FORGET lugging your bucket and towel to the beach with you, as there are a number of beautiful cottages and homes you can still rent this summer which are a short walk to the sand.

A seaside holiday also doesn't have to cost too much, with some for less than £20 each a night.

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UK holidays can already go ahead, with single-households able to stay at self-catered properties.

However, from May 17, group holidays can go ahead either for large groups from two households or up to six people from different households.

This means a holiday during the second May bank holiday, or even for the summer can be booked now.

Here are some of the best places you can rent which are either a short walk or drive from the beach this summer, ranging from two to four person properties.

Seashore Apartment – Lossiemouth, Moray



Seashore Apartments are right on the beachfront with views of the sea from the windows.

Panoramic views can be enjoys from the living room, and guests may even spot Moray Firth dolphins in the water.

The Moray Coastal path is on the doorstep too, and you can head to both West and East Beach.

  • Seven nights from £619 – find here

Kipper Cottage – Broadstairs, Kent



Located in Broadstairs, known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in Kent, Kipper Cottage isn't far from the beach.

The cottage sleeps four, with two double bedrooms, and is close to both the sea and the high street.

If you want to go a bit further, you can head to Ramsgate and Margate, or even the White Cliffs of Dover.

  • Seven nights start from £767 – find here

Northgate Ground Floor Flat – Hunstanton, Norfolk



A family of four can head to Hunstanton in Norfolk with a bargain townhouse open to guests this summer.

The town has long stretches of beach, or you can visit the Royal's Sandringham House which is in the area.

There is enough to entertain too – with everything from seal watching to crazy golf.

  • Seven nights from £489 – find here

Little Burwell – Puncknowle, Dorset



Dorset's Little Burwell is a quaint option for a seaside holiday this year.

The cottage perfect for couples with a double bedroom, and dogs are welcome too.

It is a five minute drive to Hive Beach, and you can walk along the Jurassic Coast too.

  • Seven nights from £925 – find here

The Mallard – Flamborough, Yorkshire



The Mallard, a one bedroom apartment in Yorkshire, is located near restaurants and bars just a short evening stroll away.

Also nearby is Flamborough Head with the best views of the cliffs and beaches.

  • Seven nights from £728 – find here

We've also rounded up the best last-minute seaside staycations to book to make the most of the heatwave.

If you fancy staying at a hotel, which will be able to reopen from May 17, here are the best seaside options in the UK from £29 per night.

You can even buy the UK's only five-star beach hut which was once named the best in the world, which comes with a king-size bed and ensuite.

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