Holiday cottages by sandy beaches

Nothing says summer more than warm sand between your toes and turquoise waters lapping onto golden beaches. Visit the West Country for Britain’s bestRead more

The poet Robert Frost declared, rather despondently, that ‘nothing gold can stay’: clearly he had never been to the West Country. Here, miles of sandy beaches offer the perfect family holiday in a myriad of destinations.

Somerset’s 50 miles of coastline combines warm waters, soft sand and traditional seaside towns. Try Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Cove beach for sandy exploits; bustling Minehead or extrovert Western-super-Mare for family-friendly attractions on their respective miles of sands.

On the South Coast, Dorset competes with equally as attractive towns bursting with beach-side fun. Quaint Lyme Regis and pretty Swanage offer sand-a-plenty as well as all the amenities needed on a self-catering holiday.

But sandy beaches don’t have to be busy…venture further south to Devon and Cornwall to discover seclusion and serenity on your own stretch of golden sand. On the North Coast, tiny coves offer secret slivers of beach perfection: check out BossineyDaymer Bay and Constantine Bay for your idyllic romantic getaway or Valentines’ break.

Miles of flat sands are the perfect host for beach-sports: try your hand at kite-buggying at Watergate BayWestward Ho! or Perranporth.

Beach breaks abound along the Devon and Cornwall coasts: jump into the surf, then relax on soft sands at Fistral BeachPraa Sands or Sennen Cove.

If gentle waves lapping onto sugary sands is more your style, explore the calmer waters around Falmouth or Devon’s famed, ‘English Riviera’ stretching between the towns of Torquay, BabbacombePaignton and Brixham.

Wherever you choose your cottage in the West Country, a sandy beach is never far away. 

We have 495 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £260

The Battenburg Studio

3664

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


This contemporary studio apartment enjoys a great location in Shanklin. With modern decor and open plan living, it makes a cosy retreat for a couple looking for a coastal break. ...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £260

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £260

The Beatrice Studio

3666

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


Located on the first floor of Shanklin Villa, a lovely Victorian property, this small studio apartment packs a punch despite its size. Enjoying beautiful sea views from its elevate...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £260

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking.

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £270

West Flatlet

3692

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


West Flatlet is situated right in the heart of Seaview village and is perfect for couples looking for a coastal break. This small but cosy and comfortable first floor flat sits at ...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £270

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £276

Credo Cottage

4375

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Marazion, Cornwall.


This tiny but well-planned hideaway is directly across the sea from St Michael's Mount in the popular market town of Marazion, which has an array of restaurants, pubs and galleries...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £276

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £277

Bay Retreat

3227

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views in Falmouth.


This stylish contemporary apartment has views towards the sea at Swanpool beach on the outskirts of Falmouth. A 10 minute walk down through grassy playing fields and quiet lanes...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £277

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £279

The Garden Flat

3264

1 bedroom apartment near the beach in Penzance, West Cornwall.


Overlooking the beautiful sub-tropical Morrab Gardens, a short walk from the Penlee Gallery and just 200 yards from Penzance promenade, The Garden Flat is the perfect base for expl...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £279

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £281

The Queens Quarters

2435

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment near the beach in Penzance.


The Queens Quarters has all the facilities of a good hotel with the freedom of your own private apartment. With sea glimpses from the large comfortable sitting/dining-room, this is...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £281

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £284

Rosemerryn Cottage

4301

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Falmouth.


A truly charming semi-detached cottage set in tranquil countryside of the Helford; this sunny sheltered spot is the perfect place to relax and a fabulous base for exploring this pr...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £284

Our property managers are local experts who handpick perfect places to stay.

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £287

Mariners Cove

3628

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


This charming one bedroom apartment forms part of a country house, set around a shared Spanish-style courtyard, just outside the bustling village of Bembridge. You can enjoy th...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £287

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £287 *

The Old Post Office

1725

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Dawlish, South Devon.


A ten minute walk down to the sea, the village of Holcombe is tucked away in the Devon countryside but within easy reach of the attractions of the south Devon coast. This cosy,...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £287 *

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