What could be more pleasant and tranquil an experience than spending time in one of Britain’s many coastal cottages?
Whilst aiming to provide the necessary comforts of modern living, coastal cottages are all about the location. Coastal holidays can be enjoyed in many different ways, depending on the composition of your party. Couples, for instance, can enjoy romantic weekend breaks by the sea, while families, groups and individuals can explore the surrounding area, take part in water sports and so on. Essentially, a coastal cottage is a base from which holidaymakers can enjoy some of Britain’s finest landscapes or embark upon numerous adventures.
Accepting that location as one of the most important considerations in choosing a holiday by the sea, it is clearly important to decide which stretch of UK coastline most appeals. Cornwall and Devon offer a splendid mix of coastal retreats and inland getaways, affording visitors greater flexibility and choice. Popular beaches in Cornwall include Boobys Bay, Bedruthan Steps, Crackington Haven, Bossiney Haven and Bude. Blackpool Sands in Devon is another superb coastal resort, featuring turquoise waters, clear sands and welcome shelter offered by nearby evergreens.
It is also useful to consider the distance between a cottage and the beach. Many cottages are located in proximity to beaches, but some are closer than others. Renting a property with a view of the sea can prove especially captivating. Cottages overlooking Newlyn Harbour, Tywardreath and the Rame Peninsula are notably sought after by visitors to Cornwall, while views of the sea can also be enjoyed in Ilfracombe, Bideford and Woolacombe in Devon. Further afield, sea view cottages in Sussex, Norfolk, Yorkshire and Anglesey are also extremely popular among holidaymakers.
Secluded coastal retreats include both detached and semi-detached cottages. Established firms such as Sykes cottages offer accommodation in a wide range of locations throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. With so many cottages now available, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something which will cater to the needs of all members of your party.
Rustic doesn’t need to infer basic. In addition to mainstream modern conveniences and well equipped kitchens, some coastal cottages are specifically geared towards catering for families with young children. Cots and stair gates may be available and in some cases, a selection of toys and even children’s’ DVDs are on offer.
Whilst there are clearly architectural constraints, reflecting the age of the structures, some owners have worked particularly hard to provide at least a degree of accessibility for guests with limited mobility.