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 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £663

3 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in St Helens, Isle of Wight


A simply gorgeous three bedroom property just off St Helens' green on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight, The Haven is just a short walk from the coast and a ten minute stroll t...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £663

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £685

Luxury safari tent glamping with a hot tub and sea views, pet friendly near Penzance.


Mount View Horizon Safari Tent is the perfect family retreat, set high above Mounts Bay in a spacious meadow with incredible 180 degree panoramic views. As far away from basic as i...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £685

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £685

Luxury safari tent glamping with a hot tub and sea views, pet friendly near Penzance.


Looking for the ideal retreat for a good old-fashioned family holiday? Then look no further – Mount View Sunrise Safari Tent is that and so much more. Set in the middle of its two ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £685

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  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £700

3 bedroom self catering cottage with sea views in Seaview, Isle of Wight


With a stunning spacious sea facing balcony, Oak Tree Cottage is in a superb location just steps from the beach and a short walk along the seafront into Seaview Village. An outdoor...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £700

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

7 nights from £740

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


Avon Beach, Christchurch Harbour, the New Forest National Park and the Jurassic Coast are all nearby to this recently renovated holiday bolthole. The cool shades of blue and the pl...

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

7 nights from £740

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

7 nights from £798

3 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views near Truro, South Cornwall.


Glorious views and luxurious comfort will greet you at Trebartha, enjoy watching the ever-changing waters of Restronguet Creek in this tranquil spot. There is much to explore on bo...

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

7 nights from £798

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking.

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £798

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


What a fabulous holiday home this is, a gorgeous mix of early Victorian terraced townhouse elegance and 21st Century luxuries, topped off with superb panoramic views. Big bay w...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £798

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £925

3 bedroom self catering houseboat with sea views in Bembridge, Isle of Wight


Welcome aboard this luxury two-storey houseboat in Bembridge harbour with two rear balconies and a private pontoon, you can kayak right up to your back door just in time for lunch....

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £925

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £943 *

5 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Portscatho.


Set above the banks of the beautiful Percuil estuary, this outstanding period property enjoys fabulous views over the water from nearly all the rooms in Weatheroak. The south-facin...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £943 *

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £954

3 bedroom self catering cottage with sea views in Ryde, Isle of Wight


This absolutely stunning property is laid over five mezzanine floors, has two sea-facing balconies and a hot tub with a sea view! Beautifully decorated throughout, The Lodge offers...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £954

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