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Beach holidays in the UK

From short breaks and long weekends, to indulgent tours of Britain's beauty spots, every holiday should be special. Handpicked for their style and charm, our beach holiday cottages offer our guests exactly that, in breath-taking locations across the North of England and South of Scotland.

Beach holidays in the UK

When it comes to beach holidays, UK destinations hold some of Europe's most captivating attractions and experiences and include everything from dramatic coastal vistas and hidden coves, to historic landmarks and sleepy fishing villages. Set against the spectacle of the UK's north-eastern coastline, our beach cottages have been specially-selected for the luxury and comfort they provide, promising you the chance to create exactly the kind of holiday you desire.

Natural beauty and coastal culture

While they may not always deliver the sun-drenched climates of the continent, trips to the UK’s idyllic beaches immerse visitors in thriving cultures and communities or offer opportunities to get far away from it all in remote locations surrounded by stunning natural beauty.  

Our beach holiday cottages are scattered up and down coastlines that have long been popular with seaside holidaymakers from the UK and beyond: Northumberland, Yorkshire, Berwickshire (in the Scottish Borders), and East Lothian.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958, Northumberland’s Heritage Coast comprises 40 miles of shoreline running from Amble to Berwick-upon-Tweed, and includes famous beaches such as Bamburgh, Seahouses, and Alnmouth.

With more than 100 miles of coastline to explore, there are many Yorkshire beaches to add to your "must visit" list, from the soft sands and deep rock pools of Filey to the pretty fishing cottages of Robin Hood's Bay, and surfers' paradise of Cayton Bay.

Looking further north, the Scottish Borders is similarly home to some of Scotland’s most picturesque beaches and coastal stretches, including the watersports of Coldingham Bay, historic Cove Harbour, and ice cream and fish and chips from Eyemouth.

The South of Scotland's coastline flows from the Scottish Borders into East Lothian, where some of our favourite stretches of sand are tucked away. Try Tyninghame Beach and Seacliff Beach for spectacular views of Bass Rock and quiet picnic spots, or the beaches on either side of foodie North Berwick for superb walking routes.

Relax, explore, discover

Lie back on golden sands, catch up on your favourite novel, take a dip in the sea, or fly a kite: UK beaches promise endless possibilities for families, friends, and couples, but your experience can be as peaceful and relaxing, or as energetic and active, as you prefer. Trails and walking routes, including the Northumberland Coast Path, run the length of the Heritage and Borders coastlines, connecting beaches to cliffs, coves and inlets, and treating hikers to bracing sea breezes and breathtaking views of the North Sea. The UK's beaches are diverse and you certainly don't have to explore on foot: why not hit the trails on a mountain bike, try your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing, or even go coasteering amongst the region's dramatic and rugged shorelines?

Many Borders and Northumbrian beaches lie within touching distance of fascinating historic landmarks and attractions. Explore the medieval castles of Alnwick and Bamburgh, venture out to the 7th century Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or visit Halidon Hill, site of a historic 14th century battle outside Berwick Upon Tweed. When your day on the beach is done, you'll be also be able to wind down in the towns, villages, and communities of the coast: whether you plan to drop into a traditional fish and chip shop or a fine seafood restaurant, you won't have to look far for something to satisfy your tastes and preferences.

Your holiday experience

Crabtree & Crabtree beach properties range from castles, converted beachcomber dwellings and boathouses to modern townhouses and lodges, each fitted and furnished to the highest standards of excellence to ensure your stay takes place in complete comfort and luxury.  From exploring Britain's great outdoors to surfing, sunbathing and sea views, we'll help you create a holiday to remember at the heart of Northumbria and the Borders' best coastal destinations.

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The Tumblers Seahouses , Northumberland

The Tumblers is a superbly located beach home just a stone’s throw from a glorious curve of sweeping sands with views towards the Farne Islands, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Overview Cottage Belford, Northumberland

A sophisticated sea-view cottage near Bamburgh that oozes boutique country house hotel style.

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Captain's Rest Bamburgh, Northumberland

Take one of the most sought-after locations on the Northumberland coastline, throw in the village charm of Bamburgh and add the timeless elegance of this beautiful ground floor apartment and you have the perfect recipe for a sophisticated coastal break.

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Miller's Cottage Lesbury, Northumberland

A cosy cottage for two, within easy reach of the wide golden sands of Alnmouth and a friendly country pub on the doorstep, Miller’s Cottage is an ideal base for casual coastal living and endless outdoor pursuits.

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Crosslea Coldingham, Scottish Borders

A pretty white-washed cottage in the heart of a charming fishing village, from where winding lanes lead to the sheltered cove of Coldingham Sands and the convivial local pub is just a stone’s throw away.

 

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Oat Grass Lodge Bamburgh, Northumberland

This exceptionally stylish lodge has a fresh contemporary feel, punctuated by imaginative detailing which celebrates life’s nature and wildlife.

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East House Cheswick, Northumberland

This Grade II Georgian gem with extensive grounds is the consummate country home, affording wonderful views towards the serene golden sands of Cheswick, one of the finest and quietest beaches on Northumberland’s Heritage Coast.

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The View Swinhoe, Northumberland

Sitting in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the golden sands of Beadnell Bay, this is a delicious melting pot of country, coast, views and light.

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East Bay Beach House North Berwick, East Lothian

With dreamy sea views as far as the eye can see, you could be forgiven for spending your days doing nothing more than watching the comings and goings of life in this bustling seaside town.

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Calder Cottage Embleton, Northumberland

Breathtaking sea views, a village pub and wonderful beach walks which extend for mile-upon-perfect-mile. An idyllic base for beach picnics and dramatic sunsets.

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