Thursday, 24 May 2012

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!

Whether you like to stroll along the prom, lounge on the beach or have fun in the water, few of us can resist the draw of the coast. Here’s a selection of seaside sanctuaries for you to dip your toe into...

Marigold Cottage near Crantock is a devilishly good place to start. Legend has it the town was buried by sand for its sinfulness. With its pretty village setting including thatched houses, tea room, pub and splendid sandy beach plus Newquay’s surfing beaches nearby, this semi-detached converted barn is a charming Cornish temptation.

Exquisite Cawsand is a popular watersports and fishing destination. Use Trevarna as your base and you’ll have stunning views out to sea over Plymouth Sound from nearly all rooms of this impressive, Grade II listed, four-storey house. Recently renovated, it’s a thoroughly modern and comfortable holiday retreat, just a stone’s throw away from the beach and a mile from Whitsand Bay.

Salcombe is a yacht haven with creeks, sandy bays and waterside pubs. Stumbledown is at its heart, off a donkey-width lane; a neat studio apartment just right for two and a good value base in this popular town. Watch estuary life float by from the shore or hire a boat and find a secluded cove.

Keen to get away soon? Quirky Peelers Cottage – which had a former life as a police station and gaol – has June availability. Positioned in central Appledore, known for its boat building and fishing community, you can enjoy an ice cream and the pretty estuary views from the quayside or pop across the water to the beach at Instow for watersports.

For more ideas, take a look at our holiday homes within 5 miles of the coast in Devon and in Cornwall.  

Top photo credit: Podknox