Whether you are looking for a large holiday home for a family reunion, stag do or gathering of a group of friends, and whether it’s for one night or several, YHA has something to suit all tastes.

And some of our very best properties are right on the awe-inspiring UK coastline, offering stunning views for a fraction of the price you would expect.

Best family holidays on the coast

Finding large family holiday rentals by the coast that suit everyone in your party can throw up a million questions.

Will it be good for a family holiday with teenagers? Are there family-friendly amenities, such as highchairs and cots? Is it in one of those top family holiday destinations that will suit everyone? Is there an accessible room for grandparents?

Large holiday houses can be difficult to find in the UK – not to mention pricey – but YHA’s hostels are often in jaw-droppingly beautiful places and can be hired exclusively out by whole groups at a ridiculously low cost-per-person.

Top family holiday destinations near the sea

Not only does YHA have a fantastic array of holiday homes that are perfect for large groups, but they are located in some of Britain’s top family holiday destinations, such as the Gower Peninsula, the Pembrokeshire coast, Lizard Point, among others.

Coastal holiday cottages for large groups

The great thing about many of YHA properties is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are grand old mansions, while some are as cosy as a traditional holiday cottage yet kitted out for big groups.

YHA St Davids, for example, is set in a picturesque quaint Welsh farmhouse that you’d associate with the gorgeous Pembrokeshire coastline – complete with a wood burner, exposed stone walls and wooden beams – yet it comfortably sleeps 35 guests over 13 bedrooms.

What’s more, the farmhouse and dairy annexe buildings are situated at the foot of a dramatic rocky outcrop as well as having glorious sea views.

It’s only half a mile from the beautiful Whitesands Bay, considered by many to be one of Wales’ best surfing beaches. Situated just outside Britain’s smallest city, also called St Davids, the hostel is perfectly placed for hiking, riding and climbing.

Keen bird watchers will want to factor in a day trip to the nearby Ramsey Island, which is rich in bird and sea life.

Another YHA property perfect for large groups yet with a quaint feel is YHA Port Eynon on the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Based in a converted lifeboat house, it’s so close to the sea that the waves lick the walls of the property’s patio, which will add drama to your stay if you hit rough weather.

Located at the most southerly point on the famous Gower Peninsula, Port Eynon is a little village whose history of smuggling, caves and ruins will capture kids’ imaginations, while the safe, sweeping, sandy bay will please everyone, including water sports enthusiasts.

Other large family holiday homes in Wales

You might also be interested in some of YHA’s other Welsh coastal idylls.

YHA Pwll Deri, just north of YHA St Davids, sleeps 24 in a whitewashed clifftop cottage, while at YHA Broad Haven, you can almost roll out of bed to the Blue Flag beach it’s so close to the hostel.

Large country houses on the coast

If it’s a rental with a wow factor that makes your best family holidays, try one of YHA’s coastal country mansions.

These big house holiday rentals all benefit from self-catering kitchens and spacious dining rooms with plenty of tables to make it easier for big groups to go come and go as they please – perfect for those family holidays with teenagers, babies, older adults and everyone in between.

One of YHA’s absolute top coastal properties that has something for everyone, including accessible rooms with en suite bathrooms and a permanent ramp to the main entrance, is YHA Lizard Point in Cornwall.

A grand Victorian villa, YHA Lizard Point is full of original features like tiled floors, ornate plasterwork and gorgeous bay windows – many with sea views – but it’s also eminently practical for large groups with space for up to 27 guests (and their dogs) over 12 bedrooms and an industrial-style stainless steel kitchen that’s perfect for any keen – or budding – chefs.

From walking the South West Coast Path – Kynance Cove is within easy walking distance – to Poldark tours or watersports, there’s loads to do in this part of Cornwall for all tastes.

Other large family holiday homes in South West England

Yet another grand old villa in the South West is YHA Coverack in Helston, Cornwall, right on the Lizard Heritage Coast area, while YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse in Bideford, north Devon, is perfect for exploring Exmoor as well as hiking the South West Coast Path and the impossibly pretty nearby coastal town of Clovelly.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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