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Burnham High Lighthouse, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Lighthouse

£525,000

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* Unrivalled views - 22 miles across the Bristol Channel.
* Proven Holiday Letting potential £50K PA in bookings. Occupancy levels in excess 90%.
* Golden sandy beaches and Championship Links golf course (Burnham & Berrow) only yards away.
* Superb location at gateway to the Westcountry - 2 miles from M5 motorway.
* Original nautical features, lantern, bronze portholes, domed roofs, reinforced glass floor
* 3 double en-suite bedrooms.
* Stunning family bathroom with French cast iron roll-top bath and ships figurehead.
* Bespoke copper & bronze sprinkler system & fire protection features.


Description: Burnham High Lighthouse, a Grade 2* listed local landmark towers above golden sandy beaches in the small seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. The ivory tower stands at 110 feet (33 meters) tall and comprises eight floors with one circular room on each floor. From the spectacular lantern room which houses the original Fresnel lenses and features a polished copper domed roof and glass floor you can see for 22 miles on a clear day across the Bristol Channel beyond Cardiff Bay and as far as Lynmouth in Devon.

The lighthouse tower is accessed by a private golden gravel driveway with the original quaint Keeper's cottages on either side, (not included, and no buildings shown at the base of the tower are included at the guide price). There is sufficient parking for up to three cars and a small patio seating area to the front of the property. The driveway is bordered by mature plants including a vine, Olive trees and the tower has a white wisteria and fruiting Kiwi plant growing from its base. A dedicated water tank and small pump house serve the lighthouse sprinkler system and have been painted in matching livery to blend in with the original look of the 1830's building. The tower is packed with original features, nautical antiques and character.

Accommodation comprises (All measurements are approximate)

Ground/First Floor (Reception/Lounge): The entrance to the tower is via the original solid oak front door with bronze porthole and Fresnel sense inset as a window. The original lock and massive cast iron key are still present. The massive, solid granite entranceway reveals walls which are well over a meter thick at the base. A highly polished ships bell can be used to herald the arrival of guests to friends on the upper floors. A stick barometer helps visitors keep a weather eye and the sympathetic extension/passageway on the ground floor - closely mirroring the original which once linked the Keepers cottages to the tower - is fully equipped as a modern utility room with kitchen sink and work tops. A cupboard conceals a modern mains gas combination boiler and washing machine. A shower room, complete with WC and hand basin is perfect for washing off the sand after a day at the beach.On the main part of the ground floor is the lounge/reception room which boasts an amazing brick vaulted dome ceiling, lending incredible acoustics to the room. The original sector light control cubicle is still present as a feature and the original flagstones has been preserved in the floor. A staircase also made of solid granite and brick is enclosed by a curved wall of specialist glass fire bricks and the room, like every room in the tower is fitted with a one hour hardwood fire door. Industrial themed lighting matches the solid copper sprinkler system on the domed ceiling which is of exposed brick and granite. A two-part stable door leads out towards the rear of the property and the back garden of Keeper's Cottage. The small plot of grass and raised flowerbeds is currently owned by the neighbour who allows access for maintenance. This would make a fantastic, hidden rear garden to the lighthouse tower. Happily, the neighbour has formally offered to sell this small plot of land to the new owner of the tower for use as a garden for £20,000.

Second Floor (Bedroom): After ascending the original staircase, fully equipped with emergency back-up lighting and handrail to meet latest fire and Building Regulations, one arrives at the first-floor bedroom. The bedroom benefits from a south-facing U PVC double glazed window overlooking the unusual chimney stack and gardens of Keeper's Cottage. The room has an exposed granite flagstone floor and painted ceiling. It is fully en-suite with an electric power shower in a curved shower cubicle, WC and circular hand basin with freestanding chrome taps. The facilities are partially enclosed underneath the staircase and there is space for a double bed and freestanding wardrobe/clothes storage.

Third Floor (Bedroom): Onwards and upwards to the second-floor bedroom which has a completely different view. The window, completely surrounded by exposed granite, and this time facing north, overlooks the attractive rear garden of the other Keeper's Cottage. From this bedroom you can see the whitewashed cottage, Welsh slate roof. In the middle of the back lawn is the original paraffin store where Keepers once kept the fuel for the lighthouse lantern. The bedroom has exposed granite floor and ceilings and one can truly appreciate the amazing feat of engineering the lighthouse represents from the massive circular keystone in the roof which locks cantilevered sections which are built all the way into the walls. The bedroom is also equipped with an electric shower inside a curved cubicle, open to the room. A freestanding circular hand basin and pillar chrome taps and WC tucked underneath the stairs complete the facilities.

Fourth Floor (Bathroom): The main bathroom in the lighthouse has a freestanding French cast-iron roll-top bath, big enough for two. It is served by its own dedicated hot water immersion tank to ensure gallons of hot water never run out. The bath is on a raised floor with slate floor tiles and this is the first room in the tower where one notices the original fireplace which has been exposed as a feature. Vintage postcards pre-dating WWI show the tower originally had two chimney stacks and a weather vane before the roof was updated to the copper dome present today. An antique ship's figurehead is mounted on the chimney breast overlooking the bathtub and a period hand basin and WC have been added. The UPVC window in the bathroom is fitted with an extractor fan and privacy glass. Nautical antiques including a highly polished chrome diver's helmet and massive glass fishing float, suspended from the granite ceiling complete the nautical theme.

Fifth Floor (Bedroom): The last of the double bedrooms is located above the bathroom for convenience. It is the smallest of the three bedrooms. It does however have a bespoke and cleverly built-in hand basin with pebble tiles, next to the window - which on most days offers a view of the pier at Weston-Super-Mare some 12 miles in the distance. It is usually possible to see both islands of Steepholm and Flatholm in the Bristol Channel from this bedroom. An exposed brick chimney stack and fireplace add to the character of the room as well as giving the advantage of additional storage space. A WC with Saniflo unit has been fitted underneath the stairs and, as in all the other rooms in the lighthouse, slimline vertical radiators both add a sense of architectural style as well as being immensely practical.

Sixth Floor (Dining/Living area): At this point the lighthouse tower design changes to more of an 'open plan' feel. A granite ceiling above has been partially removed, with a galvanised mezzanine structure put in its place. This means the area currently used as a dining room, complete with feature fireplace has spectacular views upwards through the rest of the tower all the way up into the lantern room. The design allows daylight to flood the space through a toughened glass floor. The living/dining area has the first of several original sections of Fresnel glass lenses mounted to the chimney stack as a feature using stainless steel anchors. This was once part of the original lighthouse optics which must be maintained as part of the tower's Grade II* listing. The external appearance and distinctive vertical red stripe livery also constitute part of the listing of the historic building which dates to 1830.A chromed adjustable lamp is located over the dining table and a spiral staircase with hardwood treads leads up to the galley kitchen on the floor above.

Seventh Floor (Kitchen): The kitchen has been located at the top of the tower as a condition of building/fire regulations and is convenient to serve both the lantern room above and dining room below. From the window the kitchen enjoys unrivalled views of Burnham-on-Sea towards the south and both Somerset and Exmoor. The kitchen also, uniquely has a smaller window facing seaward. From here one can see clearly see the pathway through the sand dunes and beach leading towards the lower lighthouse on stilts, which is still operational today. A circular stainless-steel sink and state of the art tap system is inset into a bespoke solid oak work top. The kitchen cupboards cleverly recessed into the walls to maximize use of space also have handmade solid oak doors. The cooker is recessed into what was originally the chimney flue and comes complete with a brushed stainless-steel extractor fan. Overhead, one can either look up through the toughened glass floor supported by a glass beam towards the polished copper dome roof of the lantern room, or indeed look down into the dining area and converse with people below.

Eighth Floor (Lantern Room and Balcony): A space saving 'alternating' ladder leads upwards from the Kitchen to the Lantern Room. Mounted onto the walls are the original Fresnel lenses. Combined, these weigh over a tonne and they are secured into the walls with resin anchors and stainless-steel rods. The glass floor was designed to reduce the weight of the prism structure on the granite floor sections as well as adding a unique feature top the tower, flooding it with daylight. A comfortable custom built curved bench or seating area is the perfect spot to enjoy a hot drink on a stormy evening or share some bubbles on a sunny day.The copper dome roof above is believed to have been replaced by Trinity house in the 1970's and has brass anchor points (handles) to allow industrial assailers (IRATA technicians) to negotiate and attach ropes to the roof in order to carry out maintenance. Facing seawards are two highly polished brass air vents more commonly to be found on classic yachts or ships.The views through the curved diamond shaped panels of the lantern room are simply breath-taking and if visitors are feeling bold, a UPVC doorway leads outside onto the granite balcony outside.

The Views: This balcony quite simply has the best views of ANY property in the whole of Somerset where one can look down upon seagulls in flight. Burnham & Berrow Championship links golf course is located on the sand dunes only a few yards away from the lighthouse. On a clear day most of the Severn and South Wales is visible, Newport, Cardiff, to Nash Point Lighthouse on the horizon. To the left one can see beyond Minehead towards Devon and Lynmouth and take in the entirety of the Exmoor National Park. At night other lighthouses from Flatholm to Nash Point can be seen flashing reassuringly. On New Year's Eve, Bonfire night or during the Somerset Carnival season - firework displays in several cities can be enjoyed simultaneously!

Holiday Lettings Potential: The layout of the tower with WC's located all the way up through is a practical consideration, the en-suite self-contained nature of all three double bedrooms lends the tower design to be a fantastic holiday rental property. This combined with a super convenient location for holidaymakers looking for a gateway to explore the West Country into Devon Via M5 means the tower has enjoyed great success as a holiday rental property in the past. The unique nature of the building being an actual lighthouse tower conversion (not keeper's cottages) means Burnham High Lighthouse is virtually unique as an offering in the current leisure market. The Internet domains: www.lighthouseholiday(s).com and www.lighthouseholiday(s).co.uk are included in the sale along with a ready-made holiday rental website (currently offline)The current owner is prepared, for a consultancy fee and for a limited period, to advise and help any bidder re-establish Lighthouse Holidays, as a successful holiday rental business, if required. The tower is deliberately being sold without future holiday rental bookings, for maximum flexibility, as the new owner may wish to occupy the tower as a full-time residence. Unaudited financial statements showing two years' worth of bookings and rental revenue can be examined by potential bidders upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: This property is being offered for sale by the vendors' estate agents, C J Hole Estate Agents of Burnham-on-Sea, and all information and photographs have been provided by them. As such, Waterside Properties have not inspected the property, and are therefore not able to verify the correctness of any of the statements of fact contained herewith. Waterside Properties are not acting in an estate agency capacity for the vendor.

Please contact C J Hole Estate Agents directly for further information or to arrange a viewing on 01278 780000, or email burnham@cjhole.co.uk

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