it’ll be worth it!)

Last but by no means least, you’ll discover the spectacular living space on the fourth and final floor. Flanked by windows on either side, and boasting a gorgeous vaulted ceiling – not to mention a second, larger balcony for evening cocktails – you’ll be in coastal heaven.

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At a glance

  • A unique four-storey coastal retreat with spectacular sea views, expertly transformed from the historic coastguard tower on the promenade at Littlehampton.
  • The Lookout sleeps up to 4 guests in one third-floor double bedroom and a double futon sofa bed in the top floor living space.
  • There are two scenic balconies on the third and fourth floors – ideal for morning coffee and evening cocktails!
  • The retreat is ideally placed to explore Littlehampton’s most-loved attractions, including the café-and-restaurant-strewn promenade walkway, two award-winning beaches, and the iconic Stage by the Sea.
  • Slightly further afield, you can head to Brighton, or explore the South Downs.


  • Seaside Breaks


Restored four-storey coastguard tower, sleeps 4 guests.  Spiral staircase throughout.  Ground floor entrance hall into bespoke, well-equipped kitchen with NEFF appliances, Lusso Stone sink and tap, stone worktops.  Second floor: marble stone bathroom with WC, walk-in shower, bathtub with sea and river views, towels.  Third floor: double bedroom with double doors to balcony.  Fourth floor: vaulted ceiling living space with seating, double futon sofa bed, Bluetooth sound system, selection of books, doors to second balcony.

Local Activities

Beaches, promenade walks, shops, cafés, restaurants, historic sites, unique architecture

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(You may even wish for a stormy day, as the views are truly magnificent from here – just grab a cushion, or wrap yourself up in a cosy throw, and get blissfully lost in the seascape.)

If you can tear yourselves away, there’s lots to reward you in the surrounding area. Nestled on the coastal plain below the South Downs, and running alongside the River Arun, the Littlehampton scenery is glorious in every direction – so don’t forget your camera.

In fact, the promenade walkway begins right from your front door, strewn with coffee shops and restaurants.

And with two award-winning beaches, a huge seafront green, a packed cultural calendar, and eye-catching architecture that includes the famous Stage by the Sea and Britain’s Longest Bench, it’s unlikely you’ll have the chance to feel bored.

(You may find yourself putting that novel idea on hold… at least until your next visit!)

Things to note

Check in after 3pm, check out by 10am. Pets are not permitted. Please note that there is no parking on the premises, public parking is available for a small fee per day.

Where you'll be staying

Littlehampton, West Sussex

What the guests of The Little Lookout say

“A truly five star experience, with phenomenal views, and gulls flying below you, as you gaze from the balcony, at the ever changing panorama. A wonderful getaway, in an unparalleled position, taking in countryside, harbour mouth and miles of beaches! You are indeed, King of the Castle! This trip honoured my parents, who both succumbed to Covid at the beginning of 2021, but who in fact, gave great consideration to purchasing the tower. Leila and Cal have achieved a truly remarkable transformation, from the original ‘raw state’ we saw, and have skillfully created a wonderful spot to indulge in an English Seaside holiday with a stylish twist. I believe, in a very short time, The Little Lookout, with its magical, high end finish, will be as ‘in demand as the Clavell Tower’, book it now, while you can! We will be back!”

“The Little Lookout is absolutely exquisite: the interior is finished to an incredibly high standard, it’s really beautiful and the view is absolutely fantastic. You are right in the thick of it on the seafront and curious people do peer in the kitchen window, so you might not want to go down and make a cup of tea in your pants. By the evening, and in the early morning, though, you have whole the beach to yourself. We swam multiple times and even drank champagne sundowners out of paper cups on the beach on Saturday evening. (If you like to picnic, take your own beach-friendly cups and glasses, et cetera). It’s glorious. Can’t wait to go back.”

“Leila’s place is really unique and special. We will always remember going to sleep with the sounds of the waves and light of the moon reflecting on the sea. Cant think of anywhere else in Britain that you can have a similar experience so close to the sea. Thank you!”

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