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Lighthouse Cottages

You won't need a night-light when you stay at one of Britain's newly opened lighthouse-keeper's cottages—after all, the sky is illuminated at regular intervals by that big beam. Perched along the headlands from Wales to Yorkshire, the bright and (guaranteed) breezy houses—owned by the British lighthouse authority and vacated when the lighthouses were automated—are now managed by Rural Retreats (44-1386/701-177; www.ruralretreats.co.uk ; from $688 for three nights). Play spot-the-ship, tell pirate tales, hike along the cliffs, or head for the beach. Earplugs, thoughtfully included in your welcome package of bread, fruit, milk, tea, and wine, are a reminder that these are still working lighthouses—with foghorns. (You can also stay in a lighthouse stateside; for a list, see www.maine.com/lights/others .)
—Catherine Calvert

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