10 of the best hotels, lodges and beach houses in the UK | Travel

The wooden deck of this two-story white wood-clad beach house leads directly to Camber Sands, home to rolling dunes and more than four miles of golden beach. The chic, open-plan Hamptons space with central heating can sleep up to eight people in four sleeping areas. Warm up with the woodstove, fire pit, and sheepskin rugs, and unwind amid salvaged beach trinkets or unwind with the beach house guitar or bongo drums.
Two night minimum stay, off peak, from £550 per night. Minimum stay of seven nights during the summer holidays; barefootcamber.fr

Ope, Clifftops, Portland, Dorset

Clifftops by Morrow + Lorraine. Photography: Jim Stephenson/PR

Ope is the most spectacular of five quietly luxurious Clifftops lodges that form part of Pennsylvania Castle Estate, a neo-Gothic mansion on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. Constructed from Portland stone quarried just meters away, it features an open-plan kitchen-living area with large windows and a sliding door from the master bedroom, connecting you with the stunning sea views in this chic retreat of two bedrooms. Warm up by the designer gas fire after bird watching from the hot tub on the huge deck, which includes an outdoor kitchen and BBQ. Eat at Catch, the seafood restaurant near Weymouth, or order a fish pie from Clifftops’ locally produced Arrive & Cook catering service.
Minimum stays of three nights from £210 per night; thepennestate.co.uk

The Big Badger, Budle Bay, Northumberland

The big badger

“Light rises from the water,” Northumberland poet Basil Bunting once wrote, referring to the mystical interplay of sea, wind and light that draws walkers to the golden beaches of Bamburgh and Ross Back Sands nearby. Light floods into this stunning contemporary three-bedroom home, its floor-to-ceiling two-storey windows offering views from the loft living room across the countryside to the mudflats and Budle Bay Bird Sanctuary. A short drive from the holy island of Lindisfarne, the Fat Badger is a luxurious, industrial-chic home with a wood-burning stove and a large patio for stargazing.
From £285 per night for a three night stay; holidayhomes.co.uk

The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall

The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall

Set on top of a cliff, this wooden and glass-walled eco-hotel and spa overlooks Mawgan Porth, a secret spot 10 minutes from Newquay. The reed-filled outdoor pool overlooks the golden beach, as do the spa’s two wood-fired heated hot tubs. Scandi-cool rooms have their own outdoor spaces, including a rooftop lounge and Atlantic views.
Rooms from £245 B&B per night; scarlethotel.fr

Cymyran Hen, Anglesey

Hen CymryanCymyran, Anglesey, Wales

A huge beach house with a difference, this eight-bedroom glass-enclosed island hideaway has its own jetty, expansive windows, and a hot tub and sofa on the patio. Perfect for a big party, split the costs with family or friends and take advantage of the three living rooms, two wood stoves, pizza oven and resident seals. Curlews fly overhead, as do planes from nearby Anglesey Airport.
Sleeps 15, from £48 per person per night for a three night stay; boltholesandhideaways.co.uk

The Seagate Hotel, Appledore, North Devon

The Seagate Hotel, Appledore, North Devon

A 17th-century inn on the quays, the 17-bedroom Seagate Hotel, eight of which have sea views, overlooks the Torridge Estuary in the fishing village of Appledore in North Devon. Replicas of the Golden Hind have been built here, a former shipbuilding center, among narrow cobbled streets (one just 10ft wide) and pastel fisherman’s cottages. Warm up by the fireplace in the pub after a walk on the South West Coastal Path.
Two-night stay with breakfast, a two-course meal and a complimentary drink at the arrivalfrom £280 per couple until March 31, 2023; theagate.co.uk

Lundy, Devon

The Landmark TrustOld Light, Lundy
Photography: Jill Tate/The Landmark Trust

Have a three mile island all to yourself if you choose any or all of the 23 accommodation options on Lundy, the granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel, 11 miles off the North Devon coast. Choices include a campsite, the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, and a large country house. The one-bedroom Castle Cottage is built against the castle keep, and its window seat in the living room offers arguably the best sea views on this magical, wildlife-rich island nicknamed Britain’s Galápagos.
Prices for camping from £33, self catering from £140 for a minimum stay of two nights; landmarktrust.org.uk

Bay View Cottage, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Bay View Cottage, Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire
Photography: Tracey Bloxham

Take in spectacular sea views from one of the three terraces of this clifftop gem overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, a former smugglers’ hideout between Whitby and Scarborough. Walkers can take the rugged Cleveland Way National Trail from the pretty cottage garden and return to tea by the fire and an L-shaped sofa in the half-timbered open-plan living space with a double bedroom on the mezzanine.
From £143 per night for a seven night stay; crabtreeandcrabtree.com

Beach Bay Cottage, Carnish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Beach Bay Cottage, Carnish at Uig, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Spectacularly located 100 meters from the beach, the traditionally built two bedroom Beach Bay Cottage is perched above Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis. Watch the changing light and tides from the huge picture window in the living room or spot local wildlife including deer, eagles and seals. Binoculars provided. Warm up in the sauna or by the wood-burning stove after invigorating sea trips.
From £562 per couple, sharing for a week; vrbo.com

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The two-chambered Martello Tower of Adelburgh, or British Bulldog, part of a chain of defensive towers built to keep Napoleon out, stands guard beyond the high street of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, between the River Alde and the sea. Watch the crashing waves and sunset from the rooftop, then hang under the sail-like canopy that hangs below the barrel-vaulted stone ceiling of the main living area.
Sleeps four, from £178.50 per night; landmarktrust.org.uk.

This article was last modified on November 13, 2022. A previous version incorrectly referred to the “Cleveland Bay” National Walking Trail, rather than the Cleveland Way.