Architect: Studio Mackereth
Winterton Lighthouse, Norfolk, UKFrom £1,950
A magical converted 18th-century lighthouse located on the edge of the picturesque village of Winterton-on-Sea.
Designed by the architect Sally Mackereth, of the award-winning London-based practice Studio Mackereth, the lighthouse has been exactingly restored for residential use.
A building with a rich history, the lighthouse was mentioned in Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and used as a lookout tower during World War II. The original tower has now been extended at ground level, with a simple glass and timber structure (the ‘Garden Room’), which opens onto a cedar deck and garden designed by RHS Chelsea Gold-medal winner Christopher Moss.
The property has been widely photographed for publications including Vogue and World of Interiors magazine, and has been featured on Channel 4’s ‘Homes by the Sea’.
The lighthouse tower has been converted to house the sleeping accommodation, whilst the main living space has been created in the Garden Room at ground level.
The Garden Room is a contemporary, open-plan space, including a stainless steel kitchen with skylight views of the tower. There is an Ercol dining table and chairs to seat ten, a wood-burning stove, and a comfortable seating area with a picture window facing the garden. Folding doors open onto the cedar terrace and mature garden. The Garden Room also has laundry facilities, a shower room and a WC.
The lighthouse tower’s cantilevered staircase leads to a room on each of the floors, with a new steel and glass lantern at the summit.
The ground floor houses a living room with a stone circular floor. Stairs lead up to the first-floor bedroom, containing four purpose-made curved timber bunks. The room has timber panelling and a picture window with a sea view.
The second floor houses a double bedroom, with rivet steel beams, curved sliding walls and three windows offering views across the surrounding land and sea.
The third floor was originally the lighthouse keeper’s equipment room, and has been converted into the Library Bedroom (sleeps one). Curved bookshelves line the walls, and a staircase provides access to the former lantern room above.
The dramatic Lantern Room at the top of the tower, accessed via a near-vertical staircase, has a wrap-around seating area with panoramic views of the Norfolk countryside, the sandy beach and the North Sea beyond. From here, space-saving stairs lead up to a sleeping platform (with a double bed), which also has 360-degree views.
Please note that there is one bathroom and one shower room, both of which are situated on the ground floor, and some of the stairs are very steep, so the lighthouse is not suitable for those with mobility issues or very young children.
There is parking available for two cars.
The lighthouse is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Winterton-on-Sea, approximately eight miles from Great Yarmouth.
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.
Winterton-on-Sea is approximately 2.5 hours from London by car.
Trains run to Great Yarmouth. The property is approximately a 15-minute taxi ride from the station.
Norwich (and Norwich International Airport) is approximately a 30-minute drive away, and offers theatres, restaurants and shops.
Jan-Mar £1,950 per week (£1,100 for three nights)
Apr-May £1,950-£2,255 per week (£1,100-£1,650 for three nights)
Jun £1,950 per week (£1,100 for three nights)
Jul-Aug £2,400 per week (£1,800 for three nights)
Sep £1,950 per week (£1,100 for three nights)
Oct £1,950-£2,255 per week (£1,100-£1,650 for three nights)
Nov £1,950 per week (£1,100 for three nights)
Dec £1,950-£2,700 per week (£1,100-£2,300 for three nights)
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Eighteen years after founding award-winning practice Wells Mackereth, architect Sally Mackereth has formed a new architectural design team, Studio Mackereth. Studio Mackereth is a collective of architects and designers with an integrated approach which places as much importance on the interior spaces as the considered details of the architecture that deﬁnes them. The studio are currently working on a range of projects including luxury retail, commercial and high-end residential. The Daily Telegraph Luxury magazine recently featured Mackereth as one of six best architects working in London.