Belle Tout Lighthouse in the media
The Belle Tout Lighthouse is a remarkable building and attracts a lot of attention, for obvious reasons. Few buildings can boast such an interesting and mixed history as Belle Tout. Not to mention the awe inspiring location, breathtaking views and sumptuous luxury that this unique bed and breakfast offers.
We’ll add more in due course.
Red Magazine – August 2011
International Lifestyle Magazine –
Visit to Belle Tout by BBC Radio 4 – July 2011
Belle Tout was extremely pleased recently to welcome the veteran presenter and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. Sandi arrived on behalf of the BBC, for a recording for the Radio 4 travel programme Excess Baggage. The programme was transmitted on Saturday September 3rd at 10.30am.
Sandi was accompanied by her producer Harry Parker and Vron Groocock a Radio 4 listener. Vron had written in to “Excess Baggage” to suggest Sandi might like to travel on the 13x bus route from Brighton to Eastbourne and feature the journey in one of her programmes on listener’s favourite bus journeys. Sandi thought it to be a good idea which is how the visit came about.
Sandi and her colleagues were met off the bus at the bottom of the private road to Belle Tout by myself and driven to Belle Tout where they were introduced to the owner David Shaw and Rob Wassell founder member of the Belle Tout trust association.
The recording time was then planned out between Sandi and Harry and the microphone started rolling with an introduction piece in the car park before everyone moved into the Belle Tout building.
Settled in the lantern room with its commanding views, Sandi sat in between David and Rob and asked questions about the history of the lighthouse.
Rob read from his new book, which tells the story of the lighthouse and David explained more about his reasons for buying it and the project of renovating it.
I ensured the team had everything they needed and served a tasty lunch as prepared earlier by Ian, our chef.
Sandi kept us entertained with funny stories and had us all in stitches with her wonderful sense of humour, before doing us the pleasure of having her photo taken with us.
The teams’ visit to Belle Tout was longer than expected due to the spectacular views and relaxing ambience of the lantern room – they just didn’t want to leave.
With the last bus due, Sandi, Harry and Vron, had one final tour of the lighthouse, before walking off down the coastal path to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill.
However, just before she left, Sandi very kindly obliged us by making the following entry in our visitor’s book:
Came on behalf of the BBC but wanted to stay for myself. Glorious place, splendid company. Thank you Dave, Phil, Rob.
It was such a nice experience and one that we’ll remember for some time to come.
Phil Kenny (Manager) and Rob Wassell
More photos can be found in Rob’s Flickr group:
Sandi Toksvig at the Belle Tout Lighthouse
To find out more about Excess Baggage, please visit the Radio 4 website for more information and to listen online.