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 326 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Gerrans.


Once a village chapel, Sunday House East is a gorgeous property converted from part of the original building and set in the centre of the village of Gerrans, just a short walk from...

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

Price per week £673 - £2059

4 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Rock, North Cornwall.


This delightful home-from-home will provide you with fantastic memories of a wonderful holiday exploring Rock, Polzeath, Padstow and the joys of north Cornwall. With its own enclos...

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

Price per week £692 - £1933

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    23 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018

    £1411.78 £1129.60

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


Spacious, light-filled Arlyn Wartha is set on the hillside above the picturesque seaside village of Coverack, looking past the Owners’ home next door towards the beach and harbour ...

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

Price per week £697 - £1950

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    7 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018

    £1604.40 £1283.52

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in St Mawes, South Cornwall.


Uplands is a very spacious dormer bungalow set in large mature gardens with superb views over St Mawes harbour. Situated in a quiet location, the property provides comfortable acco...

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

Price per week £710 - £2220

4 bedroom cottage with sea views near Padstow, North Cornwall.


It will be hard to tear yourself away from the windows at Gwel-an-Keynvor – Cornish for ‘view of the ocean’. From all the rooms at the back of the house you can gaze out across Tre...

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

Price per week £726 - £2244

4 bedroom cottage in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


The location of this traditional Cornish house can only be described as fabulous. Perfectly situated with an uninterrupted outlook over Gerrans Bay, it lies in the heart of the sma...

  • Sleeps 8
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £731 - £2030

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

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near Kingsand.


Not for those who are afraid of the dark or the haunting sound of owls, Lady Emma’s Cottage will delight walkers and nature lovers. Standing alone on the edge of Mount Edgcumbe Est...

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

Price per week £751 - £2275

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    23 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018

    £1683.50 £1178.80

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    30 Jun 2018 - 7 Jul 2018

    £1774.50 £1241.80

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


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

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £796 - £2245

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

Price per week £843 - £2357

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

Price per week £900 - £2295

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    6 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018

    £1912.50 £1530.00

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