Summer is just around the corner, and with temperatures warming up, a weekend at the beach is perfectly tempting. These 5 B&Bs in England mix beachside locations with cheap prices – ideal for students escaping to the British seaside!
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Newquay is a classic location for a student beach getaway. Not only does it have great bars, restaurants and entertainment, but the beaches and surfing spots are second to none. Ravensbury B&B in Newquay offers friendly, laid back accommodation above famous Fistral Beach. The location for a beach break is perfect – Fistral beach is literally below the hotel – and with Budget Double rooms with sea views at £40 a night, you can’t go wrong with this cheap bed and breakfast.
The most popular seaside resort in Wales, Llandudno has a lively atmosphere in summer and plenty of old fashioned British beach charm. From the amusements on the pier to the Blue Flag beaches, it has everything you need for a cheap weekend by the sea. Bellevue B&B in Llandudno lives up to its name, with great views over the seafront and beach. Right on the famous North Parade, it’s a stone’s throw from both the beach and the pubs and restaurants of the town centre. Double rooms start at £50 per night, with a quality full English breakfast – served al fresco on the terrace when its warm – included in the price.
Sunny Torquay is at the heart of the famous English Riviera, and with good weather and beautiful beaches, it would be easy to forget that you’re still in Britain! The Cimon B&B in Torquay will make you think of exotic beach vacations, too – it boasts a large tropical patio covered with palm trees for sunbathing and a heated outdoor pool. Inside, the cosy ‘compact’ rooms are a very affordable £50 for two with breakfast, whilst Torre Abbey Sands is just yards from the front door for the all-important beach time.
A popular British beach town for centuries, Bournemouth still holds plenty of appeal for students on a beach getaway. Think fish and chips, sandcastles – and beers on the excellent soft sand beach. Stylish Bournemouth B&B The Living Room is a 10 minute stroll from the coast and a short walk from the quaint cafes and restaurants of Westbourne. Doubles start at £60 a night, and the bed and breakfast has the added bonus of a coffee lounge if you fancy a snack or need to catch up on some studying.
Prices from: £32pppn
Vibrant Brighton is the ultimate beach resort for students. With bars all along the beach and a thriving underground music scene, you can mix late nights with lazy days on the pebble beach. Just off Marine Parade, The Beach Pad B&B in Brighton is both centrally located and laid back so you can come and go as you please. The B&B’s rooms start at £95 for three adults, with a full English breakfast at nearby Spinelli Café included in the price to cure your hangover.
(Alice Woolliams is the Editor for Enjoybedandbreakfast.com, a travel website for accommodation with personality in the UK. The website offers a growing selection of quaint B&Bs, charming inns, small boutique hotels and guest houses. You can find her on twitter @enjoybnb when she’s not travelling the world)