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 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £611

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


This bright, spacious detached house, on a quiet lane is just a 10 minute walk from the beautiful beach at Seagrove Bay. Furnished to a high standard, with four good-sized bedrooms...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £611

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £614

4 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views in Mullion, West Cornwall.


With a bird’s eye view of Mullion Island, the National Trust bird sanctuary just outside the harbour where seabirds return to roost each evening, detached Nantivet enjoys a superla...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £614

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £767.75 £614.20

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £632

4 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Coverack, West Cornwall.


Spacious, light-filled Arlyn Wartha is set on the hillside above the picturesque seaside village of Coverack, looking past the Owners’ home next door towards the beach and harbour ...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £632

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    30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019

    £789.75 £631.80

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £652

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


Found in the pretty fishing village of Portscatho, this large end of terrace Georgian house is ideal for traditional family holidays as it is situated only a stone’s throw from the...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £652

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £664

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


This charming Victorian semi-detached house, with wonderful views of Gerrans Bay, has been tastefully restored throughout to provide excellent holiday accommodation. In a quiet par...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £664

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £682

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


Mallards is a spacious, three-storey Edwardian house in Seaview village and a much-loved family home. Enjoying a great location just yards from the seafront, it's the perfect choic...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £682

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

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £689

4 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage with sea views in St Helens, Isle of Wight


Bay View is a charming semi-detached house situated down a quiet leafy lane off the Green in the picturesque village of St Helens and aptly named due to the stunning views over St ...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £689

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £700

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Gerrans.


Once a village chapel, Sunday House East is a gorgeous property converted from part of the original building and set in the centre of the village of Gerrans, just a short walk from...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £700

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £702

4 bedroom holiday cottage in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


An elegant Georgian townhouse in the heart of the historical harbour town of Falmouth. There are many beautiful features in this listed building which according to the deeds has be...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £702

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £877.80 £702.24

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £703

4 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views near Salcombe, South Devon.


If you are looking for a house with a view, stop right here! This amazing semi-detached house perched overlooking Mill Bay and out over the water is in simply the most perfect loca...

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £703

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