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FANCY SLEEP­ING IN AN OFF-GRID, WATERSIDE CABIN, IM­PRES­SIVE HOUSE-PARTY RENTAL OR A BOU­TIQUE VILLA AMONG THE SAND DUNES? YOUR GREAT BRI­TISH SUM­MER STARTS HERE

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It’s time to em­brace the stay­ca­tion and re­dis­cover the Bri­tish sea­side – these are the spots you re­ally won’t want to miss

THE BRI­TISH HOL­I­DAY SCENE has re­ally upped its game, from back-to-na­ture glamp­ing to con­tem­po­rary coastal lux­ury in high-spec bolt­holes close to a hip bar or two. A true Brit break is a cel­e­bra­tion of is­land life, and we’ve checked out the very best places to ex­plore. Now all we need is the right weather…

THE WOW FAC­TOR

THE BIG HOUSE PARTY

Stuck for a stylish hen week­end or 3Oth treat? Take over one of these lux­ury sea­side homes

THE CHALET SAUNTON, Devon

Braun­ton’s golden three-mile beach takes a lit­tle ef­fort to get to, but it’s def­i­nitely worth the jour­ney. Choose from the min­i­mal­ist apart­ments or slick pent­house, then why not take surf lessons or book an in-room spa treat­ment? Sleeps up to six, from £35O per night; i-es­cape.com

PENTIRE PENT­HOUSE, Corn­wall

Once con­sid­ered the pre­serve of stags and hens, the tide is turn­ing in Newquay – not least thanks to Pentire, a cir­cu­lar, light-filled pent­house. It boasts a roof ter­race, hot tub and four bed­rooms, and over­looks Fis­tral Beach, home to the an­nual Board­mas­ters surf and skate fes­ti­val. Sleeps up to 1O, from £1,449 for a three-night week­end; treg­ul­lan­dandco.co.uk*

PENALLY ABBEY, Pem­brokeshire

Small enough to take over for a cel­e­bra­tory gath­er­ing, this 11-room ho­tel is tucked into a hill­side over­look­ing moody Car­marthen Bay. It’s big on seclu­sion, sea views and ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­gance, while Tenby, with its pas­tel-painted town­houses, sou­venir shops and ice-cream par­lours, is less than a ten-minute drive away. From £145 per night, B&B; penally-abbey.com

RED HOUSE APART­MENT, Corn­wall

Over­look­ing Pad­stow’s pretty har­bour, this spa­cious apart­ment in an Ed­war­dian house has two ter­races and a rest­ful vibe. Dur­ing your stay, check out Barn­aby’s Bistro (barn­abys bistro.com) for lo­cal seafood, or take a ferry to Rock for Nathan Out­law’s pub, The Mariners (nathan-out­law.com). Sleeps four, from £365 for three nights; thered­house­a­part­ment.co.uk

RU­RAL RE­TREATS

THE NEW GLAMP­ING

Go off-grid in camp­ing splen­dour – rough­ing it has never been so smooth (or eco-friendly).

BOTHY PROJECT, Cairn­gorms

The In­shri­ach House es­tate in the Scot­tish High­lands is home to the Bothy Project: a larch and tin hut used out of sea­son as an artists’ res­i­dence. Tucked into the woods, a bed plat­form, seat­ing area and wood burner have been neatly shoe­horned in. Out­side is your own bucket shower, and you can swim wild in the river Spey, which runs through the es­tate. Best of all, In­shri­ach’s owner has built a tiny gin dis­tillery and hosts im­promptu par­ties. Sleeps two, from £8O per night; canopy­and­stars.co.uk

BUCK’S COPPICE, Dorset

Wake to noth­ing but bird­song in this wood­land cabin. It has a sun­trap deck and, in­stead of a pool, there’s a whole lake to leap into. Pic­ture win­dows mean you can lie in bed and gaze out across the clear wa­ter. Sleeps up to four, from £475 for three nights; canopy­and­stars.co.uk

CATCHPENNY SA­FARI LODGES, Fife

On long sum­mer evenings, toast marsh­mal­lows on the firepit out­side your luxe sa­fari tent, which comes with a king-size bed, crisp linens and shower. Just an hour’s drive from Ed­in­burgh, be­side the Firth of Forth, you might even glimpse a pod of dol­phins at play. Sleeps six, from £42O for three nights; canopy­and­stars.co.uk

THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

BATHING UN­DER

THE STARS

Shower to sounds of the for­est or soak un­der the inky night sky at these unique self-cater­ing spots.

LAUNCESTON FARM, Dorset

The Flint and Bothy cot­tages on this work­ing farm have free-stand­ing cop­per baths in their own pri­vate can­dlelit court­yards. Views of mead­ows or the Vic­to­rian walled gar­den add to the ro­mance. Cot­tages sleep two, from £375 for three nights; launce­s­ton­farm.co.uk

BODGER, Dorset

Start the day splash­ing be­neath the canopy in your own tree shower at this stylish shep­herd’s hut. Lanterns, a wood burner and king-size bed en­sure a cosy re­treat in this wood dot­ted with back-to-na­ture glamp­ing bolt­holes. Sleeps two, from £139 per night; mallinson.co.uk

UP^, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Strad­dling the bor­der of Eng­land and Wales, the Wye Val­ley is a dreamy mix of wood­land, lime­stone gorge and sparkling river. Hill­side cabin Up^ not only has a baby grand piano (re­ally), but an open-air, roll­top bath hugged by a tim­ber wall strung with fairy lights for ver­dantly beau­ti­ful bathing. Sleeps two, from £3OO for three nights; canopy­and­stars.co.uk

UN­DER THE OAK, Caer­philly

End a per­fect day of walk­ing through the Bre­con Bea­cons in a wood-fired hot tub filled with nat­u­ral spring wa­ter. Your base: a fully equipped sa­fari tent on a farm in ru­ral Wales. With only red kites and buz­zards for com­pany, you’ll never want to leave. Sleeps two, from £259 for three nights; cool­camp­ing.com

BE­SIDE THE SEA­SIDE

DREAM BEACHES

Who we have needs this wild a Mediter­ranean and won­der­ful coast­line? cli­mate when

FRESHWATER WEST, Pem­brokeshire

Grab a lob­ster roll from the Cafe Môr van and watch surfers ride the best waves in the county.

MURLOUGH BEACH, County Down

Think miles of sand, the Mourne Moun­tains and O’Hares bar at Hugh McCann’s nearby along the North­ern Irish coast – it’s quite the combo.

COVEHITHE, Suf­folk

Just south of Low­est­oft, a world away from the re­sorts of Cromer or South­wold, head through fields along a foot­path to find this hid­den gem.

GREAT BAY, Isles of Scilly

The calm wa­ters and soft sand on this bay at St Martin’s is­land can only be reached by foot.

ACHMELVICH, Suther­land

Loved by wind­surfers and wa­ter­skiers, find this white-sand beach in the High­lands along Scotland’s North Coast 500 driv­ing route.

SNACKS & SUN­DOWN­ERS

ALFRESCO FEASTING

Round off a day by the coast with a cock­tail and the fresh­est food. You are on hol­i­day, af­ter all.

SEA­SIDE BOARD­ING HOUSE, Dorset

This restau­rant-with-rooms is A-list-ap­proved: Saoirse Ro­nan stayed here while film­ing On Ch­e­sil Beach. Head to the bar ter­race and or­der a Mary-Lou Mar­tini – vodka with a twist in a frozen glass – if you dare. Dou­bles from £205, B&B; the­seaside­board­ing­house.com

THE RUM & CRAB SHACK, Corn­wall

Where bet­ter to sip a mo­jito than right on the wharf over­look­ing St Ives’ har­bour? A bluesy sound­track, an or­der of fresh, spicy crab­cakes and a rum list longer than a Cor­nish sun­set add up to a spot so sweet, you could al­most be in Bar­ba­dos. ru­mand­crab­shack.com

ROCKSALT, Kent

Head to chef Mark Sargeant’s Folke­stone restau­rant for sea­sonal, lo­cal pro­duce. Toast with an Eng­lish Royale (Here­ford­shire cas­sis with sparkling wine from Gus­borne, Sus­sex) – it’s sum­mer in a glass. rock­salt­folke­stone.co.uk.

ERIC’S FISH AND CHIPS, Nor­folk

Round off your or­der of the crispest cod and chips with a glass of bio­dy­namic cham­pagne at this jaunty Thorn­ham-coast chippy, cre­ated by Eric Snaith. er­ics­fis­hand­chips.com

NANCARROW FARM, Truro

This work­ing farm hosts rus­tic-yet-el­e­gant feasts in its lantern-lit court­yard – think in­ven­tive aper­i­tifs fol­lowed by spit-roasted, or­ganic meats. From £30-£40pp; nan­car­row­farm.co.uk

PENTIRE PENT­HOUSE

CATCHPENNY SA­FARI LODGES

SEA­SIDE BOARD­ING HOUSE

SEA­SIDE BOARD­ING HOUSEUP^ CABIN

NANCARROW FARM

ERIC’S FISH AND CHIPS

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