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 325 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Praa Sands.


As its name suggests, this delightful cottage overlooks the pretty 14th Century church in the quaint village of Germoe and is only a mile from the child-friendly sandy beach at Pra...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £363 - £995

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


Semi-detached Crugsillick Court has reversed accommodation with the spacious sitting-room on the entry level with comfortable sofas, a warming wood-burner and a doorway through to ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £390 - £896

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


Close to the centre of the village of Portscatho, with its harbour, slipway, shops, galleries, pub and beach, Sanderling is a great base for a family holiday. This immaculately fur...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £399 - £1087

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


The well-maintained enclosed gardens and terrace will entice you to Trevail on the outskirts of Carbis Bay, renowned for its beautiful family beach and restaurants. Trevail is all ...

  • Sleeps 5 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £400 - £1020

3 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views near St Ives, West Cornwall.


This large, detached traditional farmhouse was built in 1798 and has an open plan kitchen/dining-room with an inglenook fireplace housing a wood-burner; across the hallway are the ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £426 - £860

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Portscatho.


Lowenna is a delightful semi-detached barn conversion with Bryher (3132) next door. Perfect for families, it is located in a lovely rural setting just a five minute walk from Porth...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £428 - £1097

Dogs go free on holidays starting between 29th June to 5th July.

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Sennen, Cornwall.


Perched above the harbour at Sennen Cove, Albatross is a stylish three-storey terraced retreat with wonderful sea views, perfect come rain or shine, as the roaring wood-burner in t...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £429 - £1299

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


Located behind the secret garden wall of historic Nancealverne House (1895), Apple Loft Cottage is set in idyllic surroundings. This newly converted property (sleeps five plus one ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £439 - £1120

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Mullion, Cornwall.


Set at the heart of this friendly community, this delightful old cottage is listed on the Mullion Heritage Trail, its records dating back to 1783. With a covered parking space besi...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £448 - £1120

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Flushing, Cornwall.


Trefusis Lodge is just outside the delightfully pretty waterside village of Flushing, across the Penryn River from bustling maritime Falmouth. This lovely semi-detached Victorian c...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £449 - £1122

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