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 336 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

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

Price per week £396 - £1224

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near St Ives.


Atlantic Jig is set between the coast and the moorlands of the Penwith peninsula with sea views to the Atlantic Ocean. This lovingly restored granite barn is all on one level, with...

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

Price per week £397 - £912

Readymade beds and fluffy towels; this simple but appreciated welcome is standard with us.

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

Price per week £398 - £999

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

Price per week £398 - £999

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

Price per week £400 - £939

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

Price per week £406 - £1061

2 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Polzeath, North Cornwall.


A beach hut by the sea is exactly what Krowji is, and what a beach! Polzeath has it all; surfing, acres of sand, cowrie shell hunting, trendy shops, a plethora of restaurants and s...

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

Price per week £408 - £1075

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

Price per week £408 - £1040

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2 bedroom cottage near the beach in Perranporth, North Cornwall.


Set in the picturesque hamlet of Bolingey and just a short walk down a pleasant country lane from the golden sands of Perranporth's well-known surfing beach, Lavender Cottage has b...

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

Price per week £408 - £1020

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


Set high above Sennen Cove and with views across the gravelled parking-area and garden to open countryside, this contemporary, semi-detached former Sunday School is a peaceful retr...

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

Price per week £412 - £948

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