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 503 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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


Located behind the secret garden wall of historic Nancealverne House (1895), Apple Loft Cottage is set in idyllic surroundings. This newly converted property (sleeps five plus one ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £439 - £1098

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


Nestled in the beautiful South Hams village of Kingston, Laurel Cottage is a delightful property which has been converted from a 18th Century linhay, standing proudly in a lovely g...

  • Sleeps 5 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £446 - £969

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)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £448 - £1120

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 Victorian c...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £449 - £1122

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3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Mullion, Cornwall.


With views towards the sea from all the rear windows Gwennap View is a comfortable, deceptively spacious detached bungalow set in a pleasant residential area of Mullion, a village ...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £452 - £1130

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


Where to start in describing Old Coastguards? Our highlights are the tremendous views, log burning sauna with external heated shower, and roll-top bath, not to mention luxurious fu...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £460 - £1030

3 bedroom cottage near the beach near Mousehole, West Cornwall.


Step back in time and enjoy this gorgeous terraced cottage, which has been lovingly restored and is set in the heart of Newlyn, a bustling fishing town. Pendower House sits along a...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £470 - £1176

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Sennen, Cornwall.


Perched above the harbour at Sennen Cove, Albatross is a stylish three-storey terraced retreat with wonderful sea views, perfect come rain or shine, as the roaring wood-burner in t...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £472 - £1293

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


Rock is a very special destination and, coupled with the comfort and deceptively spacious interior of this charming Cornish terraced cottage, guests are assured a wonderful holiday...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £482 - £1320

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


The pretty village of Mullion is the largest on the Lizard, with shops, pubs and restaurants clustering around the 15th Century church of St Mellanus which lies at its heart. Locat...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £488 - £1220

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