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 302 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £551

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


This upside down, contemporary abode is set in the heart of Marazion, set back from the road and a short walk to the glorious safe, sandy beach and St Michael's Mount. Park your ca...

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

7 nights from £551

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

7 nights from £559

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


Set at the end of a quiet lane in the heart of St Mawes, with wonderful views over the Percuil River, this single-storey cottage is a perfect holiday bolthole. Accessed by a couple...

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

7 nights from £559

  • Sleeps 5
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £569

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Sennen, West Cornwall.


Situated in an enviable position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just a few hundred yards from the stunning sands of Sennen Cove, Oystercatcher (formerly known as The Bosun's Lo...

  • Sleeps 5
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £569

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

7 nights from £582

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in St Ives, West Cornwall.


This beautifully presented terraced cottage in the heart of St Ives has sea views and an enclosed garden, and a small private parking space just 100 yards away. Set down a quiet la...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £582

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

7 nights from £595

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


Sitting beside the lock that protects the inner marina at the prestigious Port Pendennis development, Lock House has superb views across the waters of Falmouth harbour from almost ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £595

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £734 *

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views near Looe, South Cornwall.


The glittering water of Talland Bay is seen in all its glory from both the decking and house at Phoenix; a stunning view that is utterly mesmerising on sunny days. With plenty of s...

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

7 nights from £734 *

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

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £759

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


Designed to complement the most spectacular views over Porthminster beach, St Ives harbour and beyond, these security-gated apartments are stylish, contemporary and exceedingly com...

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

7 nights from £759

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

7 nights from £363

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views near Mousehole, West Cornwall.


Perched high above the harbour in bustling Newlyn, Number 4 enjoys uninterrupted sea views across Mount’s Bay. This terraced fisherman’s cottage is accessed along a pedestrian lane...

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

7 nights from £363

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £399

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


This light and bright ground floor apartment is quietly situated just above the square in the charming village of Portscatho and only minutes from the harbour and stunning Gerrans ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £399

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

7 nights from £409

3 bedroom apartment near the beach near St Ives, West Cornwall.


Riverside, an attractive apartment enjoying views of the tidal Hayle estuary, is happily situated close to St Ives in the village of Lelant. Set above the Owner's Victorian home, t...

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

7 nights from £409

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