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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Rose Cottage Bamburgh, Northumberland

With the shores of Bamburgh just minutes from the door, this charismatic cottage is a surprise package with a deceptively spacious living space offering an inviting first impression.

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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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Grove House Bamburgh, Northumberland

A charming cottage situated in the centre of the sought after village of Bamburgh with views of the iconic castle, amenities on the doorstep and just a few minutes’ walk to Bamburgh’s stunning beach.

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Castle View Cottage Belford, Northumberland

Nestled in an idyllic spot between countryside and coast, this charming cottage has sweeping views over rolling farmland and out towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

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Grey Barns Alnmouth, Northumberland

A substantial house set directly on the beach complete with its own beach hut is the dream pad for large groups.

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Merchant's House Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Sitting high above Eyemouth harbour with the most stunning views of the North Sea, this historic and grand family home built for smugglers is brimming with period features, antiques and hidden secrets galore.

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Little Archer Gullane, East Lothian

A stylish loft apartment in the coastal town of Gullane – a mecca for golfers and foodies within easy striking distance of three championship links golf courses and the 5 Star AA award winning ‘Bonnie Badger’ restaurant.

 

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The Mast House Bamburgh, Northumberland

Perfect for beach escapes and making the most of family and friends time, this four bedroom townhouse boasts two first-rate restaurants right on the doorstep, ambling down to stunning sweeping sands.

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Farne View Seahouses , Northumberland

A chic seaside retreat with uninterrupted views across Seahouses harbour to the Farne Islands.

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Berryburn Cottage Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Tucked away in a tiny farm hamlet in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside, this idyllic rural cottage offers a treasured escape from it all. From down-time enjoying the simple joy of nature to active beach adventures, this area really has it all.

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