Holiday cottages by sandy beaches

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The poet Robert Frost declared, rather despondently, that ‘nothing gold can stay’: clearly he had never been to the West Country. Here, miles of sandy beaches offer the perfect family holiday in a myriad of destinations.

Somerset’s 50 miles of coastline combines warm waters, soft sand and traditional seaside towns. Try Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Cove beach for sandy exploits; bustling Minehead or extrovert Western-super-Mare for family-friendly attractions on their respective miles of sands.

On the South Coast, Dorset competes with equally as attractive towns bursting with beach-side fun. Quaint Lyme Regis and pretty Swanage offer sand-a-plenty as well as all the amenities needed on a self-catering holiday.

But sandy beaches don’t have to be busy…venture further south to Devon and Cornwall to discover seclusion and serenity on your own stretch of golden sand. On the North Coast, tiny coves offer secret slivers of beach perfection: check out BossineyDaymer Bay and Constantine Bay for your idyllic romantic getaway or Valentines’ break.

Miles of flat sands are the perfect host for beach-sports: try your hand at kite-buggying at Watergate BayWestward Ho! or Perranporth.

Beach breaks abound along the Devon and Cornwall coasts: jump into the surf, then relax on soft sands at Fistral BeachPraa Sands or Sennen Cove.

If gentle waves lapping onto sugary sands is more your style, explore the calmer waters around Falmouth or Devon’s famed, ‘English Riviera’ stretching between the towns of Torquay, BabbacombePaignton and Brixham.

Wherever you choose your cottage in the West Country, a sandy beach is never far away. 

We have 489 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 3
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7 nights from £357

2 bedroom apartment near the beach in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


La Miette is a modern first floor apartment located in the peaceful setting of Port Pendennis, a beautifully landscaped security-gated development of town houses and apartments set...

  • Sleeps 3
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £357

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    23 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019

    £446.50 £357.20

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £360

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


Offering a high standard of accommodation, the Worsley Apartment is a ground floor apartment housed within Shanklin Villa, a beautifully converted Victorian building. With a separa...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £360

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

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £373

2 bedroom cottage near the beach near Marazion, West Cornwall.


Named appropriately for the beautifully maintained south-facing garden it overlooks and only a mile from the unspoilt seaside village of Perranuthnoe and spectacular coastal footpa...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £373

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £376

2 bedroom cottage near the beach near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Just off the village square, this Grade II Listed cottage built of traditional cob is one of the oldest in the village of Portscatho. It retains the charm and authenticity of a tra...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £376

  • Sleeps 3
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £377

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near St Ives.


Gorgeous Thimble Cottage lies just inland from Pendeen Lighthouse and the crashing Atlantic Ocean in the far western peninsula of Cornwall. Set within a hamlet in the ancient lands...

  • Sleeps 3
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £377

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

7 nights from £380

2 bedroom cottage with sea views in the Lizard, West Cornwall.


With amazing views across to Kynance Bay from all the rooms, Frog Rock Cottage not only offers guests one of the best locations on the Lizard, but also a comfortable and very well-...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

7 nights from £380

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    24 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019

    £475.60 £380.80

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  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £390

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Mousehole.


Part of a small Victorian terrace of granite-built cottages, Rosie’s Cottage is tucked away on the edge of the ever-popular village of Mousehole, just a five minute walk from the i...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £390

  • Sleeps 3
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £397

2 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views near St Ives, West Cornwall.


Built at the water’s edge on the Hayle estuary, Quayside is a traditional detached house enjoying uninterrupted views of the area’s justly renowned birdlife from all principal room...

  • Sleeps 3
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £397

We’ve been raising the standards of self catering holidays since 1977.

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £559

2 bedroom holiday apartment with sea views in St Ives, West Cornwall.


Just a short walk to the beaches, restaurants and art galleries of St Ives, these luxurious gated apartments are stylish, contemporary and very comfortable. They have been designed...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £559

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    30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

    £699.03 £559.22

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  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £688

Quirky cabin with outstanding sea views at Whitsand Bay.


If having the most stunning of views is on your wish list, then wish no more - this one is utterly breathtaking! Situated in one of the prime locations, on the cliff overlooking Wh...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £688

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