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10 most impressive sea view cottages

Kate A 01 January 2021

If you dream of waking to a picture-postcard view of glistening waves gently lapping golden sand, and spending time with your favourite people in some of the most scenic spots along the UK coastline, then one of our indulgent beach retreats might be just what you’re looking for.

Found in prime locations along our wild and beautiful coast, from the rugged shores of Scotland to the crystal-clear waters of Cornwall, we have picked out ten of the most impressive sea view cottages within our collection to inspire your next coastal getaway. And if you’d like to see our full portfolio, just click the button below.

Bonny Blink Cottage | Seaview, Isle of Wight

  • Sleeps 10
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Private mooring for a yacht

Bonny Blink Cottage

When it comes to luxury sea view cottages, you can’t get much closer to the waves than this beachfront beauty on the Isle of Wight. Set just above the sand in the Edwardian seaside resort of Seaview, this elegant retreat boasts sparkling views of the English Channel from most of its main rooms and bedrooms. On warm, sunny days, throw open the French doors in the lounge and let the salty sea breeze wash through the chic interiors. Throw some fresh fish on the sizzling BBQ outside for an al fresco feast and end your day with a relaxing stroll along the golden beach at the bottom of the garden.

Appledore - Sea Escape | Appledore, Devon

  • Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom with sea-view balcony
  • Estuary beach on the doorstep

Appledore - Sea Escape

Overlooking the lapping tide of Appledore’s beautiful estuary, this is one of our favourite sea view cottages in Devon. Awash with cool blues and fresh whites mimicking the breakers below, this large coastal house is adorned with nautical details and contemporary touches, designed with relaxation and escapism in mind. The master bedroom is a highlight with its floor-to-ceiling glazed doors; watch white-sailed yachts glide across the horizon from the comfort of the marshmallow duvet or step out onto the private balcony to revel in the fresh sea air. 

Taigh Na Coille, Roshven | Roshven, The Highlands

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
  • Private hot tub under the stars
  • Two wood burners for cosy evenings

Taigh Na Coille

Wake up to the meditative sound of the Scottish surf at this enchanting Highland escape. Perched above a rocky beach and enveloped by fragrant pine forests and spectacular mountain scenery, this secluded hideaway is one of our most extraordinary luxury cottages by the sea. The lofty open-plan interiors are a masterpiece of design, drawing inspiration from the views across Lochailort to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum. Drink in these incredible panoramas in the warm glow of the wood burner in the lounge, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, or head outside to watch the crashing waves from beside the fire pit or within the luxurious bubbling hot tub.

Tregoose - Portreath | Portreath, Cornwall

  • Sleeps 8 + 3 dogs
  • Games room for kids
  • BBQ on the sea-view terrace

Tregoose - Portreath

Boasting commanding vistas across the sweeping sands and shimmering waters of Portreath Beach, this is one of our most popular sea view cottages in Cornwall. The reverse-level layout of this five-star seaside retreat makes the most of the changing coastal scenery, best enjoyed from the stylish conservatory. Indulge in long, lazy breakfasts in here gazing out to the big blue and look forward to relaxing evenings watching the sun dip below the horizon with a glass of bubbly in hand. In winter, the wild waves and moody skies are irresistible to watch, while summer brings magical sunsets and the chance to spot dolphins leaping above the crests of the waves. 

Wave Crest | Pevensey Bay, Sussex

  • Sleeps 10
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Balcony overlooking the sea

Wave Crest

Steps away from the shingle beach of Pevensey Bay, this spacious beachfront home is perfect for large groups of friends and family looking for extra special cottages to rent by the sea. From dawn till dusk, you can have fun splashing in the surf and collecting shells and pebbles as you wander along the serene shoreline. Most of the bedrooms with their Scandinavian-style interiors look out across the cerulean waters, and the garden is a dream, dotted with wildflowers and offering direct access onto the beach. Sit, read your book and listen to the tranquil sound of the sea…

Tides | Ilfracombe, Devon

  • Sleeps 12
  • Featured in Channel 4’s ‘Homes by the Sea’
  • Three levels of luxurious sea-view interiors


Impeccable interiors, salty sea air and panoramic views over the Tunnels beaches make for one of the top luxury sea view cottages in our collection. Proudly perched on a clifftop in the seaside town of Ilfracombe, this grand Devon retreat has the wow factor in bucket and spade loads. Its exclusive setting offers uninterrupted coastal vistas which will leave you nothing short of spellbound. Whether watching the wind whip up a frenzy on the surf from the lounge, with its glorious wood burner and bi-folding doors, dozing in the midsummer sun on the sea-view balcony or sinking into a mountain of bubbles in the free-standing bath, days at this luxury coastal retreat are easily spent.

Cardigan Bay House | near Aberaeron, West Wales

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 dogs
  • Soak in the soothing hot tub
  • Walking distance of the Wales Coast Path

Cardigan Bay House

Idyllically positioned to offer sensational views of the aquamarine waters of Cardigan Bay, this gorgeous property sets the standard for sea view cottages in Wales. After an invigorating morning stroll along the Wales Coast Path, sunny afternoons are best spent tucking into freshly baked bara brith accompanied by a warm pot of tea in the pretty gardens, the dazzling Welsh coast a breathtaking backdrop. Add to this a private hot tub and you’ll soon see why this is the perfect abode for all the family to enjoy some blissful downtime.

The Pink Castle | Largs, Ayrshire

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs
  • Sauna hidden in one of the turrets
  • Hot tub overlooking the Isles of Arran and Bute

The Pink Castle

Our cottages to rent with a sea view don’t get much more impressive than this unique pink castle in Ayrshire. Featuring turrets, a spiral stone staircase and crenellated walkway to a private sauna, this 14th-century castle is a fairy-tale retreat for a coastal holiday in Scotland. On stormy winter days, admire the tumbling waves from the cosy comfort of the fifth-floor seating area and on balmy summer evenings, watch the sun sink below the ocean from the whimsical rooftop turret garden or amongst the soothing bubbles of the outdoor hot tub.

Riverside - Alnmouth | Alnmouth, Northumberland

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs
  • Opposite a sandy beach
  • Sea views from most of the bedrooms

Riverside - Alnmouth

Perfectly positioned opposite the rolling dunes of Alnmouth Beach, this lovely maisonette is a wonderful choice for those looking for large sea view cottages in Northumberland. Bright, fresh and overlooking the glittering ocean, it’s an idyllic haven to return to, whether you've spent your day rock pooling, jumping the waves or building sandcastles. Light the wood burner in the lounge and curl up on the window seat in the bay window, watching the boats bob between the blue of the sea and sky.

Braeside | Studland, Dorset

  • Sleeps 8
  • Packed full of seaside charm
  • Picnic in its wildflower meadow


Offering panoramic views of the sea, verdant countryside, and its very own wildflower meadow, this stunning hillside getaway is one of our top sea view cottages in Dorset. Found on the cusp of a sloping, landscaped garden on the exclusive Glebe Estate Heathland hillside, this big and beautiful bolthole lies just 1 mile from Studland’s South Beach - a shallow, sheltered cove lined by beach huts. Captivating seaside views abound in the luxurious interiors with plenty of light, space and harmonious coastal hues. And the glass-fronted lounge balcony is a favourite spot for ice-cold sundowners.


Have any of these sea view cottages in the UK caught your eye? We’ve got even more unique and luxurious holiday cottages by the sea within our portfolio, perfect for a special occasion or big group get-together. Just click the button below to browse our full collection.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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