10 beach houses to stay in this summer

    4 June 2020

    Beach hut seclusion with a luxury twist in Babbacombe Bay

    Beach huts at Cary Arms, Devon

    Set in a remarkable position overlooking Babbacombe Bay and the Jurassic Coast,  Cary Arms offers all the advantages of staying in a hotel with the seclusion of your own coastal hut if you choose it. Six Beach Huts are available, along with five beautiful cottages to widen the appeal for larger groups. Best of all, there’s no need to worry about self catering. You can dine out on fresh, local produce just a stone’s throw away at the inn.

    From £269 B&B   

    Uninterrupted views of the Scottish coast – New Orleans Cottage, Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute

    Breathe deep – you won’t find air much clearer than in this quaint coastal bolthole. Days are for wild walks, dipping into the sea and feeling the wind in your hair. Take a boat trip to the isle of Gigha for sandy beaches and grilled halibut at The Boathouse restaurant. The sun terrace is the perfect spot for gazing or to set up your sketchbook; the views are all the inspiration you need.

    From £107 per night for a cottage for 2.

    A romantic pad for couples – Bosworgy Bay, Marazion, Cornwall

    Bosworgy Bay, Marazion, Cornwall

    This snug space perched above the sea overlooking St Michael’s Mount will delight you whatever the weather. Bag the sofa and watch the waves crash and the skies go dark in winter; eat breakfast or sip sundowners on the balcony in summer. Although the house is an extension to an adjoining property, it feels nicely private with its own access and long views out to sea.

    From £100 per night for a house for 2

    For boaters, beachcombers and families – Pitts Deep Cottage, Lymington, Hampshire

    Pitts Deep Cottage, Lymington, Hampshire

    At the end of an isolated track, with Lymington three miles behind, you emerge to find a magical shoreline, and a cottage spacious and bright. It has its own mooring and was once a smugglers’ inn. Now dunes and garden (with barbecue) blend into one, waves lap, gulls cry, and shingle paths weave through thrift and sea lavender to the beach. Inside has a calm, airy and coastal feel.

    From £350 per night for a house for 9.

    Surfing, rock-pools and diving on the doorstep – Buddha Beach House, Torpoint, Cornwall

    A 400-year-old fish cellar has become a glamorous jet-set pad overlooking Whitsand Bay. Lounge in the cedar hot tub on the terrace, gaze at the stars, listen to the waves crashing… you could almost be in the sea. Sand and surf on your doorstep and masses to explore: the winding coastal footpath, golf at Portwrinkle. Fabulous!

    From £185 per night for a house for 10

    A dog-friendly cottage sitting on sand dunes – Beach Cottage, Anderby Creek, Grimsby

    We know what you’re thinking: Skegness?! But this creek is a secret locals-only area and the fisherman’s cottage is beach-hut perfect. Perched above dunes, its sky-blue colour makes you smile. Step inside and take in the sea views; even better from the decking and bedroom terrace. Take long walks on the beach (there’s a handy outdoor shower and dog-drying area), birdwatch, paint – or write that book.

    From £72 per night for a cottage for 2.

    Perched on Devon’s most southerly tip – Coastguard Cottages, East Prawle, Devon

    The cottage is beloved; a warm and comfortable house with character. A dramatically decorated snug with deep dark walls and white painted floorboards is the place to curl up in the evening while someone else gets on with the cooking, but it’s the seaside rooms that will particularly delight with their thrilling views. Outside, a delightful garden tumbles down to the coast path – in summer a mass of seaside-loving flowers.

    From £175 per night for a cottage for 5.

    Stroll to the Jurassic coastline – Short House Chesil Beach, Bridport, Dorset

    Short House, Chesil Beach

    Drive through swaying pampas grass and umbrella pines to this newly-restored Purbeck stone and pink rendered cottage: the deep blue sea shimmers in the distance. Sheep graze the surrounding National Trust farmland and you’ve only an unspoilt meadow between you and Chesil Beach. You can play tennis, hop on a horse from the riding stables, or tackle wonderful coastal walks from the door.

    From £100 per night for a house for 5.

    Carswell Beach Hut, Holbeton, Devon

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    The beach hut is down a steep cliff path after a 15 minute walk from the parking spot, but every step just puts the whole world further behind you. The hut sits in a tiny cut in the rocks perched above your personal strip of sand and private beach. The gentle wash of the surf fills the cove as you light the firepit and laze in the wood fired hot tub, relaxing in the hammock chairs after a day of exploring rock pools and swimming in the sea.

    From £348 per night for a cabin for 2.

    Outstanding natural beauty at Alnmouth Huts, Alnmouth, Northumberland

    Alnmouth Huts, Alnmouth, Northumberland

    These lovely, simple structures have been designed to let you get close to the beauty of the outdoors and stunning views out across the North Sea. The double bed facing the door gives you sea views as you wake. The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the huts are located has to be considered one of the UK’s hidden gems.

    From £80 per night for a cabin for 2.