Cottages by a sandy beach in Devon

Devon's two coastlines feature wide stretches of sandy beaches, where you're sure to find the ideal holiday cottage.

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North Devon’s sandy beaches are some of the country’s most spectacular. No wonder holiday-makers flock here on short breaks to feel the sand between their toes and relax on one of the county’s many sandy shorelines.

Dawlish Warren’s one and half miles of sand and dunes means that even in the height of summer you can find a spot to call your own. If you’re looking for waters calm and shallow enough for the little ones to swim in, try Bantham Beach. With its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all those little essentials it’s perfect for families in more than one way.

A cottage near the expansive sands at Westward Ho! on the North Coast allows you to combine traditional beach fun – ice creams, donkey rides and sand castles – with more fast-paced beach pursuits: try your hand and kite-surfing, drive a kite buggy or take to the seas to windsurf.

Don’t just watch the waves, conquer them with a lesson or two in surfing at one of Devon’s wave-riding hotspots. As suited to families as adventurous groups or couples looking for time together, the surfing hubs of Croyde, Woolacombe and Bideford give you front seat access to the seas as well as the self-catering convenience of the towns’ amenities.

Boasting two coastlines, Devon’s got double the options for your self-catering escape.

The South Coast’s iridescent waters and soft sands signify the perfect sites for your beach-side escape. The exotic looking palms and tranquil marinas have led this stretch of coastline to be termed ‘The English Riviera’. Soak up some of its laid back vibe and effortless style with a self-catering cottage in towns with sandy beaches like Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham. Ideal for enjoying a romantic break. 

We have 30 self catering cottages by a sandy beach in Devon.

3 bedroom cottage with sea views in Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.


What a house – and what a view! There are indeed spectacular views from Spring Tide, one of a pair of contemporary properties, built to a very high specification, in the village of...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £626 - £1751

3 bedroom thatched cottage near the beach in Instow, North Devon.


This beautiful and historic cottage is at the heart of the north Devon hamlet of Westleigh, just one mile from the stunning sandy beach at Instow. Plovers Barron is a listed 17th C...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £631 - £1450

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Torquay, Devon.


With spectacular views over Blue Flag Meadfoot beach, this spacious and tastefully designed, semi-detached house is the perfect holiday home for any occasion. The stunning sea view...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £642 - £1395

5 bedroom self catering home with sea views in Shaldon, South Devon.


Glenside House is the most magnificent building, with origins dating back to the 1700s. Located a stone's throw from the Teign Estuary in Shaldon, this beautiful house stands proud...

  • Sleeps 11 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1057 - £2967 *

* Includes 25% off for parties up to 6 + cot on selected dates. Bedrooms 3 and 5 are excluded at the discounted rate.

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Instow, Devon.


Just steps from the beautiful sandy beach in the north Devon coastal resort of Instow, 2 Bar View, an attractive period cottage, is the perfect base for a family holiday. The house...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £796 - £1990

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Wembury, Devon.


Mewstone View is a sleek, contemporary house only minutes from the beach with sea views from the living-room and two of the bedrooms. An enclosed sea-facing deck wraps around the b...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £799 - £2234

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4 bedroom thatched cottage with estuary views in Shaldon.


Shaldon is a lovely village lining the banks of the River Teign with its own small sandy beach. Just a half-mile from the hub of the village itself, a conservation area, is a small...

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

Price per week £812 - £2462

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Appledore, Devon.


Waterhayes is a superb brand new contemporary property, set over three floors and with wonderful estuary views from Appledore across to Instow and the north Devon countryside beyon...

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

Price per week £965 - £1950

5 bedroom house with sea views in Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.


This wonderfully spacious house stands proud, perched on the edge of Sedgewell beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, the location of this house is second to none. Pond House doesn't just boast ...

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

Price per week £1065 - £2497

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Kingsbridge, South Devon.


Sunnynook is a true beachside retreat, boasting the most incredible, unrivalled sea and beach views over Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham and Burgh Island. This wonderful home also has a fa...

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

Price per week £1914 - £5496