20 of the best British beach hotels

20 of the best British beach hotels

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Soar Mill Cove Hotel

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Salcombe

‘We couldn’t have enjoyed it more or been more welcome,’ write trusted Guide correspondents this year, after dropping by at Keith Makepeace’s long-established, family-run hotel with views across National Trust coastline to the open sea.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Nare

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Veryan-in-roseland

‘Old-fashioned in all the best ways’, ‘a Cornish jewel’, ‘a real joy – almost a privilege – to stay there’; complements rained down from trusted readers after visits to Toby Ashworth’s hotel on the Roseland Peninsula.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Trefeddian Hotel

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Aberdyfi

The Cave family’s holiday hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay is ‘very much family orientated, and the facilities are excellent – indoor pool, putting green, games room, beach across the road.’
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • b&b
  • disabled
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The Gallivant

The Gallivant

Camber

There is much to like at Harry Cragoe’s roadside restaurant-with-rooms, which takes its inspiration from California beach motels, and adds a dash of Scandinavia.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • gourmet
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • golf
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Seaham Hall

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Seaham

Steeped in history, this ‘wonderfully civilised’ coastal Georgian mansion combines ‘style, luxury and high standards’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Blakeney Hotel

The Blakeney Hotel

Blakeney

Standing right on the quay overlooking estuary and salt marshes, in a coastal village of flint cottages, gift shops and galleries, Emma Stannard’s hotel is ideal for outdoorsy family holidays.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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driftwood hotel

driftwood hotel

Portscatho

‘Wow! This was good.’ A regular Guide reader offered high praise after visiting Paul and Fiona Robinson’s ‘delightful’ hotel that gazes across Gerrans Bay on the Roseland peninsula.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • gourmet
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

Mawgan Porth

In a hillside location with ‘stunning sea views’, this supremely family-friendly hotel has something for everyone – indeed, everything for everyone.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Tresanton

Tresanton

St Mawes

Up 137 steps, through ‘glorious’ gardens, ‘one of the most comfortable establishments I’ve ever stayed in’ occupies a higgle piggle of houses with ‘extraordinary views’ across Falmouth Bay.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • historic
  • bird_watching
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Fowey Hall

Fowey Hall

Fowey

A Victorian baroque showstopper, this manor house stands on a steep hill in gardens above the Fowey estuary. It is part of the Luxury Family Hotels group.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Penally Abbey

Penally Abbey

Penally

‘An attractive building’ in a ‘tranquil setting’ with view of Carmarthen Bay, Melanie and Lucas Boissevain’s 19th-century neo-Gothic house is today as a smart, ‘happy, well-run’, hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • view
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Eastbourne

Once a month a string quartet serenades afternoon tea at this Victorian seafront hotel nicknamed ‘The White Palace’.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Old Coastguard

The Old Coastguard

Mousehole

This ‘youthful, buzzy’ spot, say returning guests this year, is liked for its ‘good rooms, helpful, friendly staff, excellent food – and no flashy bits’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Boskerris Hotel

Boskerris Hotel

St Ives

For all its charms, arty St Ives is thronged in high summer, when Jonathan and Marianne Bassett’s hillside hotel offers a bright, airy escape.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Scarlet

The Scarlet

Mawgan Porth

While families whoop it up at sister hotel Bedruthan (previous entry), grown-ups enjoy the serenity at this adults-only hotel and spa.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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The Cary Arms

The Cary Arms

Babbacombe

At the end of a ‘precipitous, twisty descent’, ‘courageous’ visitors are rewarded with ‘unrestricted views and a genuine, good-humoured welcome’ at Lana de Savary’s ‘fabulously secluded’ cliff-face hotel.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • wi-fi
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The Beach

The Beach

Bude

With its cocktail bar and sea-facing terrace, Susie and Will Daniel’s buzzy hotel overlooking Summerleaze surfers’ beach is ‘a mecca for the young of Bude’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

Forged from the coastal villa of an aristocratic MP this ‘gloriously Gothic mini-Hogwarts, all gargoyles and turrets’ gazes out across the sea to Old Harry Rocks.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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The Seaside Boarding House

The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock

White walls, pleasant staff, bright sunshine, blue, blue sky, sparkling sea just over the road…’ For one reader this year, everything hit the spot at this cool small hotel overlooking Lyme Bay.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • seaside
  • view
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
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Sands Hotel

Sands Hotel

Margate

Sea and sand are steps away from this ‘fantastic’, well-located Victorian hotel, standing on the crescent bay of one of Kent’s original resort towns.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi

Britain has plentiful coastline. From Cornwall to Scotland, and from the Welsh coast to the Kent sands, there’s a beach for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel or a romantic room with a view, there’s a perfect seaside place to stay for you. This selection is taken from our seaside hotels.