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.

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £512

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


Hera is an end of terrace house occupying a spectacular position overlooking the whole of Gerrans Bay. Full width windows across the front of the sitting-room take in views encompa...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £512

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £515

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


Rosemary Cottage is a modern semi-detached property close to the Leisure Centre at Maenporth Estate so the swimming pool, tennis courts and children's play-area are just a short st...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £515

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £515

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


Approached by a flight of open-tread wooden steps, this luxurious seafront apartment is tucked away near the slipway to the beach at Portscatho. The large glass walled dining-room ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £515

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £517

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


There are superb views over Falmouth harbour from this lovely family house, perfect for watching the yachts, dinghies, cruise liners and naval ships out on the water and the coming...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £517

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  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £522

3 bedroom thatched, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Croyde.


Located in the pretty village of Georgeham, just over a mile from one of the longest sandy surfing beaches on the north Devon coast, this 17th Century cottage comes complete with t...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £522

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £525

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


Tucked away in the heart of Seaview village, 6 Seaview House is a charming ground floor apartment within a few minutes’ walk of the beach. It has private parking for two cars and a...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £525

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £527

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Portscatho.


This pretty Grade II Listed Edwardian Lodge is peacefully situated in the middle of the Rosteague Manor Estate, surrounded by views over meadows and ancient woodland; this is a tru...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £527

  • Sleeps 6
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £528

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near Fowey, Cornwall.


With fabulous panoramic views over the rooftops of Polruan and the sparkling water of the River Fowey, and Fowey itself on the other side of the estuary, this lovely Victorian seas...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £528

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £530

3 bedroom self catering cottage near Portscatho.


This large contemporary detached house is set in an elevated position halfway between the lovely villages of Gerrans and Portscatho. Carefully designed so the living spaces face to...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £530

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £530

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


Tucked away down a quiet side street in the idyllic village of Seaview, Portholes is a fantastic holiday home just minutes away from the sea. All within walking distance from your ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £530

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