Enjoy a last-minute deal from Harbour Hotels this summer
With the summer holidays in full swing, forget jetting abroad to soaring temperatures and crowds. There's no better time to plan a spontaneous staycation, and Harbour Hotels has properties on the doorstep of Britain's most beautiful, unspoilt beaches. From Devon to Cornwall, here are our top picks for a picture-perfect seaside staycation this August, ideal for travellers of all ages looking to reset, disconnect and spend some much-needed time by the ocean.
Lounge at one of the most glorious outdoor swimming pools in the UK at Sidmouth Harbour Hotel and Spa. Perched on a hillside overlooking Sidmouth, guests at Sidmouth Harbour Hotel can enjoy sea views of the magnificent Jurassic Coast from the chic white pool loungers around the outdoor pool. It also boasts a suntrap terrace, which offers outdoor sunrise yoga classes and delicious alfresco dining. This boutique beachside retreat, which boasts 56 newly-refurbished rooms, is perfect for adventure lovers, with plenty of watersports to try at Sidmouth Beach, which is just footsteps away. The reception team is on hand to help plot the most beautiful walking routes along the coast and can provide sumptuous picnics full of local produce to take on days out. For those wanting to go further afield, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring the landscapes of Dartmoor National Park; one of the most magical wildernesses in the UK.
HOW: Rates at Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa start at £141 on a B&B basis.
Head to the picturesque Padstow Harbour Hotel for family-friendly days out and foodie adventures. A bucket-list destination in North Cornwall, Padstow is a bustling, charming fishing town, which boasts seven sandy beaches nearby such as the simply stunning Daymer Bay. Padstow Harbour Hotel is the ultimate base for exploring this area, perched just above the town, where guests can find a postcard-perfect harbour, independent boutiques and celebrity eateries - don’t miss Rick Stein’s flagship seafood restaurant. Padstow Harbour Hotel offers sweeping views of the Camel Estuary and is home to 58 individually-designed rooms and contemporary interiors. Padstow is also famous for the best cycling route in Cornwall; the 18-mile-long Camel Trail, which stretches all the way through Wadebridge and Bodmin to Wenfordbridge. The reception team can also arrange fishing trips, landscape painting workshops, luxury beach picnics, surfing lessons and wildlife sea safaris, while the hotel’s location means a day trip to one of Cornwall’s must-dos, The Eden Project, is easy too. Guests can end the day with a visit to the hotel’s Bar & Terrace, featuring sensational views and an al fresco terrace, plus delicious seasonal food and a brilliant children’s menu.
HOW: Rates at Padstow Harbour Hotel start from £194 per night on a B&B basis.
Enjoy a quintessential Cornish getaway to Fowey Harbour Hotel and explore the iconic Southwest coastal path. Fowey Harbour Hotel is a 37-room Victorian boutique property located in the heart of the small historic harbour town, where guests will love walking through the pretty, crooked little streets. The quaint hotel offers stunning views of the tumbling town of Polruan, the Fowey River and out to sea, and also has a fabulous restaurant, Harbour Kitchen, Bar & Terrace – a casual all-day dining affair with seasonal and locally- sourced cuisine. Just a short stroll away is Readymoney Cove and the famous South West Coastal Path walk. The longest of England’s National Trails, starting in Dorset and looping all the way up to north Devon, it offers 630 miles of stunning coastal hikes. Walkers will be treated to a variety of terrain, including gentle stretches, dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, intimate coves and busy harbours. After an exhilarating day, guests can switch off and relax in the vibrant bedrooms at Fowey Harbour Hotel, most of which boast estuary and harbour views. The newly restored hotel also features a stunning wrap-around terrace - the ideal spot for sipping on a locally-made gin - and two-tiered gardens, one of which sits in a beautiful location right at the water’s edge. HOW: Rates at Fowey Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £236 per night on a B&B basis.