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 317 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Cornwall.


Approached by a gently sloping path, detached Crugsillick Studio is ideal for families with young children or those with limited mobility. All on one level inside, the open plan li...

  • Sleeps 9 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £759 - £1745


The Sail Loft has the most spectacular views from the floor to ceiling picture window in the large open plan living-room. Oak floors, vaulted ceiling with oak beams, a cosy contemp...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1321 - £3200


Set in a peaceful wildflower meadow and just a few minutes' drive from two fabulous beaches, Hobie offers the finest luxury camping in a large, stylish safari tent. Its only neighb...

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

Price per week £931 - £2550


This very pretty former farm cottage, part of the Rosteague Manor courtyard buildings, is located in a lovely rural setting at the end of a private lane on the Rosteague Estate. Th...

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

Price per week £972 - £2260

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This large, detached traditional farmhouse was built in 1798 and has an open plan kitchen/dining-room with an inglenook fireplace housing a wood-burner; across the hallway are the ...

  • Sleeps 13 + 2 cots in 4 properties
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £1405 - £2839


Mount View Horizon Safari Tent is the perfect family retreat, set high above Mounts Bay in a spacious meadow with incredible 180 degree panoramic views. As far away from basic as i...

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

Price per week £1811 - £3900


This legendary name befits the magical location of this superb apartment which spans the whole of the ground floor of this former harbour Cellar House. Ideal for a family or group ...

  • Sleeps 16 + 4 cots in 4 properties
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £3195 - £8296