8 coastal retreats for summer

From a quaint North Norfolk coaching inn and stylish beach retreat in Northumberland to a soul-soothing hideaway on the Cornish coast, we've rounded up eight super smart inns to bed down near the beach this summer. You can also view our entire waterside collection here.


This handsome 16th century Ship Inn sits at the bottom of cutely cobbled Mermaid Street in the unspoilt coastal town of Rye. Inside, ancient timbers, flagstone floors and warm hues add to the inn's historic charm. Pay a visit to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Camber Sands for a seaside walk.


A quick stroll from one of Northumberland's finest beaches at Low Newton-by-the-Sea, this quirky inn takes some beating as a weekend base for walking, unwinding and exploring the county's wild coastline.


The Swan, with its striking Victorian façade and brightly bold interiors, overlooks Southwold's charming Market Square and is an ideal retreat for days out on the beach.


A charming old coaching inn that overlooks a pretty, leafy Georgian square known as The Buttlands, in the quaint seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea.


Perched atop the rocks by beautiful Babbacombe Bay is the Cary Arms: a soul-soothing hideaway with stunning sea views, a fully equipped gym and spa, and plenty of the freshest seafood - the catch of the day comes from Brixham, just 12 miles south of the inn.


Shades of sea, sand and sky are the inspiration for this twee seaside inn in Mousehole - a sleepy fishing village on Cornwall's south coast. Don't miss a walk along the South West Coast Path from Mousehole to Newlyn.⁣


With views over historic Lymington harbour, and the New Forest on its doorstep, The Mayflower is the perfect Hampshire base for those craving a relaxing retreat by the sea.


Only a cockles throw from pretty Pagham Harbour in West Sussex, there's plenty of the freshest seafood on the menu at the Crab & Lobster. For magnificent marsh views, book Room 4 up in the eaves, or if you're seeking a little seclusion, dinky Crab Cottage is the perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate - plus it sleeps four.⁣

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Last updated: 27.05.22