8 idyllic UK holiday homes with direct beach access to rent this summer

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It’s not too late to book a seaside getaway to one of the UK’s top-rated seaside towns. From large family reunions to cozy couples’ retreats, we’ve rounded up eight beachfront vacation homes available this summer.

There is something unique in a UK beach holidays that you will find difficult to recreate abroad. Eating fish and chips in the cool, salty seafront air (and getting chased by seagulls), buying rock sticks to take home, and rock-pooling are all part of British seaside tradition . So while international travel is easier in 2022, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to pack the car and enjoy the beautiful coastlines closer to home.

In an investigation to find best beach towns in the uk, we asked 4,061 Which one? readers rate almost 100 out of five UK seaside resorts for beaches, attractions, scenery, peace and quiet and value for money. The stays below are all in places that have achieved at least 70% overall ratings and between three and five stars for beaches.

These trips are all listed with companies that have been well rated by Which? readers in our survey of best and worst cabin holiday companies and who treated customers well during the pandemic.


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Cornish open-plan apartment with panoramic sea views

Gylly Beach View, Falmouth, sleeps six, £203 per night (£34 pp) for seven nights in May

Get the buckets and shovels ready for a seaside getaway in Falmouth. This Cornish town scored an overall score of 77% in our survey with four stars for scenery, attractions and peace and quiet and three stars for beaches.

A contemporary apartment sleeping up to six people, it features an open-plan design, three bathrooms, three bedrooms and a private balcony where you can enjoy stunning sea views. The kitchen is fully equipped, which facilitates autonomy.

As well as having the beach on your doorstep, nearby attractions include the coastal Pendennis Castle built by Henry VII and the Falmouth Maritime Museum. And kids can book a rock-pooling safari with a local guide at rock pool project.

There is availability in May, June and July at the time of this article’s publication. The minimum stay is seven nights.

Book now with English country cottages.

Bude Beach Retreat

Ocean View, Bude, sleeps four, £661 per night (£33pp) for five nights in May

For a peaceful beach retreat away from the hustle and bustle, head to Ocean View in Bude, a coastal town that scored four stars for beaches, scenery and peace and quiet in our survey.

Located at the end of Crooklets Beach, Ocean View is a comfortable top floor apartment which has one double bedroom and one bedroom with a bunk bed, so ideal for a couple or a family of four with young children.

The kitchen is well equipped, so you have the option of eating in. Restaurants, bars and cafes are within walking distance if you fancy a night out. Summerleaze Beach is a short walk away and the South West Coast Path is also a stone’s throw away.

There is availability in May, June, July and August at the time of this article’s publication. Short stays are available.

Book now with Cottages.

Stylish Dorset apartment overlooking Swanage Bay

Swanage Apartment, sleeps two, £105 per night (£53pp) for three nights in June

Home to the Jurassic Coast with highlights such as Lulworth Cove and Old Harry Rocks, Dorset has no shortage of geological wonders and stunning views. No wonder Swanage got five stars for scenery and four stars for beaches, attractions and peace and quiet.

This stylish apartment for two helps you make the most of the beach and is just steps from the sand and overlooks Swanage Bay to the Isle of Wight. Set inside a converted Georgian building, it is a home away from home with a comfortable lounge, well equipped kitchen and bathroom with shower plus a comfortable double bedroom.

There is availability in June, July and August at the time of this article’s publication. The minimum stay is three nights.

Book now with Airbnb.


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Romantic waterfront apartment on the Isle of Wight

Oceanix, Ventnor, for two, £102 per night (£51 pp) for six nights in April

For couples looking for a romantic seaside retreat, Oceanix is ​​a cozy apartment in the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. It is only a short walk from Ventnor Beach and offers stunning views of the bay.

Guests have a king size bed, a shower room with WC, a fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful private balcony facing the sea. If you can get away from the view, go for a walk along the Esplanade for a range of shops, bars and restaurants.

The Ventnor Botanical Gardens and Steephill Cove are also nearby while the famous Needles are a 40 minute drive away. With an overall score of 78%, Ventnor was awarded four stars for scenery, attractions and peace and quiet and three stars for beaches by Which? readers.

There is availability in April, May, June, July and August at the time of this article’s publication. The minimum stay to book online is three nights.

Book now with Classic Chalets.

Vacation home with direct beach access in North Berwick

North Berwick beach house, sleeps 6, £292 (£48 pppn) for one night in April

This beach house in North Berwick has everything to foster a relaxing beach vacation with the family.

You can access the beach through the garden gate or watch the waves rolling in from the terrace at the back of the living room. And it’s easy to self-cater here with a well-equipped kitchen. The house can accommodate up to six people in a king-size bedroom and an additional bedroom with two bunk beds. The bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and there is also a handy outdoor shower for those sandy toes.

North Berwick scored four stars overall and 81% overall in our Best Beach Towns survey. At the eastern end of the beach is a scenic harbor where you can book fishing trips and boat trips to the Bass Rock Seabird Sanctuary. The town itself is walkable and has plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to visit. North Berwick Golf Club is also nearby.

There is availability in April, May and August at the time of this article’s publication. Short stays are available.

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Tenby Dog Friendly Beach House

Sea Blue House, Tenby, sleeps seven, £223 per night (£40pp) for seven nights in April

This modern terraced house is ideal for family reunions with the capacity to accommodate up to seven people (eight on request). It is a stone’s throw from Tenby Beach, which has been awarded five stars for its beaches and scenery.

This blue painted abode is set over three floors and has two double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom (with an additional trundle bed if required). The kitchen is equipped with everything needed for cooking and there are also three bathrooms – one with a bath if you fancy getting soaked. Dogs are also welcome.

Outdoor dining is also an option with a barbecue and patio furniture downstairs. There is also a handy outdoor shower equipped for washing off the sand after a day at the beach.

Tenby Beach is right next door and St. Catherine’s Island sits just off the shore. The streets of Pembroke are lined with chip shops, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants and there is also Pembroke Castle to explore.

There is availability in April, May, June, July and August at the time of this article’s publication. The minimum stay to book online is three nights.

Book now with Classic Chalets.

Family apartment with direct beach access in Tenby

Sunny Cove 3, Tenby, sleeps four, £110 (£28pp) for seven nights in May

Step right out to the beach from this cozy oceanfront apartment in Sunny Cove.

The apartment has a private balcony with views over Carmarthen and Tenby Bay, a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen. It can accommodate up to four people in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom and has a full bathroom with shower and sink.

Tenby and its many shops, restaurants and cafes are a short walk away. Other nearby attractions include the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and Stackpole Quay, where you can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

There is availability in April and May at the time of this article’s publication. Short stays are possible.

Book now with Cottages.


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Beachfront home with hot tub in Whitley Bay

Queens Court House, Whitley Bay, sleeps eight, £241 (£30pp) for seven nights in May

Another option for that big family reunion or vacation with friends, this home sits directly across from Blue Flag Whitley Bay beach and can sleep up to eight people.

Whitley Bay scored four stars for beaches in our survey and 71% overall. Guests of Queens Court House can make the most of the beach and promenade right on their doorstep as well as the bustling town of Whitley Bay with its shops, bars, restaurants, theaters and weekend markets.

The house has four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen as well as a living room with a swivel captain’s chair to take advantage of the sea views. Outside there is a eight seater hot tub, BBQ and patio for al fresco summer dining. Dogs are also welcome for an additional fee.

Nearby, Île Sainte-Marie can be accessed across the causeway and offers the chance to spot resting seals or explore the lighthouse. And at the mouth of the Tyne, it is possible to spot dolphins.

There is availability in April, May, June, July and August at the time of this article’s publication. Short breaks are available. Book now with Cottages

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