Holiday cottages by sandy beaches

Nothing says summer more than warm sand between your toes and turquoise waters lapping onto golden beaches. Visit the West Country for Britain’s bestRead more

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 492 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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7 nights from £409

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 £409

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
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  • Changeover Sun

7 nights from £435

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 £435

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

7 nights from £640

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
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7 nights from £640

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
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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

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

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £290

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach in Seaview.


This delightful, stylish seafront bungalow is located in a front row position with wonderful views of the Solent and the beach is practically on the doorstep. Days at the seaside, ...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £290

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £301

2 bedroom, rural self catering cottage near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


Take a few steps up to the entrance and you will find yourself in 3 Kings House, a ground floor apartment in a small development. It is the perfect base for a couple or a family wi...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £301

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

2 bedroom, dog friendly apartment near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


This two bedroom apartment in Bembridge is small but perfectly formed. Lovingly restored by the owners, 53a offers a perfect base for a family with a light and airy double bedroom ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

2 bedroom self catering apartment with sea views in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


The Crows Nest is a second floor apartment at the top of a Victorian property in the historic village of Seaview. A family looking for a convenient base from which to enjoy the Isl...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £308

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Agnes, North Cornwall.


Picture-perfect and petite, this delightfully bijou cottage is set in the heart of the friendly north coast village of St Agnes. There is an abundance of shops, bars and eating pla...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £308

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £316

2 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


The perfect bolt-hole for families, 61 Drake Cottage is a comfortably furnished beach bungalow located in a small waterside development on the edge of Seaview. Just yards from the ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £316

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