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 303 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £592 *

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Flushing, South Cornwall.


This delightful property is found down an Cornish ope in the gorgeous, waterside village of Flushing. The deceptively large cottage will have you saying 'wow!' as soon as you walk ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £592 *

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £601

2 bedroom thatched cottage with sea views in Sennen, West Cornwall.


The perfect beach holiday – sun, sea and Sennen! Little Cottage is a semi-detached, thatched fisherman’s cottage of great character, nestling in the heart of this picturesque villa...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £601

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

7 nights from £610

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Charlestown.


Almost within touching distance of the tall ships moored in Charlestown's tiny harbour, and with views of the coastline too, The Copper House sits right on the harbourside of this ...

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

7 nights from £610

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

7 nights from £630

2 bedroom holiday apartment with sea views in St Ives, West Cornwall.


Boasting spectacular sea views across St Ives Bay, The Mermaid’s Purse is one of twenty-seven exclusive apartments overlooking Carbis Bay beach. Three flights of external stairs le...

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

7 nights from £630

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

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

7 nights from £640

2 bedroom holiday apartment with sea views in St Ives, West Cornwall.


With a short walk to the beaches, restaurants and art galleries of St Ives, these security-gated apartments are stylish, contemporary and very comfortable. They have been designed ...

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

7 nights from £640

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

7 nights from £648

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


Puffin's Nest is an absolute gem! Set in the heart of the delightful village of Poughill, opposite the historic village church, this gorgeous 17th Century terraced cottage has been...

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

7 nights from £648

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

7 nights from £669 *

4 bedroom cottage with sea views near Marazion, West Cornwall.


Fancy relaxing in a hot tub, perched on the cliff top overlooking Perranuthnoe beach? Well, this one is for you! Cliff House is a warm, stylish detached retreat set high above Perr...

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

7 nights from £669 *

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

7 nights from £685

2 bedroom thatched, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Sennen.


Set above Sennen Cove and reputed to be the most westerly thatched cottage in Britain, No Place is a detached retreat with a heated outdoor pool (available from beginning of May to...

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

7 nights from £685

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

7 nights from £689 *

4 bedroom cottage with sea views in the Lizard, West Cornwall.


Hidden down a lane on the fringes of the Lizard is a grand Victorian house with spectacular, panoramic sea views across to Old Lizard Head and Kynance Cove. At any time of year...

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

7 nights from £689 *

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

7 nights from £690

2 bedroom luxury apartment with panoramic sea views in Praa Sands, West Cornwall.


The breath-taking view from this stunning beach apartment must be one of the best in Cornwall; imagine relaxing on your private balcony at the end of another wonderful day watching...

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

7 nights from £690

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