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 482 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 4 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £404

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Newquay, North Cornwall.


Only a short stroll from the beautiful golden sands of Lusty Glaze and Porth Beach, this timber-framed, eco-friendly retreat provides the ideal base for a holiday by the sea. Set o...

  • Sleeps 4 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £404

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

7 nights from £404

2 bedroom apartment with sea views in Westward Ho!, North Devon.


Seashells is in the award-winning Nautilus seafront development at Westward Ho!. Situated close to two of north Devon’s prettiest fishing villages, Appledore and Instow, Westward H...

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

7 nights from £404

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

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

7 nights from £408

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


This delightful semi-detached cottage is found less than a mile from the centre of the upbeat village of St Agnes on the north Cornish coast. The interior is charming and has a cos...

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

7 nights from £408

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

7 nights from £410

2 bedroom, dog friendly holiday apartment with sea views in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.


Gilmerton is a charming and spacious apartment, beautifully decorated, and located on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Ventnor. The house is built into the hill so this first f...

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

7 nights from £410

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

7 nights from £414

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near St Mawes.


Set in the heart of the picturesque village of St Mawes, with a wonderful sea view across the rooftops, this comfortable terraced cottage is within easy walking distance of the exc...

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

7 nights from £414

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £416

2 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Coverack, West Cornwall.


Skylight Barn is a fantastic hideaway perched high above the picturesque fishing village of Coverack and overlooking Perprean Bay – the perfect backdrop for this unique property. T...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £416

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

7 nights from £420

2 bedroom, dog friendly houseboat on the sea in Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight.


For a holiday with a difference this is it! Situated on a private pontoon in Bembridge Harbour, you will have fond memories of your time on this unique floating home for years to c...

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

7 nights from £420

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

7 nights from £422

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


The Upper 18 is a charming terraced cottage with fabulous views hunkered above this bustling fishing port. Formerly a fisherman's cottage and overlooking Newlyn, it offers views to...

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

7 nights from £422

Our property managers are local experts who handpick perfect places to stay.

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

7 nights from £424

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


Duck under the lintel on entering this beautiful former barn, and prepare to gasp in delight; in the kitchen, above the dining-table, is a window with wonderful sea views beyond An...

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

7 nights from £424

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

7 nights from £424

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


This delightful single-storey converted barn is one of two barns set on an unspoilt Cornish country lane close to many beaches, and with a large garden this is the ideal holiday ho...

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

7 nights from £424

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