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This enchanting decommissioned lighthouse has been sympathetically converted into a phenomenal three bedroom home, spanning eight floors, offering exquisite water views and nautical charm in abundance. The Grade II listed Burnham High Lighthouse stands at 110 feet tall and enjoys views over Burnham-on-Sea’s expanse of sandy beaches and Channel Vistas. Designed and constructed in the 1830s by Joseph Nelson for Trinity House, Burnham High Lighthouse was originally equipped with a paraffin lamp and was originally built to be used alongside the “Low Lighthouse”, still in operation today.
This charming characterful residential dwelling is accessed via it’s own private gated driveway. A large, solid oak front door with authentic bronze porthole and original cast-iron lock and key welcomes you into the entrance hall. The ground level provides a utility room with space for washing machine and stainless steel sink. A shower room with WC leads off the utility room.
Occupying the remainder of the ground floor is the most inviting living room, with extraordinary red-brick vaulted dome ceiling, drawing the eye upwards to appreciate the generous ceiling height. The original sector light control cubicle remains in place enhancing the sense of nostalgia whilst creating an interesting focal point. This is further complemented by the original flagstone flooring paired with industrial-style copper lighting. A copper piped sprinkler system runs throughout the property and has been sympathetically designed to blend naturally with the property’s industrial style. A stable door provides access to the rear.
Ascending the solid granite and brick staircase, past the glass-brick feature wall, leads you to the south-facing master bedroom with en suite and exposed flagstone flooring. The en suite comprises, electric shower with curved shower cubicle, WC, circular sink and industrial style taps. The second bedroom, located on the second floor offers an exquisite exposed granite floor and ceiling. This double bedroom benefits from a shower, WC and free-standing basin.
The third floor houses the theatrical family bathroom with beautiful French cast-iron roll-top bath taking centre stage on its own raised slate plinth. An original feature fireplace adds further period interest. The bathroom also comprises sink and WC.
The third bedroom, on the fourth floor, conveniently located above the bathroom, offers a bespoke, built-in hand basin with pebble tiles and WC, as well as an exposed red-brick feature fireplace. Magnificent Channel vistas can be enjoyed from this room, incorporating such iconic landmarks as Steepholm and Flatholm.
The dining room, on the fifth floor, has had the granite ceiling partially removed and replaced with a galvanised mezzanine level. This allows for spectacular views upwards through the rest of the tower, all the way up into the lantern room. The open-plan nature of the space offers natural light in abundance. The first of several original sections of fresnel glass lenses have been mounted to the chimney stack; once part of the original lighthouse optics, these lenses must be maintained as part of the listing.
The sixth floor houses the kitchen, enjoying unrivalled views of Burnham-on-Sea towards the south and both Somerset and Exmoor with a further window here offering stunning sea views. The kitchen comprises an array of cupboards with handcrafted solid oak doors and worktops, circular stainless steel sink with tap over, cooker and overhead stainless steel extractor fan.
The lantern room occupies the seventh floor and is arguably the most spectacular of all the rooms. Further frensel lenses adorn the walls whilst a toughened glass floor allows one to look directly down into the kitchen below. Complementing the intriguing floor is the equally as fascinating copper domed ceiling. A custom-built integrated curved bench offers the perfect spot to take in everything this space has to offer. It is though, undoubtedly, the view that introduces another level of delight, enjoyed via the curved bank of windows and balcony, accessed from this room. The spectacular vistas encompass most of the Severn whilst Newport, Cardiff and Nash Point Lighthouse can be seen on the horizon. To the left one can enjoy views beyond Minehead towards Devon and Lynmouth and almost the entirety of Exmoor National Park. The viewpoint offers a totally different perspective at night with Flatholm and Nashpoint’s respective lighthouses signalling to the passing illuminated ships.
Burnham-on-Sea is a popular seaside town and offers excellent communication with the M5 motorway network (Junction 22) just over three miles away and Bristol International Airport within 19 miles. Schooling is also excellent with Sidcot Independent School approximately 11 miles away whilst Wells Cathedral and Millfield School are 18 and 19 miles away respectively. Bristol is approximately 32 miles to the North whilst Bath is about 37 miles to the North East.
The gravelled driveway is bordered with an array of mature plants including a vine, olive trees, a white wisteria and a fruit-bearing kiwi vine, whilst adjacent to the property is a patio area, perfect for alfresco dining.
An external dedicated water tank and small pump house serve the lighthouse sprinkler system and has been painted in matching livery to blend in with the original look of the 1830s building.
Holiday Letting Potential:
Understandably, in the past, the tower has enjoyed great success as a holiday rental property, often running at well in excess of a 90% occupancy. The internet domain names www.lighthouseholiday(s).com and www.lighthouseholiday(s).co.uk are included in the sale along with a pre-existing holiday rental website (currently offline). Unaudited financial statements are available upon request.
Listed three bedroom converted lighthouse
Extraordinary far-reaching elevated vistas
Characterful reception rooms rich in period nautical features
Holiday letting with proven annual turnover of £50000 (2009 - 2012)
The land to the rear of the property is not included in the sale but could be purchased by separate negotiation.
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