Top 10 British Beach Houses

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Holidaying at home this summer? Rent one of these brilliant British beach houses

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Looking for an idyllic romantic getaway with plenty of character? The Edge is a traditional Cornish beach hut nestled in the cliffs with uninterrupted panoramic views of the coastline. Watch the sunset from bed via the floor to ceiling picture window or take a gentle stroll down to the shore with your binoculars to dolphin-spot. Book through Unique Home Stays.

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Springfield, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Springfield, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps up to 14 If you're planning a special break with plenty of people, this beautiful 5000ft restored Georgian townhouse has all the space you'll need. It's not short on modern touches either. There's a games room, large garden with a trampoline and decked area that's perfect for barbecues on balmy evenings. Book via Home Away (opens in new tab). Find more travel reviews here

Chichester House, Chichester, West Sussex

Chichester House, Chichester, West Sussex

Sleeps 10 A beach-front house built with nature in mind. The rainwater harvester and cutting-edge heat pump make this four-bedroom holiday home as eco-friendly as it is dramatic. Unwind over a glass of wine as you gaze out to sea from the best seat in the house. Book via Home Away (opens in new tab). Find more travel reviews here

The Old Watch House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

The Old Watch House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps 2 Escape the routine and immerse yourself fully in life beside the sea. This whitewashed building has been an integral part of Lyme's historic harbour front for three centuries; once as a watch-house for local Coastguards and now as a delightful family home, complete with shrimp nets, deckchairs and a cushioned chest. It's the perfect base for exploring Dorset's enchanting Jurassic Coast. Book via Alastair Sawdays. Find more travel reviews here

Seascape, Camber Sands, Sussex

Seascape, Camber Sands, Sussex

Sleeps up to 3 This is the ultimate beachside hideaway! A pristine white house overlooking miles of white sand with only the crashing waves for company. Spend long lazy afternoons snoozing in the driftwood bed created by owner, Mark. Or book in for a spot of reflexology. The beach is incorporated in to every aspect of this rustic house - floorboards are stripped, shells adorn the nooks and there's a trunk packed with wetsuits, spades and games. Book via Alastair Sawdays. Find more travel reviews here

Beachcomber, Milford On Sea, Hampshire

Beachcomber, Milford On Sea, Hampshire

Sleeps up to 8 A real wow house, Beachcomber has everything you need for a relaxing break - including a heated pool! On dull days curl up on the squishy sofas with a book or simply watch the waves lap the shore through the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. The garden 'beach hut' will keep the children amused for hours. Book through Unique Home Stays. Find more travel reviews here

River House, St Just, Cornwall

River House, St Just, Cornwall

Sleeps up to 8 Perched on top of a hill overlooking Mylor harbour, the views from this contemporary Cornish four-bedroom house are truly breathtaking. Kick back on the balcony and watch the sunset over a fresh seafood supper after a long day exploring the pretty village. This is ideal for a peaceful family getaway and can be booked through Unique Home Stays. Find more travel reviews here

Croft 103, Highlands, Scotland

Croft 103, Highlands, Scotland

Sleeps up to 4 in two houses Eco tourists will love this secluded getaway. These awe-inspiring dwellings really harness the power of nature - the Scottish weather provides the power while wool from local sheep keeps everything cosy. The cutting-edge design and unspoiled beaches are equally breathtaking. Prepare to feel inspired and refreshed. Book via Alastair Sawdays. Find more travel reviews here

The Schoolroom Cottage, Bosherton, Pembrokeshire

The Schoolroom Cottage, Bosherton, Pembrokeshire

Sleeps 2 Originally a Georgian rectory school, this sweet building is now a tiny, bright hideaway with vibrant Welsh textiles. The owners supply organic eggs and vegetables, there are shelves full of books and a fat sofa to curl up on at night. Bliss! Book via Alastair Sawdays. Find more travel reviews here

Henrietta Cottage, Whitby, Yorkshire

Henrietta Cottage, Whitby, Yorkshire

Sleeps 4 Henrietta Cottage is a snug, traditional hideaway near the foot of Whitby Abbey steps - where Dracula swept from the shoreline! Wonderful harbour views (and an outstanding kipper shop) are just feet away, plus you can explore the cobbled passageways dotted with tiny art galleries and brasseries. Book through Shoreline Cottages. Find more travel reviews here