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 328 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £308 *

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


Picture-perfect and petite, this delightfully bijou cottage is set in the heart of the friendly north coast village of St Agnes. There is an abundance of shops, bars and eating pla...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £308 *

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

7 nights from £311

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Port Isaac.


Cute as a button, totally unique and utterly adorable - welcome to The Shrimp! This tiny fisherman's cottage is set in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac, s...

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

7 nights from £311

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

7 nights from £311

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


A fabulous refurbished apartment with wonderful views over the dramatic Lizard peninsula. The property is set within a communal garden with direct access to the South West Coast Pa...

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

7 nights from £311

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

7 nights from £312

1 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views in Portscatho, Cornwall.


With a beautiful sandy beach only two minutes' walk down the hill and spectacular sea views from the large picture windows in the sitting-room, Porthcurnick Studio is a surprisingl...

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

7 nights from £312

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

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

7 nights from £317 *

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Mousehole, West Cornwall.


Rubble Cottage is a stunning 18th Century Grade II Listed terraced property set in the oldest street in Newlyn; it has been completely restored in conjunction with English Heritage...

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

7 nights from £317 *

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £319

1 bedroom cottage with sea views in Praa Sands, South Cornwall.


A short, private drive leads up to The Lookout; a delightful, south-facing, single-storey semi-detached retreat which overlooks the popular coastal village of Praa Sands and the cr...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £319

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £321

1 bedroom apartment with sea views in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Cowries is a cosy ground floor apartment sleeping two with fabulous uninterrupted views of Gerrans Bay and the pretty seaside village of Portscatho. Situated directly above the har...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £321

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £322

Shepherds hut with sea views near Praa Sands.


What could be more wonderful than breathtaking sea views from your cosy shepherd's hut? Positioned so that you can see right out to the far Atlantic, Forget-Me-Not is cleverly desi...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £322

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

7 nights from £323

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in St Agnes, Cornwall.


Beacon Top Bottom is a charming little cottage nestled in the slopes of St Agnes Beacon. Ideally situated for exploring this stunning area of north Cornwall, this cosy little bolth...

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

7 nights from £323

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £326 *

Luxury glamping, sleeping 4, dog friendly near the beach near Mullion


Seven acres of meadow near the sea, a designer shipping container with luxury furnishings and the stamp of approval from George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 make this tin t...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £326 *

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

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