Self-catering cottages for beach holidays

Many families head for the beach during the summer because its an easy way to entertain the children.

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Beach holidays in the UK and Ireland in self-catering holiday cottages

Beach holidays at Golden Sands of Carbis Bay Beach CornwallThere is nothing quite like a British beach holiday for families.  Think of deckchairs, wind shields in the sand, children running in and out of the waves, buckets and spades, collecting sea shells, ice creams dribbling down chins, fish and chips, sand in your food and a bracing breeze.

 There are always traditional resorts that you can visit for shows, fun fairs, lights to rival Blackpool and British style seaside entertainment that amuses the kids.  Many resorts are still  proud of their wooden piers leading far out into the sea, which generations have walked year by year. 

A modern attraction is the summer weekend fireworks display from the pier. Some, like Southend have a miniature railway running the length of the pier for amusement and a welcome rest for the tired. Punch and Judy shows have mostly disappeared with the arrival of political correctness but you're still likely to find beautifully vulgar postcards of fat ladies on the beach, enough peppermint rock to keep dentists in business this century and Bingo in the amusement arcades. Yes, it's tacky and quite dreadful, but also a little piece of British tradition in decline that the children can enjoy before it vanishes altogether.

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And where is it?  Pembrokeshire in Wales, where you will find some of Britain's most beautiful and cleanest beaches.  This is where you can still have a safe and carefree beach holiday.  Relax and read on the beach whilst the children make sand-castles and paddle to their heart's content.

Take a look at our cottages in St. David's, Pembrokeshire, for the perfect summer beach holiday.  St. Nons Bay luxury holiday cottages near the beach. 3 delightful 5 star luxury cottages in the fishing village of St. David's or the Pembrokeshire National Park. Perfect for families with many family friendly features - cots, high chairs, stair gates and baby sitting all available. Close to safe sandy beaches and the Pembrokeshire coastal path. All Cottages have enclosed sheltered gardens with a patio and garden furniture and a games room with table tennis or a pool table. A mere 5 minutes walk takes you to the shops, restaurants, local beauty spots like Bryn y Garn and the historic cathedral itself.  



3 bedroom holiday cottage near the most fabulous beaches on the Gower peninsula in south Wales

seaside cottage in GowerThis coastal cottage is just a short walk from the beach at Oxwich in Gower, Wales.  Oxwich beach has been described by the Travel Magazine as one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches.  With 3 bedrooms, this holiday home could be ideal for a family self-catering holiday by the coast.  You can even see the beach in the distance from outside Honeywell Cottage.  Also nearby is Oxwich Castle and two nature reserves.  

This is an excellent location from which to discover the beautiful Gower Peninsula with its numerous clean sandy beaches.  Award winning beaches in Gower and Swansea Bay which have been recognised with both a blue flag and seaside award include Caswell Bay, Bracelet Bay and Langland Bay.  Limeslade Bay has achieved a Green Coast Award and Rural Seaside Award.

The accommodation at Honeywell Cottage is stylish and all arranged over one floor.  The doors and hallway are all wide for easy access so this property may appeal to those with limited mobility.  For more advice and information on accessibility features get in touch with the owners.

With 3 bedrooms, this cottage can comfortably sleep 8.  The lounge/kitchen area is open plan and well equipped with pretty much everything you could need.  There is a dining room table with 6 chairs.  There are also wonderful sea views from the open plan living area over Oxwich towards Three Cliffs Bay.    

Outside the cottage there is an elevated deck area where you can sit out and in good weather, enjoy views of Oxwich Bay, Cefy byn, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Castle.  There is plenty of parking plus ample safe storage for your outdoor leisure equipment.

Oxwich Bay is one of Gower’s most popular beaches and with an impressive 2.5 miles of sandy beach, it is easy to see why!  This beach also benefits from good facilities and access.  There is parking, shops and the beach is surrounded by attractive woodlands.  Whether you enjoy building sandcastles, sunbathing or jumping on the sand dunes, there is plenty to enjoy at Oxwich Bay.  

Do note though, that although popular, there is no lifeguard at this beach so children must be supervised at all times.  The bay is also used for watersports so care should be taken to stick to safer, quieter areas away from boats and jet skis when in the water.  

If you prefer to spend time on a secluded peaceful beach, you could head for Nicholaston Burrows which is relatively isolated.  This is a really beautiful beach backed with sand dunes.  The only downside with this beach is the relatively long walk to the parking so if heading here pack a picnic and come prepared!     

For more information on this cottage, including availability and price, please get in touch with the owner who will be pleased to help.  Click on the cottage photo for contact details.

Cottage near Southwold Beach in Suffolk


Southwold is a lovely unspoilt seaside town on the Suffolk coast known for its row of colourful beach huts backing the beach.

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Charming Sleeps 6 Barn Conversion near Chesil Beach in Dorset

cottage near beachThe Dairy near Weymouth is a stylish holiday home. With full length doors that fold out from the kitchen and living area, this is a fantastic place which also benefits from being close to the coast. Sleeping up to 6 in 3 bedrooms, this if a fantastic family holiday lodge which is only around a mile away from Chesil Beach, a beach which stretches for a generous 18 miles.

Take day trips and discover some of the best of the Dorset coastline on a stay here. Corfe Castle, Poole, Lyme Regis and Bourenmouth are all accessible for day trips.

 Find out more about staying in this fantastic holiday home close to the beaches of Dorset.






Another lovely cottage right on the beach in Bridport, Dorset - sleeps 18

cottage dorset beachIf you are looking for a cottage holiday near the beach then you really couldn’t get any closer than Ship Cottage.  This Cottage is located right at the edge of the beach at West Bay near Bridport in Dorset.  You can literally step outside of your front door at this place and walk out on to the beach.  With such an amazing location, this cottage definitely has that all important wow factor!

This is a large cottage that sleeps up to 18 in 9 bedrooms so is likely to appeal to large groups or big families.  Could there be a better location from which to access the delights of the Jurassic Coast?  West Bay is set within the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast.  With much of this part of the West Dorset being designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and excellent walks nearby, this could be a great location for a cottage holiday.  There are also some great sporting facilities within easy reach of the cottage.

Click on the photograph of Ship Cottage on the beach to find out more.

Cottages and lodges near Minehead, Somerset

cottages and lodges for self-catering holidays near a beachWoodcombe Lodges and Cottages

These smart pine lodges and holiday cottages sleep 2-8 people each near Minehead in Somerset and are set in 3 acres of wonderful gardens in the countryside looking towards Exmoor National Park.

They are only 1.5 miles distant from Minehead seafront with the beach and all its attractions.  

Perfect for family holidays. Click on image to find out more.





Cottage with great sea views overlooking St. Margaret's beach in Kent

cottages near a beachThe Gun Emplacement is a holiday home with a difference.  This property offers stunning sea views as it is literally perched on the top of a cliff on Lighthouse Down within the National Trust’s protected White Cliffs of Dover site.  Sleeping up to 6 in 3 bedrooms and with its stunning location, a stay here should definitely result in a holiday to remember.  There are gardens to the front and back of the cottage.   

If you are looking for somewhere to stay with a truly unique setting, this could be the holiday cottage for you.  Enjoy views across the English Channel towards Calais and why not explore some of the beautiful Kent countryside and coastline during your trip?



Click on the cottage on the cliffs photograph for availability and booking this seaside cottage.

Luxury cottages near beaches on the west coast of Scotland

cottages west scotlandThe beaches in Scotland are superb although the weather does not always guarantee sun bathing temperatures. For 5 Star luxury holiday homes with their own lochside beach try Melfort Pier and Harbour in Kilmelford, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.  

Free fishing from the pier or a boat or canoe are included, email via the site for more info about these luxury cottages near beaches in Scotland.

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Check out seaside cottages on the Ellary Estate where you will find a new world of peace and unity with nature.  Boating, fishing, walking, cycling are all here to be experienced at your leisure. The cottage also has an open fire in the lounge for relaxing evenings. 

Click on the cottage photos for fill details of a self catering holiday in the remote Highlands of Scotland.

Perhaps sailing is more your thing, sunning on deck in your bikini, tacking across the bay,  or eating al fresco on deck. It's quite amazing how many sailing clubs there are all around the coast of Britain and how lovely it is to see yachts and small boats dotted about the water.

A seaside holiday in Britain can be much what you would like it to be. There are sandy beaches, pebble beaches, award winning beaches, sheltered bays and windswept swathes of coastline, cliffs and rocks, harbours, estuaries, tacky resorts, conservative resorts.  One marvellous thing about a beach holiday in Britain is that when you're tired of the beach in its many variations, its never very far to a selection of tourist attractions inland. Check out our self-catering beach holidays using the Feature Pages button in the menu.

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