Holidays are back on and, for those not decamping to Europe at the first chance they can, there are plenty of beautiful spots to discover right here in the UK.
For most of us, summer 2020 will be all about discovering the best of British.
And, for those still craving isolation on holiday, a cottage with a private beach could be the answer.
Keep on reading for luxury piles with their own pristine stretch of coastline.
House on the Beach, Isle of Wight
A private beach with golden sands and crystal-clear waters sounds too good to be true - but the House on the Beach in the Isle of Wight offers just that. The pastel blue-toned New England-style beach house is almost as pretty as its surroundings, and the interiors are equally charming, with floor-to-ceiling windows and bi-fold doors making the most of the view. The town of Ryde is a five-minute drive away, while a coastal path leads you to the Quarr Abbey, where you can greet the friendly local pigs.
From £1,724 per week, coolstays.com
Cae'r Borth, Anglesey
Nestled in North Wales, Cae'r Borth is a Welsh gem with its very own private beach. Inside, there are seven neutral-hued bedrooms - enough for an extended family getaway or a long-awaited catch up with friends. The sitting room houses a bookshelf stocked with all the holiday reads you'll need and the kitchen, with its double ovens, large hobs and a wine cooler, is ideal for entertaining. Outside, a secluded garden has sprawling sea views and is a lovely spot to sit and read, soaking up the sun and sea air.
From £1,919 for seven nights, sykescottages.co.uk
Pitts Deep, Hampshire
With the beach quite literally on your doorstep, Pitts Deep is a fantastic hidden hideaway on the Hampshire coastline. Inside, guests will discover a modern home with plenty of sunny nooks and charming original features like a traditional wood burner and painted beamed ceilings. Surrounded by woodland trees and overlooking the sparkling Solent waters, while the beach is technically public, when the tide rises, public footpaths are covered and you’re left with the water all to yourself.
Sleeps: 6 + 3 kids
From £265 per night, coolstays.com
Tioram Cottage, Eilean Shona
For a truly secluded escape Tioram Cottage is situated on the private Scottish island of Eilean Shona. There are a few other cottages dotted around the island but Tioram has access to its own private bay area - for those brave enough to take a dip. Modern and furnished to a high standard, windows are sea-facing offering glorious views over the Loch and Tioram Castle and there’s a private camp fire pit and picnic table, too.
From £1,600 per week, eileanshona.com
The Beach Hut, Devon
At the base of a steep sea cliff on the South Devon coastline, The Beach Hut is a lovers' bolthole. Sitting in a totally private cove, as well as your very own beach to enjoy, there's a wood-fired hot tub to soak in while you take in the sunset with a glass of wine in hand. The hut itself is small, but mighty, with a double bed accessed by ladder and two hammocks to sink into while reading your book and listening to the sounds of the waves. There’s also no internet access at the hut, so it’s the perfect excuse for a digital detox.
From £695 for two nights, carswellcottages.com
Gallanach Castle, Oban
Just three miles from Oban in the Scottish Highlands, Gallanach Castle sits on a sprawling site boasting several private beaches. Access to these beaches is available only to those staying in the self-catered garden wing that sleeps up to eight guests in a mix of double and twin bedrooms. For a day trip, consider visiting the Isles of Mull and Iona nearby or spend a morning at the Puffin Dive Centre and an afternoon at the Oban Distillery and learn how to make Scotch Whiskey.
From £584 for seven nights, sykescottages.co.uk