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Opposites 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
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
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
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
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
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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Cottages for Rent Near the Beach
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Comfortable and private 2 bedroom cottage on 5 acre permaculture organic orchard retreat on 750' cliff above mystical waipio valley with it's black sand beach....
Independent lodging property on 1600m2 of green, its interior and exterior enhances the feeling of well-being and freedom. Garden and terraces with barbecue invite to life "in the open air" while the location of the house in the village enjoy a c...
The Cypress Cottage has a wonderful view of the water and mountains and access to our private beach. It has a full kitchen, full bath and built in queen size European style alcove box bed.
It has a covered porch, high ceilings with a ceiling fan,...
Penrhyn Mawr/Castaways is an 18th Century Welsh longhouse situated in private grounds on the beautiful Island of Anglesey near to the Menai Strait. The property, formally a restaurant, has been tastefully restored and converted into two beautiful...
Tamarisk is positioned in the most sought after location in Bude.
located on breakwater road it has fabulous views of both the Bude Canal and Summerleaze Beach.
It is great for families looking for a beach holiday and is also within a few minutes...
TRADITIONAL FISHERMAN S COTTAGE TUCKED AWAY IN APPLEDORE Situated in one of Appledore s picturesque side streets you will be a short stroll to the quayside and the many pubs restaurants and galleries on offer. Steeped in maritime history the popul...
A charming semi-detached traditional stone cottage in a sheltered, well kept, lawned garden in the quiet hamlet of Brill near Constantine. Comfortably and attractively furnished, the cottage is approached by a sloping driveway and half a dozen gra...
A double fronted cottage of great character at the end of an attractive row of mixed thatched and slate roofed dwellings in the pretty rural hamlet of Bohortha, a few minutes walk from the sandy beach of Porthbeor almost at the tip of St Anthonys ...
A spacious detached double-glazed house standing in an elevated position, up the hill from the Old Ferry Inn at Bodinnick, across the water from Fowey. The house is approached by a flight of railed steps and a pathway to the front door where a cou...
Ocean Front Cottage in Ewa Beach. 2 bedroom cottage right on the ocean. Nice local beach away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Make a cocktail or have a beer on the deck and enjoy the serenity of the ocean. The sound of the waves lapping...