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 555 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • 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
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £302

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Agnes, North Cornwall.


Picture-perfect and petite, this delightfully bijou grade two listed cottage is located in the heart of the friendly north coast village of St Agnes. There is an abundance of shops...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £302

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

7 nights from £302

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

7 nights from £302

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

7 nights from £311

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views in Coverack.


A fabulous refurbished apartment with wonderful views over the dramatic Lizard peninsula. The property is set within a communal garden with direct access to the South West Coast Pa...

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

7 nights from £311

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £315

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

7 nights from £315

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £316

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

7 nights from £316

Each and every one of our cottages is fully equipped with everything you’ll need on holiday.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £316

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

7 nights from £316

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £317

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

7 nights from £317

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

7 nights from £317

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

7 nights from £317

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sun

7 nights from £317

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

7 nights from £317

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