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  • Top 5 lighthouse hotels in the world

    If you like your beaches windswept, deserted and wild, then you probably have a fondness for lighthouses. In the past, these tower-like buildings were used to help ships navigate through dangerous shoals and tricky reefs. Lighthouses used to be extremely important, but moderns technologies have replaced them – which, of course, doesn’t mean that there aren’t enough lighthouses in the world for romantic or melancholic beach-walkers.

    50 years ago, if you wanted to see what it’s like to live in a lighthouse, you had to become a lighthouse keeper. Today, all you need to do is rent a hotel room – so here are the top 5 lighthouse hotels in the world.

    Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages, Island of Hoy, Orkney, UK

    The Orkney islands are pretty secluded, but if you want to feel like you’re alone on the planet, a night or two at this hotel will surely do the job.

    This Victorian lighthouse/cottage was built at the middle of the 19th century, and although it must have weathered many storms, it is still cozy and quite romantic.

    Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, Co Clare, Ireland

    If you don’t mind stormy nights (or if you like them), then this quaint lighthouse on the shore of the River Shannon will not disappoint you. The structure has some amazing views of the Atlantic coast, and as far as the accommodation, it is very pleasant and comfortable for something so far removed from civilization (even the nearest pub is three miles away).

    The Lighthouse, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    New Zealand has some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, and there’s no better place to observe the sun setting over the Bay of Islands, or to look at the mountains looming over the beach.

    The Lighthouse is only 15 minutes from the city of Wellington, and it has enough modern amenities to allow you to hide away in there for as long as you want.

    Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn, Michigan

    This pretty lighthouse guided sailors safely to the shore at the beginning of the 20th century, before it became a private home. For the past couple of decades, the lighthouse has been an inn where guests can find luxury accommodation in eight rooms that look fit for Victorian aristocrats.

    Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon

    The dangerous waters on the coast of Oregon in the area of the Coos Bay were made manageable with the help of this interesting Queen Anne style lighthouse.

    The lighthouse keeper’s cottage has been converted into a hotel with six comfy rooms. The light at the top of the tower is still working, and it shines over 20 miles out into the sea.

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