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A Grade II-listed converted lighthouse in the Somerset town of Burnham-on-Sea is on sale. Interested? With eight floors and no lift, you’ll need to be fit...

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  • If you're after far-reaching vistas, Burnham High Lighthouse is hard to beat. Located on the Somerset coast, this iconic property, converted into a three-bedroom home, has hit the market for £525,000. 

    What’s the property like?

    Built in the 1830s, the eight-storey Burnham High Lighthouse has been brought bang up to date with an industrial-style makeover. But it hasn’t lost its nautical charm.

    Take the living room on the ground floor. The red-brick vaulted dome ceiling, sector light control cubicle and flagstone flooring have been matched with modern copper lighting.

    And the family bathroom on the third floor boasts a French cast-iron roll-top bath on its own raised slate plinth and an original fireplace.

    Meanwhile, the lantern room (where the iconic light sits) on the seventh floor features a copper dome ceiling, curved bank of windows plus toughened glass floor to allow you to look directly into the kitchen below. It’s also decked out with Fresnel lenses (reportedly first used in the 1800s to focus the beam in lighthouse lamps)

    Standing 110ft-tall, the lighthouse has sweeping vistas that take in the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel, Exmoor National Park, as well as Newport and Cardiff in Wales.

    See? Not your average home.

    Where is it?

    Burnham High Lighthouse sits on the edge of Burnham-on-Sea, a seaside town in Somerset. It’s handily located close to the M5, which links the Midlands and the South West. Bristol and Bath are 32 miles and 37 miles away respectively.

    How much is it on for?

    The lighthouse, on the market with Hamptons International and CJ Hole, has a £525,000 price-tag.

    Local property prices have risen 6.3%, or £14,503, during the past year alone.

    For the most expensive roads in Burnham-on-Sea, look up:

    What else is interesting about the lighthouse?

    If you’ve got an eye for a business opportunity, then take note! Burnham High Lighthouse has a track record as a rental property. It has run “well in excess” of 90% occupancy and has a proven annual turnover of £50,000, according to the estate agents.

    A parcel of land to the rear of the lighthouse is also available to purchase, with the price to be negotiated separately.

    Like the look of the area? Here are some other homes on sale nearby:

    1. Chipley Cottage, named after the village carpenter who used to live there, is nestled on the edge of Polden, Somerset. With three bedrooms, large garden and a detached garage, it's on the market for £485,000 with Holland & Odam.

     

    2. Perched on a hill, this four-bedroom home on the edge of Weston-super-Mare offers south-facing views across the town and the Mendip Hills. Loxley House costs £560,000 via Jon Morris Estate Agents.

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