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 535 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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


Sit back and enjoy the wonderful panoramic sea views from this detached property set at the top of the steep hill leading out of the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. C...

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

Price per week £731 - £1590

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 - £2071

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

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Newlyn.


You can see the sea as you enter this lovely house set high above Mount’s Bay in Newlyn. The decked terraces, overlooking the bay, are the ideal place for watching the fishing boat...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £437 - £1197

5 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


This large dormer bungalow is ideal for family holidays, being situated in Portscatho and only a few minutes’ walk from the coastal path, which leads to the safe sandy beach at Por...

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

Price per week £439 - £1516

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


Large and modern, Skylark Cottage is one of the premium properties available at Salterns Village, an exclusive small gated development on the edge of Seaview. The village has a lov...

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

Price per week £479 - £1499

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


One of a handful of pretty pastel beach bungalows located in Salterns Village, Curlew Cottage is a small, exclusive development at the edge of Seaview that offers securew communal ...

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

Price per week £479 - £1499

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


Beautifully decorated in neutral tones throughout, Alcantara is a well-presented, spacious property offering flexible family accommodation. This detached property has a ground floo...

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

Price per week £500 - £1153

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


A smart town house, with well presented accommodation for eight set over three floors, Lucaya offers a great space with a pretty enclosed rear patio and lawn for an extended family...

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

Price per week £532 - £1208

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