The Best Places to Stay for a Beach Breakaway
Check out our favourite places for coastal escapes
Sea views, impressive gardens and luxurious interiors, Lyndhurst is the ultimate coastal retreat. For those holidaying in large groups (or just wanting the extra space) this Coquet Cottages property is ideal. Set in the pretty hamlet of Foxton, on the edge of Alnmouth, Lyndhurst overlooks Foxton Golf Course and is just a five-minute walk from the beach. If you want to enjoy the sun the lawned garden with a spacious south-facing patio is great for barbecuing. Looking for somewhere else to stay in Northumberland? Coquet Cottages have a portfolio of properties across the county perfect for any seaside stay.
Lyndhurst, Foxton NE66 3BD
01665 710 700
South Berrington Shepherds’ Huts
For those looking to enjoy more of the great outdoors after a day exploring Northumberland’s epic coastline, we recommend booking one of these three beautiful shepherds’ huts on an organic farm in the heart of coastal Northumberland. Filled with rustic charm but kitted out with all the mod-cons you need to ensure a comfortable stay, the shepherds’ huts are perfect for couples (plus the dogs can stay too). For those holidaying in larger groups, the Beach Hut is ideal, with a double bedroom and two single beds on the mezzanine level, and with countryside views by day and dark sky stargazing opportunities by night, it’ll be hard to pull yourself away.
Ancroft, Northumberland TD15 2TF
The Mill House at Lindisfarne Bay
Where the road ends and the sea begins, there’s nowhere quite like Lindisfarne, and if you’re looking for a five-star, self-catering holiday home at the water’s edge, look no further. The Mill House is a characterful building which has been converted to create a modern luxury home welcoming up to eight guests. There’s plenty of space here, whether it be for socialising or taking a quiet moment in the conservatory to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic sea views.
Fenham, Berwick TD15 2PL
This family-run, country house bed and breakfast is just a mile from pictueresque Bamburgh and a stone’s throw from the nearest sandy beach. Built in 1810, the house has been converted into a charming B&B with four super-king bedrooms. There are also two self-catering properties which sleep up to six people – Budle Lodge boasts stunning views over Budle Bay, whereas Wild Chive Lodge has been decorated in true Scandi-style and is nestled in the foot of the Brada Hill.
Bamburgh NE69 7AJ
Newton Hall Garden Rooms
Within easy walking distance of some of Northumberland’s best beaches, these luxe hideaways are part of Newton Hall Estate. Each cabin 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.
Newton by the Sea, Northumberland NE66 3DZ
0191 933 7409
The boutique Beadnell Towers hotel is a stylish getaway for anyone staying in the popular seaside village of Beadnell, with its sweeping bay and plenty of watersports to try. Beadnell Towers is a welcoming place to unwind at the end of your day where you can rest your head in one of the 22 individually-designed bedrooms (four of which are dog friendly and come equipped with treats and water bowls), or enjoy a refreshing pint or glass of wine in the cosy lounge before tucking into delicious food created by their award-winning executive chef.
The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY
A stylish and contemporary home just a stone’s throw from Amble Marina, this coastal property is perfect for families and groups looking to stay by the sea. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as spacious living areas and an enclosed garden which is perfect for socialising and barbeques. Plus, your four-legged friend can come along on the trip too.
Crasterway is a new, contemporary holiday home in the coastal village of Craster which has four bedrooms (including a kingsize, two doubles and one large single bedroom), and welcomes your four-legged friends. The house decor is inspired by the hues of the seaside and the open-plan kitchen, living and dining space opens up to an enclosed garden, perfect for afternoons in the sun. If you’re wanting to explore what’s on your doorstep, the harbour and coastal path are just 300 yards from the property.
Craster NE66 3FN
Bamburgh Under Canvas
This adult-only glamping site is just a mile inland from the historic village of Bamburgh which is known for its sprawling beach and majestic castle. Book one of their luxury furnished Lotus Belle tents which come with proper beds, furniture and cooking and barbecue facilities. For something extra special, why not book the deluxe tent which has the added bonus of a private wood-fired hot tub? It’s the perfect end to a busy day on the beach.
Glorum, Northumberland NE69 7AW
A stunning hotel just minutes from the sea, Raithwaite Sandsend is a unique retreat. Couples, families and four-legged friends are welcomed here, with rooms 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. With 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. Ask the helpful staff to organise activities such as fly fishing, cycling or paddle boarding during your stay.
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
With beautiful coastal views, a stone-fronted facade and a patio yard where you can relax at all times of the day, Crab Cottage is the perfect base for a trip to Sandsend. Sleeping up to six guests, this three-bedroom cottage with open-plan living allows groups to socialise easily, and the snug with a cosy sofa and wood-burning stove is perfect for quiet mornings.
Gisborough Hall Hotel
On the edge of the North York Moors National Park, and just a short drive from the coast, Gisborough Hall is a gorgeous country house hideaway. Combining traditional charm and home comforts with views over the rolling hills or woodland, each bedroom has been designed for a restful night’s sleep. When you can pull yourself away from your room, try fine-dining in the award-winning Chaloner’s Restaurant, or indulge in afternoon tea on the terrace. At the end of the day retire to the hotel’s bar for a locally-brewed beer or gin distilled just a mile away from the hall.
Whitby Lane, Guisborough TS14 6PT
This beautifully designed holiday home in Seahouses accommodates up to 10 guests plus dogs. There are four spacious bedrooms (two with ensuites), as well as open-plan living, a chef’s kitchen and airy dining room. However the real highlight here is the collection of original art and commissioned furniture from local Northumbrian artists, including oil paintings from Rob Newton and the beautiful dining table created by Nick James. For a coastal retreat inspired and decorated by local talent, look no further.
211 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7TY
The Lord Crewe
In the shadow of Bamburgh’s iconic castle and just a stone’s throw away from the award-winning beach, The Lord Crewe offers five-star accommodation alongside delicious food and drink. There are seven individually-designed bedrooms each with extra touches such as designer toiletries, luxury bathrobes and coffee machines to make your stay extra special. The food here is also a highlight. In the restaurant expect dishes with a focus on quality and local produce, as well as an extensive wine list and a wide range of whiskeys and cognacs. For those making a pit stop from the beach, there are dog-friendly areas in the bar as well as a beer garden just to the side with views of the castle.
Bamburgh NE69 7BL
The Bike & Boot
This dog-friendly, activity-centred hotel just up from Scarborough’s blue flag beach has rooms ranging from small doubles to sea view suites perfect for a family staycation – there are options to suit all budgets here. You’ll find dog grooming facilities on the ground floor next to a storage area for bikes, boots and surf gear, and a relaxed restaurant serving great food, craft ales and cocktails.
1–6 Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2HA
Wrea Head Hall
Built in 1881, this gothic mansion turned elegant country house hotel sits in its own stunning grounds on the very edge of the North York Moors National Park. Close enough to Scarborough to enjoy the view of the castle but far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle, find comfort in one of their 24 luxurious rooms before dining in the oak-panelled 1881 restaurant, where the menu changes daily to reflect the seasons.
Barmoor Lane, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PB
Make this award-winning, family-friendly guesthouse which offers panoramic views over Whitby Harbour and out to sea your base. There are 15 ensuite bedrooms, all individually-designed and most with the same spectacular sea views. Fuel up with the home-cooked breakfast before venturing outside to explore the attractions of the town right on your doorstep.
4 Crescent Terrace, Whitby YO21 3EL
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel
Set in 17 acres of stunning grounds within the North York Moors, this luxury boutique country house hotel is just two miles from the iconic seaside town of Scarborough. A welcome retreat away from the busy coastline, Ox Pasture Hall has 32 bedrooms and suites, all individually designed and decorated. For an extra special treat, make use of the swimming pool, spa and hot tubs, or try the Courtyard Restaurant for traditional gastro pub food served alongside a refreshing glass of wine.
Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough YO12 5TD
Under the Waves
Taking a staycation in Filey? After exploring the rock pools, watching the birds at Bempton Cliffs and checking out the local culture, couples can take advantage of the light and airy open-plan living space in this contemporary ground floor apartment before taking in the sea views from the private decked area, listening to the waves as the tide rolls in. As the sun sets, head indoors for a restful night’s sleep in the the king-size bed, or enjoy your evening a little longer in the roll-top bath.
Filey YO14 9LA
This characterful cottage sleeping four guests can be found towards the bottom of the old village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Dating back to 1634, the property is full of character – think exposed beams, timber panelling and original floorboards. After wandering the cobbled streets, quaint cafés and stopping by the museums and shops, you’ll want to return to your cosy cottage and end the day on the south-facing balcony with a chilled glass of wine.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Offering a range of self-catering accommodation, Bilton Barns is located on a working farm overlooking Alnmouth Bay, and makes the perfect base for exploring the coast. There are six cosy cottages sleeping two to six guests and range from converted barns with sea views to stone cottages with log burners, open-plan living and shared gardens. For couples looking for a romantic getaway, their rustic yet luxurious cabins with hot tubs, fire pits and stargazing windows are perfect for a relaxing retreat.
Alnmouth NE66 2TB