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The lighthouse

The real Georgian tower of Belle Tout stands on rolling downland close to the edge of a four-hundred-foot drop. The sheer white cliff is a breathtaking sight, matched by the chalk faces of the Seven Sisters to one side and Beachy Head to the other. The tower once shone a light to warn ships of the cliffs. In the novel, the lighthouse is still semi-derelict and much closer to the edge, as it was before an incredible feat of engineering led to it being moved to safety. In real life, Belle Tout is now a unique and luxurious place for bed and breakfast. The beds are comfy, the breakfasts are great and the views are staggering. You can find out more about that at the Belle Tout website.

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