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 best

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 478 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

2 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Ryde.


6 Pier View Court, perfectly located right on the seafront at Ryde, is a modern, well presented second floor apartment, tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. Relax...

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

Price per week £344 - £760

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Brixham, South Devon.


Brixham needs little introduction for those familiar with the joys of the South Hams and its spectacular coastline. A bustling fishing port, there is always something to watch in t...

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

Price per week £346 - £795

Dogs go free on holidays starting between 29th June to 5th July.

2 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near St Ives, West Cornwall.


With exposed beams throughout the first floor sitting-area and views to the sea across the fields, this traditional retreat is a great base from which to explore the rugged western...

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

Price per week £346 - £699

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


Yardley is a charming Victorian cottage, set in the centre of the pretty sailing village of Seaview, and just a short walk from the beach and shops. Delightfully renovated, this co...

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

Price per week £347 - £730

Luxury glamping for 4 people, walking distance to a beach near Marazion


A wonderful beach, an excellent pub, a popular cafe and the spectacular South West Coast Path all on your doorstep, The Hideaway is the ideal retreat situated on the edge of the un...

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

Price per week £347 - £771

2 bedroom self catering apartment with sea views in Seaview.


2 Bermuda is a lovely, neutrally decorated first floor apartment with wonderful views across the Solent, a balcony for al fresco drinks and a pretty garden. With both the beach and...

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

Price per week £348 - £735

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


Driftwood Cottage, the centre of three traditional terraced cottages, is tucked away in a quiet location near the 13th Century Church in the village of Gerrans. The cottage has bee...

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

Price per week £348 - £832

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


Quiet Corner is a modestly furnished, comfortable cottage situated in the popular village of Bembridge, less than a mile from Bembridge beach. As its name suggests it's tucked away...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £351 - £790

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


Number 9 has an open plan living-room with wood-burning stove for cosy nights in and door opening out to a decked area for the warmer nights. There is seating on the decking to rel...

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

Price per week £351 - £730

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


Number 17 is located at the end of the development looking out to the shared communal grounds and Seaview Nature Reserve. There is a downstairs twin bedroom with a walk-in shower a...

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

Price per week £351 - £730

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