Searching for a last minute beach holiday in the UK? You're in luck - we know just the spot! Pick your favourite holiday properties from our vast array of charming coastal cottages, complete with stunning sea views and sandy beaches right on your very doorstep.
Whether you're travelling with friends, the kids or the pup, you'll find the very best last-minute luxury beach houses right here. From family-friendly mansions with space for all the gang to cosy dog-friendly cottages, perfect just for two (and the pooch), there's a seaside cottage out there to suit any group, no matter the size, taste or budget.
What's more, being blessed with a whopping 31,368 km of coastline, when it comes to beach holidays, the UK is hard to beat (apart from the weather that is). Whether you fancy a trip to Scotland's secluded shores, the beautiful bays of Wales or the aptly-named English Riviera, a last-minute coastal cottage couldn't be easier to find.
Best locations for a beach cottage
Best for: A Great British beach break
The jewel of the English Riviera, the charming seaside town of Torquay is a delight no matter what time of year. Featuring a bustling harbour, iconic palm trees (yes, in England) and surrounded by sublime stretches of sand, this is truly a Great British beach break.
Place to stay: Boasting cheerful seaside hues, an outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub, The Purple Tree Guest House is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
Place to eat nearby: Seeing as you're on the English Riviera, why not continue the international theme and head to Small World Tapas for a tasty supper, Spanish style!
Best for: A tranquil seaside trip
Perched on a pretty peninsula, Llandudno is Wales' largest, most popular seaside resort, and for good reason too! Cocooned by an array of lovely sandy beaches, this is a wonderful spot for a relaxing family holiday by the seaside.
Place to stay: Complete with an open fire, hot tub and climbing frame and swing, Highgate is a holiday home sure to delight every member of the group.
Place to eat nearby: Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at the aptly-named Indulge Restaurant, a friendly family-run spot in the heart of town.
Best for: A secluded staycation
Now Inverness may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of beach holiday locations, but hear us out. Pristine white sands, crystal clear waters and rugged cliffs characterise the Highland's many beautiful beaches. You'll find some of the most gorgeous stretches of sand in the world here. Now, if only the sun would shine...
Place to stay: With stunning sea views, cosy interiors and, yep you guessed it, a luxurious hot tub, everyone will love a stay at 17 Harbour Place Hot Tub Paddle Board in the pretty coastal town of Portknockie.
Place to eat nearby: Get your fill of fresh local flavour at the Portknockie Fish & Chip Shop. Situated nearby the harbour, you can tuck into your fish N chip supper whilst watching the sunset over the beautiful bay.
4. St Ives
Best for: A splendid staycation in the south west
If you're searching for a mix of beach and culture, then St Ives is your spot. Brimming with a collection of cute cafes, quirky galleries and bustling bars, the town itself is every bit as captivating as the surrounding coastline.
Place to stay: Whilst not strictly a cottage, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa has to be one of the best spots in town. Boasting an indoor pool and hot tub, a sauna, crystal steam room, state-of-the-art fitness suite, this is the ideal spot for a luxurious coastal getaway.
Place to eat nearby: Looking to sample the fresh catch of the day? Head to One Fish Street and tuck into a delicious tasting menu of whatever the fishermen caught that day.
Best for: A little bit of everything
Nestled on the idyllic Exe estuary, you'll find something for everyone at the enchanting seaside town of Exmouth. Bursting with history and culture, surrounded by sandy beaches and with all the beauty of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast on your doorstep, you'll be spoilt for what to do first.
Place to stay: Brimming with charm and character, The Beach House Exmouth dates all the way back to 1896. Situated just steps away from the sand, this is a heavenly coastal holiday cottage.
Place to eat nearby: Situated in an old newspaper office, The Chronicle is certainly making headlines with its menu of delicious local fare. The inside scoop? Don't miss the Devon crab and Welsh rarebit tartlet, it's divine.
Best beaches in the UK
Being an island certainly has its perks: miles upon miles of beautiful coastline wherever you turn. The tricky part is how to pick your next holiday spot... Luckily, we've searched from top to bottom to bring you Britain's very best beaches.
1. Oddicombe Beach
Best for: Spectacular seaside views
Surrounded by beautiful beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice on a trip to Torquay. If we had to pick our favourite, we'd go for Oddicombe Beach - there's something so special about its distinctive red sandstone cliffs, shingled shores and sweet sense of seclusion.
2. West Shore Beach
Best for: Sandy toes and spectacular sunsets
Cocooned between two award-winning beaches, Llandudno is a prime beach holiday spot. The hardest part of your holiday here will be choosing between West Shore Beach and North Shore Beach. Both are lovely, but with stunning views and fewer crowds, West Shore Beach has to be the winner for us.
3. Brora Beach
Location: Inverness Best for: Nature lovers
Offering a wild and unspoilt beauty, something rarely found on British beaches, Brora Beach is a serene and unspoilt spot. If you're lucky, you may even spot dolphins, minke whales, and seals from the shore.
4. Porthgwidden Beach
Location: St Ives
Best for: Feeling like you're in the Med
Soft white sand, azure water and plenty of sun - you'd be forgiven for forgetting you were in England during an afternoon on Porthgwidden Beach. Bursting with Mediterranean vibes (apart from the name), this gorgeous spot is just a stroll away from the centre of town.
5. Sandy Bay Beach
Best for: A fun-filled family day
This soft, sandy stretch of shore is the perfect spot for a family afternoon out. One mile long at high tide, come low tide, Sandy Bay Beach doubles in size, reaching all the way back to Exmouth.
Best coastal walks in the UK
As well as endless beautiful beaches, the UK also has a vast network of coastal hiking routes to explore. Base yourself in a cosy cottage by the sea and spend a week discovering the picturesque local pathways.
1. Greenway, Broadsands & Galmpton Creek
Best for: Town, country, coast & culture
Enjoy the very best of town, countryside, coast and culture with the gorgeous Greenway, Broadsands & Galmpton Creek circuit. Measuring a healthy 11 km, this route takes you past Agatha's Christie's house at Greenway.
2. Great Orme Nature Trail
Best for: Animal aficionados
6.5 km of grassy pathways, bursting with wild flowers and forest creatures, the Great Orme Nature Trail is an accessible stroll for nature lovers both big and small. What's more, it offers spectacular views out towards the Menai Straits, Anglesey, the Irish Sea and Liverpool Bay.
3. River Ness and Caledonian Canal Loop Walk
__Best for: An easy-going riverside stroll
Follow the charming River Ness along to the Caledonian Canal and then out to sea on this 10.7 km River Ness and Caledonian Canal Loop Walk. As well as great views of the coastline, bustling boatyards and canal locks, you'll also get to see some of the city itself.
4. Gwithian and Upton Towans
Location: St Ives
Best for: Uncovering local history
Take in some of the local area's unique landscape history with the Gwithian and Upton Towans circuit. Wander along a vast sandy beach, through wildlife-filled sand dunes and past the remains of the National Explosives Works.
5. East Devon Way
Best for: A beautiful long-distance trail
If you're feeling up for a challenge, why not take on the East Devon Way? Stretching on for 65 km, this gorgeous route takes in some of the region's loveliest landscapes, including endless viewpoints and picturesque picnic spots.