The world’s most spectacular lighthouse hotels
s more and more lighthouses are decommissioned, they’re finding new life as inns, inviting travelers willing to sacrifice a few amenities in exchange for a dose of splendid isolation—and unbeatable views. Ready to spend your spring getaway on the water (literally)? Book a room at one of these six spectacular lighthouses turned hotels.
Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel
Kirkcolm, Stranraer, Scotland
In fine weather, you can see all the way to Ireland from Scotland’s Corsewall Point lighthouse
Scotland is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, and they just get better the closer you get to the coast. Corsewall Point on Loch Ryan, two hours southwest of Glasgow, is an ideal perch. Rooms and suites are in lovely period buildings at the base of the functioning 1815 lighthouse. Have dinner at the hotel’s charming Red Rosette restaurant, where you can enjoy pigeon and duck from nearby estates or mackerel and sea bass if you’re devoted to the nautical theme. In addition to ocean fishing, you can head inland to golf. Just go easy on that tasty local whisky lest you miss out on the views: from some of the rooms, in clear weather you can see all the way to Ireland.
Learn More: lighthousehotel.co.uk
Saugerties, New York
One hundred miles north of New York City is this redbrick lighthouse, located within a nature conservancy
Not all lighthouses look out onto the ocean—this redbrick beacon keeps watch on the scenic Hudson River, about 100 miles north of New York City. Built in 1869, it is now a museum and a gracious, understated bed and breakfast. The town of Saugerties is known for its antique shops, favorite son Jimmy Fallon and musical pedigree—Bob Dylan and the Band made musical history recording at Big Pink, a house just outside of town. The lighthouse is located within a nature conservancy, which offers 17 acres of wooded trails and wetland views. We recommend you travel light—unless you’re arriving by boat, you’ll have to carry your bags down a half-mile path to the lighthouse.
Learn More: saugertieslighthouse.com
Belle Tout Lighthouse
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Perched atop an impressive chalk cliff, Belle Tout provides sensational views across the English Channel
This property has a history as dramatic as its setting atop one of the tallest chalk cliffs on the southern coast of England. Built in 1832, the Belle Tout Lighthouse was nearly destroyed during World War II. It was restored in the 1950s and later moved about 50 feet back away from the cliffs because of fears of erosion. In 2010, it became an inn boasting sensational views down across the English Channel. The rooms are on the modest side. Check out the Keepers Loft, whose elevated sleeping quarters and nautical theme offer a welcome charm.
Learn More: belletout.co.uk
Grassy dunes surround this Danish tower, which offers sweeping views of the North Sea from 200 feet up
This wonderful lighthouse from 1843 is situated on the northern coast of Denmark, along the North Sea. It’s set in Thy National Park, a rolling landscape that extends in a range of grassy dunes—the perfect landscape for bicycling or horseback riding. You can stay in the pale-yellow-brick former’ keeper’s quarters, and then climb the lighthouse—more than 200 feet—to take in the entire view.
Learn More: hanstholmfyr.dk
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Golden views of the Pacific Ocean visible from your front door make this lighthouse a well-known West Coast treasure
Set on California’s Central Coast, 27 miles north of Santa Cruz, this 1872 lighthouse is one of the best known along the West Coast. You stay in one of the four houses beside the lighthouse at its base. And that name is not a misnomer—it really is a hostel, with all that that entails. Still, there’s nothing to complain about when you open your front door to the Pacific Ocean.
Learn More: norcalhostels.org/pigeon