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Belle Tout Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 75 Eastbourne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had first become aware of the Belle Tout via a TV programme that followed its amazing move back from the edge of the cliffs and vowed to stay there one day. We had this chance just recently and can honestly say it was a memorable experience. It would have been easy for the owners just to trade on its unique location, but the Belle Tout has been finished to an extremely high standard, the place just oozes class. All the pictures and ornaments compliment the building, and our room was just fantastic with panoramic views over the Downs. The lounge area is a delight and the lamp room at the top of the tower gives amazing 360 degree views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Our room was spotlesly clean and a delight to relax in. The manager Ian was a perfect host, made us feel most welcome, and cooked a delicious breakfast.
There are great walks along the cliffs and into the countryside, and great food to be had locally.
If you are visting the area make a point of booking a stay at Belle Tout, you will have a stay you will never forget.

Room Tip: We loved our room, called New England, on the ground floor with a view of the Downs. Big panoramic w...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank what_horizon
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hi pthomas394,
A very big thank you indeed!! Such a wonderful review. I am so glad you had a wonderful short break. I'm also very happy when my guests embrace the varied history the lighthouse has had and enjoy finding out more when they are here with us. I'm so glad to be part of the history now and look forward to it's future!! I hope we see you in the future also.
Kindest regards
Ian

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

I stayed here in August during a perfectly sunny weekend and had a perfect stay. The rooms are so unique and they have made wonderful use of the space available, I would say that the rooms are even better than the photos. The rooms are extremely clean and every need is catered for. The views are incredible from the lantern room and I would guess that these are just as magical whatever time of year that you choose to stay and whatever the weather. I do love all the different types of weather and would imagine even in a huge storm the views would be incredible.
There are wonderful walks available in the surrounding area and it isn't too far to walk to Eastbourne or try to opposite direction and visit the beach at Birling Gap.
Shirley and Ian also make you feel so welcome, providing a history to the lighthouse and then dishing up tasty breakfasts each morning, I regret not indulging in the special that was on offer each morning but will do so during my next stay as I can't wait until I am able to revisit.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank sjwatson21
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hi sjwatson21,
Thank you for your kind words. It is great when the weather is as good as it was when you stayed with us. You are right though, it's just as spectacular in the middle of a good storm tucked up in the warm!!
I'll look forward to seeing you again in the depths of winter, waterproofs maybe required then??
Regards
Ian

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Cant say anything any different from anyone else. Part of a birthday treat for husband - just wished i had foregone another hotel for a second night here!!!
Everything is of a very high standard - couldn't fault one thing. Stayed in beach hut - beautiful wee room. My hubby works away alot and said it is the best place he has ever stayed.
Dont hesitate to book - worth every penny and more actually. Cant wait to go again - a real treat.
Enjoy.

Room Tip: rooms on lower floor larger but not as good a view as 1st floor - but still wonderful.
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2  Thank Maya1408
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hi Maya1408,
Thank you for a fantastic review. I'm so glad that you and your husband enjoyed his birthday treat. If you ever find yourself in the South East again it would be great to see you.
Once again, many thanks.
Ian

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed at the Belle Tout with our wonderful friends for their silver wedding anniversary. Our only disappointment was that we only had the chance to stay for one night only, rather than for two, as did the rest of the Belle Tout anniversary party. What a night though! Fantastic. We slept in the Keepers Loft, tiny but unbelievably creative with space and with a super comfortable bed reached by climbing the loft ladder. We enjoyed a glorious breakfast that was superbly cooked by our host Ian in the splendid dining area next to hugely comfortable and welcoming lounge area, and followed it with a photo call of the panoramic vistas from the glorious viewing gallery at the top of the lighthouse. This place is fabulous and we would highly recommend it. Do go and enjoy. If you are not too agile do choose one of the other equally splendid rooms, but if you are nimble and like a touch of the unusual, go for climbing the loft ladder in the bijoux Keepers Loft. Congratulations and thank you to Ian for such exceptional hospitality. We will come again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hi jane49_11,
Thank you for a fantastic review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the anniversary party. It's great when a group of friends as nice as yours take over the place and i could tell that a good time was being had by all.
We look forward to seeing you again soon for a longer stay.
Kind Regards
Ian

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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

This was a birthday treat in 2010 from my husband and it was perfect. Food was excellent, service was fantastic. I would definitely look to return.
The location is perfect and if the weather is good the view from the top is fantastic especially at night

  • Stayed: October 2011
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hi Pippa S,
Thank you for your kind review. I am so glad you had an enjoyable birthday treat and we hope to see you again in the future.
Kindest Regards
Ian

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Had a great one night stay, owners could not have been more helpful or welcoming.
We came back from a smashing dinner at the nearby Tiger Inn to have drinks in the top of the lighthouse. We made some lovely friends as we watched the sun go down.

Slept like tops and then enjoyed a fantastic breakfast. Go, it's amazing.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank David T
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Hi David T,
Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you had a wonderful stay with us and many thanks for your recomendation on here!! It's great when people meet up here and gain new friends in this amazing setting. I can't think of anything better than drinks at sunset in the lamproom, the views change by the hour.
Once again, many thanks.
Ian

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed at the Belle tout on the 11th and 12th September. The lighthouse has been refurbished to an excellent standard with the original features successfully incorporated into the layout of the bedrooms, dining room and lounge areas. And to top it all off the light room is a circular lounge area, with stunning views across the Channel, Seven Sisters and the South Downs.

If this wasn't enough, the customer care, attention and beautiful breakfasts lovingly prepared by Ian, the manager and fantastic chef, and Shirley are to die for! I can't recommend Belle Tout highly enough, we were able to use Belle Tout as our base to enjoy beautiful and energetic walks taking in the breathtaking scenery. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Brinkhurst
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belletoutmanagement, Manager at Belle Tout Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2012

Hi Brinkhurst,
A big thank you for your reccomendation to our future guests! Both myself and Shirley really enjoyed hosting for you, we are so glad that you loved your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Regards
Ian

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Additional Information about Belle Tout Lighthouse

Address: Belle Toute Lighthouse Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne BN20 0AE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Eastbourne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Eastbourne
Price Range: $185 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Belle Tout Lighthouse at Beachy Head is a hotel with a difference. Built in 1832 and decommissioned in 1902, a tea-shop, a home, part-destroyed during the second world war and lovingly rebuilt in the 50's. Owned and filmed by the BBC, moved due to erosion - and now, beautifully restored and renovated.With 360 degree views of the English Channel, beautiful landscape, countryside and the enigmatic Seven Sisters, Belle Tout is a remarkable place to stay.With themed rooms such as 'The Captains Cabin', 'Old England' and 'Keepers Loft', the accommodation and facilities will ensure a comfortable and memorable break. ... more   less 
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