There’s nothing quite like a holiday at the seaside to sweep the cobwebs away. From gorgeous vistas over the sea, to soft sands on your doorstep, coastal cottages in the UK are an inspiring accommodation option.
Choose from quaint cottages in Scotland, seaside spots in England, or even beachside apartments in Wales - wherever you choose to go, you’re guaranteed to discover some of the UK’s finest coastlines.
Coastal cottages in Wales
Coastal cottages in Wales are some of the UK’s best, as the country boasts 750 miles of amazing coastline. Indeed, there are so many seaside destinations to choose from, you’ll want to return next year. From Mumbles to Llandudno, and from Tenby to Cardigan Bay, Welsh coastal resorts are plentiful. LLandudno’s North Shore is perfect for building sandcastles - with its Victorian pier, ice cream shops and promenade, it’s a wonderfully traditional seaside spot. For water-sports, fishing, surfing and swimming, look no further than Rhos-on-Sea. Not feeling brave enough for a bracing dip? Just head to Kimmel Bay. Its shingle beach and nature reserve are better enjoyed above water!
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Coastal cottages in Scotland
If you’re in search of dramatic scenery and rugged coastlines, consider coastal cottages in Scotland. The country’s west coast boasts miles of unspoiled sands, as well as some of world's most famous whisky distilleries. There are sixteen alone on a trip from from Arran to Skye, and dozens of islands to choose from in between. Head to Scotland’s north coast, and you’ll discover deserted stretches of white sand, sparkling seas and dunes of swaying grass. Of course, you’ll need to pack warm clothes when planning a trip to the seaside, but there are few beaches in Britain that can match these paradisiacal sands. If you prefer wild, remote beaches to typical seaside resorts, you can’t beat a trip to Scotland.
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Coastal cottages in Cornwall
Located in the far west of Britain, Cornwall is the only county in the country to be neighboured by just one other county, Devon. This means it’s a region surrounded by the sea, and one of the best spots in Europe when in search of magnificent sands. There’s no better place when you fancy a traditional seaside break, complete with sandcastles and Cornish ice cream, but Cornwall’s coast offers more than just beaches. Take a trip to Bodmin Moor and you’ll discover prehistoric sites, hiking trails and wonderful scenery, or head to Britain’s most southerly and westerly points, The Lizard and Land’s End. With so much to see and do, coastal cottages in Cornwall are a great choice this year.
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Coastal cottages in Devon
Coastal cottages in Devon are the perfect remedy when in need of relaxation. The county’s northern and southern shorelines offer travellers very different holidays, yet both are equally wonderful. In the north you’ll find vast expanses of sand and towering cliffs, whilst the south is more rugged and dotted with hidden coves. Torbay, in the south, is Devon’s most popular holiday destination, but Braunton Burrows - with its three mile stretch of Saunton Sands - is equally wonderful. You can choose from a quaint seaside cottage near to Babbacombe Bay, or a colourful property in the oddly-named Blackpool Sands - wherever you choose to go, Devon’s marvellous coastline won’t fail to inspire.
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Coastal cottages in Dorset
Dorset is home to England's first natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast. Covering 95 miles of breathtaking coastline, spanning from East Devon to Dorset, the area will take you on a trek through time. You’ll discover natural landmarks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and explore over 185 million years of history. There’s no doubt that coastal cottages in Dorset enjoy some of the UK’s most stunning views, with enormous cliffs and rock formations found throughout the area. There are fantastic walking trails along the South West coast Path - simply follow the acorn symbols to discover amazing wildlife and geological structures.
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Traverse rugged coastal paths, enjoy breathtaking scenery, or take the family to fantastic attractions - the UK boasts some of Europe’s finest stretches of coastline, and they’re easily accessible when you book private accommodation.
You’ll enjoy the space and privacy needed to make the most of your break away, as well as some fantastic savings. Take advantage of cheap travel options and private holiday rentals, and you can enjoy a great range of activities whilst you’re away. So what are you waiting for? Explore the UK’s best coastal resorts with the help of HomeAway.