The best UK seaside getaways to book right now

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Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)
Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)

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Summer is right around the corner and we could all do with a holiday – now more than ever.

While we're still waiting for the government to announce the green-listed countries that we can potentially visit this year, a UK staycation is likely to be your best bet for a summer getaway.

Read more: These are the top 10 staycation spots for summer 2021

Seaside cottages saw a surge in popularity in 2020, as holidaymakers rushed to book their socially-distanced British holiday.

This year, it’s best to be ahead of the pack, which is why we’ve gathered our favourites below – book them before they go!

Little Burwell in Puncknowle, Dorset

Little Burwell's pretty thatched roof (Sykes Cottages)
Little Burwell's pretty thatched roof (Sykes Cottages)

With its deeply romantic thatched roof, Little Burwell is the ideal hideaway for two. A five-minute drive will take you to Hive Beach, a mile-long sandy strip where you can see the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £925 for seven nights | Book now

Puffin Cottage in Falmouth, Cornwall

The exposed stone walls of Puffin Cottage (Sykes Cottages)
The exposed stone walls of Puffin Cottage (Sykes Cottages)

Sitting pretty in Flushing village, on the outskirts of Falmouth, Puffin Cottage is a great option for smaller groups. With three bedrooms set over two floors, the design is modern, with nautical-inspired touches and exposed stone walls. Pets are welcome here and you’re just steps from the water’s edge, perfect for inhaling lungfuls of fresh sea air.

Sleeps: 6

Price: £1,081 for seven nights | Book now

Beach View Cottage on the Isle of Gigha, Scotland

Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)
Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)

For those looking for a social distancing-friendly stay, Beach View Cottage sits on the Isle of Gigha, off the west coast of Scotland. There’s a white sand beach on your doorstep (complete with crystalline waters) and the cottage itself is modern and beautifully appointed. When peckish, Michelin-recommended restaurant The Boathouse is a short walk away.

Sleeps: 6

Price: from £349 for two nights | Book now

Kipper Cottage in Broadstairs, Kent

Simple sophistication at Kipper Cottage (Sykes Cottages)
Simple sophistication at Kipper Cottage (Sykes Cottages)

Wedged between Broadstairs high street and seafront, Kipper Cottage is the perfect get-away-from-it-all break. This semi-detached cottage is ideal for couples, but it will also suit families with small children as there are two bunk beds at the end of the main bedroom (with a privacy screen included too).

Sleeps: 4

Price: £767 for seven nights | Book now

Tan Y Rhiw in Penmon, Anglesey

A Welsh gem with glorious sea views (Sykes Cottages)
A Welsh gem with glorious sea views (Sykes Cottages)

Perched on the south east tip of Anglesey, with views across the Menai Strait to the Snowdonia mountains, Tan Y Rhiw is ideal for exploring this beautiful part of Wales. The famed Anglesey coastal path is right on your doorstep and the cottage itself caters to those who prefer minimalist interiors.

Sleeps: 5

Price: £833 for seven nights | Book now

Seashore Apartment in Lossiemouth, Moray

You can't beat the views from these seaside apartments (Sykes Cottages)
You can't beat the views from these seaside apartments (Sykes Cottages)

Settle yourself by the window on a comfy chair at these Scottish apartments, for a reading nook with an excellent view. Here, the Moray Coastal Path can be accessed from the doorstep. It leads you to the sprawling West Beach in one direction and prime sunset spot East Beach in the other.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £619 for seven nights | Book now

Harbour Moon in Mousehole, Cornwall

A view of Mousehole Harbour from the bedroom window of Harbour Moon (Nick Isden)
A view of Mousehole Harbour from the bedroom window of Harbour Moon (Nick Isden)

In the charming Cornish village of Mousehole, Harbour Moon offers a deeply romantic escape. With exposed stone walls, a cosy fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and views of the sea from your bed – you’ll be mesmerised watching the fishing boats come in and out of the harbour – you may never want to leave.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £118 per night | Book now

Kelvin House in Blackpool, Lancashire

Kelvin House is set on the Fleetwood promenade (Booking.com)
Kelvin House is set on the Fleetwood promenade (Booking.com)

With a beachfront setting on the pretty Fleetwood promenade, Kelvin House offers three spacious one-bedroom apartments. Each with a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area and stunning views across the bay.

Sleeps: 2

Price: from £180 for three nights | Book now

South Beach at The Hideaway in Tenby, South Wales

South Beach at The Hideaway can be found in picturesque Tenby (Sykes Cottages)
South Beach at The Hideaway can be found in picturesque Tenby (Sykes Cottages)

Tucked away on a quiet street in Tenby, South Beach boasts six luxury serviced apartments. Decor is contemporary, with hardwood floors, velvet sofas and marble bench-tops. When you want to explore, there’s three beaches just minutes away and Tenby Castle is nearby, too.

Sleeps: 4

Price: from £865 for 7 nights | Book now

The Mallard in Flamborough, Yorkshire

Scandi-cool at the Mallard (Sykes Cottages)
Scandi-cool at the Mallard (Sykes Cottages)

A penthouse apartment in the pretty village of Flamborough in Yorkshire, the Mallard is full of character with exposed brick walls and gloriously high, vaulted ceilings. Flamborough’s beaches, including the Mediterranean-looking North Landing, are just a short drive away.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £728 for seven nights | Book now

Amolca in Llaneilian, Anglesey

Amolca is just a 10-minute drive from the sea (Sykes Cottages)
Amolca is just a 10-minute drive from the sea (Sykes Cottages)

Set atop Anglesey’s Mynydd Eilian, Amolca boasts glorious views across to the Point Lynas Lighthouse and the ocean beyond - on clearer days, squint to see the Isle of Man. The one-bedroom apartment sits on the top floor of the property (the owners live below) and offers a sleek escape.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £519 for 7 nights | Book now

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Tolcarne Beach Apartments in Newquay, Cornwall

You can't get much closer to the sea than at the Tolcarne Beach Apartments (Booking.com)
You can't get much closer to the sea than at the Tolcarne Beach Apartments (Booking.com)

As its name suggests, Tolcarne Beach Apartments are set directly on Tolcarne Beach. When you’re not taking a dip in the teal waters or lazing on the golden, sandy beach, Newquay is just a five minute walk away. The apartments vary in size, sleeping between four and seven in each, but all offer prime sea views.

Sleeps: 4 - 7

Price: from £648 for three nights | Book now

2 The Bay in Bigbury, Devon

The view across Bigbury Bay (Sykes Cottages)
The view across Bigbury Bay (Sykes Cottages)

With spectacular views across Bigbury Bay, this attractive duplex apartment can sleep up to four guests. When you’re not wandering through the village of Bigbury-on-Sea or exploring the South West Coast Path, dine al fresco on your private balcony overlooking the beach.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £1,802 for 7 nights | Book now

Northgate Ground Floor Flat in Hunstanton, Norfolk

This Norfolk abode is just minutes from the seaside (Sykes Cottages)
This Norfolk abode is just minutes from the seaside (Sykes Cottages)

In the sunny Norfolk town of Hunstanton, this ground floor flat with a spacious garden out back is a great family retreat. It's not far from Sandringham for Royal-watchers, and Hunstanton Beach is just a short stroll away.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £489 for seven nights | Book now

4 of the best websites for booking a UK staycation

1. Booking.com

2. Lastminute.com

3. Holidaycottages.com

4. Skyes Holiday Cottages

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