Beach holiday accommodation UK: cute huts, cottages and hotels to book now for a coastal staycation

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Seven beautiful beach huts, cottages and hotels around the UK, just moments from the waves, to book now for the summer.

If you’re anything like us, you might be in need of a weekend away to recharge your batteries after a full-on few weeks of social plans since restrictions eased.  And there’s really nothing like breathing in fresh sea air, digging your toes in the sand and enjoying an ice cream on the beach to relax you, is there? 

But if your hopes for a paradisal beach holiday are currently in tatters, we’re here to tell you the good news: that you don’t need to catch a flight to paddle in the sea. In fact, here we’ve gathered some of the loveliest beach holiday accommodations from beach huts sitting on the sand, to luxury hotels with views of the water.

 The UK boasts coastal gems around the country, with each area offering something different. From the busy streets and pebbly beach of Brighton to the rugged gorgeousness of Scotland’s most northern islands, Britain’s beach holiday potential shouldn’t be underestimated. 

With a variation in price, location and style, we think there’s something here for everyone hankering to unwind and build a sandcastle this summer.

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  • Links House

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    UK beach holiday accommodation: seek some luxury in the Scottish highlands.

    If a beach hut sounds a little too back to basics for you, why not treat yourself to the full ‘lady of the manor’ experience at Links House? This five-star hotel sits just minutes from Dornoch’s enchanting beach in the Scottish Highlands, where it benefits from a microclimate of pleasant weather and pastel pink sunsets.
    Plus, the hotel is luxuriously plush with rooms that offer sea rooms, huge beds, cosy armchairs and even a library bar with its own fire. 

    Where: Royal Dornoch, Golf Road, Dornoch, Highlands, Scotland, IV25 3LW

    Sleeps: 2

    Price per night: from £225

    Available to book: direct

  • The Well Margate

    The Well Margate
    UK beach holiday accommodation: visit Margate in style at The Well.

    Margate has felt a resurgence in the last decade, making it a vintage hotspot filled with independent stores, eateries and boutique hotels, and a brilliant choice for a staycation. If you’re going to visit such an on-trend place, you should do it in style at The Margate Well. From the bright pink front door to the bottle green kitchen tiles and free standing bath in the bedroom, this coastal gem has it all.

    Where: Margate, Kent

    Sleeps: 4

    Price per night: £150

    Available to book: Airbnb

  • Skylark beach cabin

    Beach hut
    UK beach holiday accommodation: this beach cabin blends city and coast.

    In just half an hour you can go from the bright lights of Edinburgh city to this coastal retreat in East Lothian, enjoying the best of both worlds. The decor is paired back in a fresh, beachy way and the rural surroundings are the epitome of rugged beauty.

    Where: Tyninghame, East Lothian, Scotland

    Sleeps: 8

    Price per night: £125

    Available to book: Canopy & Stars

  • Luxury beach home, Cornwall

    beach house
    UK beach holiday accommodation: who needs Santorini when you can have Smuggler's Cove?

    If you had visions of a holiday to Santorini this summer, your dream trip may well not be happening. Our advice? Book this luxury coastal holiday home instead. If the outdoor hot tub with beach views doesn’t draw you in, maybe the cinema room, direct beach access and modern furnishings will. 

    Where: Smugglers Cove, Porteath, North Cornwall 

    Sleeps: 8

    Price per night: £650

    Available to book: HomeAway

  • Beach hut, Fife

    Beach hut
    UK beach holiday accommodation: choose this minimalistic beach hut in Fife for it's second-to-none location.

    Fancy getting back to basics at the beach? This sweet beach hut is, yes, minimalistic with just two single beds and a small dining area, but it’s location is second-to-none. Sat on the actual beach, you’ll be close enough to the waves to let them gently soothe you to sleep. 

    Where: Crail, Fife, Scotland 

    Sleeps: 4

    Price per night: £60

    Available to book: HomeAway

  • Sleek apartment, South Wales

    beach apartment gower peninsula
    UK beach holiday accommodation: head to the Gower Peninsula for a sleek take on the seaside.

    Fish and chips on the beach not your kind of coastal stay? No problem. You can still take in the spectacular views over Langland Bay on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales from the comfort of this stunning apartment. 

    Where: Gower Peninsula, South Wales

    Sleeps: 4

    Price per week: from £642

    Available to book: Cool Places

  • Seaside cabin, Devon

    seaside cabin
    UK beach holiday accommodation: this adorable Devon cabin has just enough space for two.

    Spend a night actually on the water in this adorable beach bolthole. At only 24 feet by 9 feet, it’s perfect for cosying up on a warm summer night overlooking the harbour. You might even spot a few seals the next morning whilst having your breakfast on the petite terrace. 

    Where: Brixham Harbour, Devon

    Sleeps: 2

    Price per night: £69

    Available to book: One Off Places

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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