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.

4 bedroom cottage near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Situated in a prime and enviable secluded position on the beautiful Trewince Manor Estate this is the ideal get away from it all holiday base. With spectacular uninterrupted views ...

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

Price per week £365 - £1450 *

* Includes 15% off for parties up to 6 + cot on selected dates. 30% off for parties up to 4 + cot on selected dates.

2 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Seaview.


A spacious, stylish, ground floor apartment in the sought-after Springfield Court complex, Apartment 4 offers guests the shared use of eight acres of mature landscaped grounds, a t...

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

Price per week £366 - £810

2 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near St Mawes, 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 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £369 - £849

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Mawes, South Cornwall.


Steps lead up to this gorgeous converted sail loft set close to the centre of St Mawes, famous for its quaint harbour and delightful passenger ferry to Falmouth. Tucked away and ju...

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

Price per week £370 - £960

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Lamorna Cove.


The lush Lamorna valley lies just one mile away from this comfortable single-storey property which, as it is all on one level, is suitable for guests with limited mobility. St Loy ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £371 - £1125

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Instow, Devon.


Sea Cottage is a New England style 'beach retreat' chalet, just yards from Instow’s dunes and sandy beaches. With direct access onto the Tarka Cycle Trail and coast path it will ap...

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

Price per week £373 - £820

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

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach in St Helens, Isle of Wight.


Fir Cottage is an attractive and contemporary conversion of a Victorian home, located right in the heart of St Helens. The village green (England's second largest) lies a few yards...

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

Price per week £373 - £840

2 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Ryde.


With spectacular views of the Solent, 3 Windsor House is a neutrally decorated second floor apartment with simple, modern furnishings, just yards from the beach and a short walk in...

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

Price per week £374 - £795

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Coverack, West Cornwall.


One of the little terraced cottages along the street through the picturesque seaside village of Coverack, Penhaven’s unassuming exterior hides a delightful surprise. Step from the ...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £374 - £860

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  • 10% off

    29 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018

    £692.30 £622.80

2 bedroom self catering cottage in Gerrans, Portscatho.


Centrally situated in the heart of Gerrans village, not far from the church, this pretty traditional cottage is thought to date back to the 17th Century. Tucked in and set back fro...

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

Price per week £374 - £820

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