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 514 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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


This delightful period cottage is tucked into one of the original fishermen’s courtyards, a stone’s throw from the water’s edge in Appledore, one of north Devon’s unspoilt coastal ...

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

Price per week £378 - £822

2 bedroom holiday apartment near the beach in Hayle, West Cornwall.


Within a few minutes' walk of Hayle harbour, with its quirky shops and numerous eateries, or a slightly longer stretch to three miles of golden sands; this sumptuously furnished fi...

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

Price per week £378 - £870

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

2 bedroom thatched self catering cottage with sea views in Seaview.


1 Thatched Cottage is a 19th Century cottage by the sea, with wonderful sea views. The thatched roof gives the property an old world charm and traditional appeal. Decorated to a hi...

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

Price per week £379 - £920

3 bedroom rural self catering cottage near the beach in St Helens, Isle of Wight


Newlands is a charming detached cottage located just off the Green, in the picturesque village of St Helens. Its location is very peaceful yet within walking distance to the villag...

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

Price per week £383 - £710

2 bedroom self catering apartment with sea views in Ryde.


8 Appley Sands is a spacious, purpose built, top floor apartment overlooking the Solent and the award-winning beach at Appley. With en suites to both bedrooms, and comfortable, mod...

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

Price per week £385 - £840

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


This surprisingly spacious holiday home is only 250 yards away from the stunning National Trust coast footpath and just a 10 minute stroll from picturesque Portscatho harbour, the ...

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

Price per week £386 - £985

3 bedroom, rural self catering cottage near the beach in Seaview, Isle of wight.


Westbourne Cottage is a pretty, pastel-coloured, holiday cottage, located in the picturesque Seagrove Bay. The single level accommodation (ideal for less able guests) is lightly de...

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

Price per week £390 - £795

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

Price per week £396 - £990

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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

Price per week £396 - £1200

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near St Ives.


Atlantic Jig is set between the coast and the moorlands of the Penwith peninsula with sea views to the Atlantic Ocean. This lovingly restored granite barn is all on one level, with...

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

Price per week £397 - £912

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