10 Last Minute Christmas and New Year Retreats for a Festive Seaside Break

Festive family toasting marshmellows at holiday cottage

Open your presents to the echo of the waves. Sing carols with the sea breeze tinkling against the windows. Blow away the festive cobwebs with a blustery beach walk. Or join New Year’s celebration by the coast. If you still haven’t booked a festive getaway, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s for two of you, a family affair or a last-minute getaway with a group of friends, take your pick of cosy coastal cottages still available to book for Christmas or New Year beside the seaside.

Here are ten amazing last-minute Christmas and New Year retreats perfect for a festive seaside break.

1. Fistral House, Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral house newquay

Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Yo-yo between the beach and your stylish, sea-view apartment on the shores of Cornwall’s most famous surfing beach. Brave the waves, stroll along miles of golden sands, strike out over the clifftops to a cosy pub, and explore Newquay’s array of family attractions. Whatever winter adventures you choose on your Christmas break beside the sea, end your day in a velvet armchair watching the sunset over the sea, dish up your festive fare with a view to the waves, and hunker down in luxury beside the echo of the ocean. 

Currently available from Saturday 23rd December for £1,194 per week and from Saturday 30th December for £1,266 per week.
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2. Luxury Coastal Retreat, Instow, Devon

stunning-instow-holiday-let

Sleeps 6
Serve up your Christmas dinner or throw a glittering New Year celebration in this grand coastal retreat with a hot tub, plush interior and magnificent open plan kitchen, lounge, diner and conservatory, made for cooking up a storm and entertaining friends and family. Work up an appetite cycling the Tarka Trail, strolling along the North Devon beaches and exploring the National Trust’s Arlington Court, and hunker down to make the most of family games nights, Christmas movies and cosy nights in.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £1,681 per week and from Friday 29th December for £1,681 per week.
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3. Smugglers Cottage, Seatown, Dorset

Smugglers cottage

Sleeps 6
Spend Christmas in a charming seaside cottage once used to capture smugglers off the Dorset coastline. Nestled right beside the beach, with soothing sea views, a traditional country-style interior and a log burner to curl up beside, you might be tempted to spend Christmas indoors in your slippers. However, with stunning coastal walks to Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon, beaches made for fossil hunting and a cosy waterside pub on the doorstep, you’ll no doubt be lured outside for some festive coastal adventures.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £2,329 per week and from Friday 29th December for £2,329 per week.
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4. Arches, Criccieth, Wales

Arches holiday home near Llyn Peninsula

Sleeps 2
There’s no need to head to church for midnight mass when you spend Christmas in this bolthole for two in a converted church. With original stone arches and designer furnishings, this is the perfect couple’s Christmas hideaway. The beach is just a two-minute walk away and the North Wales coast is just waiting to be explored on winter adventures for two. 

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £659 per week and from Friday 29th December for £659 per week.
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5. The Old Post Office, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

the old post office

Sleeps 8
Families and friends will love a Christmas break in this colourful 18th-century cottage refurbished with an on-trend, sophisticated style. Gather for games and tipples around the Danish wood-burning stove, whip up a festive feast in the designer kitchen decked out with Neff appliances, and step out of bed onto underfloor heating. This superb Norfolk retreat is nestled in the heart of the stunning seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea, with its picturesque quay, colourful beach huts, pinewood walks and golden sands that stretch for miles and miles.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £2,295 per week and from Friday 29th December for £2,295 per week.
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6. Hampton House, Norton Green, Isle of Wight

hampton house

Sleeps 12 + 1 dog
Perhaps you were thinking it’s too late for that large family get-together. Perhaps you’re panicking because the extended family are coming to you for Christmas and you haven’t got room for them all. Whatever the reason for making large group festive plans this late, we have the solution with this luxurious Victorian villa overlooking one of the finest beaches on the Isle of Wight. So give yourself a break and castaway for a hassle-free Christmas. 

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £3,670 per week and from Friday 29th December for £3,670 per week.
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7. The Farm Cottage, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

The Farm Cottage

Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Once the summer’s bucket-and-spade brigades flee from this popular seaside resort town, you’re left with miles of pebbly shoreline for long, blustery walks, promenades along the historic pier and plenty of amusements and eateries for some festive fun. All of this makes Christmas the perfect time of year to bag a thatched holiday cottage with an open fire, beamed ceilings and a prime location in the heart of it all.

Currently available from Saturday 30th December for £855 per week.
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8. Channel View, Dungeness, Kent

channel view holiday home

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
Cocoon yourself in a designer beach house in the wild and wonderful Dungeness this Christmas and New Year. Unique, minimalist and cosy, with a Victorian railway carriage incorporated as the central feature, this remarkable pad boasts a woodburner, a marvellous entertaining space for Christmas dinner, and large picture windows overlooking the shingle beach, nature reserve and lighthouse.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £1,765 per week.
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9. Sandsend Retreat, North Yorkshire 

Sandsend Retreat

Sleeps 6
Explore the coast and countryside of the North York Moors from a delightful cottage nudging the sea in the village of Sandsend. Hang your stockings beside the fire, unwrap your gifts as the sun rises over the ocean, and eat your Christmas feast with a side order of sea views. Of course, all the festivities will warrant a wild walk along the stunning sandy beach, and festive days out to the nearby attractions of Whitby, the moors and Runswick Bay. 

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £1,998 per week and from Friday 29th December for £2,381 per week.
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10. The Cottage, Plockton, Scotland 

The Cottage, Plockton, Scotland 

Sleeps 2
Cosy up in a croft cottage and treat yourself and your loved one to a slice of Highland life this Christmas. If you want to escape the festive chaos and truly getaway from it all, here you can hunker beside the crackling log fire, take long walks along the shoreline and even brave an icy dip in the loch. Plus, there’s the added attraction that it’s more likely to see a white Christmas this far north in Scotland.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £655 per week and from Friday 29th December for £655 per week.
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Still seeking a sparkling festive retreat for your family and friends? 

Check out all available sea view cottages for Christmas or New Year.

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