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.

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7 nights from £1187 *

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in St Mawes, South Cornwall.


This impressive, recently-built eco-house is situated in a commanding elevated position on one of St Mawes' most exclusive roads. Enjoying panoramic sea views over the whole of Fal...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
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7 nights from £1187 *

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £243

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach in Seaview, Isle of Wight


4A Ship House, an attractive townhouse positioned right in the middle of Seaview, is perfect for a family looking for a coastal break. 'Ship shape' in presentation, the fantastic t...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £243

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £405.31 £243.00

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    5 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019

    £528.45 £396.00

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £298

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


A Victorian property set on a quiet road and yards from the beach. Oaks is a well-equipped property, decorated to a high standard and perfect for families with open plan seating an...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
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7 nights from £298

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £372.74 £298.19

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £317

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


A deceptively spacious semi-detached Victorian property, Red House has a lovely large kitchen with both a breakfast-bar and a separate dining-area from which the enclosed garden ca...

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7 nights from £317

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    5 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019

    £521.12 £416.80

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  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £322

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Praa Sands.


As its name suggests, this delightful cottage overlooks the pretty 14th Century church in the quaint village of Germoe and is only a mile from the child-friendly sandy beach at Pra...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
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7 nights from £322

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    30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

    £402.98 £322.38

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £344

3 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Seaview Isle of Wight.


1 The Saltings is a three-bedroom, lower ground floor apartment boasting a lovely beachfront location. It would ideally suit a family with children keen to enjoy the delights of th...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £344

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £361

3 bedroom self catering apartment with sea views in Seaview, Isle of wight.


Elm Cottage is a stylish first floor apartment brimming with character and comfort. It would suit friends traveling together, a couple or a family. From the front courtyard to t...

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7 nights from £361

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £450.84 £360.67

  • Sleeps 5
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7 nights from £389

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


This traditionally designed modern cottage, with period-style furnishings and fittings, is set close to the lovely village green at Gerrans in the heart of the beautiful Roseland p...

  • Sleeps 5
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £389

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £401

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Mullion, Cornwall.


Set at the heart of this friendly community, this delightful old cottage is listed on the Mullion Heritage Trail, its records dating back to 1783. With a covered parking space besi...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £401

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £501.60 £401.28

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
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7 nights from £403

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Flushing, Cornwall.


Trefusis Lodge is just outside the delightfully pretty waterside village of Flushing, across the Penryn River from bustling maritime Falmouth. This lovely semi-detached Victori...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
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7 nights from £403

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £503.80 £403.04

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