BEST FOR COUPLES
Rooms By The Sea, Hastings, East Sussex
This newly refurbished flat overlooks the beach on the border of Hastings and St Leonards. The clever design means you can see the sea from all angles of the property, including the spacious living room with its floor-to-ceiling windows. The bedroom has a four-poster bed and freestanding bath, and there’s a small bathroom to the rear of the flat. Guests can make dinner in the kitchen and dine in the living room around the oak table. Hastings Old Town – with its quirky cafés, restaurant and bars – is only a five-minute walk away.
From £135 per night.
Pebbles Beach House, Rye, East Sussex
This rustic wooden house sits on the shingle ridge at Winchelsea Beach, near Rye. White walls and floors throughout help daylight flood in through the windows and skylights, and the interiors are simple yet minimalist, with reclaimed wooden furniture and natural colours. Guests will be woken up to the sounds of the sea, but the house still feels private thanks to the lush front garden. Make a beeline for Winchelsea Beach Café for sandwiches, coffee and ice-cream.
From £175 per night.
Sea Cabin, St Agnes, Cornwall
This characterful cabin is built into the cliffs at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes. The interiors are inspired by Scandi beach houses with light and bright rooms, whitewashed walls and neutral linens. There’s an open-plan living area with an indoor wood burner for cosy evenings in, a small kitchen and an en-suite bathroom with a rainfall shower. The best part? Guests can sunbathe on the rooftop terrace or walk to Trevaunance Cove. Nampara Valley, where the BBC’s Poldark was filmed, is also a short walk away.
From £950 per short break.
Beach Hut Suites, Felpham, West Sussex
Located along a scenic seven-mile coastal path, Beach Hut Suites are perfect for couples looking for a restorative weekend by the sea. Each hut has a mezzanine bedroom with a porthole window – plus, a living area with boardgames. There isn’t a kitchen, but guests can dine at three restaurants at the main hotel and help themselves to a decanter of sloe gin, soft drinks and snacks. After walking along Felpham Beach and exploring the local area by bike, guests can explore the nearby sparkling wine vineyards like Digby Fine English or Tinwood Estate. It’s also dog-friendly.
From £415 per night on a B&B basis.
BEST FOR A GIRLS’ TRIP
Tides Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
This cosy beach house sleeps up to six guests across a double bedroom that overlooks Whitstable Beach, plus another double bedroom and mezzanine level. Set in a row of beachfront cottages, the interiors are rustic and chic, with quality linens and reclaimed furniture – the stained glass came from Billingsgate fish market and the worktops were salvaged from old beach barriers. The property also has a small kitchen and living area with a fireplace. Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a hamper filled with local produce and treats from the nearby bakery.
From £215 per night.
Barefoot House, Camber, East Sussex
This chic holiday home is set right on the beach at Camber Sands, one of East Sussex’s most beautiful spots. Ideal for a girls’ trip, the house sleeps eight across two double and two twin rooms, some of which have excellent views of the beach – the best is on the top floor with a double bed and canopy curtains that overlook the sea. Groups can fire up the indoor log burner in the living room, cook meals in the modern kitchen and toast marshmallows on the deck, surrounded by a private dune. Rye is a ten-minute drive away, while Dungeness, often referred to as ‘the UK’s only desert’, is 15 minutes away.
From £525 per night.
Atlanta Trevone, Padstow, Cornwall
One of Cornwall’s most exciting openings this summer, Atlanta Trevone is a collection of five luxury holiday homes and self-catering apartments. Set to open later this month, accommodation is spread across several buildings and a Victorian house which has been carefully restored over the last few years with help from HÁM interiors. Inside, guests can expect serene décor with whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, sash windows and a combination of contemporary and modern furniture. All homes and apartments are kitted out with Lacanche cookers, open fireplaces en-suite bathrooms with rolltop baths overlooking the sea, and Egyptian cotton sheets. Atlanta Apartment is a great choice for group holidays thanks to its spacious bedrooms and private patio BBQ area. The owners can help organise picnics and horse riding on the beach, wild cooking with local chefs, sea safaris, and trips to the local lobster hatchery.
Prices from £1,450 per week.
Greatstone Beach House, Dungeness, Kent
Easily one of the most stylish options on this list, Greatstone Beach House in Dungeness has everything you need for a fun girls’ trip – from a chic, open-plan kitchen/diner for long dinners to spacious bedrooms with plenty of natural light. The house sleeps up to six across three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, and there’s a lovely outdoor deck on the first floor with striped deckchairs. Fire up the indoor wood burner in the living room for a cosy night in.
From £450 per night.
Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent
This design-led property was created by NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design) and is located on the beautiful and barren beach of Dungeness, near Romney Marsh. One of the first properties to be built on the dunes, the house has been designed for families and friends after a secluded holiday. The property has a spacious open-plan kitchen/diner with two windows that open onto a sheltered inner courtyard – ideal for alfresco dining. There’s also a living area with an indoor wood burner, a smaller living room with sea views, and four double bedrooms, some of which are en-suite. Local pub The Pilot Inn is also worth a visit.
8 the Bay, Cawsand, Cornwall
Beach Retreats has a great selection of holiday homes in Cornwall to choose from, including 8 the Bay in Cawsand, a small village in southeast Cornwall. Groups of six can walk to Kingsand beach next door or venture along the South West Coastal Path to Whitsand Bay. There are three bedrooms with neutral interiors and modern furniture, plus an open-plan kitchen/diner with panoramic views over Cawsand Bay. The property has a storage unit for paddleboards, bikes and kayaks if you want to bring your own, but Adventure Bay Surf School also offers lessons and equipment hire nearby.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Burnsyde Beach House, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorkshire
This beach house sits on Saltburn Road, also known by locals as ‘S Bank’ in the seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the north Yorkshire coast. The house has recently been renovated with modern interiors and furniture, and windows and skylights let in plenty of natural light. Ideal for families, the house has two double bedrooms, one twin room and a family bathroom with a roll-top bath and walk-in shower. Guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach and exploring the local area – Saltburn town centre is a short walk away where you’ll find shops, bars, pubs and bistros for family meals.
From £250 per night.
Winnow, Newquay, Cornwall
Interior designer Banjo Beale won BBC2’s Interior Design Masters earlier this year. Now, guests can stay in the Cornish property he designed. On the same site as Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, Winnow is part of the Village complex, a design-led group of holiday homes. Ideal for a girls’ trip or family holiday, the property has bespoke furnishings inspired by the local area, plus a range of sustainable features like sedum roofs, air source heat pumps and a special temperature control system. Sleeping up to ten guests across four bedrooms, it has an open-plan kitchen/dining room, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a spacious living area with plush decorative accents, and underfloor heating throughout. Outside, there’s a first-floor veranda, a ground-floor patio and a surf shower. Guests can walk to Watergate Bay beach, dine at the restaurant, and book surfing lessons at Newquay Surf School or The Extreme Academy.
From £2,305 per week.
Hive Beach House, Burton Bradstock, Dorset
This property sits on the shores of Hive Beach which forms part of the World Heritage Coastline in the quaint village of Burton Bradstock in Dorset. The wooden beach house has minimalist interiors with neutral colours and nautical touches like a galley-style kitchen, buoys on the walls and boat parts weaved into the design. There are three bedrooms, all with views of the beach or grass-covered dunes, plus ample outdoor space which leads onto the beach. Families can hire a boat to explore the local waters and try seafood at the nearby cafes and restaurants – Hive Beach Café is an SL favourite.
From £600 per stay.
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