Searching for a UK getaway with a bit more fl ash? Then head to a lighthouse holiday cottage for a truly enlightening escape
hether it’s a faraway blinking beacon representing the romance of lost love; a storm-ravaged talisman illuminating the drama of ship-wrecked treasure, treachery and smugglers’ coves; or a metaphor for a life spent in solitude and refl ection, lighthouses
hold a very special place in our collective imagination. Now, thanks to The Trinity House Lighthouse Service, the authority that looks aſt er some 65 lighthouses across the UK, you have the opportunity to steer your holiday away from its usual safe course and indulge in your very own seafaring fantasy by hiring a former lighthouse keeper’s cottage. From the craggy coastline of Cornwall to the brooding
cliff s of Whitby, each lighthouse location off ers its own blend of history and scenery, where you can dream of windswept desperados and imagine saving ships from rocky ruin. With 12 destinations to choose from, you could stay at the
cottage of St Catherines on the Isle of Wight, one of the oldest established lighthouses in the UK; head to Nash Point in South Glamorgan for a Welsh week away; or if you really want to enjoy the high (cliff -top) life, why not try Pendeen near Land’s End? Oh, but make sure to take your earplugs – the fog horn still works.
‘Some miles away, the lighthouse liſt s its massive masonry, A pillar of fi re by night,
of cloud by day.’ [‘The Lighthouse’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
We Brits love self-catering holidays, and there are loads of UK destinations that Ocado delivers to – even Burnham High Lighthouse in Somerset. While you relax and check out the comings and goings of the tide, Ocado will deliver your order direct to the lantern room.
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