First made fashionable in the mid-18th century by wealthy holidaymakers looking to take advantage of the curative properties of 'sea-bathing', coastal towns all over Britain were soon thriving. This was the original 'staycation', and bed and breakfasts popped up along the promenades to accommodate the crowds.
The mid-eighteenth century saw wealthy holidaymakers flocking to Britain's coastal towns to take advantage of the curative properties of saltwater. with bed and breakfasts opening up to take accommodate them.
Nowadays, this traditional picture is accompanied by stylish boutique B&Bs, world-class shopping and dining and an energetic nightlife, helping to bring the English seaside scene into the 21st century.
From trendy Brighton to laidback Newquay and much more in between, BedandBreakfastworld.com presents a hand-picked selection of beach bed and breakfasts in some of England's best-loved holiday destinations.
Where better to start our tour of England's beach resorts than Blackpool, the undisputed mecca for British seaside holidays. A celebration of all things kitsch and camp, an estimated 10 million visitors a year head to the town, drawn by the bright lights of the Blackpool Illuminations and the dizzying highs and lows of the Pleasure Beach.Langtrys in Blackpool
With its excellent facilities and atmosphere of relaxed elegance, luxury B&B Langtrys is redefining Blackpool's bed and breakfast scene. The stylish home has been named a 5 Star Gold B&B, the highest classification possible. Modern rooms are equipped with every comfort, from sumptuous beds dressed in Hungarian goose down duvets to fully tiled en-suite wet rooms with power showers, underfloor heating, fluffy bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Other facilities include flatscreen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks and WiFi.
Curl up in a comfortable chair with some complimentary chocolates after a long journey, and regain your strength before heading out to sample everything the Golden Mile has to offer.
A sheltered position on England's south coast earns Eastbourne the title of the sunniest place in Britain. The town is located at the eastern end of the beautiful South Downs, next to Beachy Head cliff. As a seaside resort, is has 4 miles of shingled beach lined with hotels, B&Bs and guest houses.The Guesthouse East in Eastbourne
Brighton offers all the charm of the traditional British seaside holiday with funky, artistic edge, as people from all walks of life come together to enjoy England's sunny south coast. Top attractions include Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, the Sea Life Centre and the Lanes, whose shops, bars and restaurants encompass everything from the camp and kitsch to the bohemian and ultra-chic.Brightonwave in Brighton
Located right next to the pier, stylish boutique B&B Brightonwave offers luxury accommodation close to the best of Brighton's shopping, dining and nightlife. Along with contemporary, individually designed guestrooms, enjoy professional, personalised service, quality facilities and a great breakfast including everything from homemade blueberry pancakes to a delicious full English.
With 7 miles of golden sand edging clear blue seas as well as an excellent selection shops, restaurants and bars, it's easy to see why the vibrant and modern city of Bournemouth is one of England's most popular beach resorts. The nearby New Forest National Park provides plenty of opportunities for cycling, walking and horse riding in the English countryside, while a recently constructed reef makes Bournemouth a top UK surfing destination.Denewood Guesthouse in Bournemouth
Denewood Guesthouse offers friendly and relaxing accommodation just minutes from Boscombe's sandy beaches and the surf reef. Twelve comfortable and well-appointed guestrooms are set over two floors, all individually decorated and equipped with en-suite bathrooms, WiFi and satellite TV. Ideal for business or leisure, Denewood Guesthouse offers everything from complete office facilities to a health and beauty salon offering a range of treatments for men and women.
With rolling countryside, dramatic cliffs and sheltered coves, Cornwall is one of England's top destinations for a beach holiday. Head to the popular seaside town of Newquay for a laidback atmosphere, a lively nightlife and some of the best surfing in the country.Sonrisa in Newquay
A stone's throw away from Fistral Beach and just across the road from Newquay Golf Club is Sonrisa, a relaxed and friendly guesthouse offering a warm welcome to all guests. Rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, with en-suite bathrooms and great sea views.
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By: Eleanor Brown