Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Suzy
Family holidays and beach life go hand-in-hand – even in our Great British climate. Sea dips, crabbing off the harbour wall, picnics beside the waves and pennies jingling in amusement arcades. There really is something for everyone at the seaside.
So there’s no better place for your next trip away than a stylish holiday home bang on the beach. Wake up with the sea in sight and spend the days with your toes in the sand and saltwater on your skin. The UK boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and vibrant seaside resorts made for fun-packed family breaks.
Simply Sea Views has handpicked this collection of sensational seaside homes where you can yo-yo between the shoreline and luxury coastal living.
Surf’s Up in Devon and Cornwall
Let’s start in Devon and Cornwall – the most popular destinations for a family beach holiday in the UK, where you can hit the surf, strike out along the coast path and fuel up in family-friendly eateries beside the waves.
Families can soak up panoramic sea views and bask in the subtropical climate of West Cornwall, from a detached villa beside Carbis Bay beach. When you’re not padding along sugar-white sands or dipping in turquoise seas more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Britain, you can hop on the scenic train to famous St Ives, or simply soak up the ocean-inspired vibes of your beach house decked out in nautical style.
If you’re serious about learning to surf, make yourself at home in a stylish family apartment overlooking the peeling waves of Saunton Sands – one of Devon’s most famous and consistent surfing beaches. There’s plenty of space to dry your wet and sandy beach gear between surfs, and you can enjoy all the luxuries of underfloor heating and sparkling sea views.
After being rinsed in the Atlantic rollers and embracing the elements, there’s nothing like coming home to warm up in a hot tub on a sea-view patio, which is exactly what you can do if you step up to a grand five-bedroom holiday house on the surf-lashed shores of nearby Woolacombe.
Or, if you prefer coastal rambles, fossil hunting and cool coastal style, settle for a slightly smaller three-bedroom apartment on Seaton’s seafront.
Coast and Culture in Yorkshire
While Devon and Cornwall often steel the limelight for family beach holidays in the UK, there are plenty of other coastal destinations where beach life reigns – and you can often bag a family holiday home for much less than in the more popular locations.
Revel in the kiss-me-quick beauty and growing surf scene of North Yorkshire from a seafront cottage in Scarborough; or, you might prefer to wake up next to the glistening sands of Runswick Bay and spend your days exploring Whitby, Saltburn-by-the-Sea and the North York Moors, before coming home to snuggle up beside the fire in a contemporary coastal lodge.
Arguably hot on the heels of the South West as a top destination for family beach holidays is Wales. Head to the shores of Cardigan Bay, and you can breathe in the sea breeze and soak up the coastal vista from the hot tub, glass-walled garden or pretty much any room of your stylish holiday house in Craig Silian.
Norfolk’s North Sea Coastline
Why not head to the wild and dramatic beaches of Norfolk?
If you love to fall asleep to the echo of the waves and wake up to a wide-screen coastal panorama, plump for a stylish family coastal retreat in Overstrand, where contemporary upside-down living makes the most of the gob-smacking cliff views.
If you really want to get away from it all, there are few more idyllic locations than the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, where you can lure your family away to an incredible property with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the dramatic backdrop of Uig Sands and rolling machair.
When it comes to family beach holidays, there are so many destinations and seaside properties to choose from across the UK. For more choices and ideas, have a look at Simply Sea Views’ collection of cottages and find your perfect family-friendly holiday home right on the beach.