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The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage

Lynton, Devon

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This unique building offers a simpler style of accommodation that is ideal for groups of walkers, birdwatchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery. You may get a chance to see dolphins, porpoise and gannets fishing at high tide from the lighthouse. which is still operating, and was automated in 1994, but you may be relieved to hear that the foghorn is no longer in use.

Our guests have spotted Peregrine Falcons in mid flight, buzzards, stonechat and a host of sea birds as well as deer, sheep and ponies on the moor. Woolacombe beach is one of the best in Devon and is ideal for families and surfing. The beautiful village of Porlock with its weir is just a short and delightful car drive away and Exmoor is a delight to explore.

Enjoy a visit to the Trust’s historic tea-garden and old fishing lodge at Watersmeet, deep in the wooded valley just inland from here. The nearest shops and restaurants are nearby in Lynton and Lynmouth.

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The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen and dining room, sitting room, snug, boot room, six bedrooms (2 doubles, 2 twins and 2 singles) and bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
Other floor
Lower Floor: shower room, laundry room and games room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: There is a walled yard but no garden. It is possible to climb over this wall and be on the open cliff edge. Children must therefore be supervised at all times.

Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am till dusk daily, for more information call 01598 763556

Approach to cottage: The lighthouse is approached via a long narrow metalled road which descends steeply and with three hairpin bends. The drive is not recommended for nervous drivers.

We also strongly recommend that visitors arrive before dark.

Parking: There is parking for 4 cars and a sloping path leads to a long flight of 54 granite steps that descend steeply to the cottage.

Please note: There is a walled yard and plenty of space around the cottage but no garden. It is possible to climb over this wall and be on the open cliff edge. Children must therefore be supervised at all times.

The cliff falls immediately below the cottage to the sea and rises steeply behind the building.

Local Suppliers: There are two good Pubs in Countisbury and Brendon, both are just a short car drive away.

Cottage details
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  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. While on the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you?re a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking, the beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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  • Minehead and West Somerset Steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open top double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park
  • South West Coast Path.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Rogers
    • September 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable....

    The fresh flowers & hand-written welcome note were a great start to the holiday and were appreciated by everyone in the party. The quirkiness of the location and the excellent welcome folder with good suggestions for walks helped us enjoy the area. We also really liked the rucksack with the blanket, lunch-box, torch, map etc. although we had most of these items, it was nice to know that if we'd forgotten any, we could have used them - the map was the most useful item and saved us buying one just for the weekend. Very simple & friendly booking process.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    The view, the space. Wonderful stay at The LightHouse footage; Everything was perfect.

  • Tim Davies
    • April 2015
    • London
    Thoughtfully converted

    Awesome location and thoughtfully restored and converted. Great NOT to have wifi! Very calming break which helped our friends all have fun. Great access to exciting walks, including to the local pub. Really liked the room layout. Kitchen diner and lounge opposite worked well for our large group. Enough seats for all! Thoughtful links between historic use and current cottage use. E.g history of lighthouse keepers lives and design plans

  • Chris Garland
    • March 2015
    • Hertfordshire
    Spectacular place!

    The level of cleanliness and quality of equipment and furnishings were first class which we really appreciated rather a long day out in this beautiful part of the world. Never ending hot water and wonderfully comfortable beds. We had a truly great time - keep up the good work! Location, Location, Location. I booked The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage as a treat for a few friends, I always like somewhere different and unusual - I was not disappointed. What a spectacular place the approach is incredible, not for us as scary as in the brochure suggests although you have to be careful not to get lost in the scenery if you are driving! We didn't expect such luxury but where blown away by the accommodation and views. We will be talking about The Lighthouse Keepers cottage for some time.

  • Jenny Cornell
    • March 2015
    • Bristol
    Made special by:

    The location and the walking available from the cottage The lighthouse was an amazing location a perfect setting for a weekend away with good friends. Have already recommended it to many people

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