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 541 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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

Price per week £292 - £686

1 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views in Portscatho, Cornwall.


With a beautiful sandy beach only two minutes' walk down the hill and spectacular sea views from the large picture windows in the sitting-room, Porthcurnick Studio is a surprisingl...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £295 - £630

1 bedroom, dog friendly holiday apartment near the beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


The Ivy is a compact double bedroom annexe offering comfortable accommodation for a couple seeking a relaxing island escape. Ideally located, with Shanklin village and beach a shor...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £295 - £510

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

Price per week £296 - £597

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach in Mousehole, West Cornwall.


If you are looking for the ‘wow’ factor, you need look no further! This stylish retreat is just a short distance from Mousehole, yet set in a peaceful, rural hamlet in the heart of...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £302 - £756

1 bedroom, cottage with hot tub and sea views in Perranporth.


Set down a public byway close to the surfing beach at Perranporth, The Summer House is a perfect bolthole for couples. Enjoying wonderful sea views, this delightful little hideaway...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £303 - £729

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    12 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018

    £378.78 £303.20

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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

Price per week £312 - £897 *

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  • 10% off

    29 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018

    £355.21 £319.50

1 bedroom apartment with sea views in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Cowries is a cosy ground floor apartment sleeping two with fabulous uninterrupted views of Gerrans Bay and the pretty seaside village of Portscatho. Situated directly above the har...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £314 - £605

Luxury Shepherds Hut with sea views near Praa Sands.


What could be more wonderful than breathtaking sea views from your cosy shepherd's hut? Positioned so that you can see right out to the far Atlantic, Forget-Me-Not is cleverly desi...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £315 - £685

1 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views near Sennen, West Cornwall.


Hike the Cornish cliffs just a moment’s walk away from Faraway Loft and watch the buzzards wheel above you. Guests can surf at nearby Sennen Cove or listen to the birdsong as they ...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £316 - £687

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  • 10% off

    22 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018

    £374.42 £336.97

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