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 489 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £287 *

2 bedroom apartment near the beach in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


Sundial is an immaculately presented ground floor apartment in a quiet residential area above Falmouth’s town centre. Ideal for both couples and families, all the town’s facilities...

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

7 nights from £287 *

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    6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

    £383.92 £345.52

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £290

1 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Wembury, South Devon.


An unique hideaway for couples, Princes Granary lies in the village of Down Thomas, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With wonderful walks along the nearby South West Coast...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £290

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    30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

    £362.52 £290.02

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £291

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views at Lands End, Cornwall.


This retreat has so much to offer…including a shared outdoor heated swimming pool (available from the beginning of May to the end of September) and a shared games-room/gym, as well...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £291

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £363.69 £291.20

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    5 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019

    £462.47 £369.60

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £292

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


Ideal for couples this detached, single-storey converted barn is located at Treluggan, a small country hamlet in the heart of the Roseland peninsula. There are some lovely coas...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £292

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

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £296

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near St Austell.


This former Cornish creamery has been converted into a delightful coastal retreat for two. Situated on the edge of the picturesque fishing village of Gorran Haven, The Old Dairy is...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £296

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

7 nights from £298 *

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


A ten minute walk down to the sea, the village of Holcombe is tucked away in the Devon countryside but within easy reach of the attractions of the south Devon coast. This cosy,...

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

7 nights from £298 *

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £387.40 £309.92

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £298

1 bedroom cottage near the beach in Mevagissey, South Cornwall.


Mevagissey is a bustling little harbour, home to a small fishing fleet which shelters within its protective walls. Picture book pretty, colourful terraced cottages cling to the ste...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £298

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £300

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


This gorgeous top floor one bedroom apartment has spectacular sea views over the rooftops across the Solent and is just a few minutes from Seaview village and the beach. Newly dec...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £300

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

1 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Ives, West Cornwall.


The perfect retreat for walkers and couples, this compact semi-detached cottage is set on a steep wooded lane which is a three minute walk to Carbis Bay beach and its amenities. ...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £301

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  • 20% off

    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £376.30 £301.04

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £302

1 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Mullion, West Cornwall.


Step down into the quiet quadrangle of attractive granite barns, cross the communal garden, open the door and you will find the most perfectly charming retreat for two. Nestling be...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £302

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    30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

    £377.00 £301.60

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