As the year began, we made some promises to ourselves that we would take more opportunities offered through my blog and that we would enjoy short breaks away from the sleep deprivation once in a while. In all honesty, we’ve been totally rubbish at doing all of these things but last weekend we finally managed to get away for a night.
I’ve been following Beach Cottage Lytham on Instagram for a while now, so when they got in touch and asked whether I would like to review Beach Cottage, I jumped at the chance. I love Lytham, we needed a night away and we had Grandma on speed dial so as the stars aligned, we packed our bags and headed off to try out a bit of Lytham life.
It was the perfect break for us and we loved our stay at Beach Cottage, so thank you very much to Vicky for having us stay.
As you flick through the pictures in this post, I hope you get a sense of how cosy and welcoming this house is. It is really much more of a house than a cottage and we spent so long exploring each room and admiring the way the owners had decorated and also really thought about how to make their guests feel welcome. It’s actually located just two minutes walk from the shops, bars, restaurants and diversions that Lytham has to offer but it’s extremely peaceful and quiet, so it enjoys the best of both worlds really. More than once I commented about how this was the perfect location.
Once we had the keys and got inside, we found the cosiest home and a welcome hamper which included all of my favourite vegan treats (a lovely touch) and a warm, cosy and spotlessly clean home ready to be enjoyed. I think it was these little touches dotted about the house that made it a really special place to stay and you can tell that nothing would be too much trouble should you ask for it.
I did a full house tour on my Instagram stories (saved under highlights) if you want to see what the whole house was like firsthand but I’ll try to take you on a tour here too. Downstairs you will find an entrance hall, a coat closet right ahead and then a beautiful lounge area on the left and a gorgeous, cosy dining room (seating up to six) on the right. The only television in the house is in the living room and it comes equipped with all of the usual Freeview channels as well as BBC player (which meant I got to catch up with my current obsession – Killing Eve). There is also a selection of DVDs / games and I could imagine having the loveliest, cosiest movie night here, all tucked up under the blankets. The owner told me that she didn’t put TVs into the bedrooms in the hope it would encourage families to snuggle up together in the living room and I totally agree – I think that sounds totally gorgeous.
I want to just pause this tour for a second to admire the windows in Beach Cottage. Mr.S thought I was totally bonkers going on about these windows but aren’t they just so gorgeous?! They are so enormous and let so much light and character into the property. Totally lush.
Apparently the owners of Beach Cottage decorate the property for Christmas and we both thought that the dining room would be really amazing with a big Christmas tree in the bay window with everyone gathered round for a feast. I think there is a real working fireplace (the only one sadly) in this room too so just imagine how gorgeous that would be? Obviously, with it being just us two we didn’t do much feasting (actually we ate out because when in Lytham…) but maybe we will come back with the mini people one day and try it out. It’s certainly well equipped for it.
Back to the tour…off the living room is the kitchen. It has that cosy, cottage feel and has been tastefully decorated right through to the back of the house where there is a small breakfast area, utility room and bathroom. The kitchen is completely equipped in the same way your kitchen at home would be, which would be lovely if you were staying with your family and wanted to cook or entertain. Also, it’s worth noting that there are any number of mugs, glasses, tableware etc and the obvious appliances, including two coffee makers. It was a shame that there was no coffee to put in them and no milk (vegan or otherwise) in the welcome hamper so we did have to go straight back out and buy our own teabags, coffee and milk. If you are looking to stay at Beach Cottage, we would recommend bringing your own food and drink from the start of your stay just so you can get stuck straight into all of the relaxing you will want to be doing.
One of my favourite areas of Beach Cottage was the seating area, just off of the kitchen. It’s a room that’s full of light and leads onto a little garden and garage (where you can park the Porsche if you so wish). Although you are right near the hustle and bustle of the town, this little corner felt so secluded and cosy. We had a gorgeous and I must say, rather civilised few hours drinking tea and reading the papers on the Saturday afternoon of our stay. I guess that might sound boring to some people but this kind of peace and quiet is so rare for us. Such a treat.
On to the upstairs. Beach Cottage sleeps up to six people, with three good sized double bedrooms. They are so beautifully decorated – I literally couldn’t imagine a more Instagram-worthy house. Two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms which have everything you would need including showers, one of which was a lot more powerful than the other though. If you stay over definitely go for the one with the shower over the bath!
All of the bedding and towels were provided but not hand soap so bring some of that as well.
If you are going to stay for a while, you’ll be happy with the amount of storage space but most of all with the big, comfy beds. We had a fab nights sleep and with no toddlers to wake us up, it was brilliant.
So all in all this is a totally lush retreat if you are looking to visit Lytham St Annes, Blackpool or the surrounding areas. It’s cosy, welcoming and hugely convenient and we will be recommending it to lots of our friends and family. If you have any specific questions then you can drop them in the comments box below or head over to the Beach Cottage Instagram or Facebook pages where you will find more information, pictures and reviews.