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 335 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.

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


Sit back and enjoy the wonderful panoramic sea views from this detached property set at the top of the steep hill leading out of the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. Cherr...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £731 - £1590

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


Overlooking the sea with a panoramic view of Gerrans Bay, this spacious and extremely comfortable house has been decorated throughout with a stylish and discerning contemporary eye...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £745 - £2071

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Newlyn.


You can see the sea as you enter this lovely house set high above Mount’s Bay in Newlyn. The decked terraces, overlooking the bay, are the ideal place for watching the fishing boat...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £437 - £1197

5 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


This large dormer bungalow is ideal for family holidays, being situated in Portscatho and only a few minutes’ walk from the coastal path, which leads to the safe sandy beach at Por...

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

Price per week £439 - £1516

4 bedroom dog-friendly self catering cottage near the beach near Portscatho


Beach House is perched just above Tatams beach close to the centre of the pretty harbourside village of Portscatho. Split-level and decorated throughout with a maritime theme, the ...

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

Price per week £564 - £1525

10% off for parties up to 2 on selected dates. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are excluded at the discounted rate.

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


Found in the pretty fishing village of Portscatho, this large end of terrace Georgian house is ideal for traditional family holidays as it is situated only a stone’s throw from the...

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

Price per week £571 - £1630

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


This charming Victorian semi-detached house, with wonderful views of Gerrans Bay, has been tastefully restored throughout to provide excellent holiday accommodation. In a quiet par...

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

Price per week £638 - £1747

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


Situated on the edge of Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard with its art galleries, shops, inns and cafes, this grand old Edwardian house fulfils the requirements of modern ...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £668 - £1870

4 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views in Mullion, West Cornwall.


With a bird’s eye view of Mullion Island, the National Trust bird sanctuary just outside the harbour where seabirds return to roost each evening, detached Nantivet enjoys a superla...

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

Price per week £672 - £2075

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

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