The Best Places to Stay on the Coast, from Northumberland to North Yorkshire
From boutique hotels and B&Bs, to cosy self-catering cottages and stylish apartments – we’ve rounded up our favourite places to stay for a beach breakaway
The Lord Crewe
Just a stone’s throw away from the award-winning beach and the world-renowned Bamburgh Castle, The Lord Crewe has seven newly refurbished, individually-designed boutique rooms. The restaurant focuses on creating delicious dishes using the best local produce and you can expect to find luxurious seafood alongside locally-reared beef. With an extensive wine list, handcrafted cocktails and plenty of real ales this is the perfect base for a luxurious beachside breakaway. For those just off the beach who want to bring their four-legged friends, there are dog-friendly areas in the restaurant and there’s a beer garden here too.
Front Street, Bamburgh NE69 7BL
Sleeping up to six guests, this traditional coastal cottage is just a stone’s throw from historic Berwick, and within easy reach of Northumberland’s best beaches and lots of main attractions such as Holy Island, the Farne Islands and Bamburgh too. There’s a large patio with sea views for alfresco dining, a private garden and a sandy beach just minutes from the front door.
An attractive stone cottage, Links Barn sits in the centre of Seahouses, perfectly located for exploring this charming fishing village. The cottage is extremely spacious and filled with light from the French doors, vaulted ceiling and galleried landing, while outside is a private enclosed garden with a barbecue so you can enjoy those long summer evenings.
Links Barn, Seahouses NE68 7RQ
In the heart of the popular seaside village of Beadnell with its wide sweeping bay, the boutique Beadnell Towers hotel is a stylish getaway, perfect for everything from a romantic break to the traditional bucket and spade holiday. There are 18 individually-designed bedrooms, a cosy lounge, and the hotel’s Beadnell Kitchen which comprises the dog-friendly bar, the restaurant and sunny terrace, where the team of talented chefs blend local produce and confident cooking, ensuring everything is fresh, local, simply done and simply delicious.
The Wynding, Beadnell, Northumberland NE67 5AY
Newton Hall Garden Cabins
Brand new, and within easy walking distance of some of Northumberland’s best beaches, these luxe hideaways are part of Newton Hall Estate. Each one boasts an outdoor seating area, decking and private garden, some have a hot tub or outdoor shower, and a fire pit to keep the sea breeze at bay. Sleeping from two to six guests, inside, the cabins are beautifully designed with every little luxury you could want, and with a great pub next door, and an estate host who will happily arrange activities such as coasteering, paddleboarding, riding and beach yoga, they make the perfect place for a romantic retreat, or a family holiday.
Newton by the Sea, Northumberland NE66 3DZ
0191 933 7409
A luxurious B&B for a grown-up getaway, there are just three bedrooms at this special little place, tucked away in the pretty village of Alnmouth. Here, deliciously comfy beds, fluffy towels, luxurious bathroom goodies and gorgeous home-cooked breakfasts come as standard. There’s a decked garden in summer to enjoy the sunshine, and if the sea breeze keeps you off the beach, a cosy fire will help you relax, as will the honesty bar, stocked with everything could could possibly need. Dog friendly (there’s a house dog too), the owners are always on hand to help you organise special treats, from spa treatments to coasteering lessons, and will bag you the best tables in the best spots too.
27 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RA
Unwind in this luxurious hotel on the Durham coast. Each of their bedrooms comes equipped with little luxuries like fluffy bath towels, fresh fruit and heavenly toiletries. For true escapism go for one of the new two-bedroomed Bungalow Suites, complete with hot tub and a view of the sea. Rest and recharge in the Serenity Spa with its tranquil pool, steam room, sauna and Zen Lounge, before dining in one of the outside pods on the terrace.
Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG
0191 543 8931
A modern and stylish coastal home with magnificent sea views (as the name suggests) along Amble pier and to the lighthouse, while on a clear day you can see all the way up to Dunstanburgh Castle. Sleeping four (plus two furry friends), the coastal-themed interiors provide a tranquil place to relax after a day exploring the coast, and there’s a delightful patio area with great views for al fresco dining.
1 Bay View, Amble NE65 0AZ
Cowbar View Cottage
In a glorious spot looking out towards the Beck, Cowbar View Cottage is an immaculately restored period property. It comfortably sleeps up to six people and is perfect for exploring this charming stretch of the Yorkshire coast, as well as the surrounding countryside. The four bedrooms are all furnished to the highest standards, while the cosy seating area is the perfect place to curl up and unwind after a day’s exploring. If the sun makes an appearance, catch some rays out on the private patio.
Staithes, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5BU
A stunning hotel just minutes from the sea, Raithwaite Sandsend is a unique retreat. With stylish bedrooms, a zero-waste and fully organic restaurant and bar serving the freshest local produce all sourced within a 30-mile radius, beautiful wooded grounds to explore, and an on-site spa and great sun-trap terrace, this is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Rooms here are located either in the Main House, The Hide (in the forest near the main entrance and within easy walking distance of Sandsend Beach) or in Rooms by the Beck, and they range from family-sized suites to the light-filled comfy rooms, some with their own balcony or terrace, and the cosy bedrooms tucked up in the eaves. Staff are on hand to help you make the most of your stay and can organise activities such as fly fishing, cycling or paddle boarding, or can simply help you explore the grounds with the Escape Route Trail.
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
Enjoying an idyllic location at the end of Filey’s famous Victorian Crescent, White Lodge offers unparalleled views of the Filey Bay and Brigg – hidden gems of Yorkshire’s coastline. Opt to stay in one of their 20 stylish rooms, with decor inspired by the sea, or if you prefer self-catering, one of their three, two-bedroom holiday apartments. Head north to explore Scarborough, or keen birdwatchers can travel further south to see the world-famous RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliffs.
The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JX
A characterful cottage towards the bottom of the old village of Robin Hood’s Bay, and sleeping four guests, the owner has furnished this quirky cottage with a lots of gorgeous marine artefacts and antiques. The south-facing balcony is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, and enjoy dining al fresco when the weather permits. The quaint village with its winding cobbled streets is literally on your doorstep, dotted with cafés, pubs, shops and a museum, and with a stunning beach which provides a paradise for anyone wanting to go rock pooling or fossil hunting, Green Cottage is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating and historic part of Yorkshire’s coast.
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
With one of the best locations in the seaside town of Whitby, this award-winning, family-friendly guesthouse enjoys panoramic views over Whitby Harbour and out to sea. There are 15 ensuite bedrooms, all individually designed and most with the same spectacular sea views. The home-cooked breakfast is served in the dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows (again with those same views), and once you venture outside you have all attractions of the town just steps away.
4 Crescent Terrace, Whitby YO21 3EL
Wrea Head Hall
Built in 1881 for the Ellis family, this gothic mansion is now an elegant country house hotel sitting in its own stunning grounds on the very edge of the North York Moors National Park. The 24 luxurious rooms are all individually designed and have all the little touches you would expect from such a well-established hotel. The well-known 1881 oak panelled restaurant benefits from huge windows overlooking the gardens and National Park beyond, and here the menu changes daily to reflect the seasons and availability of locally-sourced delicacies, which includes produce from the hotel’s walled garden.
Barmoor Lane, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PB