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1m price tag for lighthouse B&B
West Usk Lighthouse
The lighthouse lost its original role in 1922
A bed-and-breakfast with a big difference has been put on the market with a near-1m asking price.

The 184-year-old West Usk Lighthouse, near Newport, is for sale with its own flotation tank, hot tub, life-size Dalek and Rolls-Royce thrown in.

Overlooking the Bristol Channel, the Grade II-listed restored lighthouse has been run since the 1980s as a B&B by Frank Sheahan and his wife Danielle.

Mr Sheahan said there had already been interest in the "quirky" B&B.

The Sheahans paid 80,000 in 1987 for the lighthouse, which had been empty for several years and was heavily vandalised.

It's quirky and different - it's not standardised like many hotels
Frank Sheahan

After renovating the property, which was a working lighthouse between 1821 and 1922, the pair opened it as a B&B.

The lighthouse lamp was restored in 1997 and it now also boasts a floatation tank, Rolls-Royce, outdoor hot tub and a life-size Dalek model signed by former Doctor Who Jon Pertwee - all included in the 950,000 asking price.

Mr Sheahan, 54, said the lighthouse had attracted "some interest" since it was put on the market several weeks ago.

Dalek at West Usk Lighthouse
The B&B's Dalek is signed by 1970s Doctor Who Jon Pertwee

He hoped any buyer would put the building, which is 57ft (17.3m) high and has a 3,600 sq ft floor space, to similar use.

He said: "It's quirky and different - it's not standardised like many hotels.

"It would be nice for the lighthouse to have similar use as now, but people have said it would make a wonderful restaurant with a roof garden overlooking the sea.

"We haven't used it to its full potential because it's been a family home as well as a B&B but it's a real opportunity for someone."

Mr Sheahan said he, his wife and their sons Jed, 16, and Brodie, 12, planned to move to somewhere with a sunnier climate after 16 years in the lighthouse.

He said: "The B&B has been working very well, but my wife originally lived in Mauritius and misses the sun.

"It's time for a change and the likes of Turkey and Spain are looking more attractive."


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