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 515 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

3 bedroom, Pet friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


3 Harbour Strand is a comfortable, neutrally decorated holiday home in a small, quiet development close to Bembridge village and the harbour. It's an easy property in which to holi...

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

Price per week £450 - £995

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


East Gull Sands is an attached, comfortably furnished, beachfront holiday home in Seaview. Sitting right opposite the beach this property has sea views from the upstairs double bed...

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

Price per week £451 - £990

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


A hidden gem tucked away on Bluett Avenue in the peaceful Victorian village of Seaview, Lawn End makes great use of accent colours in its interior decor presenting a beautiful holi...

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

Price per week £453 - £1060

3 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.


Where to start in describing this picture-perfect property in Ventnor? Originally built in 1868 and part of Ventnor Botanic Gardens the cottage now affords all modern conveniences ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £453 - £1140

Dogs go free on holidays starting between 29th June to 5th July.

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


This very pretty former farm cottage, part of the Rosteague Manor courtyard buildings, is located in a lovely rural setting at the end of a private lane on the Rosteague Estate. Th...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £460 - £1070

3 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


The wow factor at 4 Commodores Court is the location; perched directly opposite the beach it has stunning views of the Solent from the front, and delightful rural and lakeside view...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £461 - £930

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


Just a few yards from the beach and central to all amenities, The Dabblings is the perfect retreat in any season. Tucked away in Duck Street, a quiet pedestrian alley of terraced f...

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

Price per week £464 - £1272

3 bedroom, dog friendly, luxury safari tent near the beach near Mullion


Set in a peaceful wildflower meadow and just a few minutes' drive from two fabulous beaches, Hobie offers the finest luxury camping in a large, stylish safari tent. Its only neighb...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £465 - £1275

3 bedroom, dog friendly, luxury safari tent near the beach near Mullion


Get back to the simple things that matter with a relaxing stay at Woody, a luxurious, spacious and stylish safari tent located in a tranquil wildflower meadow with breathtaking vie...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £465 - £1275

3 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Brook, Isle of Wight.


Formerly the officer's quarters of the coastguard station, 6 Coastguard Cottages has been beautifully decorated and offers a wonderful holiday home in Brook. This period property h...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £470 - £1080

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