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 507 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

3 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views in Mullion.


This legendary name befits the magical location of this superb apartment which spans the whole of the ground floor of this former harbour Cellar House. Ideal for a family or group ...

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

Price per week £999 - £2599

5 bedroom self catering home with sea views in Shaldon, South Devon.


Glenside House is the most magnificent building, with origins dating back to the 1700s. Located a stone's throw from the Teign Estuary in Shaldon, this beautiful house stands proud...

  • Sleeps 11 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1057 - £2967 *

* Includes 25% off for parties up to 6 + cot between 21 Apr and 19 May 2018, 9 Jun and 16 Jun 2018. Bedrooms 3 and 5 are excluded at the discounted rate.

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


Flackstead is a unique eco-friendly house which has breath-taking and uninterrupted coastal views across Compton Bay towards the Needles. Flackstead combines the very best of conte...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1650 - £2950

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


Ashmead Cottage has been thoughtfully decorated throughout offering three lovely bedrooms and two modern bathrooms. The kitchen opens out onto a charming private decked-area with o...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £437 - £990

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


This light, beautifully presented holiday home offers quality accommodation with wooden floors, whitewashed walls and interesting prints and furnishings lending splashes of colour ...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £535 - £1325

4 bedroom cottage with sea views in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


This lovely, extremely comfortable and stylish end of terrace property enjoys amazing sea views of Gerrans Bay. Its terraced rear garden – a plantsman's delight – has relaxing shel...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £589 - £1550

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


Right on the water's edge near the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Harbour House has stunning views across Falmouth harbour from its windows and balconies. Part of the security-...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £686 - £1880

4 bedroom cottage with sea views near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


Overlooking the sea with a panoramic view of Gerrans Bay, this spacious and extremely comfortable house has been decorated throughout with a stylish and discerning contemporary eye...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £745 - £2030

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


Montagu is a luxurious, upper ground floor apartment forming part of a converted Victorian villa, just seconds from the beach at Shanklin. With a private patio with sea views and a...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £781 - £1990

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Instow, Devon.


Just steps from the beautiful sandy beach in the north Devon coastal resort of Instow, 2 Bar View, an attractive period cottage, is the perfect base for a family holiday. The house...

  • Sleeps 7 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £796 - £1990

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