The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall
The Lugger Hotel is the ideal setting for a Frenchman’s Creek-style romantic getaway. Once a smuggler’s inn, the hotel still retains its atmospheric fog-filled history, but now embraces a more relaxed and modern feel.
The boutique hideaway can be found in the delightfully coastal village of Portloe. Think whitewashed walls, lobster pots and fishing boats – and you won’t be disappointed. The hotel clings to the water’s edge, literally a stone’s throw from the Cornish surf. With a heavenly terrace for sampling locally sourced treats when the sun does shine, a cosy and chic interior for less pleasant weather and a luxourious spa for truly disappointing days, The Lugger is a seafront haven whatever the British weather throws your way.
Plus, in Portloe, with miles of rugged coastal path to explore, little mobile phone signal and no street lamps, you can really get away from it all.
Artists’ Beach House, Whitstable, Kent
If you’re dreaming of Great British summer holiday, what could be better than your very own cottage on the beach? Set on the edge of Tankerton Beach in Kent, surrounded by wild woodland, the Artist’s Beach House is an idyllic setting for the ultimate beachside break.
You can spend your days sunbathing on the sand, reclining in your hammock or frolicking in the surf – there’s even an outdoor shower for rinsing off afterwards. The white, wood clad beach house was built in 1906 and retains all of its vintage charm, with a wrap around veranda and chic period features. The veranda is the perfect spot to enjoy 180° views of the ocean, or indulge in some seaside cuisine – fish n’ chips anyone?
The Artists’ Beach House is easily accessible from London, too. After just a 90 minute train ride you’ll be able to hear the sound of the surf and sink your toes into the sand.
Titchwell Manor, Titchwell, Norfolk
Set above the North Norfolk coastline in the pretty village of Titchwell, Titchwell Manor is a perfect bolthole from which to explore Norfolk’s sweeping stretches of sandy coastline.
The county’s beaches will delight bird watchers, sand castle builders and sun seekers alike. Marshes and woodland sit alongside miles of sand that are just crying out for a picnic blanket. When you’ve selected the perfect sun-soaked spot indulge in a lunch of local crab and deliciously salty samphire.
Titchwell Manor itself is an elegant Victorian manor. Simply designed, with calm, coastal shades and luxurious fabrics, it’s an ideal place to wipe the sand off your feet and refresh after a day on the beach. With ambitious, bold and eclectic menus, foodies won’t be disappointed by dishes on offer in the Manor’s restaurant either.
This charming hotel, set on the edge of Titchwell Marsh, is the perfect treat for a summery weekend away.
Published in the summer issue of Heart Home magazine.