UK Coastal Staycations

BATD ON Jul 17, 2013 AT 9:22 am

We’re not complaining about the heat – merely the lack of cooling facilities in the city, and the limited number of open air pools, and lidos that aren’t packed full of kiddies. And so, tired of London’s unwelcome heatwave, we’ll be escaping to the coast. Because that’s the joy of our fair isle, a coastline is never too far away.

So we’ve compiled five of the most beautiful – and easily accessible – beach retreats for a weekend full of splashes, fresh seafood fare and options for all manner of escapism, be it rooms with a view, scenic walks or even some high-tide sports.


St Mawes Retreat

Is there anywhere quite as charming as the bay of St Mawes? With it’s picture perfect coastline, exclusive yachting community and not-to-be-missed restaurants. And now, a resort that holds up to the locale, St Mawes Retreats offer a range of luxury accommodations, sleeping from 2 to 12, making it perfect for an extended family or holiday or girls’ weekend by the sea. Lining the beautiful beaches and with cliff-edge views amongst the gulf-stream – it offers all the beauty of a Mediterranean holiday (including the temperatures which remain super mild all year round) and more – with the option of a personal chef or beauty therapists – without the flight time. So whether you prefer to spend your day by the beach, or getting active in the bay, St Mawes Resort has it all. The prime location is even ideal for a quick trip into the livelier Padstow.

St Mawes Retreats,



Drakes Boutique Hotel

If you’re looking to relive your childhood this holiday season, Brighton is where you want to be. With penny arcades, piers, restaurants, authentic fish and chippies,  bars and cute boutiques – this cultural experience is not one to pass up – although the upside down tether ride might be. However young you may want to feel on the sans-sand beach, sleep in sophistication at Drakes boutique hotel. Located in the heart of Kemp Town, Drakes is equipped with beds dressed in Egyptian linen, iPod docking stations, and room-service massages for the height of relaxation, even during the height of the season. The contemporary interior of the hotel perfectly mirrors Brighton’s cool, laid-back vibe – and after a trip to the reception bar – which doubles as a frresh-catch-of-the-day seafood restaurant – you will also be feeling equally as cool, laid-back and undoubtedly full.

Drakes, 43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1PE ,



Escape Boutique B&B

Escapism doesn’t come any purer than the Escape Boutique B&B in Llandudno, Northern Wales – an immaculate Victorian House in the seaside town, located just out of site of the pier, promenade and well-maintained beaches. This is a lovely place for a romantic getaway. Each room is individually, and eclectically, decorated and packed with tech goodies such as PlayStations, flat-screen TVs and Blu-Ray players (just in case the heatwave waivers).

Escape Boutique B&B, 48 Church Walks Llandudno, Gwynned, Wales LL30 2HL,



Pickwell Manor

For more than just a beach-holiday experience, Devon is the place attracting a new generation of coastal devotees. The sun-kissed water-front provides visitors with an unexpected country dynamic – with keen restaurants, beautiful villages, and picturesque paths perfect for walking, riding, and cycling. If you’re looking for leisure mixed with adventure – look no further.

Pickwell Manor is our go-to spot for secluded family vacations – with views brilliant enough to keep the kids distracted for hours. The 10th-century inspired country house is large enough to comfortably hold 9 apartment featured rooms – each of which is beautifully garnished with personal style – and generously endowed with pull out twin beds located specifically walls for family-style sleeping. Just a short drive away from the gorgeous Devon coast beaches – Pickwell Manor also stands within walking distance of Georgeham village – perfect for a rainy day luncheon or quick trip to the nearby pub.

Pickwell Manor, Devon, EX33 1LA,


East Sussex

Black Rock House

The coast of East Sussex was once walked upon by the likes of the Romans and the Normans – and if you’re looking for a scenic place to de-stress – this could well be it. With Brewery Shops on Cliffe High Street and tea shops down the shingly shores- there’ll be ample time for meandering and leisurely afternoon tea. And for places to stay, look to the Black Rock House, located just a couple of hours outside of London, in the beach-lined south coastal town of Hastings.

Take a dip in the water, add some colour to your skin, whatever you do, take it easy, because the atmosphere is sleepily languid. And the best part is, with the Black Rock House, the serenity of each and every room. From lounge areas to bedroom to bathroom, the muted palettes of greys, creams and teals and classic, modern interiors will have you soothed and ready to hit the capital come Monday.

Black Rock House, 10 Stanley Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1UE,

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