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.

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

Price per week £599 - £1395

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


A spacious family home, 17 Sandcove Rise is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in the pretty village of Seaview. Well-presented and with modern furnishings throughout, it has a wonderfu...

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

Price per week £630 - £1580

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

Price per week £631 - £1250

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

Price per week £638 - £1680

Readymade beds and fluffy towels; this simple but appreciated welcome is standard with us.

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


Middle Salterns is a pretty, end of terrace Edwardian property in the heart of Seaview, simply decorated and arranged over three floors. There are two double bedrooms and a bunk-ro...

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

Price per week £643 - £1440

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


Situated on the edge of Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard with its art galleries, shops, inns and cafes, this grand old Edwardian house fulfils the requirements of modern ...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £668 - £1830

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

Price per week £672 - £2035

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

Price per week £673 - £1980

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

Price per week £675 - £1495

4 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Rock, North Cornwall.


This delightful home-from-home will provide you with fantastic memories of a wonderful holiday exploring Rock, Polzeath, Padstow and the joys of north Cornwall. With its own enclos...

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

Price per week £692 - £1895

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