Tourism in the UK has seen significant growth in recent years, largely thanks to Britons realising that the grass is not always greener abroad. Coastal cottages, rural retreats and holiday havens can be found throughout Britain, which boasts no less than 11,073 miles of coastline.
Some of the more picturesque coastal cottages in Britain can be located in Cornwall, Devon, North Wales and Scotland. However, there are plenty of other places in which to enjoy a holiday by the sea. Beadnell Bay in Northumberland, for example, is renowned for its splendid sandy beach, which is situated within walking distance of several detached and semi-detached holiday cottages. The Isle of Wight, Pembrokeshire, Dorset and Whitby are also popular among those who wish to explore the finest beaches in the UK.
In Devon, guests tend to stay in picturesque cottages near to the beaches at Instow, Salcombe, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe in particular offers a delightful mix of sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and isolated lagoons. Known for its outstanding natural beauty and situated within sailing distance of Lundy Island, Ilfracombe is home to Hele Bay, Tunnels Beaches and the Torrs Walk, which is arguably the most spectacular of its kind in England. Ilfracombe is also a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts.
Anglesey in North Wales offers an abundance of pristine beaches and luxurious coastal cottages. Home to numerous Blue Flag beaches (those that are sufficiently clean as to pass the EU’s most stringent criteria), Anglesey is blessed by a relatively mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. The area’s fine weather is just one of the many reasons why Britons and foreign tourists continue to flock to Anglesey. Some of the most popular locations here include Rhosneigr Beach, Benllech, Borthwen and Trearddur Bay where you will find diving, sailing and water skiing on offer.
Staying in a coastal cottage means gaining access to some of Britain’s finest stretches of coastline. All holidaymakers, whether they happen to be families, couples, groups or individuals, can enjoy coastal retreats. Breathing crisp ocean air and treading on striking pebbled beaches or golden sands are just some of the elemental joys of staying by the sea.
While the weather in the UK is somewhat unpredictable, cottages provide a sense of security. They represent a home away from home that provides shelter from the elements even when the Gulf Stream can do little to temper the British weather.
Remote or quaint need not imply basic. The finest coastal cottages in the UK are fully equipped with the usual domestic appliances, such as ovens, fridges, freezers and microwaves. In addition to staples such as heating, power and television, many also boast telephone and internet services.