Eight beach retreats for Christmas
The scent of pine needles, wood fires and sea salt. Christmas lights glinting from harbour waters. The chorus of waves from outside your window. A Christmas by the coast invites you to step away from the business of this festive period and reconnect with the senses, making time to cherish loved ones, good food and relaxation. Because after all, that’s what Christmas is about.
Looking to celebrate the festive season, coastal style? Here’s our pick of eight winter retreats with availability this Christmas.
This Christmas, nestle into this characterful Port Isaac cottage, tucked away just moments from the harbourfront. Port Isaac is a great place to spend the festive season- wander cobbled lanes lit up with glimmering lights, sip mulled wine under the night sky and sample the best of Cornwall’s seasonal produce in local fish restaurants. Bottlenose Cottage features Delabole slate floors, marble tiles and traditional Brazilian period features, and four can bed down below the chestnut beams in the bedrooms and recline across two sitting rooms.
Tuck into Christmas dinner, followed by a hot tub under the night sky. The Lodge is the dream retreat for a Christmas stay with that little extra coastal magic. The bubbling hot tub, an essential for a decadent winter stay, is perfectly positioned overlooking the shoreline of Mawgan Porth beach. With polished wooden floorboards, velvet sofas and a crackling log burner, you’ll feel at home in this beachside hideaway.
Strand Line is designed for cosy Christmas days. This wooden fisherman style cabin is a truly unique retreat, positioned near the rocky shores of Porthcothan. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and want that ‘off the beaten track’ feeling, then this retreat is for you. Strand Line sleeps four in luxury, coastal interiors fused with a rustic and contemporary twist and thoughtful attention to detail throughout.
Enjoy a riverside Christmas at 12 Cannery Row. This three-storey wharf house is positioned directly above the Hayle estuary, with its glass fronted interiors providing views of the rising and falling tide. Here, you are so close to the river that Christmas tree fairy lights will reflect off the water. 12 Cannery Row is styled with neutral, calming tones, rustic textured fabrics and floor to ceiling windows to draw attention to the cascading estuary just outside.
Curl up in this dreamy cottage, tucked away down Mousehole’s winding streets. This retreat has everything you need for a family Christmas: a cosy living room fit for watching films by the log burner, a large dining space perfect for Christmas dinner, three beautifully designed bedrooms and an ideal location, just a few footsteps from Mousehole harbourfront. The Mousehole Christmas lights are a must see, a display of unique light instillations dotted around the harbour and village which can be admired at night with a mulled wine in hand.
If you are looking to entertain this Christmas, look no further than Strand House, complete with its own cocktail bar, lounging space with a pool table and elegant furnishings with a glimpse of the sea in the distance. This sophisticated detached house will amaze with its interior design, featuring shades of deep ocean blue and teal, adorned with locally sourced artwork. With plenty of space for family and friends across four bedrooms and Porth beach less than five minutes’ walk away, this is the perfect retreat for celebrating in style.
If you want enough space to gather all of the family but you still relish in the serenity that rural Cornwall provides, Seven Gates is the choice for you. This private detached house sleeps eight across four bedrooms and is situated in the quiet countryside, a short distance from the rugged clifftops of Widemouth bay. Take this time away from the chatter of everyday life to restore, reflect and appreciate the company of loved ones around you.
Modern, high-end designs meet coastal charm at Rosemead, a spacious detached house situated in walking distance from Widemouth bay. Here you can spend Christmas day striding across coastal paths, the invigorating walk working up your appetite for dinner at a cosy seafront pub. Or, with all the amenities of a chef’s kitchen and ample dining space, enjoy a home-cooked Christmas feast in the comfort of this retreat. A bonus is the garden hot tub, which will keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.