Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s House For Sale



Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage, Bideford, Devon

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Roger Kidd

This is an exceptional lighthouse property. Even by the standards of the ones we have inspected seen/bought over the past 18 years. Especially as it includes the rare element of a….

Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper's Cottage, By Roger Kidd

Lighthouse Tower

The Actual Tower: Left of Building (Decomissioned) Is Included In The Sale

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Roger Kidd 

Along with the former lighthouse keeper’s 3 bedroom dwelling, plus around 15 acres of land.

A couple of issues worth noting: we add a little note from our own experiences in order to be helpful:-

Access. There is what may appear to be an “issue” that the access path is leased and is in the majority pedestrian access….

Hartland Point Access Track

Private Access Track (Leased) To Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage

However, Trinity House are including a small utility vehicle which is suitable for off-road/agricultural type use. When we had the Davaar Island Lighthouse property we had a similar way of getting to the lighthouse buildings – for us it was a tidal causeway. This actually made the lifestyle more exotic. Added to the sense of adventure. So you shouldn’t find yourself manhandling the house furniture with blood, sweat and tears via foot over a long and winding footpath. More likely the use of one of these will work just fine:-

BMX Utility Vehicle 500cc 4 Seater UTV 4x4

EXAMPLE – Type of off-road vehicle likely to be suitable

BMX Utility Vehicle 500cc 4 Seater UTV 4×4

Range of 4-x-4 Wheel Drive Off-Road UTV – Utility Vehicles: Click Here

It should be noted that the Lighthouse Board propose to include their UTV within the sale of Hartland Point Lighthouse (though it is always a good thing to research sales and service for these too). The buildings comprise the Lighthouse Tower, together with an attached two storey Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling. Externally there is a helipad, circulation areas and a hard surfaced access path that leads up the side of the cliff to the gated entrance. There is access over a privately owned road and car park which leads to the County road. The access road to the lighthouse is not considered to be suitable for road vehicles other than motorcycles and bicycles. A UTV is currently used by Trinity House for transport from the lighthouse to the access point onto the site and this is included within the sale. The site totals some 6.6 hectares of cliff and coastline.

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Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage, Bideford, Devon

Building Description: Double doors into an L shaped storage area with 2 store rooms and sub-station with access to inner lobby with engine room and workshop and door to the Lighthouse ground floor. There are curving stairs to the tower first floor with a store cupboard. Cast iron ladder stairs lead up to the lantern level. There is a hatchway leading to the external balcony, from which there are glorious coastal and sea views.

The first floor living accommodation is accessed from the tower and comprises a bathroom, steps down to living room, central hall, rear kitchen, inner corridor and 3 double bedrooms. The Lighthouse has a height of some 18 metres.

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Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage, Bideford, Devon

IMPORTANT: The following services are provided, and in our view solve what can sometimes be an onerous issue in other lighthouse locations – water supply, access road etc. Though for the sake of good form you should have your solicitor study the leases and agreements etc., to make sure you are comfortable with them and all parties understand exactly what is, and is not included/allowed:

Mains electricity is connected to the property. Water is pumped from a bore hole on adjoining farm land. Discharge Licence for sewage effluent granted from the Environment Agency on a restricted volume basis. The bore hole is subject to a Lease for 21 years from 24th March 2015 at a rent of £100 per annum subject to annual CPI increase.

A new access lease has been granted for a term of 75 years from 24th March 2015 at a rent of £2,000 per annum payable half yearly in advance subject to four yearly increases in line with the CPI. This grants a right of way to the Trinity House Land over a neighbouring private roadway, car park and land and subject to conditions. Inter alia the lease prohibits the use of the Lighthouse as a cafe or tea room and restricts future business use undertaken there to the existing buildings.

Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower - Photo Trevor Rickard

Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower – Old Layout Prior To Helipad Creation

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Trevor Rickard

The lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1874 under the direction of Sir James Douglass. This picture immediately above was taken in 1973, when the station was manned by four keepers, who lived in the houses in the foreground with their families. When the light was automated in 1984, these buildings were demolished to make way for the helipad.

Trinity House has installed a solar powered LED beacon on the fog signal plinth on the edge of the lighthouse, together with two solar panels a short distance away, allowing the historic Lighthouse itself to be decommissioned.

The purchaser will be required to grant Trinity House a lease of a small external area on which the new navigational light is located. A draft copy of this lease is available from the Estate Agent upon request.

Town & Country Planning: The property is Grade II Listed and within an area designated as being part of an SSSI, SAC, AONB and Hartland Heritage Coast. Enquiries in respect of the Planning matters for the property should be made to Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford EX39 2QG. Tel 01237 428700.

Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower - Photo Nicholas Mutton

Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage, Bideford, Devon

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Nicholas Mutton

Tenure: Freehold. Sold with vacant possession subject to contract.

Viewing of the property will be on prescribed official viewing days only. No children under the age of 16 will be permitted on site. The owners/selling agents advise that the walk to/from the Lighthouse will be on foot only and can be strenuous.

Location: Hartland Point Lighthouse Tower & Keeper’s Cottage, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6AU

Guide: £450,000SORRY NOW SOLDThough please check this Lighthouses For Sale or Rent website regularly. Sometimes these buildings do come back for sale again.

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