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 543 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

3 bedroom holiday cottage with sea views in Mousehole, West Cornwall.


Beautifully refurbished, Pender Cottage occupies possibly one of the best positions in picturesque Mousehole. Watch the boats bob as the tide ebbs and flows, be lulled to sleep by ...

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

Price per week £649 - £1968

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 Fri

Price per week £650 - £1530

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

Price per week £672 - £1490

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

Price per week £672 - £1490

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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

Price per week £700 - £1400

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


A gorgeous Victorian three bedroom house on the outskirts of Shanklin with a lovely secluded garden and a private swimming pool. Beautifully decorated throughout, the Owner has tak...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £706 - £1595

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

Price per week £725 - £1495

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 windo...

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

Price per week £783 - £1800

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3 bedroom cottage with hot tub and 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

Price per week £795 - £1500

3 bedroom cottage with river views near Portscatho, South Cornwall.


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 the house. The south-facing...

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

Price per week £885 - £2229

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