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 536 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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 coming and...

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

Price per week £577 - £1595

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


A seaside sanctuary, Shore House is a three-storey beautifully decorated house, with its own private heated swimming pool. Making the most of the far reaching views over the Solent...

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

Price per week £580 - £1474

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


This handsome whitewashed house has an enviable position in St Mawes close to Tavern beach, with far reaching sea views from many of the rooms and the spacious paved front terrace....

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

Price per week £583 - £1910

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


A classic red brick Victorian home, with lovely bay windows adding to the period charm, Haslemere is a family home just a short walk from Yarmouth village. The property has an invi...

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

Price per week £588 - £1010

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Mawes, South Cornwall.


This stylishly converted seaside cottage, decorated throughout in natural Farrow & Ball colours, sleeps six. Arranged over three floors, with sea views from the top floor, Cutty Sa...

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

Price per week £611 - £1650

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Fowey, South Cornwall.


Whistlefish is a beautifully appointed cottage just minutes from Fowey's bustling harbour and narrow streets, where an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, local bakeries and award-wi...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £614 - £1860

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3 bedroom cottage with sea views in Port Isaac, North Cornwall.


Probably enjoying the best sea views in the village from almost every room, this stunning 200 year old cottage overlooks Port Isaac and its picturesque harbour. Enchanting Mount Pl...

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

Price per week £621 - £1734

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Westward Ho!.


This exceptional, new purpose-built property is an absolute treat, a family-sized holiday home moments from the Blue Flag, sandy beach at Westward Ho! on the north Devon coast. Hea...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £624 - £1280

3 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach in Seaview.


In a quiet position within a secluded courtyard in Seaview, Raleigh Cottage is complete with a cosy wood-burning stove for the cooler months, lovely decking for outside dining and ...

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

Price per week £625 - £1400

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3 bedroom cottage with sea views in Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.


What a house – and what a view! There are indeed spectacular views from Spring Tide, one of a pair of contemporary properties, built to a very high specification, in the village of...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £626 - £1751

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