The UK seaside cottages to book for your summer staycation

Laura Hampson
·4-min read
A view of Mousehole Harbour from the bedroom window of Harbour Moon (Nick Isden)

Harbour Moon Cottage in Mousehole, Cornwall (Nick Isden)

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

While it looks like international travel may remain on pause for the forseeable, a UK staycation is likely to be your best bet for a summer getaway this year.

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

Read more: The UK destinations to book now for your summer holiday

This year, it’s best to be ahead of the pack, which is why we’ve outlined our favourites, below.

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: £1,171 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 socially distanced-friendly staycation, 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

Tan Y Rhiw in Penmon, Anglesey

A Welsh gem with glorious sea views (Sykes Cottages)

A Welsh gem with glorious sea views (Sykes Cottages)

Plonked 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 will cater to those who prefer minimalist interiors.

Sleeps: 5

Price: £833 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 benchtops. 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

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)

Perched 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-hued waters or lazing on the gold sand 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

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