Post-Lockdown Travel: A Seaside Staycation
It’s been a tough few months. And although the people of the United Kingdom have done an incredible job of turning negatives into positives (bread-baking, knitting, yoga, creative writing, touch-typing - you name it, we’ve done it), lockdown has been hard and we’re all looking forward to regaining some freedom.
Once we do, we’re probably going to want to travel further afield than our local park (as lovely as that might be) but we may want to ease ourselves in with caution, so here are some of the UK seaside ‘staycations’ that we at One Off Places would recommend…
A Trip to the Scottish Isles
Once a hotel and now a waterside holiday home on the Isle of Bute, St Blanes House is the perfect place to reconnect with your loved ones. Inside it has twelve bedrooms, a large dining room, and a living area full of musical instruments - basically plenty of space in which to be either together or apart depending on your mood! And outside you will find the sea on your doorstep, not to mention some stunning scenic walks and ample opportunities for fishing, biking, golf, horse riding and wildlife-watching. Historic yet contemporary, this is the ultimate destination for rekindling a love of nature, fun and each other.
A Traditional Seaside Resort
The Yorkshire town of Scarborough has long been sought after as an old-fashioned coastal holiday resort, and this simple, stylish, sea view apartment is the perfect base from which to explore it. The property itself is beautifully appointed with fun features, cosy furniture and a welcome basket of local goodies. Within walking distance you will find the beach and an excellent selection of restaurants and theatres (remember those?). And nearby you can see the ruins of Scarborough Castle and the perky little puffins at the Bempton RSPB Sanctuary. All perfect for revisiting the good old days.
A Pembrokeshire Palace
If it’s a beach setting you’re after then look no further than The Sandcastle in West Wales. Colonial styling and a shoreline setting combine with an infinity pool and a log-fire (this part of the world definitely has its own micro-climate!) to create a truly unique holiday home. Spend your days surfing, sunbathing and strolling along the coast path and the evenings playing board games and table tennis - what more could a group of family and friends need?
A Romantic Retreat
Fed up of having ‘date night’ in your own kitchen? This beach chalet in Dorset is dreamy enough to rekindle even the weakest flames of romance. The setting, quite literally on the sea’s edge, is breathtaking and unforgettable. The cabin’s interiors are the very definition of shabby chic, with lots of whitewashed panels and nautical details. And the walkable Lyme Regis is home to cosy tea rooms, independent shops and award-winning restaurants. You cannot fail to impress with this one!
An Irish Escape
Want to head to the stunning shores of Northern Ireland? Then make sure you stay in beautiful Blackrock Beach House. Every room boasts spectacular views, the accommodation throughout is sumptuously luxurious, the home cinema will keep everyone happy on rainy days and renowned landmarks like the Giant’s Causeway and the Gobbins Cliff Path are within easy reach. Treat yourself and your loved ones to something special.