Best UK beach getaways to book right now

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The best UK beach holiday destinations and where to stay. (Getty Images)

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Summer is almost over, so if you want to make the most of the last few weeks of the warmer UK weather with a long weekend or nearby staycation, we're here to help.

Seaside cottages saw a surge in popularity in 2020, as holidaymakers rushed to book their socially-distanced British holiday and have continued to see an increase in popularity ever since.

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To help you narrow down your next staycation destination we’ve gathered our favourites below – book them before they go.

Little Burwell in Puncknowle, Dorset

Little Burwell's pretty thatched roof (Sykes Cottages)
Little Burwell's pretty thatched roof (Sykes Cottages)

With its deeply romantic thatched roof, Little Burwell is the ideal hideaway for two. A five-minute drive will take you to Hive Beach, a mile-long sandy strip where you can see the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £651 for seven nights | Book now

Puffin Cottage in Falmouth, Cornwall

The exposed stone walls of Puffin Cottage (Sykes Cottages)
The exposed stone walls of Puffin Cottage (Sykes Cottages)

Sitting pretty in Flushing village, on the outskirts of Falmouth, Puffin Cottage is a great option for smaller groups. With three bedrooms set over two floors, the design is modern, with nautical-inspired touches and exposed stone walls. Pets are welcome here and you’re just steps from the water’s edge, perfect for inhaling lungfuls of fresh sea air.

Sleeps: 6

Price: £898 for seven nights | Book now

Beach View Cottage on the Isle of Gigha, Scotland

Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)
Beach View House sits on a pristine white sand beach (Booking.com)

For those looking for a social distancing-friendly stay, Beach View Cottage sits on the Isle of Gigha, off the west coast of Scotland. There’s a white sand beach on your doorstep (complete with crystalline waters) and the cottage itself is modern and beautifully appointed. When peckish, Michelin-recommended restaurant The Boathouse is a short walk away.

Sleeps: 6

Price: from £349 for two nights | Book now

Harbour Moon in Mousehole, Cornwall

A view of Mousehole Harbour from the bedroom window of Harbour Moon (Nick Isden)
A view of Mousehole Harbour from the bedroom window of Harbour Moon (Nick Isden)

In the charming Cornish village of Mousehole, Harbour Moon offers a deeply romantic escape. With exposed stone walls, a cosy fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and views of the sea from your bed – you’ll be mesmerised watching the fishing boats come in and out of the harbour – you may never want to leave.

Sleeps: 2

Price: from £118 per night | Book now

Kelvin House in Blackpool, Lancashire

Kelvin House is set on the Fleetwood promenade (Booking.com)
Kelvin House is set on the Fleetwood promenade (Booking.com)

With a beachfront setting on the pretty Fleetwood promenade, Kelvin House offers three spacious one-bedroom apartments. Each with a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area and stunning views across the bay.

Sleeps: 2

Price: from £180 for three nights | Book now

South Beach at The Hideaway in Tenby, South Wales

South Beach at The Hideaway can be found in picturesque Tenby (Sykes Cottages)
South Beach at The Hideaway can be found in picturesque Tenby (Sykes Cottages)

Tucked away on a quiet street in Tenby, South Beach boasts six luxury serviced apartments. Decor is contemporary, with hardwood floors, velvet sofas and marble bench-tops. When you want to explore, there’s three beaches just minutes away and Tenby Castle is nearby, too.

Sleeps: 4

Price: from £865 for 7 nights | Book now

The Mallard in Flamborough, Yorkshire

Scandi-cool at the Mallard (Sykes Cottages)
Scandi-cool at the Mallard (Sykes Cottages)

A penthouse apartment in the pretty village of Flamborough in Yorkshire, the Mallard is full of character with exposed brick walls and gloriously high, vaulted ceilings. Flamborough’s beaches, including the Mediterranean-looking North Landing, are just a short drive away.

Sleeps: 2

Price: from £728 for seven nights | Book now

Amolca in Llaneilian, Anglesey

Amolca is just a 10-minute drive from the sea (Sykes Cottages)
Amolca is just a 10-minute drive from the sea (Sykes Cottages)

Set atop Anglesey’s Mynydd Eilian, Amolca boasts glorious views across to the Point Lynas Lighthouse and the ocean beyond - on clearer days, squint to see the Isle of Man. The one-bedroom apartment sits on the top floor of the property (the owners live below) and offers a sleek escape.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £519 for 7 nights | Book now

Tolcarne Beach Apartments in Newquay, Cornwall

You can't get much closer to the sea than at the Tolcarne Beach Apartments (Booking.com)
You can't get much closer to the sea than at the Tolcarne Beach Apartments (Booking.com)

As its name suggests, Tolcarne Beach Apartments are set directly on Tolcarne Beach. When you’re not taking a dip in the teal waters or lazing on the golden, sandy beach, Newquay is just a five minute walk away. The apartments vary in size, sleeping between four and seven in each, but all offer prime sea views.

Sleeps: 4 - 7

Price: from £648 for three nights | Book now

2 The Bay in Bigbury, Devon

The view across Bigbury Bay (Sykes Cottages)
The view across Bigbury Bay (Sykes Cottages)

With spectacular views across Bigbury Bay, this attractive duplex apartment can sleep up to four guests. When you’re not wandering through the village of Bigbury-on-Sea or exploring the South West Coast Path, dine al fresco on your private balcony overlooking the beach.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £1,802 for 7 nights | Book now

Northgate Ground Floor Flat in Hunstanton, Norfolk

This Norfolk abode is just minutes from the seaside (Sykes Cottages)
This Norfolk abode is just minutes from the seaside (Sykes Cottages)

In the sunny Norfolk town of Hunstanton, this ground floor flat with a spacious garden out back is a great family retreat. It's not far from Sandringham for Royal-watchers, and Hunstanton Beach is just a short stroll away.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £489 for seven nights | Book now