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.

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

Price per week £934 - £2560

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 clos...

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

Price per week £974 - £2995

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 restored ...

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

Price per week £821 - £2250

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

Price per week £957 - £2960

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5 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Falmouth, Cornwall.


How amazing is this? An open-air pool, a bubbling hot tub that catches the last rays of the evening sun and undulating countryside views, all just a stroll from the gorgeous Helfor...

  • Sleeps 10 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1350 - £3795

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    1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018

    £2297.87 £1838.30

7 bedroom holiday home with sea views in Port Isaac, North Cornwall.


Stroma is a Victorian semi-detached house perched above the cove at Port Isaac overlooking Port Gaverne and its sheltered beach. With stunning sea views from the sitting-area and f...

  • Sleeps 11 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £965 - £2984

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    31 Aug 2018 - 7 Sep 2018

    £1404.00 £1123.20

5 bedroom, dog-friendly home near the beach in Crantock, Cornwall.


The Malt House, built in 1825 and Grade II Listed, is situated in the centre of Crantock, a short distance from the village green and just half a mile from the sandy, dog-friendly ...

  • Sleeps 11 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £1077 - £2995

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


This gorgeous Victorian double-fronted village house is set in the heart of the pretty fishing village of Portscatho with the beach, harbour, shops and galleries all within five mi...

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

Price per week £1258 - £2440

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

Price per week £1265 - £2800

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    1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018

    £1953.21 £1562.57

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

Price per week £1461 - £4250

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