Cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall

The quintessential Cornish holiday is spent jumping waves, surfing swell or relaxing with a picnic or barbeque on one of the county’s award-winning sandy beaches. 

Although the North and South Coasts offer beaches of slightly different characters, wherever you base your Cornish holiday cottage you can be assured of proximity to miles of golden sands.

Glorious swathes of powdery potential await at Perranporth, Constantine and Crantock beaches on the county’s North Coast. Here, beach-play is not only sand castle making, but also the adrenaline-fuelled pursuits of surfing, kite and wind-surfing: perfect for groups of friends making the most of their great summer escape in a holiday cottage in June, July or August.

Cornwall could be considered the hub of surf culture in the UK, with Newquay holding the honour of the most famous surfing breaks. A cottage in Newquay means you have the choice of not one, but six sandy beaches to explore on your holiday: Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne, Great Western, Towan, Harbour and Fistral.

Frequently, sandy beaches are adjacent to quaint villages and towns, ripe for exploration and to make the most of your seaside sojourn. Arty St Ives offers a wide variety of shops, galleries and eateries within a stone’s throw from our many cottages. If you’re keen to make a splash, try water-sports and action-packed days from the beach at the village of Mawgan Porth.

Steal away to some of the county’s more secluded sandy beaches for your next romantic getaway. Tiny Porthcurno’s warm sands are within walking distance from the Minack theatre: allowing you to combine chilled beachside basking with cutting edge, cultural days out. Delightful Portloe and pretty Portscatho offer cottages next to both sandy beaches and tasty culinary options: the perfect, simple self-catering solution. 

We have 332 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near St Ives.


Cornish for ‘dwelling in the valley’, Trenance lies in a peaceful vale close to St Ives’s azure blue seas and white sandy beaches. This pretty reversed level cottage has all you wi...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £357 - £998

2 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views in Coverack.


With wonderful sea views from the kitchen/breakfast-room where you will see the ships and fishing boats cross the horizon, this welcoming single level apartment is located only a s...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £361 - £785

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Hayle, West Cornwall.


Only a mile from the seemingly endless golden sands skirting St Ives Bay, pretty little Saffron Cottage lies just a few yards from the scenic Hayle river estuary, a birdwatchers' p...

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

Price per week £363 - £790

4 bedroom cottage near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Situated in a prime and enviable secluded position on the beautiful Trewince Manor Estate this is the ideal get away from it all holiday base. With spectacular uninterrupted views ...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £365 - £1479 *

* Includes 15% off for parties up to 6 + cot on selected dates. 30% off for parties up to 4 + cot on selected dates.

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2 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near St Mawes, Cornwall.


Approached by a gently sloping path, detached Crugsillick Studio is ideal for families with young children or those with limited mobility. All on one level inside, the open plan li...

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

Price per week £369 - £849

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Mawes, South Cornwall.


Steps lead up to this gorgeous converted sail loft set close to the centre of St Mawes, famous for its quaint harbour and delightful passenger ferry to Falmouth. Tucked away and ju...

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

Price per week £370 - £960

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Lamorna Cove.


The lush Lamorna valley lies just one mile away from this comfortable single-storey property which, as it is all on one level, is suitable for guests with limited mobility. St Loy ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £371 - £1125

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Coverack, West Cornwall.


One of the little terraced cottages along the street through the picturesque seaside village of Coverack, Penhaven’s unassuming exterior hides a delightful surprise. Step from the ...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £374 - £860

2 bedroom self catering cottage in Gerrans, Portscatho.


Centrally situated in the heart of Gerrans village, not far from the church, this pretty traditional cottage is thought to date back to the 17th Century. Tucked in and set back fro...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £374 - £820

2 bedroom holiday apartment near the beach in Hayle, West Cornwall.


Within a few minutes' walk of Hayle harbour, with its quirky shops and numerous eateries, or a slightly longer stretch to three miles of golden sands; this sumptuously furnished fi...

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

Price per week £378 - £890

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