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Sunshine-on-Sea: English Seaside Breaks with Summer Availability

12 April 2023

Remember those long childhood summers?

The ones that stretched out for what felt like all eternity, as you headed for the nearest beach with your loved ones – four-legged friends included! – a bucket and spade, and maybe a tasty packed lunch (sandy sandwiches, anyone?)

Paddling, swimming, pebble-skimming, sandcastle-building, shell-collecting, rock-pooling… there was no end of fun activities to try. If the sun was out, there’d be a good chance of getting an ice-cream treat later on, or maybe even a slap-up fish and chip supper to round off the day!

There’s simply nothing like an break by the English seaside to inspire both welcome nostalgia, and a warm sense of brand-new memories being made before your eyes.

Better still, if you thought you’d left it too late to arrange such a break for this very summer… you’re wrong.

These delightfully unusual retreats are dotted along the English coast, ready and waiting for you to re-discover a favourite seaside location, or explore somewhere completely new.

All you have to do is decide when and where you’d like to go, then pack up your loved ones for another unforgettable summer by the beach.

(Our tip? Book your favourite up quickly, before someone else does!)*

* summer dates available at all properties at time of publication

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Beach Cove Coastal Retreat | Devon

Sutton Windmill

Sutton, Norfolk, England
A truly unique stay awaits - inside a scenic 18th century landmark, complete with a private garden and stargazing hot tub, beautifully located in a Norfolk village that's achingly close to the Broads.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
From
£959 /week

Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

Ilfracombe, Devon, England
Individual boutique-style beach huts & suites with an added dose of luxury; these wonderful coastal retreats in popular Ilfracombe area redefine the Great British seaside holiday.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£349 / week

Tregonhawke Beach Lodge

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, England
A jaw-dropping retreat that overlooks the sea in Cornwall's ‘Forgotten Corner', complete with hot tub and spectacular views.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£885 (7 nights)

The Island Cornwall

Newquay, Cornwall, England
Gaze dreamily out at the Atlantic Ocean, from the sumptuous comfort of your very own private, palm-fringed paradise.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£1,233 (3/4nt)

The Buoys

Romney Marsh, Kent, England
Wind back time to the Swinging Sixties, in a refreshingly retro Romney Marsh holiday cottage that's both close to nature, and perfectly positioned by the sea.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£390 / night

Cancleave

Crackington Haven, Cornwall, England
A unique, blissfully secluded clifftop retreat on the North Cornish coast, with incredible views across Bude Bay, and the South West Coast Path waiting just outside the garden gate.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£421 / night

English Garden

Padstow, Cornwall, England
A jaw-dropping retreat, created by award-winning architects to showcase the dramatic natural beauty of Cornwall's Camel Estuary.
Bedrooms: 6
Sleeps: 12
From
£1,100/nt

Casa Chroma

Snettisham, Norfolk, England
Casa Chroma is a uniquely styled Norfolk house that's perfect for group holidays and celebrations that call for a little something extra!
Bedrooms: 9
Sleeps: 18
From
£3289 (7 nights)

The Windmill Scarborough

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
A unique and mesmerising Grade II-listed retreat, less than five minutes' walk from the town centre in England's original seaside resort.
Bedrooms: 1 per apartment
Sleeps: 2 per apartment
From
£115 / night

The Wild Duck

Heacham, Norfolk, England
The Wild Duck is a former 19th century boat, uniquely transformed into a luxurious Heacham haven ideal for seaside family holidays.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£562 (3 nights)

Clowance Treehouse

Camborne, Cornwall, England
A sumptuous treehouse retreat with outstanding green views, set within an historic Cornish country estate.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1575 / week

Hafod Station

Dungeness, Kent, England
A unique ‘wow-factor' fusion of heritage, art, and incredible sea views, in the form of a restored vintage train carriage nestled on the atmospheric shingle beach at Dungeness.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£505 (7 nights)

Sands Studio

St Ives, Cornwall, England
Romantic Sands Studio is a retreat bathed in cool contemporary style, featuring uninterrupted views over stunning St Ives Bay.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£640 (1 week)

Ocean Scene

St. Ives, Cornwall, England
A light, bright and beautiful retreat for luxurious family breaks in St Ives, with plenty of kids' entertainment and breath-taking views of Porthmeor Beach.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
From
£377 / night

Longships

The Lizard, Cornwall, England
A sumptuous, white-walled lighthouse cottage, featuring dramatic Cornish clifftop views and endless coastal walks.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£323 (2 nights)

Twentieth Century B&B

Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England
A loving and authentic homage to Art Deco, perfectly set just four minutes' walk from the beach at Minnis Bay.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 2 per room
From
£75 / night (David Bowie Room)

Indigo Barn

Warham, Norfolk, England
A luxurious light-filled retreat that's brimming with sociable style, beautifully positioned on a chalk hill with breath-taking views across rolling North Norfolk pasture, out towards the coast.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£2,200 (4 nights)

Beach Hut No.1 at Shaldon

Shaldon, South Devon, England
An Amazing Space beachside studio packed with style, beautifully nestled in an unspoilt South Devon village.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

The Catacombs

Plymouth, Devon, England
A heritage-soaked apartment, filled with captivating detail and contemporary mod cons, positioned in the heart of Plymouth's historic Barbican.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 5
From
£895 / week

The Engine House

Porthtowan, Cornwall, England
A characterful, TV-featured retreat that's steeped in Cornish heritage, Grade II-listed and perfectly located in the heart of ‘Poldark country' with stunning ocean views.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
From
£743 (3 nights)

Dungeness Railway Carriage

Dungeness, Kent, England
Indulge your love of the natural life with a quirky stay in a beautifully converted 19th century rail carriage in Dungeness - an abundant Kent nature reserve just a stone's throw from the beach.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£390 (3 nights)

Clifftop Nest

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, England
Inspire your senses with Cornish sea views that seem to stretch out forever, from an elevated, dog-friendly couples’ retreat with a private hot tub and direct access to the South West Coast Path.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£1,238, 7nt

Westward Home!

Westward Ho!, Devon, England
A modern, light-filled family and dog-friendly retreat, stunningly nestled right next to the Royal North Devon golf course, with an enclosed garden and spectacular sea views all the way out to Saunton Sands.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£1,111 / week

Babbelkous

Halesworth, Suffolk, England
An idyllic eco-and pet-friendly architect designed retreat, nestled in an ancient Suffolk village with chocolate-box rural views.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
From
£2569 / week

Southern Bell

Hayling Island, Hampshire, England
A unique holiday island home that includes two stylishly converted railway carriages, for a first-class break by the Hampshire seaside.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 8
From
£1040 (1 week)

Edwardian Beach Retreat

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
A light, bright family retreat that looks over the picturesque beach in historic Bexhill-on-Sea, with perfect coastal views from a full-length conservatory and balcony.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£791 (7 nights)

Reedcutter Lodge

Blakeney, Norfolk, England
A luxurious Scandinavian A-frame haven, with a gleaming glazed wall facing the picture-perfect North Norfolk woodland scenery of Weybourne Forest.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£1,629 (7 nights)

The Old Signal House

Torpoint, Cornwall, England
A mesmerising period retreat, beautifully furnished and blissfully secluded on a tranquil, impossibly scenic slice of Cornish coastline.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£905 (7 nights)

1974 Woolacombe Airstream

Woolacombe, Devon, England
A gleaming vintage hot tub retreat, gently elevated on a Devon hillside with far-reaching sea views and easy walking distance from the iconic surfing beach.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£517 (7 nights)

Dippers

St Austell Bay, Cornwall, England
A stunning eco-friendly retreat transformed from ancient ruins, dreamily set on the riverbank in the historic World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley, in the beating heart of Cornwall.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
From
£878 (7 nights)

Harbour Hideaway

Newlyn, Cornwall, England
A romantic and luxurious pod, complete with private hot tub, secluded in a tranquil Cornish corner close to Newlyn's enchanting harbour.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£265/3 nts

Rocket Cart House

Lizard, Cornwall, England
A granite former cart store, steeped in history and romance, serenely secluded on the Lizard Peninsula with dreamy Cornish coastal walks in abundance.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£440 (7 nights)

Seaton Cabin

Seaton, Cornwall, England
A soothing Cornish hot tub retreat that's packed with style, close to the coast and boasting rolling countryside views, for the best of both worlds!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£496/wk

The 1066

Hastings, Sussex, England
The 1066 is a vintage-inspired Grade II listed house in the heart of Hastings Old Town, ideal for group breaks by the sea.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
From
£1,659 (/ week)

Seagulls' Nest

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, England
A beautiful Whitsand Bay bolthole, breathtakingly set right on the cliffs for outstanding views that stretch from Rame Head to Looe.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£663 (7 nights)

Corton Beach Retreat

Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Check into a stylishly idyllic seaside lodge with panoramic beach views, perfectly nestled on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1.545 (7 nights)

The Art Deco Apartment

Brighton, East Sussex, England
An elegant, light-filled apartment that's dripping with old school glamour, perfectly located in a chic Brighton house that faces the sea.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£250 / night

Thyme & Tide

Seasalter, Kent, England
A pet-friendly, retro-styled beachfront haven with a wild and wonderful coastal garden, peacefully secluded in the ancient Kent village of Seasalter
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£935 (7nts)

Chalet 279

Wilsthorpe, Yorkshire, England
A soothing coastal cottage for a romantic escape, dreamily positioned in an ancient East Riding of Yorkshire village with endless walking trails and golden-sand beaches on the doorstep.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£299 (7 nts)

Seasalt

Seasalter, Kent, England
Watch the waves roll gently in, from the romantic comfort of a stylish East Kent beachfront retreat for two.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£664 (one week)

St Edmunds Church

Fraisthorpe, Yorkshire, England
On opulent 13th century, Grade II-listed retreat spectacularly located just a stone's throw away from Yorkshire's magnificent east coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£343/night

The Forgotten Corner

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, England
Step into an opulent chalet that boasts unspoilt Cornish coastal scenery, blissful seclusion, and luxurious surroundings.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£1,265 (7 nights)

Abbotsham Hideaway

Abbotsham, Devon, England
Step into the pages of a classic fairytale, with a quirky and magical stay in soothing North Devon countryside... complete with hot tub!
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1,175 (7 nights)

The Guard Tower

Shaldon, Devon, England
A modern, TV-featured conversion of a unique World War Two safeguarding haven, with breath-taking panoramic views of Devon's iconic coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£913 (7nts)

The Wave

Eype, Dorset, England
A gently curved, architect-designed Dorset lodge that boasts uninterrupted views of the beach, with the scenic Jurassic coastal path mere moments away.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£847 / week

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