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 555 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £336 *

2 bedroom apartment with sea views in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


A room with a view sums up Harbour Heights perfectly - a fabulous apartment boasting superb, panoramic views across the rooftops towards Falmouth harbour, the Penryn River and the ...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £336 *

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £338

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


Wem House with its sea views is in a truly exceptional location just above the safe sandy Porthcurnick Beach. Converted from an old farm building this detached cottage is immaculat...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £338

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £339

1 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Mullion, West Cornwall.


Step down into the quiet quadrangle of attractive granite barns, cross the communal garden, open the stable-door and you will find the most perfectly charming retreat for two. Nest...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £339

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £339 *

2 bedroom, dog friendly apartment near the beach near Falmouth.


This immaculately presented ground floor apartment is perfect for beach lovers and walkers alike, just yards from the coastal footpath and a five minute walk from Maenporth cove. P...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £339 *

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

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £340

1 bedroom apartment near the beach in Mousehole, West Cornwall.


Now here's a room with a view. A view right across Mount's Bay with St Michael's Mount to the left and Mousehole harbour to the right. This comfortable first floor annexe is attach...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £340

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £342

1 bedroom apartment with sea views in Westward Ho!, North Devon.


This stylish ground floor apartment, in the award-winning Nautilus seafront development, looks straight out to sea. The open plan living room has a sleek kitchen, huge windows to t...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £342

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344 *

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Portscatho.


Situated on the edge of the picturesque coastal village of Portscatho, this wonderfully spacious bungalow has recently been refurbished to a very high standard with a light and air...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344 *

  • Sleeps 5
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £344

3 bedroom cottage near the beach near Gerrans, South Cornwall.


This traditionally designed modern cottage, with period-style furnishings and fittings, is set close to the lovely village green at Gerrans in the heart of the beautiful Roseland p...

  • Sleeps 5
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £344

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Portscatho, Cornwall.


This beautifully converted barn is set in the small hamlet of Treluggan. Small but perfectly formed, the cottage has a high cantilevered ceiling giving the cottage a wonderfully li...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Portscatho, Cornwall.


Phoebe’s is a stylish barn conversion located in the historic hamlet of Treluggan and only a ten minute walk away from the coastal footpath and the fine sandy beaches of Pendower a...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £344

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

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