Marloes Sands Youth Hostel (Image: Alf Alderson/Cool Places)
List Words : Cool Places | 06 March

UK's 6 coolest clifftop hotels

Want to stay somewhere in the UK with a cracking ocean view? Here's our pick of the best

1. Druidstone Hotel, Pembrokeshire

Druidstone, Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

OK, you don’t perhaps come here for five-star luxury, but this weather-beaten old Georgian house occupies a position to die for high above the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast. It’s also one of the friendliest, most welcoming hotels you could wish for, with a great bar and top-notch restaurant – and the beach below is pure heaven.

Get me there now! Doubles from £70; the hotel has 11 rooms, five cottages and an eco-hut; find out more here.

2. Pedn Olva Hotel, St Ives

West Porthminster Beach, St Ives

The hotel's name means 'lookout on the headland’, and sat atop a rocky promontory on what was once a copper mine, the Pedn Olva really does the bag the best views in St Ives. Plus its 30 newly refurbished bedrooms – ‘cabins’ – range from the stylishly simple to the comfortably lavish, and have stunning ocean views.

Get me there now! Doubles from £140; find out more here.

3. Marloes Sands Youth Hostel

Runwayskiln Marloes, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

We know it’s a hostel, but it’s a contender for the most scenically sited youth hostel in the country, and it has a handful of private rooms in a converted piggery as well as the usual dorm options. The hostel occupies a cluster of National Trust farm buildings, bang on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and within sight and sound of the fabulous Marloes beach.

Get me there now! Beds from £13, rooms from £25; find out more here.

4. Saunton Sands Hotel, Braunton

Saunton Road, near Braunton, Croyde

This grand old Art Deco hotel enjoys what is without question one of the best clifftop positions in the UK, overlooking the magnificent surfing beach of Saunton Sands and the dunes of Braunton Burrows. It's a perfect place to stay if you're surfing or walking in the area. At dinner you'll find well-cooked traditional favourites such as smoked haddock carpaccio.

Get me there now! Doubles from £105; find out more here.

5. Cumberland , Bournemouth

East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth

You can fancy yourself in South Beach, Miami, in this gorgeous Art Deco classic, situated atop Bournemouth’s East Cliff, with tremendous views over fabulous sandy beaches. It retains many of the original 1930s features, including a cool lido, which hosts popular barbecues in summer.

Get me there now! Doubles from £70; find out more here.

6. Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Newquay

Trenance, Mawgan Porth, Newquay

After teaming up with the chefs from the fab Porthminster Café (of St Ives fame), this place is as much a foodie destination as a place to stay. Don't be put off if you're looking for a couples retreat – there are tranquil zones and spa facilities, not to mention the vast sandy cove and coast path where you can guarantee peace and quiet.

Get me there now! Doubles from £140; find out more here.

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