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 304 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £860

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in St Ives, Cornwall.


Step outside the sitting-room onto the magnificent decked terrace – take in the fabulous sea views stretching from Hayle Towans to beyond Godrevy Lighthouse. A spacious, contempora...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sun

7 nights from £860

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £898

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views and hot tub in Marazion, Cornwall.


Perched above Marazion with magnificent views of St Michael’s Mount and the Atlantic Ocean, Chy Morvah East is a fabulous home-from-home for family and friends. The bubbling hot tu...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £898

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

7 nights from £914

4 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


Winwood is a spacious and beautiful home nestled in a private garden and just a short walk from the centre of Falmouth and two stunning beaches. The owners recently refurbished thi...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £914

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £918

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


Oh my, this really is a special house, perfect for family gatherings and groups of friends. From watching fishing boats, yachts and dolphins in summer to crashing waves in winter, ...

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

7 nights from £918

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  • Sleeps 8 + cot
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7 nights from £949

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Marazion, West Cornwall.


What a truly wonderful house this is, with stunning sea views, four acres of garden, paddock and woodland to explore and a hot tub to soak in while watching the sun glisten on the ...

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

7 nights from £949

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £949 *

6 bedroom, dog friendly home with sea views in Port Isaac, Cornwall.


Situated up above Port Isaac, Anchorage nestles amongst its elegant neighbours in a popular terrace overlooking Port Gaverne cove on the north Cornish coast. From its elevated posi...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £949 *

  • Sleeps 8
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £953

4 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views in Lamorna Cove, Cornwall.


Gorgeous Ros an Dinas sits high above Lamorna, the view across the Cornish countryside to the sea is breathtaking. This peaceful location is far from the madding crowd, relax in th...

  • Sleeps 8
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £953

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £988

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


'Stunning retreat' is the perfect definition of The Ship House and its enclosed acre of private, well-established gardens and covered ponds. This lovely detached property lies ...

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £988

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £838

5 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach in Portscatho, Cornwall.


Tucked away at the end of a Cornish country lane, this lovely old farmhouse is set in idyllic surroundings, overlooking adjacent farmland to the sea beyond. Imaginatively restor...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £838

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £977

5 bedroom cottage with sea views in Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall.


Twelve Steps is just off the coast road leading down to Mawgan Porth, a real surfer’s paradise beach on the north Cornish coast. With Atlantic sea views and direct access to the be...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £977

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