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Coastal holiday cottages

The views at Chapel Cottage, Yorkshire
The views at Chapel Cottage, Yorkshire | © National Trust / Roger Coulam

Paddling barefoot in the sea, sunbathing on the warm sand, walking along a cliff-top with the wind on your face – there’s something special about a holiday by the sea. From the fishing towns of Cornwall to Robin’s Hood Bay in Yorkshire, we’ve got holiday cottages along some of the nation’s best coastline.

If you’re looking for a fun family holiday with lots of activities to keep the kids entertained, a hideaway for two where you can relax and unwind, or a simple base for a walking break, our coastal holiday cottages are the perfect home away from home.

From sea kayaking to windsurfing and coasteering, there are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline going and see the coast from a new perspective. If you’re a keen surfer you’ll find cottages near some of the UK’s top surfing spots. Some are so close to the sea you can roll out of bed and walk down to the beach for an early morning surf when the waves are at their best.

Many of our holiday cottages are dog friendly, so the whole family can come along. Choose from secluded cottages on the beach, cliff-top retreats, to a lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Take a look at our top coastal cottages and destinations and find your next adventure.

Top coastal destinations

Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall


Secluded coves, golden beaches and windswept coast paths – there’s so much to discover on a holiday in Cornwall. Wherever you stay, you’re guaranteed a sensational view at our Cornwall holiday cottages by the sea.

A surfer with a board under their arm walks away from the sea on the beach


Stay at one of our beach cottages in Devon for sandy beaches, tranquil coves, seaside towns and subtropical gardens. Choose from a variety of accommodation across South and North Devon.

A view of the coastline from the summit of Golden Cap, Dorset, at Dawn


With its towering chalk cliffs and wildlife-rich grasslands, the Jurassic Coast is a special place for a holiday. Take a look at our coastal cottages in Dorset and see if they inspire you.

Family on the beach at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight, are reflected in the wet sand near the edge of the sea

Isle of Wight 

With golden beaches and easy walking trails, the Isle of Wight is perfect for a holiday by the sea. Stay at one of our seaside cottages and you'll be ideally placed to discover all the island has to offer.

Sunset over Brancaster Beach, Norfolk


From unspoilt sandy beaches to vast heathlands full of wildlife, there are so many reasons to holiday in Norfolk. Whether you’re looking for some hill-free family cycling or want to spot rare birds on the Norfolk Broads, we have lots of self-catering holiday cottages to choose from.

Visitors walking on the beach at Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland


With its vast landscapes, mighty castles and dramatic coastline, Northumberland is an explorer’s playground. Steeped in history, it’s an inspiring place to stay at any time of year.

The basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway and distant cliffs at sunset

Northern Ireland 

Holiday to our Northern Ireland cottages and immerse yourself in the mesmerising beauty of Ireland's iconic landscapes and unique history.

Sunset over Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales


Stay at one of our cottages in Wales home to the UK's only coastal national park, Pembrokeshire, where the beaches are often ranked as some of the best in the world. Whether it's the sandy beaches of the Gower peninsula or the rocky coast of North Wales we have a variety of accommodation on offer.

A view of the headland at Ravenscar at the south end of Robin Hood's Bay looking from Boggle Hole beach, North Yorkshire


This unique stretch of coastline is dotted with seaside towns and traditional fishing villages. We have places to stay on the coast near the wide sandy beach at Ravenscar and the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Featured coastal cottages

The exterior of The Old School House, Durgan, Falmouth, Cornwall

Durgan Old School House, Cornwall 

For holiday cottages by the sea, you can’t get any closer than Beach Cottage. The traditional stone cottage is just a few metres from the shores of the Helford Estuary near Falmouth. Just by the water, you can fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping on the beach. Sleeps 4.

The master bedroom at Chesil Cottage, Dorset

Chesil Cottage, Dorset 

With a bright, contemporary interior, Chesil Cottage is one of our newest coastal holiday cottages. Overlooking the Jurassic Coast, the breakfast table is the perfect place to spend a morning gazing out to sea, and from the master bedroom you can sit in bed and watch the waves. Sleeps 4.

Ravenscar Chapel Cottage, North Yorkshire

Ravenscar Chapel Cottage, Yorkshire 

This sea view cottage is set on the fringes of the North York Moors. The pretty, two-bedroom house has uninterrupted views across a vast sandy beach and out to sea. There are lots of walking and cycle trails on the doorstep so abandon your car and set out to explore the area. Sleeps 4.

The exterior of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Lynton, Devon

Foreland Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Devon 

For truly special holidays by the sea, this coastal holiday cottage offers a stay like no other. Once the house where the lighthouse keeper and his family lived, it's now a unique getaway. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from the cottage and look out for dolphins at high tide. Sleeps 10.

Sitting area at Little Milford Farmhouse, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Little Milford Farmhouse, Wales 

Explore Pembrokeshire’s coastline from this coastal holiday cottage. It’s located in a quiet spot on the bank of the River Cleddau near Haverfordwest. Follow the river for walks along its banks or drive to the sandy beaches at Broad and Little Haven. Sleeps 5.

The exterior of Woodlark, Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham, Suffolk

Woodlark, Suffolk 

Once the home of the coastguards, this sea view cottage overlooks Dunwich Heath beach and nature reserve. The apartment can be booked on its own or with adjacent Stonechat and Nightjar apartments – ideal for family holidays by the sea. Sleeps 4.

A boy exploring the rock pool on the rugged beach at Northumberland Coast, Northumberland

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Can't decide where you'd like your next adventure to be? Take a look at our full range of coastal cottages and see if they inspire your next break.