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 490 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

1 bedroom apartment near the beach in Porthcurno, West Cornwall.


Porthcurno is a truly magical place, with its beautiful sandy beach and sparkling blue waters. Neptune, a ground floor apartment with a contemporary feel, is the perfect destinatio...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £316 - £687

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. Approached by a wide but bumpy farm lane just under half a mile long, th...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £316 - £687

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in St Agnes, Cornwall.


Beacon Top Bottom is a delightfully bijou cottage nestled in the slopes of St Agnes Beacon. Ideally situated for exploring this stunning area of north Cornwall, this cosy little bo...

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

Price per week £317 - £640

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


Set apart from the other properties, The Quillet is a single-storey, traditional dwelling with an enclosed sea-facing private garden. There are views across the countryside to the ...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £317 - £640

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


Jenny's Cottage is a pretty, stone-built cottage. From the small galley kitchen, a corridor leads to the open plan sitting/dining-room, which is home to a roaring wood-burner. From...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £317 - £640

Luxury Shepherds Hut sleeping 2 with sea views near Praa Sands.


Delightful Mr Blue Sky's picture window frames a beautiful garden vista, while in the distance you can see a panorama of the Atlantic sea. In this seaside-themed shepherd's hut eve...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £320 - £695

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


Set down an unmade bridleway close to the surfing beach at Perranporth, The Summer House is a perfect bolthole for couples. Enjoying wonderful sea views, this delightful little hid...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £320 - £695

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near St Just.


Bos Arvorek means ‘coastal home’ which this traditional, detached, former hay barn certainly is! Found down a narrow, granite-walled road in the hamlet of Boscaswell, the cottage i...

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

Price per week £324 - £705

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Marazion, Cornwall.


There is indeed a sea view – right across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount! A spacious, contemporary semi-detached property with reverse level accommodation, Sea View House has th...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £329 - £1371 *

* Includes 40% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 6 Jan and 9 Jun 2018, 22 Sep and 8 Dec 2018. Only one bedroom is available at the discounted rate.

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Marazion, Cornwall.


This contemporary retreat has sea views over the walled terrace across the east of Mount’s Bay and beyond. Leave the car behind as The Boathouse is close to the South West Coast Pa...

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

Price per week £331 - £828

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