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. Read more

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 304 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £387

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
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7 nights from £387

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
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7 nights from £392 *

3 bedroom cottage near the beach near Marazion, West Cornwall.


With its safe, sandy, rock-pooly beach and a great gastro pub, Perranuthnoe is an idyllic, peaceful village by the sea. The Summer House, sleeping four or six guests, is set in the...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £392 *

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £394

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


This surprisingly spacious holiday home is only 250 yards away from the stunning National Trust coast footpath and just a 10 minute stroll from picturesque Portscatho harbour, the ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £394

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £398

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


Set within a gated mews of Georgian houses, close to the promenade in the seaside town of Penzance, Coulsons Retreat is a ground floor apartment. A hallway leads to the sitting...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £398

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

  • Sleeps 4
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £400

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Crantock, Cornwall.


A Grade II Listed detached building, Forge Cottage is situated on the road to the dog-friendly beach at Crantock, directly opposite a footpath that leads to the magnificent sand du...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £400

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £400

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach near St Ives, West Cornwall.


The tiny little train which runs along the stunning coast to St Ives is only a stone's throw away, and gorgeous sandy beaches are easily accessed from here by foot. Nearby is the H...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £400

  • Sleeps 4 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £404

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Newquay, North Cornwall.


Only a short stroll from the beautiful golden sands of Lusty Glaze and Porth Beach, this timber-framed, eco-friendly retreat provides the ideal base for a holiday by the sea. Set o...

  • Sleeps 4 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £404

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

7 nights from £408

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Agnes, North Cornwall.


This delightful semi-detached cottage is found less than a mile from the centre of the upbeat village of St Agnes on the north Cornish coast. The interior is charming and has a cos...

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

7 nights from £408

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

7 nights from £414

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near St Mawes.


Set in the heart of the picturesque village of St Mawes, with a wonderful sea view across the rooftops, this comfortable terraced cottage is within easy walking distance of the exc...

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

7 nights from £414

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £416

2 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Coverack, West Cornwall.


Skylight Barn is a fantastic hideaway perched high above the picturesque fishing village of Coverack and overlooking Perprean Bay – the perfect backdrop for this unique property. T...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £416

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