Booking A Holiday - How Do Coast And Country Breaks Compare?*

*This is a collaborative post*

There are indeed many destinations you could choose for your next holiday, but with the miles of glorious coastline and countryside, why not opt for somewhere in the UK? 
Where you choose will depend on your personal preference. Are you someone who loves to be by the sea, feeling the sand between your toes? Or is the quiet countryside more your thing? Cottages in Northumberland, a coastal cottages and country breaks holiday lettings agency based in Northumberland, has teamed up with GirlGoneDreamer to reveal the pros and cons of being beside the seaside and escaping to the country… Let's see how coast and country breaks compare!

Coastal Breaks

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According to research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), last year 38% of the top ten holidays involved trips to the beach. It's an obvious choice for families given that the beach will no doubt keep the kids entertained for hours. Add to that the breath-taking sea views, delicious food and the host of family-friendly things to do and a coastal break suddenly seems to be a non-brainer. Of course these aren’t the only things that the coast has to offer holidaymakers. If you're feeling stressed then a coastal break is ideal therapy for the mind, body and soul. Simply relax as you lie back, listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the coastline. You'll find that the fresh sea air will also aid your sleep.

It could be that heading to the coast is also a chance to relive happy memories. Many a childhood was spent eating take-away fish and chips, making sandcastles on the beach and rolling up trousers and sleeves to paddle in the sea. There's no denying that the percentage of trips to the beach last year shows that all the way through life, people have loved heading to the coast.


Cost is naturally a consideration when planning a getaway and coastal breaks do have their drawbacks being more expensive than their countryside counterparts - even in the off-peak season. You're looking to pay from around £450 for seven nights, compared to £360 in the countryside. If you choose to holiday in peak time, also bear in mind that the town or village where you stay will be much busier people-wise. The country-side with its wide open spaces tends to be much quieter.

Country Breaks

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I adore the countryside. I always have and probably always will. And whilst seaside breaks become part of our lives at a young age, escaping to the countryside was very much my childhood, thus my love for all things nature.

For myself and indeed for many of us living in the UK’s densely populated towns and cities, the lure of the countryside is the beauty, peace and quiet. The pleasures of the countryside don’t stop there either. With picturesque landscapes and an abundance of walking and cycling routes, the countryside is one of the best places to escape to if you're looking to relax and unwind. Don't forget to also visit at least one of the gorgeous rural stately homes. 

If you're looking to get closer to nature then look no further than a country break. Grab yourself some binoculars and observe all that the wildlife has to offer. 


Of course the whole point of a countryside break is to enjoy the remoteness that comes with it. It's a world away from urban life and whilst I love this about the countryside, it's something that may drive others stir crazy. If you're someone who always has their smartphone in their hand then you may find an issue with the distinct lack of Wi-Fi and phone signal. Granted this is something that indeed frustrates me, but on a positive, it just encourages me all the more to take time out from my work. 

Unlike the seaside, there's a distinct lack of supermarket superstores and express shops. If you're staying in a really remote area, bear in mind you'll probably find yourself travelling much further afield to find the nearest store. 

Holiday season is fast approaching so, what’s it to be? Whether you opt for the seclusion of the countryside or choose to plump for some seaside fun, there’s a world of choice at your fingertips right here in the UK. Enjoy!

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