You can’t beat the views from the top of The Lighthouse, perched on the cliffs near Hunstanton in Norfolk. From the viewing platform of the original lighthouse, you can see over the Wash to Lincolnshire, from Old Hunstanton to Holme, where you can see the church steeple and looking the other way, over Ringstead Downs.
The tower has not been converted and just has a spiral stone staircase hugging the wall with a ladder leading to the viewing platform at the top. But a couple of fun circular rooms could probably be added, with the requisite planning permission from the conversation officer as it is a Grade II-listed building.
The tower and adjoining house was built in 1844 and extended in the 1820s. The current owner, Bip Witherell of the sixties group, The Tornadoes, used it at first as a holiday home with his family, but now lets it out as a holiday home for part of the year. In 2007, he made a turnover of £15,000 – but this could easily be increased as the Witherells take quite a few of the peak weeks during August and Christmas.
The property has four bedrooms, a first floor living room and kitchen/dining room on the ground floor – all prettily modernised and decorated. There’s an easy to maintain garden behind a Carrstone wall and lots of parking space. To get to the beach you have to walk along the cliffs before you can clamber down and Old Huntanton, which has some nice pubs, is within walking distance.
The property is now for sale for £499,950 (a reduction from the original price of £695,000) through Martins (01485 535535; www.martinsestateagents.co.uk)