Top Coastal Getaways
If you’ve been holding off on taking a summer break, waiting for the sun and hoping it might shine, then no doubt you’re still waiting. Summer 2012 has conclusively failed to fizzle. However there is still hope of some decent sunshine through September and time to carve out a long weekend by the coast before the nights really draw in.
So if you have yet to have your annual fix of briny breezes, restorative strolls along the beach and picnics on the cliffs then read on for our guide to the top last minute coastal getaways.
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall, England – for informal, design conscious luxury after you’re all surfed out.
The Scarlet is slick, swish and salty. Lounging amidst the dunes midway between Trevose and Newquay the Scarlet is the antidote to seaside twee. The eco interior and exterior are big on curvilinear organic design, there is a natural chemical-free pool and log fired hot tub in the spa. Every room has a stunning sea view and gorgeous, unfussy contemporary furnishings.
Pool House, Poolewe, Scotland – for lovers of rugged mountains, gilded luxury and sumptuous surrounds.
With its exquisitely eclectic interior of antiques and curios, and its atmosphere of elevated culture and luxury, the Pool House is like nowhere else on earth. It is above fashion and beyond time, the ultimate scene for seduction and romance: five suites and two rooms of unique, uncompromising luxury and indulgence. For further details contact; Pool House, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)1445 781272
Scotts on the Rocks, Newcastle, Northern Ireland – for secluded cliff-side drama, award winning architecture and your own private pool.
Scott’s on the Rocks is a luxury private home located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Winner of several design awards, this incredible self-catering property is reminiscent of exclusive, contemporary homes in Plettenburg Bay, South Africa or Santa Monica, USA. Inside, the space is open-plan and flawless, outside terraces teeter on the edge of the cliff and a fresh water pool has been carved into the rocks. For further details contact: Unique Home Stays www.uniquehomestays.com +44 (0) 1637 881942.
The Lighthouse, Llandudno, Wales – for plunging vertical drops, wooden four posters and unique Victorian architecture.
The Lighthouse is situated in Great Orme Country Park, just a couple of miles from Llandudno. Built in 1862 the Lighthouse is testament to the grandeur and wealth of the Empire. The Keeper’s Hall with its enormous curving walls of polished pitch pine is particularly impressive. Breakfast is taken in the Victorian dining room, overlooking the 100 meter drop to the roaring surf.