The stairwell is more spacious than you might expect. After a number of turns, the stairs bring you to the first of three floors. This is the bath floor with the striking, circular shower. You arrive at the next floor via a curved hallway. This is the most important living area with a made-to-size bed, a small sitting area and a worktop with all the facilities for a leisurely stay. The surrounding glass makes it possible for you to enjoy the panoramic view — even from your bed. But you want to go to the top! A steep set of stairs brings you to the spot where a lamp the size of a Skippy ball once shone. It’s here, under the original copper dome, that you can take your seat at a table for two. Or, if you prefer, you can step out onto the fenced-in platform surrounding the lantern room.
Still a beacon
The completely restored Lighthouse is once again a beacon — but now for those who want to rise above the common and the ordinary. Every day the lighthouse offers two guests comfortable lodging high above the old trading town, on the borderline between the land and the shallows.
The tower is managed by the lighthouse keeper. She is responsible for welcoming guests and can be contacted by phone if you have any questions. Every morning, she delivers the breakfast basket with fresh and delicious rolls.
Clippers and cutters
Three hours after low tide on the island of Vlieland, sailing ships start streaming into the harbour (Willemshaven). At least another 15 charter clippers are making their way along the Blauwe Slenk. Over the VHF radio-telephone in the lantern room you can listen to their light-hearted, professional conversations with the harbour authorities. They are requesting a berth. From a south-westerly direction, too, a little cluster of boats is passing through the shallow channel over the ‘Boontjes’; the Kornwerderzand lock has obviously just released a clutch of vessels.
Church towers and lighthouses
It is almost unreal how minute the distances become when seen from above. The church towers of the towns and villages in the Friesian hinterland glitter in the last evening light. The Brandaris of Terschelling will soon take charge of the lighting of the Wadden Sea. And the flickering light buoys will set out their nautical runway along the Pollendam.
Fred en Cecile
“We will never forget lighting up each other lives! Wonderful”
Marcel en Jennifer
“Fantastic! What a unique location with a wonderful view of Harlingen.”
Fred en Cecile
“Enjoy this time together in a lighthouse of love! Wonderful. ”
Harlingen Lighthouse is suitable for day-time and night-time occupation by two people. The facilities are on three levels in the top section:
1. Bathroom level with circular shower, toilet and washbasin
2. Tower room with bed, sitting area and worktop
3. Lantern room and platform
Harlingen Lighthouse has a VHF radio-telephone, telephone, videophone, television, tuner/CD unit, Quooker boiling water tap, wind speed and direction meters and minibar.
Harlingen Lighthouse forms part of a network of lights along the Dutch coast. Eighteen of the twenty lighthouses are still in use. For instance, there is a museum in the Hook of Holland lighthouse, while Harlingen Lighthouse is privately owned.
|First built:||1920-1922, Architect: C. Jelsma|
|Restored:||1998-1999, Architect: B. Pietersma|
|Position:||53.10,09 NB; 05.25,04 OL|
|Highest lookout point:||24 m above average floodwater|
Address: Havenweg 1 Harlingen the Netherlands
- The three accommodations are geared to comfortable accommodation for two people. It is expressly forbidden to receive visitors while on the properties, whether these be friends, relations or acquaintances.
- Pets are not permitted for reasons of safety and hygiene.
- Staying at Harlingen Lighthouse, Lifeboat and Harbour Crane is entirely at one’s own risk.
- Any damage by the tenant to the Lighthouse, Lifeboat or Harbour Crane, the interior thereof or objects that are the property thereof must be paid for by the tenant.
- The above also applies to damage caused to third parties.
- In the event of force majeure, a reservation may be cancelled by the lessor, following which restitution will be made.
- Cancellation by guests up to 28 days prior to the date that has been reserved will incur no charges. After this no restitution will be made.
- Smoking is forbidden in all areas of the properties.
|Prices including breakfast|
|Per night: Sunday till Thursday||€ 319|
|Per night: Friday and Saterday||€ 349|
|2 nights Christmas||€ 719|
|1 night New Year’s Eve (incl. large champagne)||€ 599|
|Big bottle of champagne upon arrival in cooler||€ 45|
|Champagne-breakfast (additional cost)||€ 22,50|
|Red Roses per piece||€ 2,50|
|Boat trip lifeboat (2 hours)||€ 120|
“In February 1998, I extinguished the light. The lighthouse lost its function after 75 years because of changes to the channels and alterations to the harbour entrance. But there has been a light shining at this spot for much longer. From the middle of the 18th century, fires crackled, acetylene gas lights hissed and the lighthouse light system, now at the bottom of the stairwell, twinkled because the many lighthouses Harlingen had were always rebuilt on the same spot. For centuries, sailors’ eyes were fixed on this spot. Now the roles have been wonderfully reversed: the beacon has become a lookout point.”
Piet Beuker, Harlingen Lighthouse Keeper from 1970-1998