When it comes to UK breaks, different types of holidaymakers look for different types of trip. Some like camping in the woods, others prefer a hotel stay in the city, and many favour cosy cottage weekends by the coast.
But with so many areas of the country to choose from, which stretch of sea and sand is the best for key holiday criteria such as scenery, tranquility, activities and price?
We’ve picked out our top 5 coastal cottage breaks below to help you better decide which is perfect for you…
One of the most picturesque beach destinations within the UK, Devon has been welcoming holidaymakers to its shore for a number of years, with visitors drawn to its North Devon Coast where a number of trails can be followed which really highlight the spectacular scenery on offer.
Woolacombe is always a hit with staycationers looking for their cottage break fix, home to a golden beach that stretches three miles and is thought to be one of the best in the whole of Britain. An area of outstanding natural beauty, you can be sure of a beautiful stay by the coast with a trip to Devon.
With over 300 beaches ready and waiting to be explored, you’re never too far from a cosy coastal spot no matter where abouts in Cornwall you are. From Castle Beach and Polkerris Beach to Mullion Cove and Holywell Bay, each has their own perks, so whether you’re looking to take a dip in the azure sea, try a bit of rock pooling, book a sailing excursion or simply sunbathe on the soft sand, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which to do first!
Cornwall really combines comfort with class in this colourful county that features a number of historical highlights and energetic activities to enjoy. Oh, an don’t forget to try the delicious local delicacy, Cornish pasty, as well as some traditional Cornish clotted cream – the perfect accompaniment with a spot of afternoon tea.
Seaside escapes don’t get too much better than Norfolk, which boasts more than 90 miles of glorious beach settings, many containing a diverse terrain complete with nature reserves, salt marshes and secluded sands hidden behind grassy dunes. Nature-lovers will really fall for Norfolk, with seal spotting a popular pastime at Blakeney Point, and picture-perfect lunches also regularly consumed in one of the quaint villages.
In terms of cottage stays, the likes of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hemsby are all popular locations, and similarly brilliant for exploring themselves.
Filled with no end of independent shops, sandy shorelines and classic amusements at the famous Brighton Palace Pier, there’s certainly plenty to love about a trip to this stunning south coast cottage stay spot. But don’t just take our word for it, Brighton has actually been voted one of the top 10 city beach destinations, not in the UK, but in the world!
The exterior of the pretty houses and buildings really add to the vibrancy of the city, though for a slightly more chilled experience, head to the marina for a leisurely stroll and gaze upon the illuminated yachts that float peacefully atop the calm waters.
Whilst the previous four destinations mentioned in this article are all located in the south of England and perhaps slightly more expensive than other areas, Blackpool provides a beach break with all the glitz and glamour of a traditional seaside stay, though without the increased level of cost.
From fun-filled arcades to a packed promenade, this north western beach spot has been welcoming staycationers for many a year, who flock to its sublime selection of sights and alluring attractions. Some 18 million people typically visit each year, and that many people can’t be wrong, can they!?
Which coastal cottage spot would you most like to visit?