25 stunning coastal stays to book now
Ready to book that spring/summer seaside staycation? Then you'll want to book into one of these super-luxe coastal stays - and pronto - before they're all booked up!
Talland Bay Hotel, Porthallow, Nr Looe
This stylish boutique hotel has artistic flair, far-reaching sea views from its cliff-top setting, and it welcomes doggy guests in every room. We’re hooked! Perched on the cliffs at Porthallow between Looe and Polperro in south east Cornwall, the Talland Bay Hotel is just yards from the South West Coast Path and the gorgeous (and quiet) Talland Bay beach, which was a smugglers’ cove in years gone by. For the ultimate indulgence, book the recently added Premier Suite, Room 20, which comes complete with a hot tub with sea view, and then head out to the garden to claim one of the sea-view loungers.
Lathwithick Barn, Mylor Yacht Harbour
Just steps away from the sheltered and calm waters of Mylor Yacht Harbour, perfect for watersports, boat hire and walking, this two-bed converted barn cottage is tucked away in glorious coastal countryside near Falmouth and Truro on Cornwall’s south coast. All beached-out? Relax in the garden with a book before firing up the BBQ.
Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton
Surrounded by natural drama, Saunton Sands Hotel perches above three miles of soft, golden sands and UNESCO-designated dunes the size of three football pitches. It’s seriously other-worldly, like landing on the set of Star Wars. Outdoorsy types are well-served with walking, surfing, and golfing options, plus three storeys of award-winning spa where you can enjoy the rollers breaking on the beach in the warmth of a hydro-pool. And no worries if you have kids in tow: a stay comes with two hours of free childcare daily. Bliss!
Coast at Beachdown, Challaborough
Just 150 yards from Challaborough Bay Beach’s sandy cove, Coast at Beachdown is one of an exclusive gated collection of 12 eco-friendly self-catering stays. Family-friendly right down to the baby monitor and bed guards, this modern, reverse-level beach house has a cool dining space which flows through enormous bifold doors out to a decked terrace for alfresco meals in in the fresh sea air. Perfectly located for paddling, walks in the glorious South Hams, or hiving off to the sun-trap roof terrace with a book when no-one’s looking.
The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock
Perched on a cliff top overlooking Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, this hotel, bar and restaurant – from the creators of London’s Groucho Club – boasts one of the best locations on the Jurassic Coast. The eclectic interiors evoke seaside holidays of yesteryear, New England, and even a touch of Greek island. Walk down to the beach, nosh on fresh seafood, watch the sun set from the terrace, then drift off to sleep with the sound of the sea in your ears.
Knoll House, Studland
With four miles of super sandy beaches, woodland walks and wildlife, Corfe Castle, coastal activities and more all close by, no wonder this charming, traditionally styled hotel on the Purbeck peninsula was the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures. There’s British-French food in the restaurant (with jazz on Friday nights), a heated pool, tennis courts, spa treatments and kids’ adventure playground: all bases covered.
The Pier, Harwich
You had us at Gin Library. OMG. With over 150 gins to sample, it’s a good job this coastal gem has 14 scandi-style rooms to lay your (tipsy) head down in. Just a stone’s throw away from the estuary, this modernised 1860 listed hotel has some serious views on offer, too. The best room in the house? The modern Mayflower Suite with its in-room telescope – perfect for a spot of seaside stargazing. You might even spot the catch of the day landing on the harbour opposite. Yum.
Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
From stargazing to star-spotting, this award-winning coastal hotel is a favourite haunt of many an Essex celeb. No surprise really when it boasts 62 sumptuous rooms (think vintage vibes with a modern twist), an AA rosette-awarded restaurant and a spa that’s bursting with ESPA and Elemis goodies. Book into The Mulberry Suite for super-king luxury and panoramic sea views from your very own balcony.
The Cliff House, Barton, Milford on Sea
Perched on a clifftop in little New Forest village of Barton on Sea, this chilled-out bar, restaurant and boutique bolthole has its own beer and stunning sea views on tap. Upstairs, on a fine day you can see over to the Isle of Wight from the nautical inspired bedrooms. After a stroll along the beach, tuck into a menu of pub/modern British dishes followed-up with a sundowner cocktail or Flip Flop G&T (another Cliff House specialty) served up in the terrace garden.
The Montagu Arms, Beaulieu
Drift inland a little from the coast along the Beaulieu river to the New Forest, where you’ll find the Montagu Arms. The charming hotel, packed with 18th Century character is close to the famous National Motor Museum. Eat in the Michelin-guide listed, fine dining Terrace Restaurant (over 10s only for dinner) or opt for Monty’s, The Montagu Arms’ relaxed country pub. After, there are 22 individually styled rooms to stay in and complimentary access to the dreamy spa at sister hotel Carey’s Manor, just six miles up the road.
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The Seaview Hotel, Seaview
Minutes from the sea, close to beautiful beaches at Seagrove and Priory Bay, the iconic Seaview Hotel is packed with over 120 years of history. Walking, cycling and good old fashioned crabbing, rock-pooling, and beachcombing are perennially popular with visiting families. Behind the 1901 façade are 24 bedrooms and a Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated restaurant, The Aquitania. Less formal, the Seaview’s relaxed dining pub, the Pump Room, serves up a menu of freshly cooked fish dishes and seriously good fish and chips.
The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor
Need a vitamin D hit? One of the sunniest places in the UK, Ventnor is the place to do it. A gorgeously traditional coastal resort, it has its own balmy microclimate, botanic garden and golden sand beach. Favourite destination pub here, the Spyglass Inn is a super-relaxed place to eat, drink and be merry, with a bumper menu of fresh, locally-caught seafood and off-the-charts sea views. Book early to snag one of the four characterful rooms and you’ll wake up to more amazing vistas and a hamper of breakfast goodies.
The Hambrough, Ventnor
More panoramic views towards Ventnor Bay, St. Boniface and the English Channel from this five-star boutique B&B, with its seven individually designed, light and airy rooms. Not long into his tenure at The Hambrough, chef Matthew Thompson has already caught the attention of the Michelin inspectors, earning a ranking in the latest 2022 Guide with his foodie fine dining menu. If you’re thinking of upgrading date night to a romantic gourmet coastal getaway, this is the place to do it.
The Rose, Deal
Stayed in Kent’s coolest boutique hotel yet? Grab the other half and make a beeline for this seaside bolthole – with stunning interiors, eight beautiful boutique bedrooms, tasty dishes, and oodles of artistic charm. Centrally located, set amongst vintage shops and Deal’s charming conservation area, The Rose is just a two-minute saunter to the beach and the pier. It is also a short stroll from Deal train station, where the high-speed train to and from London takes just 1hr and 20mins and runs every hour. This one’s a gem.
Margate Suites, Margate
This group of four holiday apartments – all uniquely curated by local designers & artists – are situated up a steep flight of stairs overlooking the main sandy beach in the town centre and above the equally cool Buoy and Oyster restaurant. So if it’s a quirky seaside escape in a central location you’re after then here you are located less than a five minute walk to The Turner Contemporary, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops & Dreamland arcades. Cool couples getaway, here we come!
Sonnet Cottage, Keepers Cottages, Sandwich
A picture postcard cottage set in a quiet hamlet overlooking the glorious Kent countryside. It’s the perfect springboard for exploring being just a short drive to the historic and coastal town of Sandwich and a little further to the medieval city of Canterbury. Sleeping a maximum of eight across five bedrooms, the cottage benefits from amazing sunrises from the front of the cottage and sunsets from the back, and the pretty cottage garden is a haven for peace and quiet, and wildlife. Family break sorted!
Cley Windmill, Holt
What could be more special and exciting than staying in a windmill with incredible views out across the Cley nature reserve to the sea? Make like a much-more-chic-Jonathan-Creek and book into these country cool rooms (some within the windmill itself, and others located just next to it). There’s a brand new stylish bar, and the multiple delights of lovely Cley are on your doorstep.
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
Panoramic views, fresh shellfish and salty air are the order of the day at The White Horse, perched right on the edge of the North Norfolk saltmarsh. Rooms are bright, cool and comfy, with some featuring suntrap terraces right next to the coastal path. And refreshments? Whether you’re feasting on oysters grown in the tidal creeks, or a mega seafood platter, it’s all about the stunning terrace (complete with heaters, naturally). Or, stay warm inside and appreciate the view from the huge glass conservatory.
Locanda on the Weir, Porlock Weir
This coastal retreat has the feel of the countryside: a dog-friendly boutique inn overlooking Porlock’s 15th century harbour. It boasts four lovely en-suite bedrooms (five if you book the entire place) and a restaurant serving delicious locally sourced, Italian-inspired food and vino (the chef/co-owner is from Naples). On your doorstep are the South West Coast Path, beaches, kayaking, paddle boarding and the Exmoor National Park. Not too shabby!
Bossington Hall, Porlock
Room with views of the sea or room with views of the countryside? You decide at this luxury B&B on the edge of Porlock. Lots to keep you busy when you’re not exploring the coast and moors, with eight acres of gardens and woodlands, tennis and badminton courts, the oldest private squash court in England and a private 10-seater cinema back at the ranch, I mean, gorgeous Arts & Crafts house.
The Perch, Southwold
Near our favourite end of Southwold Beach (Gun Hill, with rolling dunes and a white-sand beach walk towards Walberswick), this holiday home has a magical, remote feeling. Yet, it’s actually just a short stroll from the town centre and accompanying gorgeous independent shops. The architecture’s nothing to sniff at, either: you might have seen it featured on Channel 4’s Homes by the Sea, and it’s even got an award for building excellence. The inside is full of light with an open-plan, wish-it-was-mine kitchen — but the best bit, hands down, is the balcony with beach views.
The Brudenell, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
This hotel is so close to the sea, you can lie in bed and hear waves breaking on the pebble beach. Décor-wise there’s a nod to the nautical but it doesn’t feel clichéd: think porthole windows, a driftwood bench in reception, storm lanterns, walls painted ocean shades, maritime-inspired wallpaper in the corridors, and plenty of seascapes. Hungry? You’ll love the dining scene here: bar, restaurant, and two (two!) beachfront terraces in which to enjoy dishes like half-cooked lobster with rosemary chips. Or, wander down to the award-winning (some say, best in Britain!) fish and chip shop to eat barefoot on the beach. Gosh, that sounds good.
Seascape, Wellies and Windbreaks, West Sussex
Fancy waking up to sea views? You’re going to love Seascape, a luxury beachfront home in Bracklesham Bay. Just one of several properties in the Wellies and Windbreaks’ collection, Seascape is perfect for larger families or groups as it sleeps six people. You’re literally one step away from the beach – pebbly at high tide and long and sandy at low tide with shallow water, so perfect for children. The area is also a mecca for kite surfers and wind surfers (canoes, surf boards, and boogie boards are available for use at the property). Interested? You’ll be happy to know there’s still availability this coming Easter – though be quick, because it won’t last long. You might also like to check out Rox, Pebbles, Seacote and Rosemary Cottage – which also have some dates still available.
The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham
Sitting pretty on the banks of the picturesque Pagham Harbour in Sidlesham, the Crab & Lobster is a 350-year-old pub turned fine dining restaurant. A favourite with celebs like Amanda Holden & Lisa Faulkner, it has a selection of comfy rooms (standard or deluxe), as well as the cosy Crab Cottage next door. They even have a stylish beach hut called Betty at nearby West Wittering if you really want to get your feet sandy!
The Gallivant, Camber Sands
Wild yoga on the beach? At the Gallivant on the Camber coast, a stone’s throw from Rye they believe “Happiness is a place” and we’re inclined to agree! The boutique hotel is seriously chic with deeply comfy beds in beautifully designed bedrooms. Feel the waves between your toes with one of their mindful beach walks before a delicious locally sourced meal in their restaurant, (where it’s over 16’s only so ideal for a kiddy-free break).