If you’ve decided to take an active break this year, stay at Wicklow Head Lighthouse: Climbing the 109 steps to the kitchen is a workout in itself.
The sole survivor of a pair of lighthouses built on Wicklow Head in September 1781, the 29-metre rear tower continues to guide sailors around the Wicklow coast. It was struck by lightning and gutted by fire in October 1836, but the Irish Landmark Trust acquired it in 1996 and have restored the interior so that it now offers unique accommodation for up to four people and their (fit) pets.
Enjoy the novelty of octagonal rooms and arched windows set into metre-thick walls. Catch your breath with inspiring views of the Irish Sea and glimpses of the lush surrounding countryside.
Despite its splendid isolation, the lighthouse is just 5km from the beach and the shops and restaurants of Wicklow town. It features two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a separate downstairs toilet, and electric central heating.
The Irish Landmark Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, so a contribution toward light and heat is added to all bookings to reduce energy costs.
With so many steps and the sea on on three sides, this property might not be the ideal choice for families with small children or those with limited mobility. Don’t worry: Places to Stay offers a wide selection of Wicklow holiday homes for you to enjoy – possibly not as unusual as a lighthouse but equally inviting.