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 333 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

3 bedroom cottage near the beach in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


All on one level, this beautifully appointed property lies just above the picturesque harbour village of Portscatho, and is within easy walking distance of the sea and village amen...

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

Price per week £484 - £1235

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


Hidden down a traffic-free lane in Marazion, Cliff House is one of the closest houses to St Michael's Mount – the beach and coast path are practically on its doorstep. Peace and qu...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £487 - £1243

4 bedroom cottage near the beach near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Set just above the coastal path and looking right out to sea, this lovely mid-terrace property has stunning far reaching views across Gerrans Bay. You can walk directly onto the co...

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

Price per week £488 - £1409

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


Approached by a flight of open-tread wooden steps, this luxurious seafront apartment is tucked away near the slipway to the beach at Portscatho. The large glass walled dining-room ...

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

Price per week £489 - £1407

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3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Portscatho.


An Morah – The Dolphin – is a contemporary detached house with stunning views of Gerrans Bay and Nare Head. This lovely property has a large living-room with a wood-burner and flat...

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

Price per week £492 - £1447

3 bedroom cottage near the beach near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Hera is an end of terrace house occupying a spectacular position overlooking the whole of Gerrans Bay. Full width windows across the front of the sitting-room take in views encompa...

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

Price per week £492 - £1383

3 bedroom cottage near the beach in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


If you are looking for a holiday home with its own private footpath to the beach, then look no further than Porthcurnick Lodge. Situated above the safe sandy beach of Porthcurnick ...

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

Price per week £494 - £1335

3 bedroom cottage with sea views near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


With lovely sea views to Gull Rock and Gerrans Bay, especially from the master bedroom, Tamarisk is a spacious detached dormer bungalow. Renovated to a high standard, the property ...

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

Price per week £494 - £1335

3 bedroom cottage with sea views in The Lizard, West Cornwall.


First impressions of this beautifully presented, detached single-storey cottage is of light, openness and stylish comfort. Set on the quiet outskirts of Lizard, the most southerly ...

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

Price per week £494 - £1260

3 bedroom cottage near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Trevow is idyllically situated facing eastwards over fields towards the sea at Rosevine, only five minutes' walk from the National Trust coastal path and sandy beach at Porthcurnic...

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

Price per week £494 - £1505

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