If you enjoy waking up to salty sea air, overlooking the British coast while sipping your morning coffee, you should check out these beautiful UK cottages for your next break away.
What could be better than enjoying an al-fresco lunch while listening to the waves lap against the shore or getting cosy watching the sun go down over the ocean?
There are so many gorgeous cottages in the UK with amazing sea views – from coastal hidden gems tucked away in seaside towns to rustic stays with striking panoramic views.
I’ve picked the best seven cottages with sea views I can find, from Pembrokeshire to South Cornwall and the Isle of Wight, here are some of the most remarkable holiday cottages in the UK with Classic cottages.
Amazing Cottages with Sea Views in the UK
1. The Linney, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Set on a hillside overlooking the spectacular North Devon coast, this wonderful cottage boasts contemporary interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and heated terracotta flooring, inside a rustic barn conversion. If you’re looking for cottages with sea views, this one’s a stunner!
Located between the bays of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, The Linney Cottage is set in a private field area within Lyford Farm. This is the perfect location for those looking to enjoy the peace of the countryside, while also being by the coast. It is the incredible panoramic views over the Devonshire cliffs, directly to the sea, that make this cottage truly special. Check out my post on the best spots on a Devon road trip to see how Ilfracombe can fit into your Devon adventures.
There’s a little farm shop a short walk down the hill, selling seasonal produce, and Berrynarbor is the closest village, which gladly has a pub. However, as the cottage is set away from the hustle and bustle of the town you’ll need transport to reach it, and to explore the local area and the gorgeous sandy beaches of North Devon.
- Sleeps: 4
- Pets: No pets
- Price: 7 nights from £692
2. The Summer House, Perranporth, North Cornwall
Set between rolling countryside and stunning views of the sea, this cosy little cabin-style cottage is perfect for couples looking for a romantic break surrounded by nature.
The quaint wooden cottage is light and airy inside with some lovely homely touches, and has an open kitchen and living-dining area. The bedroom upstairs is under the eaves where light pours in and you can stargaze through the skylight.
The cottage overlooks private fields where you can see sheep and alpacas grazing. The outside area also boasts a hot tub, where you can melt the day away in luxury.
The Summer House cottage is located a mile from Perranporth Beach, which is a glorious three-mile stretch of golden sand, popular for surfing, windsurfing, and paddle boarding. The cottage is a short drive away from the bustling town of St Agnes, which has many great restaurants, unique shops, and boutiques to explore. The appeal of The Summer House is you can either have an active watersport-themed break or kick back, relax and enjoy the views from the cottage.
Check out my post on the best spots on a Cornwall road trip to see how Perranporth can fit into your Cornwall adventures.
- Sleeps: 2 adults
- Pets: No pets
- Price: 7 nights from £391
3. St Catherine’s House, Tenby, South Wales
This elegant Georgian terraced cottage is located opposite one of Tenby’s first-rate Blue Flag beaches with direct views across the water to St Catherine’s Island and includes a private beach entrance from the back of the cottage. This is one of the best cottages with sea views in the UK.
The cottage itself is a stunning period building with original details such as ornate ceilings, a grand sweeping staircase, and pretty sash windows. With eight bedrooms, a games room, and five bathrooms set across five floors this property would be ideal for a large family getaway or a holiday with friends.
The upstairs sitting-room enjoys a Juliet balcony window, allowing the glorious sea air to drift in while soaking up the views, whereas the kitchen has a sunny terrace which is great for outdoor dining.
Nestled nearby the town of Tenby, you can enjoy walks through the cobbled streets, peering into delightful boutique shops, and people-watching at one of Tenby’s brilliant coffee shops or pubs. This cottage is ideal for anyone looking for a luxurious stay that combines a town location with beach views. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some adventure in the UK.
- Sleeps: 16 + 2 cots
- Pets: Dogs welcome
- Price: 7 nights from £2900
4. The Foxes Cove, Brixham, South Devon
This pretty cottage based in Brixham, South Devon, is spacious and light, with salty sea breezes wafting in from the marina directly opposite. Set over four floors The Foxes Cove can sleep six people and with its central town location it is ideal for anyone wanting to get away to the sea while being close to the hustle and bustle of Brixham.
Watch fishing boats and yachts come and go from the marina with a plate of fish and chips or take a stroll to the nearby pretty coves of Fishcombe and Churston, to skim a pebble or have a quiet moment watching the water. The town of Brixham itself is very enjoyable to explore and has many lovely restaurants and pubs as well as being home to the National Trust holiday home of famous author Agatha Christie.
The Foxes Cove is also brilliantly located for discovering the coast of south Devon, which is great for water sports such as coasteering, and sailing, and for wandering its many beautiful towns and villages, which are a short drive away.
- Sleeps: 6 + cot
- Pets: No pets
- Price: 7 nights for £1018
5. Erica, Cawsand and Kingsand, South Cornwall
Set practically on the beach, this quaint little cottage located in the twinned villages of Cawsand and Kingsand is the perfect coastal retreat.
The cottage includes two bedrooms and a small kitchen-dining area making it a romantic getaway for a couple who want to feel tucked away by the sea. The cottage overlooks the pretty beach of Cawsand Bay, and with large windows showing off the impressive views and rustic features such as the stone fireplace, you may choose to never leave.
If you do venture outside, however, you will discover the two villages are full of charm with gems such as The Old Bakery Cafe selling seasonal baked goods and The Devonport Inn for drinks and delicious food. You can take advantage of the calm waters of the bays by taking a swim or by renting a kayak, or enjoying one of the many coastal walks beside the sea.
This is a great spot to be to enjoy some of the best days out in the UK.
- Sleeps: 4 (no children under 5)
- Pets: Dogs welcome
- Price: 7 nights for £518
6. Longdown Hall, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Located on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight, this light and airy cottage has a wonderful terrace, a lowered lawn area, and delightful 180-sea views to enjoy the sun and sea air. Inside the cottage has been nicely decorated with wooden furniture and hues of light blue and whites, giving the interior a Scandi feel. There are 3 bedrooms, with the master bedroom at the top of the cottage including an en-suite and large windows that have uninterrupted views over the sea. The kitchen-dining area is open plan and opens up onto the terrace for al-fresco dining, making this cottage an excellent place to stay with friends or family.
There’s lots to do to explore the area and some of the best things to do on the Isle of Wight are based around here. Enjoy some of the best restaurants in the Isle of Wight and sample the local seafood by taking a short walk down to the seafront where you will find many restaurants and cafes serving freshly caught fish and shellfish.
Ventnor is also known for its micro-climate, with the longest daylight hours on the whole island. Make sure to take advantage of this during your trip by grabbing a deckchair and soaking up the sun on the red shingle and golden sand beach. It’s the perfect place to base yourself for a week or weekend on the Isle of Wight.
- Sleeps: 6 adults +2 cots
- Pets: No pets
- Price: 7 nights from £698
7. Heron’s Rest, North of Dartmouth, South Devon
If you are looking for a secluded cottage stay with dramatic views of the sea then look no further than Heron’s Rest. Hidden away on a hillside, among the gardens of the neighbouring properties, this peaceful cottage has spectacular views through a wooded valley, to the River Dart. An active steam train runs beneath the cottage, where you can watch steam trains slowly chug along, further adding to the charm of this beautifully located property.
The cottage is tucked away on the Greenway Estate, which is a National Trust site and a short walk will take you to the foot ferry, where you can catch a boat to Dittisham, a pretty village set on the River Dart. Catch a bite to eat at the lovely Ferry Boat Inn before heading back to the cottage for a cup of tea looking over the scenic valley.
The cottage also includes under-floor heating and is fitted with central heating so it is a perfect retreat regardless of the season.
- Sleeps: 4 adults
- Pets: No pets
- Price: 7 nights from £518
Cottages with sea views
With large stretches of picturesque coastline, the UK has many wonderful locations offering scenic sea views, quirky coastal towns, and beaches.
Whether you are looking for a cottage located in a bustling seaside town or you are after a quiet sea-view retreat, all these cottages offer something unique, impressive sea views and gorgeous locations.