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Written by homes journalist Emily Brooks, this blog is dedicated to seeking out UK holiday rentals that are all about great design

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Beach Break, Cornwall

Laid-back, family-friendly seaside style, as seen through the eyes of a professional interiors stylist – eclectic vintage furniture meets contemporary fixtures and fittings

Beach House, Cornwall

Five minutes from Widemouth Bay near Bude in north Cornwall, it’s hard to see how this could be a better spot to stay for families – it’s even got a trampoline and a model train set running through the garden. But for the grown-ups, the interiors are the real draw. The owner is a stylist, and it shows, with every stripped floorboard, mis-matched chair and choice vintage find.

Importantly, though, the fixtures and fittings are posh where it matters – like the bed linen from The White Company and a smart contemporary bathroom with pebble mosaic wall and freestanding bath. I think that the best holiday cottages feel like homes – not just something that’s been put together to suit the rental market – and this looks incredibly relaxed and well loved, like the owners just popped out and allowed you to have a nose around.

Surf on the beach, play in the rockpools, tootle round Bude with the rest of the emmets, and then return to the house to wedge yourself into a deckchair for a sundowner. Beach Break seems to fulfil some kind of middle-class fantasy about having a second home – but it’s one that you can indulge in for just a few days.

Nearby: The nearest beach is 300m away, but there are lots of other great beaches in the area, such as Crackington Haven; walking on the coast path; Bude, which is not too touristy considering it’s Cornwall; Tintagel Castle, (alleged) birthplace of King Arthur

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Beach House, Cornwall

Beach house, Cornwall

Beach house, Cornwall

Beach House, Cornwall

Photos via Our Beach Break

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