UK: Coastal Stays vs Country Stays

UK: Coastal Stays vs Country Stays

With miles and miles of glorious coastline and countryside, we’re spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to choosing a destination for our next break, regardless of where you live. But how do coast and country breaks compare? And do we prefer to feel the sea breeze in our hair and sand between our toes, or is the peace and quiet of the countryside much more appealing?
The team at Cottages in Northumberland, a coastal cottages and country breaks holiday lettings agency based in Northumberland, is here to reveal the pros and cons of being beside the seaside and escaping to the country…

Coastal breaks

Cornwall, England
With breath-taking sea views, delicious food and plenty of family-friendly things to do, it’s no wonder that a staggering 38% of the top ten holidays involved trips to the beach last year, according to research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).  
And these aren’t the only things that the coast has to offer holidaymakers. A coastal break is also therapy for the mind, body and soul: relax by listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the coastline, sleep well from fresh sea air, and soften your feet with a walk along the beach.
Heading to the coast is also a chance to relive happy memories. From eating take-away fish and chips, making sandcastles on the beach, and rolling up trousers and sleeves to paddle in the sea, the percentage of trips to the beach last year shows that all the way through life, people love heading to the coast.
Coastal breaks do, however, have their drawbacks. More expensive than their countryside counterparts even in the off-peak season (from around £450 for seven nights, compared to £360 in the countryside), taking a coastal break in peak time also means that the town or village where you choose to reside will be much busier people-wise than a stay, at any time, in the vast, open countryside.  

Country breaks

Malham, North Yorkshire, England
While seaside breaks become part of our lives at a young age, escaping to the countryside is very much the idyll of these two types of holiday.  
For many of us living in the UK’s densely populated towns and cities, the main draw of a break to the country is to fulfil our desire for peace and quiet. But the pleasures of the countryside don’t stop there, rural stately homes, picturesque landscapes, Britain’s darkest skies, and an abundance of walking and cycling routes all make the countryside the best places to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.
Country breaks are also a great opportunity to get closer to nature. Dig out your binoculars and observe beautiful birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits, and even deer in the countryside.
While this all certainly sounds worlds away from urban life, the remoteness that comes with a countryside break is something that some city-types may find unnerving. And we don’t just mean that people-wise! If your smartphone is in your hand at all times, you may find an issue with the distinct lack of Wi-Fi and phone signal in the countryside. You might also find yourself travelling much further to pick up the evening’s dinner than you might at the seaside due to the lack of supermarket superstores and express shops alike.
So, what’s it to be? Whether you see the seclusion of the country as an advantage or prefer the thought of old-fashioned seaside fun, there’s a world of choice at your fingertips right here in the UK.

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  1. March 3, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Coastal and Country are my favorite types of trips, I’ve never been much of a city girl and I take any opportunity I can get to head off to the peaceful countryside or lounge under the sun by the water.
    I haven’t yet gotten around to checking the UK but by the way you describe it, I’ll be adding it next up on my travel bucket list! 😀

    • March 31, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      I think because we are both from cities we love heading to either the coast or countryside too. Getting away from the rat race even for a weekend just gives us time to recentre. If you ever do make it over to the UK and need any tips or recommendations, especially up in the North of England (where we live), please don’t hesitate to get in touch 🙂