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 301 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

  • Sleeps 12 + 4 cots
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £1195

6 bedroom holiday home with sea views in Polzeath, North Cornwall.


Only a hop, skip and a jump from the stunning beach at Polzeath, this ultimate get together home will delight beach crazy individuals and those wanting to indulge in this very spec...

  • Sleeps 12 + 4 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Thu

7 nights from £1195

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1288

6 bedroom holiday home near the beach in Mevagissey, South Cornwall.


If you want masses of space and a relaxed vibe for a family get-together, this is the place for you! Just yards from the beach at Portmellon Cove on the outskirts of the ancient fi...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1288

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1507

6 bedroom, dog friendly home with sea views near Kingsand, Cornwall.


Fabulous sea views from this exceptionally spacious, south-facing detached house extend from the Rame peninsula in one direction to St George’s Island at Looe in the other. A gate ...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1507

  • Sleeps 14 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1497

7 bedroom holiday home near the beach in Perranporth, North Cornwall.


Just a mile from the superb surfing waves and glorious sandy beaches at Perranporth, this fabulous Georgian farmhouse is the perfect holiday location for big family gatherings and ...

  • Sleeps 14 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £1497

  • Sleeps 14 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1670

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


Silver Spray's clifftop location has to be one of the most breathtaking in Cornwall! Overlooking Port Gaverne cove and Port Isaac – famous for the television programme Doc Martin, ...

  • Sleeps 14 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1670

  • Sleeps 7 + 3 cots in 3 properties
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7 nights from £996


The Queens Hotel is an elegant Victorian hotel set on the seafront promenade at Penzance with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay. Tiddily Prom, Jubilation and The...

  • Sleeps 7 + 3 cots in 3 properties
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £996

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

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots in 2 properties
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7 nights from £867


These are the first and last holiday cottages in England! Just a stone's throw from Land's End with its dramatic cliffs, coastal paths and below, the crashing Atlantic Ocean. Mont...

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots in 2 properties
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7 nights from £867

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties
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7 nights from £931


Glamping at Chymder Farm offers the finest luxury camping set a few minutes' drive from two fabulous beaches and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in a meadow of se...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties
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7 nights from £931

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1006


Unique in its seclusion and romantic setting, Rosteague is a 200 acre privately-owned estate made up of surrounding pastures that undulate gently down to its own mile of coastline ...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1006

  • Sleeps 16 + 3 cots in 3 properties
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1927


The most spectacular 180 degree views across Mounts Bay, your own private hot tub and en suite facilities are just a few of the amazing features on offer at Mount View Luxury Glamp...

  • Sleeps 16 + 3 cots in 3 properties
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £1927

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