The Cottages Ireland, Bettystown, Co. Meath
Nestled in private organic flower gardens directly on the beach on Ireland’s East Coast, The Cottages offers six exclusive thatched properties dating back over three hundred years. They provide the perfect base for discovering the hidden treasures of Ireland’s Ancient East such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange, the Boyne Valley and Dublin City. The many family friendly activities in the area include Tayto Theme Park, Zoo and Water World.
A week’s stay for six starts from 2500 euros all inclusive or a short break from 1260 euros, a week for two costs 980 euros and a short break from 420 euros. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 00353419828104)
Chaffcombe Lodge, Beer
Situated in the heart of the “Jurassic Coast” World Heritage site, the beautiful Chaffcombe Lodge offers panoramic sea views of Lyme Bay to Portland from every window. On warmer evenings guests can enjoy sunsets and star gazing from the property’s superb balcony overlooking the ocean in this captivating fishing village. Families can also use the beach hut on Beer beach.
Just up the lane from the Lodge is one of the most spectacular sections of the South West Coast Path. This looks down on to the chalky outcrop of Beer Head, and over the popular village of Branscombe with its delightful old world pubs and the Sea Shanty Beach café.
Known as ‘Devon’s best kept secret’ Beer has a delightful choice of quaint village pubs and guests can buy fresh fish or the famous Beer crabs on the beach. A week’s stay for eight guests costs from £845 and a three-night stay starts from £595. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07941441106)
Just a short five to ten minute walk from a fantastic Blue Flag sandy beach, Rosehill Lodges offer the perfect Cornish retreat in the coastal village of Porthtowan. The beach has great surf for the more adventurous and plenty of rock pools for kids.
Set in a sheltered woodland valley, the properties are built to the highest environmental standards without compromising style and comfort. The location is perfect for escaping the stresses of everyday life and guests can relax in the hot-tubs and star gaze from the shelter of the glass covered decking.
Those who can pull themselves away from the luxurious lodges can enjoy evenings in the village’s charming bars and restaurants.
A short break for four costs from £647 and a week’s stay from costs £474. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01209 891 920)
Sea Dreams, Devon
Next to the South West Coastal Path, Sea Dreams is a gorgeous five star apartment in a spectacular location with panoramic views of Westward Ho bay and its Blue Flag beach made famous by Charles Kingsley and his novel of the same name in 1855.
Guests here will love the 10 metre long balcony that looks out towards Lundy Island where sunsets can be spectacular. At high tide they can also relax to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below.
The apartment makes the ideal base for an active Devon break: guests can enjoy surfing lessons from the North Devon Surf School, cycling the Tarka Trail, hike the South West Coast Path and on warmer days swim in the outdoor sea water pool,
A short break for four costs from £450 and a week’s stay costs from £700. (www.premiercottages.co.uk,01327 831382 )
Newton Cottages, Newton Bay
Located 100 metres from the beach, Newton Cottages boasts three, five star self-catering cottages with fabulous views towards the sands of Newton Bay. Each provides bright and airy accommodation with all the modern facilities needed for a relaxing holiday on the Northumberland coast.
The Ship Inn with its micro brewery is just two minutes away from the cottages and Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Bay are also a short walk along the sands.
A short break for six costs from £455 and a week’s stay from costs £545
(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01670 788650)
Penlan Coastal Cottages, West Wales
Based in West Wales, Penlan Coastal Cottages offers four luxurious 5 star properties catering for two to six people in 30 acres of meadowland with far reaching sea views of Cardigan Bay and West Wales.
Each holiday cottage has been individually designed and most have views of the sea and coastline. The properties are located just half a mile from Blue Flag Abernorth beach and ideally situated for the coastal walk from Abernorth to Tresaith where dolphins and seals are often spotted. These cosy and comfortable cottages make a great base for walking, bird watching, water sports, golf or just a quiet break away from it all.
A short break for two guests costs from £215 and a week’s stay from £352 and a short break for six costs from £355 and a week from £590.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01670 788650)
Little Fox Cottage, Pembrokeshire
Just a ten minute walk from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in the charming village of Herbrandston lies Little Fox Cottage. Exposed stone walls offer a hint of this luxurious 200 year old property’s past. Facilities include a built in barbeque and wood fired pizza oven plus state of the art music and lighting systems. There’s also a heated outdoor shower and an opulent 12ft sunken swim spa that’s kept at a toasty 40 degrees all year round.
With fifty-eight beaches nearby there’s one to suit everyone. From here guests can also take a boat from Martin’s Haven to Skomer Island to view puffins or visit Little Haven with its picturesque cove, top pubs and a choice of restaurants.
A week’s stay for six guests costs from £995 and a three-night stay starts from £746. (www.premiercottages.co.uk , 07831 266026)
Rookery Barn Holidays, Norfolk
Located on a peaceful country lane with field views and just half a mile from the glorious, safe sandy beaches of the North Norfolk Coast lies Rookery Barn. Two child friendly, luxuriously converted barns each with its own hot tub.
Pubs, restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance of this property. Nearby attractions include the Horsey seal colony and the Norfolk Broads National Park offering boat hire, foot and cycle paths, waterside Inns and wonderful wildlife. RSPB reserves and steam train trips are also within a short drive.
A week’s stay for six guests costs from £550 and a three/four-night stay starts from £398 or a week’s stay for eight guests (six adults and two children under 14) costs from £595 and a three/four night stay starts at £435. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01692 651478)
Ballantrae Holiday Cottages, Ayrshire
The Harbour Cottages are three stone and whitewashed self-catering beach cottages, sleeping between two and six people, in a small development tucked away in a peaceful sea front location at the edge of the west coast seaside village of Ballantrae in Ayrshire. All the cottages provide luxury eco-friendly beachside self-catering holiday accommodation and are beautifully furnished with a fresh coastal touch. Each cottage has its own large private lawned garden, garden furniture, terraced area and barbecue. Pets welcome.
Prices vary depending on the cottage booked. For “Beach Cottage” which sleeps up to 6 people, the price is £560 for seven nights. Short stays are also available – 3 nights for £475
For more information, go to www.embracescotland.co.uk
Port Baeg Chalets, Achiltibue, Highlands & Skye
Ten miles north of Ullapool, Port Beag Chalets are perfect for family and friends to get together, or for a quiet break away from it all. Altandhu is an ideal centre from which to explore the North West Highlands or enjoy magnificent coastal scenery with the shore just a stone’s throw away. Pets welcome. The bay in which the chalets sit is perfect for rockpool explorers and sea kayakers, and the nearby cliffs of Reiff, white sandy beaches, and majestic mountains of Coigach and Assynt make for a perfect holiday
Prices start from £595 for seven nights. Sleeps up to 6
For more information, go to www.embracescotland.co.uk
Porth Cottage, Cornwall
This characterful 18th century cottage sits just 100 yards from the South West Coast Path and the golden sands of Porth Beach, which is popular amongst families, swimmers and sun-bathers. Once home to local fishermen and their families, Porth Cottage has since been lovingly refurbished and now features a charming garden, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and a cosy snug room with a wood-burning stove. There are two bedrooms, as well as a studio annexe that can be booked in conjunction with the cottage at an extra cost, which sleeps a further two people – perfect for a family holiday.
Breaks In Cornwall has seven night stays in Porth Cottage for up to four guests from £500. For more information visit www.breaksincornwall.com or call 01621 787704.
St Catherine’s House, Tenby
This Grade II listed, eight-bedroom Georgian house must surely have one of the best sea views in Wales. There is a stone balcony overlooking the beautiful south Pembrokeshire coastline and a private gated path leads directly to Castle Beach, which fans of Sherlock will soon see on their TV screens as it was one of the locations used in the upcoming series, along with St Catherine's Island and its fort. Built in 1843, St Catherine’s House has been recently renovated but still retains many of the original period details, including ornate ceilings, a grand sweeping staircase, imposing fireplaces and Welsh oak floorboards.
Quality Cottages has seven night stays in St Catherine’s House for up to sixteen guests from £1,533. For more information visit www.qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837871.
West Wales, Aberaeron
Located right on the beach at the edge of a stunning coastal walking trail, are two strikingly blue traditional wooden Fisherman Cabins, which are available for guests to enjoy an authentic coastal break. They are within the small village of Aberarth and about a mile from the beautiful Georgian town of Aberaeron. The Fisherman’s cabins are ideal for keen walkers with plenty of stunning trails available nearby. The owners are also happy to suggest local routes to guests. It is also a great spot for surfers whist seafood lovers will be in their element. Guests can try their hand at beach casting and if successful, cooking their catch on the barbecue in the evening. The cabins offer uninterrupted views of the mountains of north Wales and the Lleyn Peninsula, all the way to Bardsey Island.
The Fisherman cabin is split into two smaller cabins, with a brand new shower room to be shared between the two. The smaller cabin can sleep two in a double bed and comes complete with an outside barbecue and a firepit. Prices from £45 per night with Pitchup.com.
Grange Farm, Newport, Isle of Wight
Enjoy the best of both worlds at Grange Farm on the Isle of Wight by combining a stunning coastal break with a farm stay, complete with sea views, alpacas and even water buffaloes! This working farm is an ideal place to unleash the inner Doctor Dolittle with creatures great and small living on site. The sandy beach is less than 100 yards away down the coastal path and it’s an ideal spot for sea fishing. The timber camping pods are surrounded by breathtaking vies out to sea.
They come complete with lighting and electricity but guests will need to bring everything else including sleeping mats and sleeping bags, bedding, cooking equipment and towels. Free hot showers are available on site and there is a well-stocked shop and children’s playground. Prices from £31 per night for two adults with Pitchup.com.
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