From a Cornish country manor to a Welsh cottage: Last-minute UK seaside holiday deals – Which? News

If you’re worried you’ve left it too late to take advantage of the glorious weather and that holidays on home soil might be sold out, fear not. You can still find seaside accommodation for as little as £122 a night, nationwide. Even better, we’ve found one cottage that’s a stone’s throw from the UK’s best beach. 

Which? has picked five holiday accommodations in or near some of the best-rated places in our top 100 seaside destinations

Each stay is with accommodation and cottage providers that are rated highly by customers and have a good flexible booking policy. 

The Retreat, Haddington, near North Berwick, £122 per night, sleeps 2

Fancy staying in an 18th-century coach house in a historic market town? The seaside isn’t far from Haddington with North Berwick, less than 20 minutes away by car. The East Lothian spot was ranked the sixth best seaside town by Which? readers. Its two sandy bays are rarely crowded and there are plenty of independent shops to explore. 

Back at the accommodation you have access to the owner’s garden where you can help yourself to fruit and vegetables. You’ve also got your own patio complete with BBQ. Be aware that while the property has two double bedrooms, the owners restrict access to just two people, or you can an pay extra £50 for a third guest.

Book with Airbnb.


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You can venture off on river walks and forest cycle trails from the front door of this cottage into Snowdonia National Park. Surrounded by open gardens and with a stream that runs past your front door – it really is in the heart of the countryside. For those longing for the Med, Portmeirion is 25 minutes away by car. Here you’ll find Italian style villas and an Art Deco lido in this recreation of a small Italian seaside village on the fringes of Snowdonia. 

While the location is immersed in nature, the accommodation itself is rustic with a stone build, quarry tiled kitchen floor and wood burner for cosy nights in. When the weather is kind though, there’s outdoor seating in the open garden to relax in. Be aware that the log burners heat the cottage.

Book now with National Trust.

Located near the best-rated seaside town in the UK, this ground floor cottage will suit a couple who don’t mind sleeping in single beds or two friends looking for a getaway. The property is just over 10 miles from Bamburgh rated five-stars for scenery and value for money, by Which? readers. 

Inside the cottage, you’ll find an L-shaped sofa and TV, ideal for unwinding after a day exploring nearby attractions such as Dunstanburgh Castle. In Airbnb reviews, guests rave about a walk to a nearby lake from the doorstep too, so you don’t need to travel to enjoy the countryside.

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While this cottage may seem expensive, if six adults share (currently allowed within government guidelines) it becomes more affordable at £73 per person per night. That price includes use of the hot tub. Just be aware there’s only room for two cars, so don’t drive separately. 

The 18th century accommodation is less than 20 miles from Tenby with its blue flag beaches overlooked by picturesque pastel coloured houses, and 13 miles from stunning Saundersfoot. Inside its kitchen/diner is spacious for nights in and the bathroom features a roll-top bath for soaking.

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If you have your eye on something more stately than a cottage for your summer escape, how about this four-bedroom accommodation that sits in the west wing of Bosloe House? It’s the ideal property to share between six people, as the price is £66.76 per person per night. Once settled in, you might not want to leave as there are panoramic views from your accommodation over rolling lawns and the Helford River. 

If you do venture out, National Trust’s exotic Glendurgan Garden is less than a mile’s walk from the house. It’ll be free to enter since you’re staying in a National Trust property. If you’re keen to explore a town, Falmouth is less than 20 minutes by car. There sits a picturesque harbour, as well as Gyllyngvase, an arc of sandy beach where you can stretch out on hot summer days.

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  1. La Dune Blanche

    Sometimes you don't have to drive that far to get away from it all. Just a few hours' drive from the Netherlands lies the simple but excellent La Dune Blanche campsite, not far from the border with Belgium.

    Here you come to go to the beach, enjoy nature and the cosy seaside resorts. A great base to explore the Picardy region!

    Green surroundings Camping La Dune Blanche is nice and green and the facilities well catered to your needs. There is, among other things:

    • Swimming pool with children's pool
    • Table tennis and boules
    • Playground for the little ones
    • Bar with terrace

    The north of France Camping La Dune Blanche is located in the Picardy region in northern France. This wonderful region is the perfect base for your holiday and lots on offer to make some memorable day-trips. A real highlight with the kids is the nearby Aqualud water park. The site is no less than 4000 m² in size and you can splash, slide, bubble and sunbathe. There is a Kid's Lagoon for young children up to 6 years old and a Kid's Island for children up to 8 years old. Another family attraction in Boulogne-sur-Mer, is the Nasicaá aquarium. Combine it with a visit to the old centre that dates from the Middle Ages. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage is a 15 minute drive away where many wealthy Parisians built their country house at the beginning of the last century. As there were few building codes at the time, there are a lot of weird constructions, also called follies. It is still a sophisticated resort with nice tourist shops, chic restaurants and haute couture boutiques. Enjoy browsing!

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  2. Les Catalpas

    If you are looking for a friendly family campsite close to the sea in the Poitou-Charentes region, then Camping Catalpas is a great option. This small campsite is within walking distance of the beach on the Atlantic Ocean and close to a lake and a supermarket.

    Just around the corner, you will find Royan, a seaside resort with charming country houses from the 19th century, a beautiful boulevard, delicious eateries and ice cream parlours to delight the children. Combined with the swimming pool at Camping Catalpas, you have everything at hand for a relaxing holiday with small children. Perfect!

    Facilities at Camping Catalpas At Camping Catalpas you will find all the basics covered for a great family holiday:

    • Swimming pool with separate children's pool
    • Mini club, sports activities and evening entertainment
    • Petanque, climbing frame, table tennis and bicycle rental
    • Bread service, snack bar and bar

    In the vicinity of Camping Catalpas If you feel like alternating your sunny beach days with an outing, a day trip to the port city of La Rochelle is recommended. Stroll along the quays and through the narrow streets and admire the stately mansions, fortress walls and old facades. With children, the aquarium is a hit, shudder among the sharks and piranhas or be enchanted by the seahorses and turtles. Alternatively, drive to the spa town of Rochefort, a famous art city with a maritime past and come back reborn ... to a real Sleeping Beauty castle, which you will find in La Roche-Courbon. Be surprised and delighted by the Poitou-Charentes region!

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  3. Oyam

    Nature lover and fan of sea and beach? Then Camping Oyam is at the heart of the French Basque Country, ideal for you! This campsite, surrounded by greenery, is just 1.2 km from the beautiful beach of Bidart and a quarter of an hour from the chic seaside resort of Aquitaine; Briarritz. At the campsite you will find everything you want in your holiday; a large swimming pool with water slides, animation, a sports field and a restaurant. The Basque language, flag, culture, sport (Pelote) and houses (white with green or red shutters) add an extra dimension to your holiday at Camping Oyam.

    Facilities Whatever you do; at full speed of the water slide, water aerobics, or endless play in the paddling pool and the water playground, the large swimming pool offers everyone fun. Sports competitions for teenagers, a mini club, playground and themed evenings, all ages have fun at Camping Oyam. Grab a bite? That starts well at breakfast with crackling fresh rolls from the bread service. At the campsite you can go all day for snacks, takeaway meals, drinks or meals. Let yourself be pampered this holiday!

    Cog railway and red shutters A few tips for trips within a half-hour radius of Oyam. Go to Sare and 'climb' the mountain with the small wooden train of la Rhune. An experience in itself. Once up, you have an unforgettable view over the Basque coast and the Pyrenees! Legacy of pirates, fishermen and traders: the port town of Jean-de-Luz with the characteristic fishing port and the cozy old town, beautiful! In Espelette and surrounding villages grows a pepper labeled with the AOC label: piment d'Espelette. The peppers are dried and hung very decorative against the white walls of the Basque white with red houses. Camera at the ready! La Bastide-Clairence is one of the most beautiful villages in France. The white houses with red shutters and beams are very photogenic. The workshops of artisans who practice various traditional crafts fit perfectly into the atmosphere. And on a terrace you let all impressions quietly affect you... Frans Basque Country? Is a special experience!
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  4. Erreka

    Located in the south of France, near the Spanish border and the Basque country, is a beautiful part of France. Mountains, beach, pleasant seaside resorts; you'll find it all here! Camping Erreka is located in this green region, at the foot of the Pyrenees and near the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. A nice base to get to know this area better. 


    Nice and close to the beach From Camping Erreka you can walk to the sun-drenched beach in just under 15 minutes. Towel over your shoulder, put on sunglasses and don't forget to rub in! Get a snack beforehand in the mini market in advance, so you can easily keep it up until dinner. Are you cooking yourself tonight or are you reserving a place in the restaurant? Of course there is also a swimming pool at the campsite; playfully laid out and a few beautiful palm trees provide some shade. Oh yes, the animation team gives your little ones the necessary hours of fun! Before you know it they have holiday friends of all nationalities and they speak their first words across the border.

    The charms of the Atlantic coast One of the most famous places in the area of Camping Erreka is of course Biarritz. Once founded as a small fishing village, it has grown under the influence of Napoleon into a true seaside resort with nice sights and museums. View the city from above? Brave the many steps of the Biarritz lighthouse. On holiday with your family? Then a visit to the aquarium of San Sebastian, just over the border with Spain, is a must. Discover the most special underwater animals that swim around you on all sides. Fancy a day out in nature? Grab the mountain trainjust 20 kilometers from the campsite and slowly rise to great heights with sublime vistas.

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  5. Holiday Cottage by the Sea: An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy

    Format: Paperback / softback
    Length: 352 pages
    Publication date: 11 July 2019
    Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

    From the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Escape to Sandcastle Bay, where you'll discover a charming little seaside village brimming with heart-warming friendships, quirky characters and plenty of sunshine.

    Weight: 248g
    Dimension: 192 x 147 x 22 (mm)
    ISBN-13: 9780751577204


    MPN: 9780751577204
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