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2016 Seaside Hotels

Seaside hotels are the essence of British holidaymaking. The UK's beaches, coastal walks, cliffs and harbours all make for fantastic hotel stays. The Good Hotel Guide has compiled the top ten seaside hotels to help you have a holiday full of sandcastles, fish and chips and maybe even a deckchair or two! Head to the aptly-named The Beach in Bude, Cornwall, for bedrooms overlooking the beach and a restaurant serving international flavours. For a memorable beach holiday take the ferry from Oban to The Colonsay on the island of the same name for a magical beach stay. 

  • The Cary Arms, BABBACOMBE, Devon

    ‘Courage’ is required by drivers making the ‘precipitous, twisting descent’ to Lana de Savary’s small hotel in a ‘fabulously secluded cove’ near Torquay.

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  • The Henley, BIGBURY-ON-SEA, Devon

    ‘It gets better and better!’ Overlooking the tidal Avon estuary, Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s small Edwardian holiday cottage is popular with return visitors for the ‘relaxing’ environment

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    The Beach, Bude, Cornwall

    In a fine position above Summerleaze beach, Susie and Will Daniel’s contemporary hotel has a terrace with ‘lovely sea views’. In warm weather, light meals and cocktails (like the

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  • The White Horse, BRANCASTER STAITHE, Norfolk

    In an area of outstanding beauty on the north Norfolk coast, the Nye family’s small hotel has ‘tranquil views over the salt marshes to little sailing boats beyond’. Visitors this

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    Dunvalanree in Carradale, CARRADALE, Argyll and Bute

    ‘What a great place. It has those extra touches that make a special experience; we felt really welcome.’ This year’s praise for Alan and Alyson Milstead’s restaurant-with-rooms in an Edwardian house

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  • Hell Bay Hotel, BRYHER, Isles of Scilly

    The ‘end-of-the-world’ quality appealed to a visitor this year to Robert Dorrien-Smith’s small hotel. It faces the jagged rocks of Hell Bay on the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles. The only

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    Romney Bay House, NEW ROMNEY, Kent

    ‘More like a home than a hotel’, Clinton and Lisa Lovell’s 1920s house has a ‘stunning position’ between a golf course and the sea on the Kent coast. It was designed by

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  • Soar Mill Cove Hotel, SOAR MILL COVE, Devon

    In extensive grounds above a sandy cove in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this ‘welcoming’ hotel has a ‘pleasant, settled feel’. The owner/manager Keith Makepeace has

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    The Colonsay, COLONSAY, Argyll and Bute

    Built in 1750 as an inn for the islanders, this whitewashed hotel in a rugged landscape overlooking the harbour has not only a kitchen garden but its own oyster farm. Owners Jane and Alex Howard

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  • The White House, HERM

    ‘A lovely stay: the island and the hotel are strongly recommended.’ Praise in 2015 for the only hotel on this small, car-free island. Tranquillity prevails: no background music is played

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