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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.

Why not have a look at some of our other holiday cottages in Devon.

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: Air Source heating included.

Parking: There is parking for 4 cars and a sloping path leads to a long flight of 58 granite steps that descend steeply to the cottage.

Garden: There is a walled yard with a picnic table.

Accessibility: The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage 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.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

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.

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
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Gould
    • April 2017
    • Worcestershire
    Thoroughly recommended

    We stayed at the Lighthouse Keepers cottage for a family 60th birthday celebration weekend. There were 14 of us, so 4 stayed in a separate b&b, which meant a drive in the dark up the precarious track. The property was perfect for what we wanted, we were blessed with perfect weather. The property is well laid out, very clean on arrival. Absolutely fantastic, thoroughly recommended.

  • Mr Clark
    • April 2017
    • London
    Very enjoyable stay

    It was wonderful!

  • Ms Griffin
    • December 2016
    • Hertfordshire
    Pretty much perfect!

    We had a fantastic holiday at The Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. It was pretty much perfect in every way! The scenery was stunning and the accommodation was well appointed and comfortable. The location was perfect for good walks and exploring the local area. The communication beforehand with staff was helpful and friendly. We will definitely be choosing to holiday again here and at other National Trust properties.

  • Mrs K Langer
    • July 2016
    • Hampshire
    Spotlessly clean

    The location made it for us - you can't get the type of property/location easily. I must say the place was spotlessly clean. Little extras like providing coffee and biscuits was a welcome sight too.

  • Miss J Shelton
    • March 2016
    • Oxfordshire

    The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage was spectacular! The decor was lovely, the kitchen well-equipped and the furniture was robust and comfortable. It had an amazingly "new" feel to it, considering how many people had stayed there before us. We loved the extras provided by the caretakers- it was clear they look after the property well and it made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. I've told all my family, friends and colleagues about it so I'd be surprised if you don't have a booking from one of them soon- they were all very impressed!

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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