Looking for the perfect coastal holiday homes for your holiday this year? Here is our selection of some stunning properties that you can stay in this summer, from gorgeous eco lodges to a spot on the Alice in Wonderland former reservoir!

Two to try for luxury in Devon

South west self-catering specialist Luxury Coastal has unveiled two super luxe coastal holiday homes in Devon which are open to holiday bookings for the first time in 2024.

Willingcott in north Devon comprises five eco lodges near Woolacombe beach, part of the area’s newly-designated, world class surfing reserve; while Woolbrook Reservoir – formerly a fully functioning water reservoir – is an architecturally whacky, large house near Sidmouth, with a sunken keyhole design.

Willingcott is within easy reach of the world-class surfing beach at Woolacombe, and the Tarka Trail (for cycling, walking, jogging) runs past the door. Sandwiched between coast and countryside, it is an ideal base for families and adventurers.

Spend lazy (and active) days by Woolacombe’s blue flag sea shore, try your hand at surfing or simply enjoy rock pooling on the shore. Family-friendly facilities onsite include a clubhouse, outdoor heated pool (May to September), and children’s play areas.

Each luxury lodge sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, and is attractively clad in larch, with solar panels and a smart home system. Designed to maximise the wonderful views, there are open plan living/dining areas, decked terraces with a hot tub and gas barbecue.

Alice in Wonderland former reservoir – Woolbrook Reservoir near Sidmouth is a former reservoir bought from south west water in 2008 and converted into an architecturally intriguing, two-storey luxury home.

The six-bedroom property sleeps 16 and has a distinctive, semi-circular floor plan: the roof has been turfed to conceal it in the hillside, with a central, keyhole cut-out creating a dramatic living space below ground level that is arranged around a courtyard.

The design creates utter privacy, with multi-level outdoor spaces to relax in, including a light-filled atrium, a home gym, games room, hot tub, outdoors bar and over an acre of gardens. Outside is a covered barbecue area, table tennis and a pool table, with a large, outdoor lounge suite to chill out on.

Inside the house, floor-to-ceiling windows encase the vaulted living spaces overlooking the courtyard. There are five bedrooms set on the galleried first floor, with the master suite opening on to a decked terrace, and a sixth bedroom on the ground floor. Though secluded, it is less than a mile and a half from the Regency town of Sidmouth and located for exploring east Devon’s Jurassic coastline, with iconic red cliffs. luxurycoastal.co.uk

Cheers to a special stay

Tinwood Estate, the luxury accommodation venue next door to the world-renowned Goodwood Estate, has announced it is building five more luxury lodges to bring the total offering to eight.

The existing three lodges have proved immensely popular, and are always fully booked across the peak summer months. The new lodges will have the same design and layout as the existing ones.

Perfect for couples looking for a romantic retreat close to the Sussex coast, the lodges overlook Tinwood’s beautiful vines. Spotting deer and other wildlife is a common occurrence, and what could beat sipping on a glass of sparkling Sussex wine whilst you sit on your private deck?

Tinwood’s new restaurant concept, which opened in 2023, offers high-quality, deliciously seasonal dishes and the promise of a delightful summer’s day out. Serving lunch every day and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, there will be 50 covers in the Vineyard Kitchen and picnic baskets supplied for those days when outdoor dining is a must. tinwoodestate.com 

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Rental with the wow factor

New to the Wow House Company’s portfolio of stunning holiday homes is Clearwater House, a Grand Designs-style eco-retreat set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the coastal village of Bosham, near Chichester.

The property sleeps up to 12 guests in five bedrooms and is set beside the centrepiece, a stunning natural water swimming pool with boardwalks, a floating platform and lush.

There’s also a hot tub, a tennis court, a trampoline, swings and  one-and-a-half acres of grounds to enjoy and plenty of log burners for cosy nights in. Modern interiors feature a sweeping staircase, a triple-height atrium and bi-fold doors that bring the outside in. thewowhousecompany.co.uk

Ultimate Cornish relaxation

Situated on the fringes of St Ives, above Carbis Bay, Una St Ives holiday resort artfully blends wellness and indulgence, offering the ultimate in Cornish laid-back luxury. Now, with the launch of the next generation of luxury villas, guests are invited to enjoy spacious, modern living in a stunning setting.

As part of the exciting next phase of Una St Ives’ development, 27 high-end two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with private hot tubs will join the collection of 29 lodges in spring 2024. Built with Cornish stone, giving the sense of rising from the land, these will be some of the best-appointed holiday villas in Cornwall.

Every detail in each villa has been thoughtfully designed. From the sympathetic landscaping to the careful placement of the properties themselves, which nestle into the natural fall of the land to maximise privacy and views.

And The experience at Una St Ives isn’t just about the luxury villas – guests can relax with a few laps in the indoor infinity pool or new outdoor lido (open April through October) and enjoy the soothing heat of the cedar-lined sauna or indulge in a pampering Elemis spa treatment at the spa. Then savour cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired meals created using the finest produce from across the Southwest at Una Kitchen and the new Lido Bar & Grill. unastives.co.uk

This must be the place for fun…

Perfectly located for those wanting to test the water with a new activity, The Cornish Place is just three miles from Stithians Lake. Head to the activity centre where you can try your hand at windsurfing or foiling. If surfing is more your vibe, it’s just seven miles to both north and south coast beaches.

Available to rent individually or as a group, The Cornish Place comprises four cottages that sleep up to 16 people. Each property is host to a private hot tub, fire pit and barbecue to encourage outdoor living.

Sustainability is at the foundation of The Cornish Place with 100 per cent green energy, air source heat pumps, an electric vehicle charger for guest use and even having its own borehole for water. Dedicated to the community, The Cornish Place is a key supporter of The Wave Project, a charity dedicated to changing young lives through surf therapy. thecornishplace.com


Here’s three lovely products Coast loves this month for life on the beach:

Shell out on this robe…

The softshell changing robe from White Water Robes is your go-to for lightweight, all-weather outdoor adventures. This fully waterproof and windproof robe has a recycled microfleece lining and moisture-wicking properties, to keep you dry and snug. Packed with practical features like waterproof pockets, adjustable cuffs, and a tailored hood, this robe exemplifies durability and sustainability. whitewaterrobes.com  

Spring in your step

The weather will be tuning warmer soon and what better way to head for the beach in style than with these irresistibly chic Petaluma slingback flats from dynamic brand Vionic, which has just realised a range of styles which harness science and technology to engineer a more dynamic shoe that enhances your natural movement. With hidden goring for stretch, a capped toe and adjustable back strap, these slingbacks are available in black, camel and navy. vionicshoes.co.uk

 Beach essentials in the bag

Designed to be worn on hip or cross body, this Tensile Sling is a neat, sharply styled carrier boasting a seven-litre capacity. Featuring an adjustable, wide webbed strap for great carry comfort and Chrome’s iconic quick release buckle with bottle opener, multiple internal organiser pockets keep little items to hand, while three external pockets make accessing essentials on the move a synch. The range also comes in a mini version. Whichever size you choose they are ideal travel companions for the beach! chromeindustries.com