Our top coastal cottages of 2020

Accommodation, Coastal

Posted by Elianne Reed on 21st December 2020

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Coastal holidays in the UK are making a real comeback in popularity at the moment. The perfect spot for a spontaneous romantic break by the sea, a new and exciting place to bring all the family together for a longed-for summer holiday or an undiscovered piece of paradise to take your four-legged family member for top walkies during the crisp winter months. Whatever your reason for visiting, there's no better place to be than the Great British coast.

Our Coastal Collection offers over 3,000 properties along the UK's spectacular stretch of coastline. From the rugged clifftops of South Cornwall, right up to the wild Scottish seas, our cottages are superbly situated for the best in ocean views and coastal walks. Some of our properties have hot tubs and games rooms, others have dog and child-friendly features such as easy access to the beach and enclosed gardens to scamper around. Best of all, they are all within 5 miles of the coast.

We've had a look through some of our most booked coastal cottages of 2020, and included some spectacular waterside properties too, to give you a helping hand when it comes to choosing your 2021 seaside break. Can we tempt you with our handpicked top 10?

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Cape Cove

Cape Cove, Loch Long

Why we love it:

You may recognise this impressive contemporary home from BBC thriller, The Nest, where it served as the house of main couple, Dan and Emily. Aside from its turn on the small screen, Cape Cove is a brilliant destination for a luxury break by the waterside. Sleeping ten, it boasts a hot tub, gym, streaming services, a sound system and its own mooring – although you’d be forgiven if you simply wanted to relax and soak up the mesmerising views over Loch Long.

Why guests love it:

“Fantastic holiday home. Views were amazing. Seeing all the wildlife swimming and flying about all day was something not too be missed – it probably helped that Loch Long was tidal so lots of different birds liking high and low tide. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a relaxing holiday with superb facilities and wonderful views from the fabulous glass-fronted property.” - Nicola

Scotland coastal cottages


Cloud 9

Cloud 9, Westward Ho!

Why we love it:

If you’re looking for seaside views, this luxury apartment ticks all the boxes. Set right on the front of Westward Ho!, Cloud 9 boasts almost panoramic views across the sea and the 2-mile-long sandy beach; whether you enjoy them from the living area, the master bedroom or the bubbling hot tub is up to you! If you do feel like tearing yourself away from the coastal vistas, Westward Ho!’s popular pubs, restaurants and attractions are all within half a mile.

Why guests love it:

“Beautiful, modern, well-equipped apartment with stunning sea views from all rooms and the huge balcony. Easy access along the promenade to the local shops and local restaurants and amusements etc, and of course the extensive sandy beach. You are straight onto the South West Coast Path the other way from the apartment.” - Tim

Devon coastal cottages


Reddivallen Lakeside Hut

Reddivallen Lakeside Hut, Boscastle

Why we love it:

Enjoying a private lakeside position at a remote organic farm, and with the benefit of having the North Cornwall coast only 4 miles away, Reddivallen Lakeside Hut is a super-cute shepherd’s hut offering perfect location for a restorative getaway. Soak up the lakeside views from the wood-fired hot tub, cast your line into the water to fish for carp as the sun goes down, or enjoy a cosy night in front of the wood burner at this bijou hut.

Why guests love it:

The hut was absolutely beautiful – compact, but perfectly fitted, nicely secluded and private. A perfect place for a quiet few nights away to sit near the lake, see the fish rising, and listen to the sheep and owls in the background.”Bernard

Cornwall coastal cottages


Lenwood

Lenwood, Robin Hood’s Bay

Why we love it:

Lenwood is a traditional fisherman’s cottage guaranteed to capture your imagination from the moment you arrive. Tucked away in the narrow lanes of Robin Hood’s Bay, this three-storey cottage is packed with character and offers gorgeous sea glimpses. Tuck into goodies from the welcome hamper, soak in the roll-top tub or sample the wares from the independent restaurants and shops on your doorstep. If you fancy venturing further afield, the Yorkshire Coastal Path is moments away.

Why guests love it:

Lovely little property. Everything you need. Haven't slept so well in some time. 8 or 9 solid hours every night. Very, very dog-friendly inside. Throws provided so the dog can feel at home as well. Old towels, toys and water bottle also provided. Lovely eggy breakfast first morning compliments of the owners’ hens.” - Lynne

Yorkshire Coast cottages


Kyloe Church Cottage

Kyloe Church Cottage, Bamburgh

Why we love it:

On Northumberland’s captivating coastline, this period property is blessed with views across the countryside and to the sea. Sleeping four, Kyloe Church Cottage is the perfect base for a family holiday, with so much to do on your doorstep – from learning about the area’s history at Berwick-upon-Tweed to nature spotting across the tidal causeway at Holy Island. However, you could easily spend the whole break relaxing in front of the wood burner and watching the ever-changing view outside your window.

Why guests love it:                   

“Wonderfully relaxing cottage, exquisitely and comfortably furnished. Clean and welcoming. Absolutely stunning views to Holy Island and down the coast to Bamburgh – mesmerising and ever changing. We were delighted with the homemade shortbread and organic prosecco on arrival. It was simply a great stay and we look forward to our return next March.” Sally

Northumberland coastal cottages


Sandy Cove

Sandy Cove, Portmellon

Why we love it:

Just metres from the sandy beach, Sandy Cove is the perfect destination for a holiday by the sea – there’s even an outdoor shower for after long days by the water. Inside, the property has been sympathetically refurbished with subtle nautical styling, but the main feature is the mesmerising sea view from most of the windows. Enjoy cosy evenings in by the wood burner or stroll along the coast to explore the popular harbour at Mevagissey.

Why guests love it:

Spacious, comfortable, amazing location - waves literally lapping your doorstep. Eden Project and Lost Gardens just a few miles away. Coastal path nearby. Would definitely like to go back.” Barbara

Cornwall coastal cottages


Stonihoe

Stonihoe, Dungeness

Why we love it:

Perhaps one of the quirkiest coastal cottages around, this unique property is formed out of a converted railway carriage on the beautifully bleak coastline at Dungeness – Britain’s only ‘desert’. Throw open the bifold doors to appreciate the view, or stargaze using the property’s telescope as night falls. And, as Stonihoe is directly on the beach, you can enjoy coastal walks directly from your front door along the wonderful Kentish coastline.

Why guests love it:

“A really comfortable, well-equipped cottage right on the shoreline with excellent views out over the shingle and sea. Surprisingly warm with an excellent wood burner for that extra bit of comfort. We had a wonderfully relaxing stay and would highly recommend.” Derek 

Kent Coast cottages


Rock Haven Mudeford

Rockhaven, Mudeford

Why we love it:

Contemporary and cubic in style, with glass and smooth white walls dominating the design, Rockhaven could be straight out of Grand Designs. Featuring open-plan sociable spaces and an outside terrace which melts into the house, there's also a hot tub, BBQ and huge covered sunbed for lazy days at home. Get out and about in the nearby New Forest or stroll down to the Mudeford coastline with its sandy beach, coloured beach huts and elegant sailing boats, before returning home for a BBQ and game of pool. 

Why guests love it:

"Beautifully designed luxury house with every attention to detail. We loved the hot tub, the pool table, home gym and everything that the house offered. Walking distance to a dog-friendly beach with a super café, The Noisy Lobster, that becomes a great quality restaurant at night. Great holiday!" - Alison

New Forest coastal cottages


The Mad Hutters Appledore Kent

The Mad Hutters, Appledore

Why we love it:

This cute-as-a-button bespoke shepherd's hut on the edge of a charming Kent village, just 8 miles from the sea at St Mary's Bay, is the reason why glamping was invented. The Mad Hutters is beautifully decorated in soft tones with a warming wood burner for cosy nights in, underfloor heating and a king-size bed tucked under a gently curving roof; you wouldn't think you are close to the elements at all, were it not for the sheep moseying around outside your door. There's also a fire pit to toast marshmallows and chat late into the night - we're sold.

Why guests love it:

"My partner and I and our little dog had such a wonderful weekend at this pretty shepherd's hut. Set in a beautiful location, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and gorgeous views. We definitely recommend this place and will absolutely come again. Thank you to the hosts for making our stay so memorable." - Joanna

Kent Coast cottages


Flop Bacton

Flop, Bacton

Why we love it:

Because we can book it with its brother, Flip? That has to be our favourite reason, though there are plenty more to love this sweet little coastal gem. Flop's glorious setting on the Norfolk coast overlooking Bacton Sands is one, and its cool interior with beachy driftwood and subtle nautical touches is another. Wake up to the sound of the waves crashing outside and, if you can't wait to see them in person, head down to the sands via the back garden. In the evening, watch the sun set across the sea from the living space and get the wood burner fired up for a cosy night in.

Why guests love it:

"We had a lovely holiday in Flop. The cottage is in a fantastic location right next to the beach - being able to watch the sunrise over the sea from bed in the morning is an extra bonus. Well placed for exploring the Norfolk Coast and the Broads. We also had some lovely walks from the cottage without having to take the car out which was great. The cottage had all the amenities you could need for a relaxing holiday." - Laura

Norfolk Coast cottages


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