For any pensioner wishing  to spend their retirement in a property with panoramic sea views, a lighthouse is an excellent choice for their new home.

The great majority are in quiet, secluded settings, with little traffic noise and very few doorstep salesmen.  An interest in oil tankers, foghorns and guillemots is an advantage, but by no means essential, while pensioners who have difficulty climbing stairs, could opt for a light-bungalow if or when one of the very few becomes available.

The most famous lighthouse pensioner was Grace Darling’s father, Alistair Darling, whose hair instantly went white on hearing of the death of his daughter while trying to rescue stricken yachtsmen in the inaugural Americas Cup.