13 Beautiful Beach Houses To Rent This Summer

Despite being given the all-clear to travel to most places this summer, it would be understandable if you were still leaning towards the idea of a staycation. With private access to the sand and ocean, a beach house is an ideal spot for some much needed rest and relaxation – go as a couple, round up your friends, or take the whole family to enjoy the fresh, sea air. Here are the properties to know…
David Curran

Atlanta, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Wooden-clad Atlanta is a lovingly restored seaside cabin that sleeps two. Coupling traditional coastal decor with contemporary design, it comprises an open plan living area and a roomy bedroom with a four-poster bed and luxurious en-suite. A private pathway leads down to the beach, giving guests easy access to the ocean for a sunrise swim. Back up at the cabin, there’s a dual-levelled deck complete with a hot tub, sun loungers and an al fresco dining area where guests can enjoy a morning cup of coffee or sunset cocktail, all with an ocean view. 

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Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent

Situated on Dungeness’s wild beach, the aptly named Shingle House sleeps eight across four bedrooms. Impressive architectural design blends with pared back interiors to create a stylish sitting area, mezzanine-level lounge and a modern kitchen with all the necessary amenities. Dungeness is also a protected conservation area thanks to its vast range of rare flora and fauna, making Shingle House the ideal nesting hole for those keen to explore the rural landscape, as well as the pretty nearby village of Rye and Romney Marsh wetland.
 
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Pitts Deep, Lymington, New Forest

Once a smuggler’s inn, Pitts Deep is now a pretty beachfront rental that sleeps nine. Surrounded by enchanting woodland and the Solent, it’s a great choice for a family getaway, with three double bedrooms, a single and a bunk room for children. A cosy lounge looks out over the water, offering guests the chance to drink in the beautiful vistas, while wild ponies wander past the snug-style conservatory come dinner time. Outside, a wooden deck looks out to the sea, which makes for the perfect sunbathing spot.
 
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Little Cottage, Praa Sands, Cornwall

Little Cottage is a large contemporary property designed by Soho House architect Alex Michaelis. Chic and stylish, with room for ten guests, it houses three bedrooms and a bunk room, making it ideal if you’re planning a celebratory getaway as a group. After a day exploring the beach, relax in the TV room, enjoy a soak in the hot tub, or light the wood burner in the lounge. As the sun goes down, pitch up in the hammock or get comfy on the outdoor sofa to enjoy an evening drink complete with an ocean view. 
 
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Seaglass, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Seaglass is a romantic, adults-only rental in Whitsand Bay. A rural path leads from the property down to the sea, while a hot tub and outdoor shower await you back on the deck. Inside, pretty accessories are coupled with luxurious soft furnishings, while a wood burning fireplace will keep you cosy. Expect to find a luxury welcome hamper waiting for you on arrival, filled with local treats to see you through your stay. 

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Beach House, West Wittering, Sussex

This New England style property sleeps eight across four bedrooms. On the ground floor, an open plan living area leads out to a magnificent veranda where guests can enjoy a glass or two, while drinking in the views. Upstairs, there’s a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a bunk room for children and a further double bedroom and family bathroom. Outside, the property’s deck spills out onto the sand, while the enclosed gardens at the front and back of the house make for safe play areas. 

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Serene Mor, Newport, Wales

Journey to the far end of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and you’ll reach Serene Mor, a large and airy property with room for ten. Floor to ceiling windows mean guests can enjoy an uninterrupted view of this stretch of coastline, which was voted the second best in the world by National Geographic. Just a stone's throw from the water, a private path leads through the butterfly garden to arrive at the beach. After a day of adventuring (you can enjoy full use of the property’s kayaks and surfboards), pitch up on the patio and savour the serenity of Serene Mor’s peaceful setting. 
 
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Beachfront, Bigbury On Sea, Devon

Living up to its name, Beachfront is located just moments away from the sand. A glass and wooden cabin decked out in traditional seaside colours with a Scandinavian twist, interiors are simple but stylish. After a day on the beach, the TV and games room is the perfect spot for children to chill out in, while adults enjoy a sundowner on the terrace, which is also home to a well-equipped BBQ. For those wanting to truly relax, the property can provide a private chef, housekeeper and babysitting service on request. Sleeps eight. 
 
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Saphir Beach House, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Saphir Beach House is a relaxing, warm cottage that sleeps up to eight guests. The ideal place for a family getaway, its home to three double bedrooms and a bunk room for young children, all decorated in classic coastal blues and whites. Outside there’s an impressive al fresco kitchen complete with a BBQ, pizza oven, bench seating and festoon lighting. Wooden steps lead down to the hot tub and a lawn with plenty of sun loungers, so no matter what, you're guaranteed an ocean view.  
 
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Sea Edge, Downderry, Cornwall

This contemporary beach house can be found in Downderry, southeast Cornwall. Offering dramatic views from all angles, three bedrooms, all with en-suites, can sleep six guests. In the open plan living area, a window seat looks out over the golden sand and clear water, while the sofas surround a wood burning fireplace to help keep you cosy on chilly evenings. After a day on the beach, leave your swimsuits and towels at the door before enjoying movie night in the TV room, followed by a BBQ on the terrace and a soak in the hot tub. 
 
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New England Beach House, Angmering On Sea, West Sussex

This Hamptons-style beach house in West Sussex sleeps 14. Designed with entertaining in mind, it’s home to a vast dining room with stunning vistas and a seafront deck that wraps around the back of the house. All five bedrooms are decorated in a stylish nautical theme, including the private annex room found in the garden. There’s a vast outdoor area, too, made up of a pebble beach garden, a deck with a built-in BBQ and a secluded back garden with a hot tub. A private path leads straight to the beach, which is dog-friendly all year round. 
 
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Delphin, Porthleven, Cornwall

Delphin is a surfer’s paradise, positioned just a few steps away from the waves and offering guests panoramic views from every room. Chic interiors with modern touches make the property the ideal place to cosy up after a day exploring the local area or sunbathing on the beach. Simply venture along the South West Coast Path, which runs behind the property, before taking up a spot on the patio, where you can indulge in the complimentary welcome hamper. Sleeps two, with room for two dogs. 
 
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Sandcrest Cottage, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

This secluded property sits right on Mawgan Porth beach near Polzeath, Cornwall. A veranda style porch wraps around the side of the building, with comfy sun loungers, an outdoor shower and a hot tub with sea views. Inside, Sandcrest takes on a chic beach-club feel, with white washed wooden features, airy linens, and pretty boho touches. Guests have direct access to the beach thanks to the private gated path that winds through the sand dunes. Sleeps six. 
 
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