Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Holiday In Robinson Crusoe's Norfolk Lighthouse

Converted from a historic working 18th century lighthouse to a beautiful unusual home, Winterton Lighthouse sleeps 9.

Daniel Defoe mentioned the lighthouse in Robinson Crusoe.

'While we were in this condition, the men yet labouring at the oar to bring the boat near the shore, we could see (when, our boat mounting the waves, we were able to see the shore) a great many people running along the strand, to assist us when we should come near; but we made slow way towards the shore; nor were we able to reach the shore till, being past the lighthouse at Winterton, the shore falls off to the westward, towards Cromer, and so the land broke off a little the violence of the wind. Here we got in, and, though not without much difficulty, got all safe on shore, and walked afterwards on foot to Yarmouth...'

But this isn't a holiday for golden oldies as there are four floors and there is only one bathroom and one shower room and both on the ground floor. And with a winding staircase you also need to consider afterhour visits when consuming the good stuff. The third floor may seem a long way from the ground floor at 3am!

But having got that out of the way the lighthouse has been beautifully designed by architect Sally Mackereth. With three bedrooms and a cedar deck and garden designed by aptly-named RHS Chelsea Gold-medal winner Christopher Moss.

This room is magical for children.

The sleeping arrangements might be all upside down but the lighthouse is so beautiful you can imagine your own literary adaptations.

The location is Winterton-on-Sea, approximately eight miles from Great Yarmouth. And the village has a wonderful pub, a fish and chip shop, as well as a beach cafe with great food. The sandy beach is a national nature reserve, and is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winterton beach is listed as one of Rough Guide’s top 30 destinations in the world. The Norfolk Broads are the UK’s largest wetland area, and are perfect for boating, cycling and walking.

Holiday In Robinson Crusoe's Norfolk Lighthouse.

From £1,950 per week at The Modern House.

To the Lighthouse.....

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