Weekend Cottage Beach Breaks

Short breaks, beautiful beaches, big relaxation.

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Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert


Beach CottageOpposites don't always cancel each other out: if they did, we might expect Prince William's increasingly shy hairline and the Duchess of Cambridge's massy mane, in coming into close proximity with one another, to result in some sort of – I don't know, explosion, or something. In my mind's eye, I see them hugging – assuming royals hug – and then just blinking out of existence. Maybe with a puff of smoke that spells out 'Science!' before dispersing completely.

It's moot at the moment, though, because my ultimate point is that, despite royal exemptions to the rule, opposites DO often cancel each other out. That's why you run cold water over a burnt finger. It's also why, after an exhausting week in the city, being a busy urbanite with a briefcase and uncomfortable shoes that nevertheless make a delightful cloppity-cloppity sound, few things seem more desirable than a weekend break along the coast. The relaxation of the latter cures – and this is 100% true – the stress elicited by the former.

Luckily for you, HomeAway has cosy beach cottages all over the UK – absolutely perfect for recovering from the weekly grind. Here, then, are some of our favourite weekend beach break destinations: choose your favourite, plug it into our search engine, find yourself a cottage, and BAM! – you know the rest.


 

Top destinations for cottage breaks on the coast


   

Weekend cottage beach breaks in Norfolk Weekend cottage beach breaks in Norfolk

Norfolk's beaches are known for their cleanliness and beauty, and make a great weekend escape setting. Waxham and Sea Palling, on the North Norfolk coast, are both small, quaint villages surrounded by endless expanses of soft, uncrowded sands. Hunstanton is famous for its colourfully striped cliffs, mossy rocks – and bivalves for the plucking. And while the focus of this article is beaches, I'd be remiss not to mention that, for those willing to venture beyond them, the Norfolk Broads are a choice holiday destination. Britain's largest protected wetland, the Broads provide the best inland boating in the country.  

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Weekend cottage beach breaks in the Isle of Wight Weekend cottage beach breaks in the Isle of Wight

So near, and yet so distinct from mainland England, the Isle of Wight's a perfect place to feel far away without having to go far away. Alum Bay, at the far west of Wight, and watched over by its famous chalk stacks, “The Needles,” has crystal clear waters that are impossible not to love, and excellent for kids. The open sands of Ryde, in the northeast, stretch for miles without interruption – ideal for any number of beach sports, or for serenely doing nothing at all. In the northwest of the isle, Colwell bay, with its view of England, is a wonderful swimming beach – the water is calm and clear, the shore is sandy, and the views practically beg to be photographed.

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Weekend cottage beach breaks in Lancashire Weekend cottage beach breaks in Lancashire

For many holidaymakers, the math goes something like: Lancashire + beach = Blackpool. But in fact, Lancashire boasts a number of smaller, stiller beaches as well. St. Anne's beach is large, sandy and relaxed; a nice break from the bustle of urban life (or Blackpool's major beach, for that matter). Fleetwood beach has a shiny new seafront, and, at low tide, fantastic cockle picking. And wherever you go in Lancashire county, the Lancashire Coastal Walk won't be far away; connecting Merseyside to Cumbria, the 137-mile walking trail traces the coast, passing on the way through some of the best bird watching territory in England (especially in spring and autumn).

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Weekend cottage beach breaks in Gwynedd Weekend cottage beach breaks in Gwynedd

Wales is, of course, known for its landscape, but Gwynedd county's beaches are some of its loveliest. On the Lleyn Peninsula's north coast is scenic Trefor Beach, which has both pebbles and sand, and is excellent for beach combing. Llwyngwril is a shingle beach dotted with shapely boulders, and is known in the area as a good surf spot as well (but beware those shapely boulders, or you'll be sorry!). Pontllyfni, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, is another sand and pebble beach, but there's nothing ordinary about it; remote and peaceful as it is, it might as well have slipped out of a storybook. Perfect for a bit of rejuvenating quiet.

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Weekend cottage beach breaks in Devon Weekend cottage beach breaks in Devon

When quiet is in order, South Devon especially has excellent smaller beaches. From Mill Bay to Start Point, for instance, one encounters a string of lovely little beaches like Gara Beach and Elender Cove. Bigbury-On-Sea, about 17 miles from Plymouth is a great option for families (although dogs are disallowed between 1 May and 30 September). Active types and water worshippers may wanna head to Bantham Sand nearby, which offers great surfing. There are also more walking trails than you can shake a (walking) stick at – so when/if you tire of the beach, if that's possible, there'll still be plenty of beauty to explore.

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