Accommodation on Lundy Island, on the North Devon coast of England is remarkable. The island, privately owned by The National Trust, has 23 beautifully restored properties ranging from a coastguard watch house, a fisherman’s chalet, a castle keep to a lighthouse. Each property is unique and if you, like us, love staying in unusual places, then Lundy island is certainly the place to come adventuring.
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I’ve hankered to stay in a lighthouse since I was a young girl, my nose buried in countless Famous Five novels. I still can’t think of a more exciting prospect of bedding down for the night, perched on a blustery headland, the rough seas lashing salty spray against the windowpanes.
My childhood wish was finally realised, amid the blowy Atlantic westerly winds on our recent stay in the charming Old Lighthouse Upper on Lundy Island.
The Old Lighthouse accommodation on Lundy island is the perfect base to explore the wilds of this tiny island
Getting to Lundy
Staying on Lundy – the first few hours
Staying in the Old Lighthouse
The Old Lighthouse history
The Old Lighthouse accommodation
Lundy Island shop – groceries
The lounge is cosy with two deep, indulgent arm chairs and a sofa around the log burner. It wasn’t particularly cold during our stay and although the flat had storage heaters, we much preferred to light the fire to amp up the cosy factor after returning through the wild from a hearty pub dinner (you can order smokeless coal at the pub which they thankfully deliver to your door). With tired children and waning energy levels after a full day in the blustery outdoors, it’s exactly what we needed – a glass of wine around the fire with good company. It doesn’t get better than that!
The views from the lighthouse are, as you’d expect, high and far reaching over the Atlantic ocean and the coastal paths. Sheep graze on the grass underneath the windows and didn’t bother us the many visitors who turn up in the day to gaze up at this iconic Lundy building.
We were seriously impressed with the logistics of The Landmark Trust – everything runs like clockwork. From making your booking, transportation to the island & the efficient luggage delivery, it was a pure pleasure.
And although the salty sea spray didn’t exactly reach our windows, waking every morning to the chatter of bird song, the baahing of contented sheep, and the thundering waves crashing far below, Old Lighthouse – you didn’t disappoint. Rather you’ve hooked me.
If you’re seeking adventure, have a thirst for the outdoors, and love wildlife, I strongly recommend a visit to Lundy. And, if you want it to be a memory that lasts forever, one of those special ingrained warm memories that make you feel fuzzy inside, book one of the Landmark’s exceptional properties, and be one of the few when the boat leaves. You’ll be in paradise.
Old Lighthouse Upper sleeps 5, no dogs allowed, and costs from £267 for a two-night stay. Book well ahead as Lundy is very popular even in Winter. You can book 2-3 years in advance!
You can also camp on Lundy (National Trust members can camp for free!).
Have you been to Lundy? I’d love to hear your stories and which accommodation you stayed in. (I’m longing to try out Tibbets next, the old signal and watch station and the remotest property of the island with no electricity!)
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