The South Coast of England is arguably the most picturesque area in the UK, with stunning locations that bring tourists back time after time. From its famous beaches and 300 miles of coastline to its iconic towns, there’s a great selection of hotspots along the southern border that will keep your visit exciting, with luxurious experiences hidden in local life to make your stay as indulgent as can be. While enjoying the beautiful landscape, in areas such as Devon, Sweetcombe Cottage holidays offer a selection of luxury cottages to choose from to give you a fully immersive and relaxing experience, with properties from beach chalets to an elegant Georgian town house depending on your personal style.

Whilst it’s important that right now non-essential travel is not an option, planning future destination trips is a fun way to escape lockdown. Here is a selection of hand-picked hotspots to check out across the UK’s South Coast for you to consider in your future getaway plans.

The Chocolate Ecstasy Tour, Brighton

The seaside town of Brighton is the UK home of chocolate, with chocolate tours readily available to take you on an experience through stylish and innovative chocolate boutiques within the local area. Here, you’re able to try a selection of hand-crafted chocolate in a range of different flavours as you follow the journey from cocoa bean to finished bar over two delicious hours. 

This attraction is perfect for those who enjoy exploring local culture but also have a sophisticated sweet tooth and a love of desserts. Similar and equally delicious tours are available throughout London too, such as the Sweet Treats Adventure and Ice Cream Ecstasy Tour – both a three-hour discovery of delectable sweet treats through the city centre.

 

The Gin School, Salcombe Distilling Co., Devon

A trip to this outstanding distilling laboratory of Salcombe Distilling Co. for adults is the height of fine-dining for gin-lovers. This experience allows you to take charge of a beautiful mini copper pot still to develop and distil your very own 70cl bottle of gin, from start to finish. In doing so, you’re taken on a journey of learning what it takes to produce a well-balanced gin, whilst enjoying a ‘Salcombe & Tonic’. Flavours from citrus, herbal, floral and spice botanicals are available to choose from to create your own bespoke and unique experience.

 

Bedruthan Spa, Cornwall

With amazing sea views across the Atlantic, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is a multi-award-winning destination on the Cornish coast. This luxury spa is a brilliant spot to spend a full day experiencing a vast selection of mind, body and soul replenishing treatments – from The Sensory Garden, salt scrubs and the cedar wood sauna, to outdoor hot tubs and copper foot baths by a fire pit. It’s perfect for rejuvenation and a full day of self-care, as well as being located on the beach front for a stroll in the early evening.

Durdle Door & Horse-Riding Tour, Dorset

This short break offers a stunning and unique way to explore the local sights across a two-night stay. You can expect walks around Lulworth Cove, home to rocks up to 150 million years old, and a trip to the dramatic Fossil Forest while taking in the spectacular coastal views along the way.

This trip is perfect for active tourists, who can expect a three-mile horse ride across the sandy beach with spectacular views out to sea. There are options for both less experienced and more confident riders so everyone can make the most out of this amazing experience. Across the two days there are two hikes available to take part in at 2.2 miles and 7 miles around the south coast, with a luxury picnic and glass of fizz included in the Platinum Tour package.