England’s prettiest seaside towns for a short break

With over 7,000 miles of coastline at our fingertips, it’s hardly surprising the Great British seaside break has been a rite of passage for centuries. But what was once all sandy sandwiches and slot machines is morphing into a decidedly more grown-up affair, marked by boutique hotels, award-winning eateries and Instagrammable architecture. Here’s our pick of the prettiest seaside stays of them all.

Nine great away-from-it-all country hotels in England

Whether you’re hit by the stress of the big city or you’re itching to reconnect with nature, sometimes all you need is a quick and easy getaway far from it all. From the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District to the heart of the quaint Cotswolds, these nine English abodes are perfect for letting your hair down and your worries slip away – all just a short drive from home.