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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.

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
  • 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

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

North Devon
Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the Great Hangman (National Trust) near Combe Martin, 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. 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, whilst the lively coastal towns in the area Lynton, 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.

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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

  • 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

  • Dale Reeve
    • December 2014
    • UK
    Fantastic stay

    We had a fantastic stay and were very pleased with the cottage. The location was great, as were the facilities within the accommodation.

  • Ian Hands
    • February 2014
    • Hampshire
    Wonderful stay

    Wonderful stay. The remote location is amazing with a drive down to the lighthouse not for those with a nervous disposition! The accommodation has everything you need, is warm and spotlessly clean. For those looking for something different, just go ahead and book, you won't regret it.

  • Kin Goodacre
    • January 2014
    • Cornwall
    We wanted for nothing

    What made this place special .......After arriving after dark in fog and rain, entering the cottage was like going back in time to a lovely period, warm and welcoming solid place in the most remote environment. No wifi, no phone signal (there is a payphone) made the family interact and play classic games (a huge variety in the cupboard provided) which went down an absolute storm, excuse the pun, the wind was howling the whole time which merely added to the whole experience and we would gladly visit again and again. The beds were comfortable, the building spacious, the kitchen well equipped and surprisingly we wanted for nothing.

  • The Bonner family
    • December 2013
    • Wales
    Remarkably remote and scenic

    The location is remarkably remote and scenic. The cottage has been done up so that we still had the feeling of living as lighthouse keepers but in real comfort - the character of the building had been well preserved. The whole place had a really welcoming feel and it was delightfully warm on arrival. The welcome tray, drink & calendar added to the excitement of the place.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2013
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    Would visit again

    The photos on the website do not do this cottage justice, it is far more spectacular. The remote location, beautiful furnishings and absolutely everything we could have needed was fantastic. Table tennis was a real highlight and the welcome note, milk in the fridge, biscuits and fresh flowers were a nice touch. We would definitely visit again.

  • Megan Arnold
    I have travelled all over the globe for the past 13 years and I believe this to be the most amazing locations

    I have travelled all over the globe for the past 13 years and I believe this to be the most amazing locations I've ever stayed. I celebrated my 10th year as an Australian living in England in this fantastic property. The drive to the lighthouse is unbelievable and it is the perfect location for a group of people to have a truly memorable experience. The towns around this location are full of quirky shops, friendly people, good food and great walks and drive. An truly memorable way to celebrate the best of England!

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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