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There’s something about lighthouses – most people love them, and some even create bucket lists with plans to visit some of the most alluring. But did you know that there are some lighthouses you can spend the night in? If you’re passionate about those beacons of light, you might want to consider planning your next vacation around one of these dreamy lighthouse Airbnbs.
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Enjoy a unique and remote stay in this Lighthouse Cottage located in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Guaranteeing a tranquil stay, it sits on a 2.5-acre compound with private gardens on the small island of Davaar, accessed via 4 X 4 (prearranged for you by your hosts) or on foot at low tide. Beautifully restored, it accommodates up to two guests who can enjoy breathtaking sea views and the ultimate spot for relaxing.
This picturesque lighthouse and head keeper’s house in Point Arena, a little over three hours north of San Francisco in Mendocino County, offers accommodation for up to four in the two-bedroom home that used to house the head lightkeeper and his family. Enjoy spectacular views of the crashing waves on 23 private acres, a wood-burning fireplace and a fully-stocked kitchen. Guests have full access to the entire grounds, trails, a museum, gift store and the lighthouse when it’s open too.
The Link cottage at Cromer Lighthouse accommodates up to two guests and is one of two semi-detached cottages at the lighthouse. The original light was built in 1680, but the white octagonal tower you see today was constructed in 1833, and in 1990 it was converted to automated operation. Enjoy the magnificent sea views and a convenient location, with a 10-minute stroll along the beach or coastal path leading to the town of Cromer with its shops, pubs and eateries featuring tasty local seafood, including popular Cromer crab sandwiches.
Located in the seaside city of Pula on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, renowned for its Roman ruins and mouthwatering food scene, Verudica is a beautiful 1877 lighthouse that was renovated in 2012. Accommodating up to six in three bedrooms, it comes complete with a fully-equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi, set along a cliff, just over 30 feet from a pebbly beach with smooth, flat rocks for sunbathing and boasts stunning views of the Adriatic.
Located just across Burlington Bay from Hamilton under an hour from Toronto, the Lighthouse Inn offers a budget-friendly stay for up to three with views of the harbor near a salmon river, swimming area and walking trails. There’s a kitchen, sitting area and bathroom on the first level, while the second has a bedroom for two and the third can be used for a child’s bedroom or an area to enjoy relaxing.
Set among the high cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast in England, Galatea cottage is one of two located at Whitby Lighthouse, sleeping up to five guests in three bedrooms. Enjoy the spectacular sea views and outstanding amenities like a well-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, television with a CD and DVD player and outdoor furniture for unwinding while gazing out at the water. Nearby, some of the best sea trout fishing can be enjoyed on the Yorkshire Esk river, while world-class mountain biking is possible in nearby Dalby Forest.
Located along the Southern Ireland coast in County Cork, the Galley Head Lightkeepers’ Houses lie atop dramatic cliffs below the lighthouse, overlooking St George’s Channel, for jaw-dropping views from every vantage point. There are two bedrooms accommodating up to four, along with a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, garden and outdoor furniture for unwinding with the salty sea breeze.
Located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the province’s fourth-largest urban area, Stolen View Lighthouse offers the chance to step into the shoes of a lighthouse keeper. It’s been voted among the top places in Canada to stay, providing a unique experience for up to eight guests in three bedrooms. It comes complete with awe-inspiring views from the rooftop deck, the 360-degree watch room floor and main floor window seats that overlook Rustico Bay and a golf course. The property includes a private sandy beach for strolling and a large natural playground.
Located in Niton on the Isle of Wight about three hours from London, Gurnard Cottage at St. Catherine’s Lighthouse sleeps up to four guests and offers easy access to a beach as well as the coastal resort of Ventnor nearby. It comes with a kitchen, washer/dryer and a TV with a DVD/CD player as well as Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy a tour of the lighthouse year-round, and a real ale pub that’s just a 10-minute walk up the hill.
A lighthouse that was once used by the U.S. Coast Guard from 1849 to the 1940s, Wings Neck Lighthouse lies near Cape Cod Canal and is connected by a breezeway to a three-bedroom home that sleeps up to eight guests. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Atlantic, a private beach that’s just steps away, and climbing the mahogany spiral staircase of the light to view the ocean from the lantern room and read about its history. The house itself offers historic charm and includes a living room with a fieldstone fireplace that opens to a large eat-in kitchen.
Enjoy this lighthouse apartment that’s set along Playa Venao in Provincia de Los Santos on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. You’ll have direct access to the long white sandy beach that’s popular for its surf break and an amazing 360-degree of the water too. The apartment comes with a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bathroom, along with Wi-Fi, accommodating up to two guests.
This still-functioning lighthouse lies on the shores of Lake Ontario, 30 minutes from Rochester, New York. Converted into a charming Victorian B&B, it has a solarium and lakeside patio for relaxing, while the B&B-style rooms feature period decor and a private bathroom with a claw-footed Jacuzzi tub. Look forward to a delicious morning meal every day of your stay, and make it complete by climbing to the top of the light tower.
This four-bedroom lighthouse cottage is located in one of the world’s most breathtaking places, the Scottish Highlands. It sits on an island off the coast of the famously beautiful Isle of Skye and can be accessed on foot or by boat. You’ll be able to enjoy the lighthouse and the island all to yourself, including scenic views of the water and Isle Ornsay. It accommodates up to seven comfortably in four bedrooms and has a well-equipped kitchen too. Look forward to great beachcombing, relaxing with a jaw-dropping view looking out to Isle Ornsay and taking advantage of the traditional Highland pub just across the shore.
Leuchty Lighthouse is located in the Upper Bavaria region of northern Germany along the Baltic Sea. Up to six guests can enjoy a unique stay in this modern lighthouse that comes complete with a spacious roof terrace and spectacular sea views. There are three TVs, a DVD player, Nintendo Wii game console and Bose music system, all for guest use, while a washer/dryer is available in a nearby building. The property even includes an outdoor and indoor pool as well as a sauna.
Faro Isla Pancha Lighthouse is a 19th-century lighthouse that was converted into luxury accommodation overlooking the sea along the Galician coast in northwestern Spain. Made up of two apartments, each with its own garden, up to four guests can be accommodated in either. Original features were maintained while adding modern amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen with state of the art appliances and bathrooms, where you can enjoy a bath with a full view of the ocean. The tower at the center has been re-purposed so that guests can climb to the top to enjoy the views from above.
Enjoy a unique stay in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province, just a half-hour from the capital city of St. John’s in this lighthouse-style Airbnb. Set across more than two acres of private land in Tors Cove near the village of Ferryland it sleeps up to six in three bedrooms and was designed after a lighthouse in Nova Scotia, incorporating elements that showcase the surrounding ocean views. Head to the upper deck for an unbeatable view that stretches from Bay Bulls to Cape Broyle and includes six islands off the coast. You’re likely to see all sorts of wildlife from here, possibly whales between June and September, with a stay in late spring and early summer often bringing iceberg sightings too.